OUR HISTORY

  The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii was founded in 1911, initially to provide service to the merchants in Chinatown, and to assist the immigrant population assimilate into their new community.

 

Since those humble beginnings 105 years ago, the Chinese Chamber has grown tremendously and now serves as a leader and an active voice for not only Chinatown but the Chinese community in Hawaii. Today, Chinese Chamber members are active in the community as prominent business, professional and civic leaders who are also patrons and supporters of community efforts and organizations. The Chinese Chamber’s mission is to promote business and economic development, to preserve our rich cultural heritage and to encourage civic responsibility, primarily through education and outreach. Its goals are to:

  • Promote commerce and industry locally and internationally.
     

  • Play an active role in community and governmental affairs.
     

  • Develop and perpetuate social and business relationships with other similar organizations and governmental entities, both in Hawaii and Asia.
     

  • Help preserve and enhance the character and tradition of Chinatown.
     

  • Promote the cultural, historic and social heritage of the Chinese in Hawaii. s Help members of the Chinatown community contribute to society.
     

  • Achieve these goals through Community Education and Outreach.

OUR HISTORY

  The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii was founded in 1911, initially to provide service to the merchants in Chinatown, and to assist the immigrant population assimilate into their new community.

 

Since those humble beginnings 105 years ago, the Chinese Chamber has grown tremendously and now serves as a leader and an active voice for not only Chinatown but the Chinese community in Hawaii.

 

Today, Chinese Chamber members are active in the community as prominent business, professional and civic leaders who are also patrons and supporters of community efforts and organizations.

 

The Chinese Chamber’s mission is to promote business and economic development, to preserve our rich cultural heritage and to encourage civic responsibility, primarily through education and outreach. 

 

 

 

 

 

    Goals of the Chamber...

  • Promote commerce and industry locally and internationally.
     

  • Play an active role in community and governmental affairs.
     

  • Develop and perpetuate social and business relationships with other similar organizations and governmental entities, both in Hawaii and Asia.
     

  • Help preserve and enhance the character and tradition of Chinatown.
     

  • Promote the cultural, historic and social heritage of the Chinese in Hawaii. Help members of the Chinatown community contribute to society.
     

  • Achieve these goals through Community Education and Outreach.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

 

 

 

 

 

I am both honored and pleased to serve as your incoming 2021-2022 President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

 

I follow in the proud footsteps of my late father Daniel Bow Tan Lau, who was a staunch supporter of the Chinese Chamber for many years, and my brother Jeffrey Daniel Lau, a past President of this extraordinary or- ganization.

 

First, I would like to thank the 2020-2021 officers led by Elvira Lo, our President; First Vice President Jonathan Cook; Second Vice President Gabriel Lee; Third Vice President Michael Young; English Secretary Yu Shing Ting; Chinese Secretary Jack Zhang; Treasurer Sherman Wong; Assistant Treasurer Sarah Moy; Immediate Past President Elvira Lo; Executive Vice President Wen Chung Lin; and special mention to Tina Ge.

 

These individuals had to plan around an unprecedented government shutdown of the economy where normal sources of funding evaporated and government rules constantly changed. No one could determine for certain what events could or could not occur.

 

However, under the creative leadership of Elvira, she played a key role in fund-raising and loan rene- gotiations with our financial institutions to help us keep our Chamber financially sound. Thank you all!

I would also like to thank the Board of Directors and all Chamber members for continuing to maintain the mission of the CCCH to promote business de- velopment and preserve our Chinese culture during these difficult times.

I want to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to lead the Chamber and I look forward to an exciting year. I think we have much to do to adapt to these changing times and I look forward to the day that we can once again have in-person meetings.

 

Stay safe and healthy and let’s get back to normal.

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