The Moiliili Triangle Park TORII GATE SCULPTURE & ARTS Repainting Story

The Moiliili Triangle Park TORII GATE SCULPTURE & ARTS Repainting Story

Article by: Steven Teruya

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40th Anniversary of HJCC and Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry - "Sister Chamber" Relationship

40th Anniversary of HJCC and Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry - "Sister Chamber" Relationship

Article by: Myles Shibata (Chair of the Board)

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MAHALO! Chopsticks & Wine 2023

 Head over to the HJCC Facebook page to check out all the event photos! 
(PC: Marco Garcia, Robert Furukawa, and HJCC Staff)

After nearly a four-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce's Chopsticks & Wine event finally made it's full-scale return on Thursday, April 13th, 2023. Nearly 1,100 HJCC Members, friends, and foodies attended the event at the Hawaii Convention Center as we celebrated the 19th anniversary of our signature fundraising event. 

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Mahalo for Supporting Chopsticks & Wine with a Twist!

View the recording of the Chopsticks & Wine with a Twist: Final Night Dinner and Virtual Program :
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On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) hosted a virtual gathering, the final event in the first-ever Chopsticks & Wine with a Twist, featuring a month’s worth of events celebrating food, wine and our community. 

We hosted dine-in and takeout opportunities for Corporate Table sponsors, as well as individual packages for two at participating restaurants including MW Restaurant, RumFire Waikiki, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Sansei Waikiki

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76th Shinnen Enkai - New Year's Celebration

76th Shinnen Enkai - New Year's Celebration -
Article by Derek Kaneshiro (Co-Chair)

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2021 Make-A-Holiday Contest


1st Place

Finance Factors - 
FIL Specialty Lines & Health & Life Departments (Arlene G.)

2nd Place Finance Factors - 
FIL Honolulu Branch (Renee M.)
3rd Place Taylor and Natalie S.
4th Place Waipono Investment Corporation
5th Place Christine K.
6th Place Marc N.
Congratulations to the above winners!
You will be contacted individually regarding your prizes.

Special Mahalo to HJCC Member Companies for their support of this event:

HJCC Member since 1992

HJCC Member since 2011

Business Solutions Japan Update Presented by Central Pacific Bank

Business Solutions Webinar - Japan Update Presented by Central Pacific Bank

By Derek Kaneshiro, Small Business Advocacy Committee Chair

On Monday, August 30th, the Small Business Advocacy Committee and Women’s Diversity Initiative Committee hosted a Japan Update webinar presented by Central Pacific Bank’s Paul Yonamine (Chairman & CEO, CPF; Executive Chairman, CPB), Hikaru Utsugi (General Manager, International Banking Division), and Nozomi Heenan (Client Serivces Manager, International Banking Division). 

The moderator for this event was Jill Kuramto (Communications Chairperson; Chief Communication Officer & Client Development Director, RKT Media).  The webinar focused on Japan’s current economy and the potential opportunties for Hawaii once Japanese tourism returns.  There were approximately 50 attendees who listened, participated in trivia questions, and engaged in a question and answer session.   

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MAHALO! 44th Annual Samurai Classic

44th SAMURAI Classic Golf Tournament by Steven Teruya, Co-Chair, Ways and Means Committee


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44th Annual Samurai Classic Golf Tournament


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Mahalo for supporting Red & White Talent Taikai


By Kari Kiyota, Event Committee Chair and Membership Development Committee Chair

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Mahalo for joining us at Building A Foundation Webinar


Mahalo for joining us at HJCC Webinar “Building A Foundation for Success”

By Co-Chairs Tobie Wada and Derek Kaneshiro

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Mahalo for Joining Us!! -- HJCC Chopsticks & Wine Mini Series: Virtual Beer Workshop

MAHALO For Joining Us! - HJCC
Chopsticks & Wine Series: Virtual Beer Workshop


By: Steven Teruya, Event Chair

Saturday, December 5th, 2020, featured chamber member companies, Beer Lab Hawaii and ZIPPY’S at our first Virtual Beer Workshop.


The workshop was highlighted by locally crafted beer paired with “off the menu” chicken WingZ by Zippy’s.  Thank you to Nick Wong, co-founder of Beer Lab Hawaii and Trevor Luke, Culinary Director from Zippy’s for that very engaging and informative workshop…maybe just my imagination, but it appeared that Nick was getting more engaged as the tasting went on.  While others may disagree, I personally enjoyed the MILILANI RED with the Savory Li Hing wings as the pairing seemed more pronounced than what I normally experience with wine pairings.

Lastly, thank you to the members of the committee, Mai Shiomi, Sid Hamada, Arnold Hirotsu, Lyle Takeuchi, Marc Nakamoto, Craig Hirasaki, Gordon Nihei, Gordon Kagawa and pick up location volunteers, Greg Kawakami, Rick Mishima, David Miyasato and Eslie Medallon.

There’s a few more Beer Lab Hawaii insulated tote bags available for sale at $10.  Please contact Mai Shiomi at the HJCC office if you are interested.

For those that missed the ZOOM presentation, you can view it by clicking on the YouTube link:

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Phone: [808] 949-5531   Fax: [808] 949-3020

HJCC IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS as we work from home while our office is closed temporarily.

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Mahalo for Crafting with Us!! -- HJCC Chopsticks & Wine Mini Series: SHOP. CREATE. SUPPORT.

Mahalo for Crafting with Us!! -- SHOP. CREATE. SUPPORT.

On Saturday, November 21st, 2020, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) presented the "SHOP. CREATE. SUPPORT." virtual crafting event on Zoom. This event was part of the Ways and Means Committee's Chopsticks & Wine mini series. A total of 80 HJCC members, family and friends learned how to decorate a designer Christmas tree like a professional from special instructor and HJCC member Cathy Tong (Agent, Coldwell Banker | HJCC member since 2015). Special thanks to Flora-Dec Sales, Inc, Minamoto Kitchoan and Kyo-ya Management Company for their support of this event.

View a recording of the presentation on our YouTube channel!!

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MC3 Webinar "Are You Prepared For Disasters?"

Managing for Climate Change Committee (MC3) Webinar 

Are You Prepared For Disasters?

By Rachel Fukumoto, Chair of MC3


As global populations prepare for the effects of climate change, our local community is working to do so as well. In recent years we have already experienced the symptoms of climate change, including sea-level rise, erosion, extreme flooding and an increase in hurricanes and tropical storms, amongst other events. On November 4, 2020, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce with the Managing for Climate Change Committee (MC3) presented, “Are You Prepared For Disasters” a Zoom webinar, providing HJCC and Quad Chamber members with information on how to prepare for the increase of catastrophic events.

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Climate Change Webinar - Are you prepared for disasters?

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Mahalo for Joining Us!! -- HJCC Chopsticks & Wine Mini Series: Sip. Learn. Support.

Mahalo for Joining Us! -- Sip. Learn. Support.

By Marc Nakamoto (Event Chair)

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[HJCC COVID-19 Conversation: Members Moving Forward] Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara (Owner, Remedy Intelligent Staffing)

Jill Kuramoto

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The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce appoints Jason Ito as Chair of the Board

HONOLULU, HI – The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) has appointed Jason Ito of Kyo-ya Management Co., Ltd., as chair of the board for FY 2020-2021. Ito’s responsibilities will include providing leadership to the Board of Directors, helping to guide and execute HJCC’s goals, fostering relationships within the business community and increasing membership.  

With more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and tourism industry, Ito began his career with ITT Sheraton at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and worked his way up in various managerial roles. Ito is currently the vice president of administration, labor and community relations for Kyo-ya Management Co., Ltd., a position he’s held for the past 11 years. As a HJCC member for 12 years, Ito was recognized as the HJCC Outstanding Member of the Year in 2018 and accomplished record sales in revenue as the chair of the Chopsticks & Wine fundraising event in 2019. In addition to his role at HJCC, Ito serves on boards and executive committees for the Waikīkī Improvement Association, the State of Hawaii’s Workforce Development Council, Aloha United Way, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, K.A.M.P. Hawai‘i, and Palama Settlement, among others.

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[HJCC COVID-19 Conversation: Members Moving Forward] Tyler Tokioka (Chair of the Board, Island Insurance Co., Ltd.)

Jill Kuramoto

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[HJCC COVID-19 Conversation: Members Moving Forward] Alan Wong (Chef/Owner, Alan Wong's Restaurants)

Jill Kuramoto

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