Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Launches New Podcast

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Launches New Podcast

April 21, 2021


Aloha Chamber Members,

Today, we are so excited to announce the newest addition to our communication channels, the “Voice of Business” Weekly Podcast, sponsored and produced by Chamber member, ALTRES and hosted by Jo McGarry.
The “Voice of Business” Podcast provides a platform for local businesses to share their stories of success, as well as provide valuable insight into the business landscape in Hawaii. Episodes are hosted on the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s website, along with various podcast hosting platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcast. Each podcast episode will be between 15-20 minutes in length. Our hope is that the listenership can use this podcast as a way to connect with local business owners and hear their stories behind the balance sheets.
We are honored to have Jo McGarry serve as the host. She comes from a decades long background in media. Jo was the restaurant specialist at Honolulu Star Advertiser and the publisher of Gusto Magazine for ten years, and the former food columnist with MidWeek, with a readership of more than 300,000 loyal food fans weekly. Jo is also the Founder of MoJo. The Business of Food, Hawaii's only full-service restaurant advisory company.
You can listen to the first couple of episodes
here. Stay tuned for an exciting line-up of speakers as well as other communication channels coming your way!

Laulima & mahalo,


Announcement of Vaccine Passport Program Brings Hope for Travel and Other Activities 

With the announcement of Governor Ige’s plan to allow for inter-island residents to travel through a vaccine passport program, it comes at an opportune time for many, including local businesses that operate on multiple islands, residents traveling to see their friends and loved ones, and families taking a much-needed staycation to support our local economy. As Hawaii continues to stay on track to inoculate millions of residents and nationally reaching millions more, a vaccine passport program will serve to complement the existing Safe Travels program of requiring a 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and pre-travel testing option.

Future development of the Safe Travels program, system, and processes along with the vaccine passport could pave the way for domestic travel in the summer and then international travelers when health officials say it is safe to do so.

A thoughtful idea, stemming from a conversation with a legislator highlighted that the size and scope of ideas should not be limited to short term solutions, but also the ability to adapt by broadening and integrating the vaccination passport for other non-travel uses such as accommodations, hotels, or restaurants. For instance, eating in a restaurant and having to write your name and contact information on a piece of paper for contract tracing could be a thing of the past by allowing businesses to scan your vaccine passport. This is just one of many possibilities but, of course, the devil is in the details. The point is, we are forced to reinvent how we do business, and this is an opportunity to explore new ideas, develop podcasts and webinars on trends and marketing opportunities, and augment best-practices unique to Hawaii.


Senate Confirms Admiral Aquilino to Serve as Next INDO-PACOM Commander 

The Senate today voted to confirm Adm. John Aquilino as the new head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Aquilino, who has served as the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet commander since May 2018, was approved for the combatant commander role in a unanimous consent vote this morning.  The four-star admiral will take command at a time when China is considered the pacing threat for which the U.S. military should prepare itself, and as Beijing continues to threaten Taiwan and provoke its neighbors in the South China Sea. Finding ways to deter China, as well as convince countries throughout the Pacific and Oceania that they should partner with the U.S. instead of turn to China for assistance, will be at the top of Aquilino’s to-do list.


Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Museum Hosts STEM Mini-Externship for Hawaii DOE Teachers

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii extends a huge mahalo to Chamber Members, the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Museum for hosting 10 teachers from Castle, Pearl City and Waipahu High School for a mini-teacher externship. The teacher externship focused on new museum renovations and exhibits that provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and enrichment for students. During the visit, teachers got to experience the new exhibits and take a tour of the USS Bowfin Submarine. 

As a result of the visit, Castle High School now plans to send 16-20 additional teachers on a full day externship to the museum in June. The visit will equip the teachers with new STEM information and innovations they can apply to the classroom.  The future Castle externship continues to highlight the importance of industry partnerships in influencing future high school curriculum and workforce preparation. The museum hopes to host students on STEM focused field trips in the very near future. 

Learn more about the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Museum and their recent renovations HERE. For companies interested in learning more about hosting a teacher externship, please contact Lord Ryan Lizardo, Program Manager of Work-Based Learning at


Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Launches New Podcast 

Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for weekly conversations with Hawaii’s business community. Hosted by Jo McGarry, this podcast will tell the story of business in Hawaii, and will address the challenges of adapting to an ever changing economy. The podcast will also serve as a valuable resource to anyone looking to grow their business, or hear the inside story of some of Hawaii’s most influential employers.

Episode 1
How Businesses Can Benefit from Joining the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii with Sherry Menor-McNamara

Episode 2
What is Corporate Philanthropy? And How Can Businesses Give Back to the Community? with Siana Hunt

Learn more and listen to the podcast here


New Members
ProTouch Systems
Renewing Members
Aqua Engineers
Association of the US Army
Busch Consulting, Inc.
Diamond Head Seafood Wholesale, Inc.
DoubleTree by Hilton Alana - Waikiki Beach
Hawaii Dental Services (HDS)
Hawaii Estate & Jewelry Buyers
Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.
Hawaii Kai Corporation
Kailua Chamber of Commerce
Kaimana Hila
Newman Consulting Services, LLC
Olelo Community Media
Pacific Int'l Ctr for Hi-Tech Research PICHTR
Pacific Panel Cleaners LLC
Pasha Hawaii
Schlissel & Associates, LLC
The Queen's Health Systems
Wakiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 
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