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.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

"It is an honor to represent our exceptional organization while succeeding great previous Chamber presidents 

 

At the Chamber installation banquet I promised to listen effectively, to provide challenges for long-range goal planning, and to respect everyone’s time and contribution to the Chamber as well as to encourage all of our members to freely suggest improvements for our organization without any worries of hurting my feelings because I value everyone’s sincerity, time, dedication and commitment. 

We want you to be a part of the Chamber, our community and our mission. On our website you can learn about our leadership and volunteer opportunities, the events coming up and why the Chinese Chamber is a place to give, to network and to benefit you and your business. Thanks for coming by!"

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 have had the privilege to work directly with 34 presidents since my involvement with the Chamber began 40-plus years ago.

 

I won’t make promises of what I will do, but that I will continue to move the Chamber forwr forward just as my predecessors did.

 

With the help of the Executive Committee and other team members, I look forward to their contribution of new ideas to enhance and grow the Chamber to increase its membership.

One area of emphasis over the next year will be building up membership locally and also internationally because the Chamber already promotes local Chinese business interests as well as Chinese culture through its Narcissus Festival events established 70 years ago.

 

Spearheading the international business outreach will be President-Elect Elvira Lo, who already has a committee she’s working with in this effort. Stay tuned for upcoming activities that she has in store for the last quarter of 2019.

We want you to be a part of the Chamber, our community and our mission. On our website you can learn about our leadership and volunteer opportunities, the events coming up and why the Chinese Chamber is a place to give, to network and to benefit you and your business. 

I will also be working with Immediate Past-President Joseph Hu on updating the Chamber policy and procedure manual.

 

We will also continue to foster our relationship with the Filipino, Japanese, and Korean chambers that make up the “Quad Chambers” (with the Chinese Chamber) as we’ve done since the signing of the MOU over a year ago.

As I switch gears and move into another Chamber position, I’d like to thank the countless volunteers, donors, and sponsors who have supported me throughout my 40- plus years of my Chamber involvement. I hope and look forward to your continued support of the Chinese Chamber.

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2019 - 2020 President Michele Choy

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