Aloha Chamber Members,
For the past two years, COVID has prevented one of our most engaging initiatives of the year, Hawaii on the Hill, from happening. In 2019, the two-day event brought ~200 people from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., representing more than 80 companies, and attracting more than 2,500 attendees to the Taste of Hawaii on the Hill event.
Although we could not return to the Hill this year, as an alternative, we are hosting a virtual Hawaii on the Hill with a “Talk Story” session with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono via live video conference on November 16 and a virtual policy summit on November 19, featuring policymakers and policy experts in D.C. speaking about the current state of our nation and what resources are available to businesses. A final list of participating speakers will be released soon.
With Capitol Hill still closed to the public, it is unclear whether Hawaii on the Hill can be held in-person next June, but we will keep you informed. Being engaged at the national level is critical to ensuring that Hawaii continues to be at the forefront at our nation’s Capitol.
Speaking of engagement, last Thursday, I participated in Leadership Kauai’s Aloha In Motion Global Conference. Mahalo to the Kauai Chamber for inviting me, along with Representative Jimmy Tokioka of Kauai and Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League, to serve on the Civic Engagement Panel. We talked about Hawaii on the Hill, as well as the importance of getting involved in the legislative process and having your voice heard.
As we move forward, our state will have important decisions to make to get us back on track towards economic recovery and a brighter future. Let’s get our voices heard.
Laulima & mahalo,