News & Updates
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COMPAC Interviews Candidates This Week
The Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee's (COMPAC) purpose it to meet with those running for an elected County, State, or Federal office, determine which candidate's views are most aligned with the Chamber's positions and values, and select candidates for endorsement that are deemed to be the most business friendly. COMPAC met the week of August 11-15, 2014 to interview candidates for County and State offices in the General Election. Here are those endorsement results.
Given Hurricane Iselle and major damage on the Big Island, interviews for the congressional race was delayed as candidates were helping out those in need on the neighbor island.
COMPAC will reconvene the first week of September to conduct the interviews for these races and will share those results when in.
At that point, we will publish our full COMPAC report, describing the process, questions asked, individual candidate scores, and more.
Please make a COMPAC Donation Now to Help Elect Business Friendly Candidates
"Business Matters" Is Back
Join us Monday mornings on KAOI from 7:06-8am for news and information on: Chamber programs and partnership, member interviews, topical business news and information, community updates and more. Tune in to 95.1FM and 110AM to listen in.
Made In Maui County Festival
Planning for the first-ever festival is in full swing with vendor applications and sponsorship forms now being accepted on the event’s official website: www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com.
The event is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
Vendor space is becoming limited, so please get your application in today!
Contact us at 244-0081 for further details or help.
Little Fire Ant (LFA) Threat to Maui
The Maui Quarantine Fund, through the Hawaii Community Foundation, has awarded the grant to help Maui's Invasive Species Committee (MISC) create a unique program, using dogs who sniff out the ants, to eradicate LFA on Maui.
The program in involves purchasing special dogs from Australia that have been trained to find the LFAs and teaching handlers here how to work with the dogs to determine whether the ants are truly gone from treated areas. The dogs and handlers will be used here on Maui, as well as across the state, to address this significant threat.
The Maui Quarantine Fund has committed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $30,000 to fund this program. You can help by making a contribution today!
Please make checks payable to:
Hawaii Community Foundation, with a notation in the memo section of your check that the donation is for the Maui Quarantine Fund-LFA.
Checks can be mailed to the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 95 Mahalani Street, Suite 22A, Wailuku, Hawaiii 96793.
Together, we can help protect Maui Nui and our state and keep this pest from spreading and destroying our economy, environment and quality of life.
Mahalo for your kokua (help).
Made In Maui County Festival (see updates in eNews)
Recent Enews Weekly Enews blasts are sent to Maui Chamber of Commerce members via email to keep them abreast of upcoming events, current affairs, including legislative updates, community announcements and more.
Aloha Chamber Members,
It has been a busy week as we attended community briefings, prepared for upcoming trainings in September and October, convened COMPAC to meet with candidates to determine the COMPAC endorsements for the 2014 General Election, helped members address serious regulatory challenges, and expanded promotional and advertising opportunities to be announced soon.
Please find our 2014 General Election Endorsements below and help get the word out to your teams. Materials will soon be created that you can put on bulletin boards and share in each employee's paycheck or pay stub (if they have direct deposit) and we encourage you to do so. We are also working on an event where you can "Meet The Candidates" and learn more about their business friendly platform, so please stay tuned.
Mahalo for being a Chamber member and best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
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At the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau's (MVCB) marketing update hearing how MVCB is showcasing our beautiful island, people, activities, businesses, and offerings to the world.
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At the Maui Sustainability Briefing and learning more on the Aloha+ Challenge to help our county and state be more sustainable, as well as to hear from Mayor Alan Arakawa and others on all the amazing things that are happening here in Maui County.
Here's What You Will Find This Week:
COMPAC Endorsements In for 2014 General Election
The Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee (COMPAC) was comprised of a group of Chamber members, the majority of which are business owners, who took time out of their busy schedules to interview candidates for State and County offices to identify those whose views were aligned with Chamber positions and who were deemed to be the most business friendly. Given Hurricane Iselle, we were unable to schedule interviews with the candidates for the Federal races, but hope to shortly.
A full report will be available soon on the Chamber's website to let the public know more about the process, the questions asked of the candidates, and scoring. In the meantime, here are this year’s endorsements for the County & State races.
Senate District 6
Kehakuloa-Waiehu, Wailuku-Kahului, Kapalua-Lahaina, Olowalu-Kihei, Wailea
House District 8
Joe Souki Endorsed
State House District 10
West Maui, Mä‘alaea, North Kïhei
House District 12
Wailuku-Kahului, Olowalu-Kihei, Wailea, Makawao-Kula, Haiku
Councilmember East Maui
Councilmember South Maui
Councilmember West Maui
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Announces Free China Visitor Workshop
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has teamed up with the Maui Visitor’s Bureau to produce a free workshop entitled “On the Horizon….China Visitors. Maui, Are You Ready?”
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s Kaeo Ballroom. The event, which is open to the public, targets the visitor industry and other business sectors or individuals interested in learning more about the rapidly growing Chinese visitor market.
Representatives from Hawaiian Airlines and HTA-China will discuss marketing efforts to promote Maui as a destination in China. Barbara McDonald, an international communications expert and Director and Founder of UBU Travel will enlighten the group on the communications barriers for Chinese visitors. The workshop will end with a Q&A session for a panel made up of China tour operators who have first-hand experience.
“Visitors from China represent an exciting growth opportunity for Maui County,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We need to educate ourselves on how to welcome both groups and individuals from China, and how to provide them with a quality experience.”
Teena Rasmussen, Director of OED, noted that the workshop will present an “up-to-date, fresh and relevant view of what visitors from China want to experience during their Hawaiian vacation.”
Terryl Vencl, Executive Director for the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, added that the China market has shown significant growth over the past year. “The State of Hawaii has seen an increase of 23.5% in visitors from China over last year, and Maui County has seen a 31.5% increase over last year.”
Workshop space is limited and is seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis. The session is free but participants must pre-register at mvcbchinavisitors.eventbrite.com.
For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at (808) 270-7710.
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New Format Planned for This Year’s Community Budget MeetingsMayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings in September and October to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Citizens with an interest in the County budget are encouraged to attend a meeting in their local area and offer testimony, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal testimonies will be accepted.
As a new feature this year to the Mayor’s annual community Budget meetings, tables will be set up to allow department directors and staff to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various County-related issues.
“Not everyone is comfortable speaking in front of a large audience, especially when a microphone is set up in the hall,” said Mayor Arakawa. “This new discussion format will help the community meetings run more efficiently by giving people the option of sharing their comments with our County directors in a more open and informal manner.
“Many of the initiatives that my Administration has worked on in the past several years are a direct result of the input from these community meetings,” Mayor Arakawa continued. “Suggestions from the public are welcome and are greatly appreciated, as they help us prioritize what is best for our community, and understand how to better serve Maui County residents. Putting together the Maui County budget is a process in which everyone should have a part.”
Input from the community meetings will be taken into consideration when the administration constructs the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.
Budget meeting times and locations are as follows:
Monday, September 15, 2014
5:00 p.m., Lahaina Civic Center
Thursday, September 25, 2014
3:00 p.m., Home Pumehana Center (Located at Hale Mahaolu; 290 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai)
Monday, September 30, 2014
5:00 p.m., Helene Social Hall
Monday, October 6, 2014
6:00 p.m., Kihei Community Center
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
5:00 p.m., Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Social Hall
Thursday, October 9, 2014
5:00 p.m., Velma Santos (Wailuku) Community Center
Monday, October 20, 2014
5:00 p.m., Paia Community Center
Thursday, October 23, 2014
3:00 p.m., Lanai Senior Center
For more information on the community meetings, contact the County of Maui Budget Office at 270-7855.
The program office of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will conduct public hearings 15 minutes prior to the Mayor’s community Budget meetings in East Maui, Molokai, Central Maui and Lanai. CDBG will gather views and comments from interested persons who wish to participate in the preparation of the County’s proposed Annual Action Plan for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 relating to the County’s grant application for more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Block Grant is a federal program created by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383). CDBG funds received will be utilized for housing and community development needs primarily benefiting low and moderate income persons.
For information on the CDBG public hearings, contact the County of Maui CDBG Program Office at 270-7213.
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"Business Matters" Radio Show Promotional OpportunitiesThe show will be airing on Maui’s #1 talk-radio station, KAOI, every Monday from 7-8 am. It will be hosted by our President, Pamela Tumpap, who will be discussing various and relevant MCoC activities, new members, and legislative issues the Chamber is actively involved with. The show runs for 26 weeks, this will be the one foremost source where the entire Maui community can learn about everything the MCoC is doing, as well as relevant business issues. Contact the Maui Chamber of Commerce for more details on sponsorship opportunities at (808)244-0081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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First Ever Made in Maui County Festival Accepting Vendor Applications and Sponsors
Now is your chance to take part in history as we launch our first ever Made In Maui County Festival. There are many unique sponsorship opportunities, so take advantage of different levels of sponsorship from as low as $500-$10,000. All sponsorship levels include advertisement in our event program. This event in looking to draw in thousands of residents and visitors and we don't want you to miss an amazing opportunity for your business. (Application Attached)
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced that the inaugural “Made in Maui County” Festival will be held November 7 and 8, 2014 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 residents and visitors are anticipated to attend the event, which will showcase a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more in one location.
Planning for the first-ever festival is in full swing with vendor applications and sponsorship forms now being accepted on the event’s official website: www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com. The event is being presented by the Mayor’sOffice of Economic Development in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
“This new festival will benefit our local economy in many ways,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Besides giving local merchants the chance to showcase and sell their locally produced items, it stimulates our economy as a whole by bringing in interested shoppers to our island. In other words, everyone's cash registers will be ringing; everyone benefits both directly and indirectly from the festival.”
Vendors must be based in Maui County and feature a minimum of 51 percent, value-added in Hawaii. Booth space will be assigned based on type of product and on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendor applications can be downloaded fromwww.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com; click on “Vendors” button.
Sponsorship opportunities are another way for companies to show their support of Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business. To receive a Sponsor Packet, click on the “Sponsors” button on the festival website.
The event will kick-off with a Wholesale Buyers and Distributors Event/Reception (by invitation-only) onFriday, November 7thfrom 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Festival will be open to the public with approximately 100 vendors offering a myriad of made in Maui County products, plus food, demonstrations, restaurant vendors, food trucks and more! Admission is $3; children 12 and under are free.
Patterned after the successful “Made In Hawaii” Festival, this new Maui County event offers greater opportunities for local businesses to participate.
“Not all businesses can afford to go to Oahu for the ‘Made In Hawaii’ festival,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Costs for transportation, accommodations and staffing can quickly add up. That’s why this new event was created to make it more affordable and convenient for our local businesses to showcase their products right here at home.”
For many years, the Maui Chamber of Commerce has boosted awareness of the County’s locally made products through their “Made in Maui” brand and their Made in Maui Trade Council.
“Both residents and visitors are always looking for things made by local people, local hands, local hearts, to keep dollars in our community and to grow these outstanding businesses,” said Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap. “This Made In Maui County Festival will be a celebration of the many wonderful products created here on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.”
For more information, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 244-0081. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (#MIMCF2014), Instagram and Pinterest.
Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, and Pamela Tumpap, Chamber President, have been actively promoting the Made in Maui County Festival to be held on November 7 & 8, 2014.
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Save the Date: Annual Labor Law Seminar in October 16thProtect your business by keeping up to date with the latest labor laws that affect your workplace. The Maui Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Labor Law Seminar on Thursday, October 16th 2014, at the Maui Beach Hotel presented by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris (specialists in Hawaii Labor Law).
This important full day of training is available to all businesses in Maui County.
Registration includes: a continental breakfast, lunch, a hard copy of the newly updated 2014-15 Chamber Desk Manual (Labor and Employment Law for Hawaii Employers®) and access to the online Chamber Desk Manual. Don’t miss out on this critical information that every employer needs to know. Call the office to reserve your spot today and spread the word to your fellow business owners!
Lunch will be buffet style Steamed Rice, Maui Beach Fried Noodles, Soup du Jour & Fresh Garden Salad bar with Kula Greens, Assorted Desserts, fresh brewed Tilly's French Roast Coffee, Mongolian Beef, and White fish with White Cream Sauce.
Early Registration Pricing for Chamber & SHRM Members: $325
Early Registration for Non-Members: $425
If registered by 5pm Friday October 3rd
Late Registration Pricing for Chamber & SHRM Members: $365
Late Registration for Non-Members: $445
Payments confirms your reservation, please contact our office at (808)244-0081 email@example.com to register for this event.
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Chamber President Pamela Tumpap with Marilyn Chapman of Maui Disposal Company.
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Members of the Chamber's team visit the studio. Left: TJ Anderson, Membership Development Dir.; Right: Ashleigh Tarango, Executive Asst.