President's Message
By Carol VanCamp, President

As we enter the final quarter of our 2013-2014 Chamber year, I continue to be amazed at the ongoing dedication and commitment we receive from our past presidents, committee chairs and member volunteers.  Our March 5th Chamber Golf Classic at Hilo Municipal Golf Course was a perfect example of how our members work together to produce programs and events that not only benefit the Chamber but also provide memorable fun and fellowship for those who participate.

This year's 15th annual golf tournament was co-chaired by Mike Kaleikini, Toby Taniguchi, and Kimo Lee, and they assembled various sub-committees that included many members who have served since the tournament began.  It was another very successful event, with more than 150 golfers, and numerous volunteers, sponsors, and donors of prizes and other items.  A special thanks goes out Big Island Candies for again serving as title sponsor.

In February, we held a New Member orientation to officially welcome our many new members and provide them with information about our Chamber's history, traditions, committees and activities.  Led by Membership Chair Josie Kiyan, many of our long-time members also attended to share their experiences and history.  Our goal is to continue to hold these events semi-annually to help engage new members to become actively involved in the Chamber.  To date this year (since July 1st), we have had 35 new members and now have a total of 281.  Our appreciation goes out to all of their sponsors, and we encourage everyone to reach out to them and make them feel welcome.

Under the guidance of Past President Mike Miyahira, we completed the development of a new strategic plan for our Chamber, which will be finalized upon the completion of action plans by our various committees.  As a "membership" organization, our success is dependent upon a growing and engaged membership, so our top goals and objectives revolve around this initiative.  I want to thank Mike for his leadership, and also our board members and committee chairs for their time and energy over the past several months.  Once our action plans have been finalized, the results will be shared with all of our members.

I also want to again thank the Taste of Hilo Committee led by Co-chairs Russell Arikawa and Craig Shiroma for all of the efforts in producing another very successful Taste of Hilo event in October.  A check for $10,000 was recently presented to Hawaii Community College from proceeds of that event.  The funds will be used for various programs at HCC, including student scholarships.

Our General Membership meeting on March 27th featured Mayor Billy Kenoi who presented his annual County of Hawaii outlook.  Our thanks go to Economic Development Chair Randy Kurohara for arranging this program and for also including County Department Chairs as attendees.  This gave guests the opportunity to meet and talk directly with them and learn more about their departments and activities.   The Mayor presented a positive outlook for the coming year, highlighted by no increases in property taxes and efforts to control government costs but yet retain and improve government services and community programs.  Numerous initiatives are also underway to improve such programs as waste management, building permitting, and roads.

Our annual meeting and installation of new officers and directors has been set for Monday, June 23rd at Hilo Yacht Club, and Dave Honma from First Hawaiian Bank will be installed as our new president.  Mike Kaleikini is chairing the Nominating Committee for new officers and directors, which were approved at the general membership meeting on March 27th.  Congratulations to all of our new directors and officers who will be installed at the annual meeting.

Planning will be underway soon to host our visiting Sister Chamber guests from the Higashi-Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce & Industry from Japan during our installation festivities.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of this important relationship and our annual cultural and business exchanges.  We hope that our members will want to join us in the celebration of this exchange during our annual installation.

As I reflect on our Chamber year to date, I continue to be amazed at how much we are able to accomplish through mostly dedicated volunteers.  Our Executive Assistant,  Lei Momi Fujiyama Pillers, goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day on behalf of our volunteers, and we are extremely grateful for her dedication. 


Domo Arigato Gozaimasu & Aloha!



15th Annual Golf Classic  
By Mike Kaleikini, Co-Chair

MichaelKaleikini The 15th Annual Golf Classic was another smashing success.  The Golfing Gods looked upon us favorably as the day was a perfect day to be away from our normal place of work.  This year's event was kicked off by Tommy "Gong" Goya capturing our attention by striking the Big Island Nissan Gong.  Chamber President Carol VanCamp followed with words of welcome and appreciation to all volunteers, sponsors and participants.  County of Hawaii Deputy Managing Director Randy Kurohara (representing the Honorable Mayor Billy Kenoi) provided us with greetings from our Mayor.

Tyler Kaneshiro provided a recap of the rules for this year's event, which was a modified scramble format.  A traditional Sake barrel opening ceremony known as "Kagami-biraki" was performed, with President Carol VanCamp, Allan Ikawa & Randy Kurohara breaking open the barrel to start this year's classic event.  Mahalo to Ryan Kadota and Kadota's Liquor for providing the Sake barrel.

The Chamber and every Golf Committee member would like to say mahalo nui loa for all who volunteered their precious time and resources, along with the 140+ golfers who participated in this year's classic.  We especially would like to say Mahalo to those of our friends, participants and members that traveled from far distances to participate.

Congratulations to the following golf teams: Low Gross 3rd place was Oreston Ching and Kalai Pomroy, 2nd place was John Kushi and Al Tanaka, and 1st place was Jim Demello and Keith Morioka.   Low Net  5th place was Randy Kurohara and John McCollom, 4th place was Kevin Endo and Myles Watanabe, 3rd place was Gerald Kosaki and Craig Shiroma, 2nd place went to Wayne Kanemoto and Mike Sayama, 1st place finishers were Toni Smith and Ryan Watarida.  Being that this was the 15th Annual Golf Classic, the 15th place finishers, Amy Honda and Mike Okamoto received a nice prize.

The very popular Game-of-Skill proved to be a hit attraction this year with our participants. Kallen Miyatake skillfully won a Fuji Digital camera; Peter Abarcar Jr. won $250 in cash; George Lewitski won the 32" Panasonic television set and Linda Tengan won a round trip to the West Coast.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Ultimately, the overall winner is the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii and the community we serve.  Okage Sama De!

Kallen Miyatake and Audrey Takamine
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Linda Tengan and Arnold Tengan

Mahalo nui again to Title Sponsor-Big Island Candies for their much appreciated support of our Chamber.  This is Big Island Candies third year in a row as Title Sponsor.  The Chamber presented BIC with a beautiful Koa Plaque, thanking Big Island Candies, Inc. for their continued and generous support. 

Thank you to every one of the Golf Committee members & volunteers who lead the charge in getting this event done.  Committee members included Allan Onishi, Art Taniguchi, Craig Shiroma, Deborah Shigehara, Dwayne Mukai, Eugene Nishimura, Ivan Nakano, Jon Arizumi, Ka`iu Kimura, Kimo Lee, Kyle Wada, Marvin Min, Mike Kaleikini, Mike Miyahira, Owen Nakatsu, Pearl Kang, Russell Arikawa, Ross Birch, Sam Araki, Stephen Ueda, Toby Taniguchi, Tommy Goya, Tracey Miura, Tracy Yamaguchi and Tyler Kaneshiro.  The committee members and the additional volunteers made this year's event a successful one.  This is a testament to adhering to our value of Kahiau.

This year's co-chairs Kimo Lee, Mike Kaleikini and Toby Taniguchi send out our sincerest thank you to everyone, and we look forward to another fun-filled day at the 16th Annual Golf Classic to be held on March 4, 2015 at Hilo Municipal Golf Course.







Mayor's Message

Mayor Billy KenoiAloha,

From the beginning of this administration, we have crafted budgets that limit spending, but also allow for targeted investment in our communities and our future. Our primary objective has always been to make the County of Hawai'i a better place for our families to live and work.

This year our administration has submitted a proposed operating budget for the County of Hawai'i with revenues and appropriations of $412,608,475. This budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 is 2.3 percent larger than the budget in effect when this administration began in 2008.

During the past five years of budget challenges caused by the national and international recession, we have continued to invest in county infrastructure while restricting spending and coping with increased health care and other costs. Our proposed new budget reflects those efforts to control the cost of government while always maintaining essential police, fire and other core county government services.

After five years of declining revenues, we are finally witnessing a modest, measured recovery in property values.  This will gradually translate into a stronger economy and a brighter budget picture. However, we in the county also face a new challenge in the form of $18.4 million in additional employee expenses in the year ahead. Most of these costs were the result of public worker arbitration decisions and negotiated agreements that significantly increase salaries, wages, social security contributions and retirement obligations.  These new employee and retiree costs reflect the difference between last year's budget and this year's budget.

Despite those additional costs, this proposed balanced budget does not require any increase in property taxes.

We have used the county's borrowing power and excellent credit rating to help stimulate the economy and create jobs during a period of low interest rates and favorable bid prices. In Kona, we answered residents' calls for relief from traffic congestion by advancing projects such as the La'aloa Avenue Extension, the Ka'iminani Drive Reconstruction and the Ane Keohokalole Highway, and we will soon begin work on the Mamalahoa Bypass.  In Hilo, we are repairing downtown streets starting with the Kilauea Avenue Reconstruction, followed by the Kamehameha Avenue Reconstruction project. We will continue in the months ahead with repairs and improvements to Ponahawai and Komohana Streets, and we are advancing the Kapi'olani Street Extension project to alleviate traffic congestion.

We are investing in parks, gyms, and playgrounds across the island where our families can engage in positive activities. We opened covered play courts at Pana'ewa Park in Hilo, and built the Kamakoa Nui Park in Waikoloa. We have added seven playgrounds islandwide, and will soon be opening the new Ka'u District Gym & Shelter. We renovated popular recreational facilities such as the Waiakea Recreation Center, Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium, Laupahoehoe Pool, Keokea Beach Park, and Pahoa Pool. We will soon make the largest investment in recreation in the history of the county by constructing district parks in Pahoa, Waimea and Kona.

Despite the budget challenges of recent years, we continue to invest in alternative energy and agriculture because we understand those sectors are essential for a sustainable economy. We installed solar arrays on county buildings to reduce oil consumption and utility costs, and will use wind power at Lalamilo to provide clean energy to supply water to our communities. We are encouraging growth in agriculture by investing in training and support for farmers, and provided 1,739 acres of county-owned lands for ranching and community-based agriculture at the Kapulena Agricultural Park. We joined in a public-private partnership to upgrade the Pa'auilo Slaughterhouse and provide a new rendering facility to support our grass-fed beef industry.

At the same time, we have preserved funding for public safety and essential core services. We funded additional police officers for the Puna and Ka'u communities, and opened the new Makalei Fire Station. We protected funding for nutrition, transportation and other services for seniors, and preserved and expanded programs for our children and youth. We maintained county funding to non-profit organizations serving the people most in need in our communities.

Our proposed budget represents a collaborative effort by our departments to address the growing needs of our growing population in a way that is both responsive and fiscally responsible. Our years of careful planning and conservative budgeting have positioned us to invest in our communities while maintaining core services and meeting our obligations to our employees.


Billy Kenoi
County of Hawaii


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Meet your Committee Chairs....
 By Government Affairs Chair, David Honma 

Aloha Kakou,

As most of you know, our nation, state and county remain considerably vulnerable from an economic standpoint as we continue to navigate our way through our most recent recession.  Locally, certain business sectors such as the  hospitality and automotive seem to be gaining traction but many other sectors such as retailing, construction, and housing remain somewhat sluggish.

Since the start of the legislation session, your Government Affairs Committee has been extraordinarily busy being steadfast in providing testimonial on legislations that can impact and affect our members, their business, and our community.   As a case in point, we've submitted testimonials on such legislations as GMO; Minimum Wage; Rural Physician Program; College of Pharmacy; and DLNR Land Leases.

Our testimonies are viable to perpetuate self-sustainability; job creation; development of skilled work force; and to support a healthy community.  It further allows our members and their businesses to compete at the county, state, national and international level.

Your GAC Committee is a strong supporter that every bark, regardless of its decibel should be heard... Therefore, if you or your business have matters that you feel are important to be addressed, please feel free to bring it to the attention of your GAC Committee members... We are here to support you.     

The chamber is grateful for the leadership and dedication that Dave Honma shares with the GAC Committee.  If you are interested in learning more about the committee or joining it, please contact Dave or the chamber office at 934-0177.








Malama Maunakea - Volunteers Needed!
By Stephanie Nagata, Office Director of Mauna Kea Management

Stephanie Nagata  

The Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) is seeking community volunteers to participate in its monthly Malama Maunakea campaign to protect the mountain's fragile resources. Community members are encouraged to sign up for open volunteer days scheduled for Saturday, April 19; Saturday, June 7, or Saturday, July 26.

Taking care of Maunkea's precious resources is a daunting task, and we would not be able to carry out our responsibilities without collaborative community partnerships. We have been fortunate to have school groups, service organizations, Chambers, individuals and families of volunteers give of their weekend to take care of Maunakea.


The eight invasive species weed pulls coordinated by OMKM in 2013 proved to be quite successful with 236 participants volunteering 1,747 hours, and pulling 363 garbage bags of invasive weeds. On our restoration efforts, volunteers planted 200 Maunakea silverswords. 


The Saturday weed pulls concentrate on eradicating the invasive fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) along the Maunakea Access Road and around Halepohaku at approximately 9,200-foot elevation. The fireweed pulls help keep this invasive species from being transported to the upper elevation areas of Maunakea and reduce habitat for invasive insects. 


The Malama Maunakea volunteer day begins at 8 am. For Hilo-based volunteers, transportation to and from Hilo is provided. For West Hawaii volunteers, OMKM will help coordinate ride sharing. Upon arrival at Halepohaku, volunteers are given a project orientation and allowed time to acclimate to the high elevation. Invasive weed pulls focus on the area along the Maunakea Access Road near Halepohaku. Leading a discussion after lunch on April 19 is retired UH Hilo Botany professor, Dr. Grant Gerrish, who will share insights from his recently completed botanical inventory of UH-managed lands on Maunakea. June and July speakers are to be determined. A brief tour of Maunakea resources completes this fulfilling day on the mountain.       
Who can help? Everyone, including families and kids under parent supervision, student groups 16 years of age and older, community members, and visitors are welcome. Those who might have difficulty working in a stooped position can help by distributing fresh garbage bags, passing out water, taking photographs, and reminding folks to take a break. 


Space is limited. To volunteer or for more information contact OMKM Natural Resource Program Manager Fritz Klasner at 808-933-3194 or email:

Note to JCCIH members: The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce (HICC) is organizing a weed pull event with OMKM on May 10. Miles Yoshioka of HICC may be contacting JCCIH for participants regarding the May 10 activity as well.  










HawCC Update
By Chancellor Noreen Yamane





JCCIH members presented Hawai'i Community College with a $10,000 ceremonial check on February 19th during a luncheon prepared by our Culinary Arts students. The funds JCCIH donated were raised during the 15th Annual "A Taste of Hilo" event held in October 2013.

Each year JCCIH makes this important donation, which has a real impact on our students, faculty, staff, and general college community. Because of these donations, we were able in 2013 to distribute $375 Student Academic Achievement Awards to eight deserving students. We also promoted International Education by creating dozens of flags representing all the countries of our students.

In 2014-2015 we have appropriated funds for: eight $1,000 student scholarships, eight $375 Student Academic Achievement Awards, 500 kukui nut leis for graduation, and faculty/staff development.

HawCC greatly appreciates JCCIH's support, which does so much to benefit our college community. Mahalo nui loa!

New Director
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth "Marty" Fletcher is the new Director for the University of Hawai'i Center, West Hawai'i (UHCWH). UHCWH is HawCC's location in West Hawai'i, delivering HawCC programs as well as distance learning degrees through UH's four-year universities.

Dr. Fletcher is an experienced higher education administrator who most recently served as the Senior Lecturer (Online Education) and Program Director for Open Universities Australia at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Fletcher has spent most of his career in Australia - including a stint as a professional basketball player - but he has roots in Hawai'i, having spent much of his youth on O'ahu. We are happy to welcome such an experienced and talented administrator to our college.

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Walk/Run/Jog at Lili'uokalani Park


Thinking about getting active?  Want a fun way to do it?



Thanks to Gina Tanouye and the Social & Cultural Committee, we are thrilled to offer members an opportunity to exercise and have fun!  Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., a chamber Health & Fit group meets at Queen Liliuokalani Park.  All levels are welcome, whether you walk, run, or do something in between, and feel free to bring your family and friends.  This group is a great way that the chamber is helping to support healthy living.

Chamber member Laurie Correa shares,

"As a new comer to the Japanese Chamber, the weekly Run/Walk on Mondays and Wednesdays has been a positive     experience.  The opportunity to meet your fellow members while getting much needed exercise is truly a         win-win situation.  It also jump- started my exercise regime, and I'm hopeful that it will continue to         motivate me attain my 5k goal in eight weeks.  We welcome anyone interested in joining us at 5:15 p.m.         every Mondays and Wednesday.  From a stroll around the town to jogging to the pier, there are all different     levels of groups that anyone can jump in with.  Hope to see you there!"




Goji Kara with Hawaii Paper Products, Inc. and Grapes, A Wine Store
By Gina Tanouye, Social & Cultural Chair


Member - Gina Tanouye On April 7th, Hawaii Paper Products opened their doors and Grapes, A Wine Store opened their wine bottles for a joint member event.  A great time was had by all as Randy Nunokawa taught us how to "taste" various wine varieties.  We toured Hawaii Paper Products new retail store and toured their factory learning that you don't have to be a business to utilize their services.  Thank you to members Missy Miyashiro and Clarysse Nunokawa for hosting this wonderful event!




Current Benefits for Members


Please check out the current benefits and discounts that you can take advantage of as a JCCIH member!   


Allstate Insurance - Speegle Insurance Agency  ~  Big Island Wisteria ~ Bob's Jewelers  ~  Eyewear Hilo ~ Hawaii Petroleum/HFN  ~  Wilson's Trophies 





Gina Tanouye, Allstate - Speegle Insurance Agency is dedicated to providing outstanding service with Aloha for your auto, home, renters, life insurance and financial service needs. Contact Gina Tanouye at or 969-7767. For every referral the office receives, the member will receive a $10 gift card for allowing them to provide an insurance quote. 



Kagari Fujita, Ph. D, Big Island Wisteria, LLC is offering members translation services of Japanese to English, or English to Japanese at a discounted price. Contact Kagari Fujita at   



Amelia Hayashi, Bob's Jewelers is offering members 30% off watches; 30% off gold jewelry (Po Son Hon collection excluded); and 30% off sterling silver jewelry.  Contact Amelia Hayashi at 935-8434. 


Diann Horita - With an office in Hilo, Eyewear Hilo has been serving Keaau, Papaikou, Kurtistown and Waimea for more than 4 years. Prior to beginning in Dec. 2008, the staff was employed by Eyewear Hawaii, Inc. and that same respected service is found at Eyewear Hilo.  When you desire superior cutting edge lens technology, call Eyewear Hilo at 935-1119. Members will receive a 20% discount. 


Joy Madriaga, Hawaii Petroleum, Inc., HPI offers dependable bulk fuel and lubricant delivery services to all districts of the island.  HPI's proprietary gas card program - Hawaii Fueling Network - provides a convenient, cost saving way for businesses and consumers to fuel. As a member, when you sign up with HFN, you will receive a discount on your gas purchase.  Contact Joy Madriaga at 969-1405 for further questions.  Applications are available at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii.  

Sandy Wilson, Wilson's Trophies, provides awards for sports and academics; signs and banners; corporate awards, gifts & recognition; custom and personalized products (made to order); wood and acrylic crafting (laser engraving and designs); special occasions (Valentine's, Christmas, etc.); jewelry items (earrings, pendants, hair picks and more). Members will receive awards discounts. Contact Sandy Wilson at 969-7077.   





Words of WisdomTommy Goya

By Tommy Goya


"Just as we practice "The Art of Kahiau", where giving comes without expectations, we should all learn and practice "The Art of Omotenashi", where the host anticipates the needs of the guest in advance and offers a pleasant service that the guest does not expect."








  April 2014
In This Issue
President's Message
15th Annual Golf Classic
Mayor's Message
Meet your Committee Chairs
OMKM Update
HawCC Update
Walk/Run/Jog at Lili'uokalani Park
Goji Kara with Hawaii Paper Products, Inc. & Grapes, A Wine Store
Current Benefits for Members
Words of Wisdom
2013-2014 JCCIH Leadership
Welcome New Members!











What's Happening


April 14, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting

Hilo Yacht Club

11:30 am


April 17, 2014

Tourism...It's Everyone's Business 

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku'ola 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm  


May 1, 2014

Education Committee Meeting

Palms By the Bay

5:00 pm


May 7, 2014

Goji Kara at The Seaside Restaurant

1790 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


May 12, 2014

Board of Director's Meeting

Hilo Yacht Club

11:30 am - 1:00 pm


May 15, 2014

Healthcare Luncheon Presentation

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

More information forthcoming 



May 29, 2014

Goji Kara at Kama'aina Motors

99th Anniversary Celebration

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

More information forthcoming 



June 5, 2014

Education Committee Meeting

Palms By the Bay

5:00 pm   


June 23, 2014

64th Annual Installation

Hilo Yacht Club

More information forthcoming 






Officers & Directors  


Executive Officers

Carol VanCamp, President

David Honma, 1st Vice President

Darren Nishioka, 2nd Vice President

Russell Arikawa, 3rd Vice President

Naomi Menor, Japanese Secretary

Donn Mende, Treasurer
Ivan Nakano, Auditor

Jon Arizumi, Immediate-Past President


Directors - term expiring 6/30/14
Tommy Goya

Phoebe Lambeth
Marvin Min

Dwayne Mukai
Russ Oda

Joseph Skruch

Arthur Taniguchi


Directors - term expiring 6/30/15

Janice Bueltmann

Barbara Hastings

Randy Kurohara

Amanda Lee

Tracey Miura

Michael Miyahira

Allan Onishi

Debbie Shigehara

Nina Tanabe

Toby Taniguchi


Directors - term expiring 6/30/16
Nobuo Arimoto

Ross Birch

Laurie Correa

Charlene Iboshi

Michael Kaleikini

Ka'iu Kimura

Kimo Lee
Barry Mizuno

Steve Ueda

Nico Verissimo

Oshirase Newsletter   

Amanda Lee, Editor 
Lei Momi Fujiyama Pillers, Executive Assistant  

Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Intern 





Welcome New Members!


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Veteran Termite & Pest Control  


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Hilo, HI  96720 

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Creative Arts 2013-2014



KTA Super Stores 2013-2014


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