The Chamber represents more than 2,000+ businesses of all sizes representing 210,000 employees from a wide variety of industries that are contributing more than $32 billion in revenue to Hawaii’s economy.
Chamber Week - a week-long series of events and programming that coincides with the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature and is committed to connecting with legislators and getting engaged in the legislative process. Click here to view Chamber Week video.
Kick off the 2021 Chamber Week series by attending the #4HI Pushing Forward, Together webinar featuring the fresh faces of Hawaii's newest elected officials, Mayor Rick Blangiardi and U.S. Representative Kai Kahele.
As we begin this new year and chapter, meet Hawaii's newest government leaders who are focused on working together with Hawaii's business community to find solutions for our economic landscape. Attend to learn about their plans for 2021 and take advantage of the opportunity to ask them questions about the economy, policies, and more.
Can't join us live? No problem! Register to attend and we will send you the recording of the webinar afterwards.
Brought to you in partnership with the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Maui Chamber of Commerce and Molokai Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi
City & County of Honolulu
Rick Blangiardi is a former media executive who is well-known as being the longtime General Manager of Hawaii News Now. Prior to returning to Hawaii, he led TV stations in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He also served as President of Telemundo, the country's second-largest Hispanic network. Rick served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for six years and early in his career, was an Associate Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator at the University of Hawaii.
Rick has been widely recognized for his leadership in and contributions to the non-profit community. Previously, he was the President of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council; Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; President of the Na Koa UH Football Booster Club; and has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Hawaii Food Bank, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, YMCA, and many others. He holds an MEd from the University of Hawaii and a BS from Springfield College.
U.S. Representative Kai Kahele
Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Congressman Kaialii (Kai) Kahele is a proud product of the Second Congressional District that he now represents. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Kai Kahele served the people of Hilo in the Hawaii State Senate. During his tenure as a state senator, he served as the Majority Whip and Majority Floor Leader as well as the Chair of the Committees on Higher Education and Water and Land.
Beyond a legislator, Congressman Kahele is a combat veteran, pilot and commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force where he continues to serve as a Lt Colonel at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. He is a commercial airline pilot. He is a former college athlete, having balanced life as an NCAA Division-I student-athlete on the UH Men’s Volleyball Team while earning a B.S. in Education. He is a proud graduate of Hilo High School. And, Congressman Kai Kahele is a husband and father.