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HPEC Strategic Plan Robert's Rule (English & Chinese) - bring orders and manage meetings

History of District Export Councils View Current Issue of U. S. Dept of Commercial News online in PDF Format

Officers & Directors (2010)

Name DEC Title Affiliation Title Phone Email
Stephen Craven Chair Kekepana LLC President 808-395-0870 steve@kekepana.com
Johnson Choi Vice Chair Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce / CMC Consulting Group Inc & Makai Motion Pictures LLC (offices in Hawaii, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Shanghai China) President & Executive Director / Executive VP & CFO (Hawaii USA) 808-524-5738; (San Francisco) 415-963-15418; (Hong Kong SAR) 852-8171-3118 johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com & johnsonwkchoi@yahoo.com
John Holman Executive Secretary Director U.S. Commercial Section/ITA 808-522-8041 john.holman@mail.doc.gov
Naomi K Masuno Treasurer First Hawaiian Bank VP & Business Banking Officer 808-487-0205 nmasuno@fhb.com


Name Affiliation Title Phone Email
Piia Aarma Pineapple Tweed President 808-737-1904 piia@pineappletweed.com
Neal Arakaki Hawaiian Candies & Nut Ltd President 808-841-3344 neal@menehunemac.com
Ed Case Bays Deaver Lung Rose Holma Of Counsel 808-523-9000 edcase@edcase.com
Peter Cannon Hawaiian Resources Co Ltd President 808-636-2300 peter@hawaiianresources.com
Amy Chun Consult and Construct LLC Member 808-651-8003 consult.construct@hawaiiantel.net
David Day Law Offices of David Day Managing Director 808-531-8020 daviddaylaw@aol.com
Lucy Dean Global Business Solutions, LLC Principal 808-250-5055 lucy@globalbizso.com 
Carol Dickson University of Hawaii at Manoa Associate Professor of Marketing 808-956-7732 cdickson@hawaii.edu
Dana Gray Oils of Aloha Chairman 808-637-5620 DGG@OilsOfAloha.com 
DJ Halcro SCORE-Hawaii / NCSDC -Hawaii Chairman / Business Development 808-428-1917 djhalcro@yahoo.com or djhalcro@ncsdc.org
Diana Jackson Tradex Inc President 808-396-6310 dianahonhi@gmail.com
Casey Jeszenka Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network Director 671-735-2593 casey@pacificsbdc.com
Mark Joye Baker Hostetler LLP Equity Partner 713-646-1313 mjoye@bakerlaw.com
Janis Koh Northeast Asia Forum Project Manager 808-536-1539 janis@neaforum.org
Kevin Kraft Trade Winds Global President 808-457-1904 kevin@tradewinds-global.com
Valerie Lamoureux Waikiki Aloe / Cold Stone Creamery#322 President / Owner 808-922-7767 Fax: 924-8474 valerie@waikikialoe.com
Michael J Leineweber Durrant-Media Five Vice Chairman 808-524-2040 mleineweber@durrant.com
Thomas Matthews TradeWest, Inc. President 808-537-6937 tom1@leis.net
Phillip Mendiola-Long Tinian Chamber of Commerce / Governor's CNMI Miltary Task Force / Tinian Mayor's Office Task Force President & Chairman / Member / Member 670-433-1111/8888 (CNMI) phil@shermanpacific.com
Thomas Moore Tropical Telecom Corp CEO 808-263-1222 tom@troptel.com
Arthur Richardson UH Dept of Marketing - College of Business Administration Lecturer 808-923-2999 arthur@hawaii.edu
Richard Schnitzler Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company President 808-882-1116 richard.hawnnut@hialoha.net
Jurgen Steinmetz eTurbo News & Hawaii Tourism Association Publisher & President 808-521-2800 thomas@eturbonews.com
Gerald A Sumida Carlsmith Ball LLP Of Counsel 808-523-2528 gsumida@carlsmith.com
Brian Suzuki Hawaii Air Cargo Inc President 808-836-1936 bsuzuki@lava.net
Joel Weaver Hawaii English Language Program - University of Hawaii at Manoa Director 808-956-2465 joelw@hawaii.edu
Gerald K Wong International Finance Group President 808-592-8140 wonggk@msn.com or interstatehaw@bizwind.com
Ex Officio:        
Mark K Anderson Deputy Director Hawaii DBEDT 808-586-2367 manderson@dbedt.hawaii.gov
Gregory Barbour Foreign-Trade Zone Division Administrator 808-587-5372  
Wayne Inouye High Technology Development Corporaton Senior Project Manager 808-539-3652 winouye@htdc.org
Sandra Lee Kunimoto Hawaii Dept of Agriculture Chairperson 808-973-9550 sandra.kunimoto@hawaii.gov   
Milton Kwock State Dept of Business Economic Development & Tourism Business Development Program Manager 808-587-2759 mkwock@dbedt.hawaii.gov
James Nakano Foreign-Trade Zone Marketing Specialist 808-586-2509 james_nakano@ftz9.org
Jane Sawyer U. S. Small Business Admin   808-541-2965 jane.sawyer@sba.gov
Alumni Advisory:        
Jon Kuehner Former HPEC Member   808-262-3227 jon.kuehner@yahoo.com
Robert Robinson Former HPEC Member   808-737-5860 robinson@hawaii.rr.com
Thanh-Lo Sananikone TAF International Inc Managing Director 808-735-0238 taf@tafinternational.com
Paul Walters Retired Foreign Service Officer Honolulu Hawaii & Jakarta Indonesia   paul.t.walters@gmail.com

Resource Center

Gold Key Program Website Download Gold Key Service Questionnaire in Microsoft Word Format
Export Funding Source - download listing in Microsoft Excel Format Gold Key Program Application http://www.buyusa.gov/hawaii/67.doc
Legal & Regulatory Information for America's Small Businesses - SBA
Export America Magazine
Understanding the USA Visa Policy
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Opportunities in China Webinar - Click here to watch! Discover strategies and methods for American manufacturing and services exports to China, a perfect match for new-to-market companies who want to be part of China’s rapid economic growth. Learn about market opportunities and prospects for continued growth; bilateral and multilateral trade patterns; costs and benefits of alternative market entry strategies for American manufacturers; common risks and suggestions on how to ensure prompt payment, protect intellectual property rights and comply with Chinese standards. Live webinar held on March 20, 2006 with expert presenter: Senior Commercial Officer Craig Allen, Beijing, China. For quick China facts, including best prospect sectors: click here.

U. S. Commercial Service "new" fee schedule effective May 1 2008 - please click on the pictures to the left for full view or click on the following link to obtain a copy of the PDF file
The United States District Export Council

June 2008 - Hawaii Pacific DEC Members in the News

Johnson Choi on Hong Kong investments with Hawaii filmmakers - Asia in Review host Jay Fidell in a discussion with Johnson Choi, President of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce on his recent (July 2010) trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong and on Hong Kong investments with Hawaii filmmakers http://vimeo.com/13994279 or download video click: http://www.hkchcc.org/johnsonchoithinktec0710.mp4

The Industry of Oil For 20 years, Oils of Aloha has manufactured pure kukui and macadamia oils and innovative skin and hair care products, by Jolyn Okimoto Rosa

  National Champion Johnson Choi wins one of the SBAs top awards by supporting ethnic businesses (Click on the picture for full view Direct link to online Hawaii Business Magazine Hawaii Business Magazine online PDF format)

Washington DC USA - February 4 2010 - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke speech about the new National Exports Initiative to the National Press Club on Thursday February 4 2010 Watch Video online  Download Video (13 meg file size): http://www.hkchcc.org/garylockevideo020410.rm

April 5 2010 - Local Firms Get Help in Pursuing Foreign Trade - John Holman

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) "Reverse Trade Mission Series" http://www.districtexportcouncil.com/index.php?q=calendar

 Scheduled 2011 Hawaii Pacific DEC Meetings:

Honolulu Hawaii USA - HPEC Meeting - Thursday - March 24 10 2011 12 - 2:00pm - Foreign Trade Zone#9

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Monday - January 10 2011 3:30 - 5:30pm

Our 2011 Strategic Planning meeting will be at the Foreign Trade Zone #9 (FTZ#9) conference room with a networking get-together to follow. The draft agenda will include:

Jerry Sumida will moderate the discussion (followed by social at Gordon Biersch). . Please see below for the topics that will be included.

2011 HPEC Activities – Discussion Topics
· Implementation of Specialty Crop Grant / Export Training
· New HPEC website
· HPEC Membership – 2010 changes, 2011 Nominations!
· Deborah Cooney – CS China now, relocating to Hawaii in summer 2011
· Strategic Partnerships – Governor, DBEDT, Mayor’s office
· World Trade events (seminar, one-on-one appts, open house)
· HPEC Advocacy – visa waivers, airlift
· APEC 2011
o Indonesia Focused Activity
o Hong Kong Focused Activity

Please be prepared to dig in and help formulate a workable plan to increase exporting for Hawaii businesses. 

As we get closer, we will ask you to RSVP if you plan on attending. We will also be asking for your suggestions on people or organizations that work with businesses that export that we should invite to our "All Hands" session.

Warm Regards, 
John Holman
Director, Pacific Islands
Hawaii Export Assistance Center
U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
United States Department of Commerce
www.buyusa.gov/hawaii | www.export.gov 
p. 808.522.8041 | f. 808.522.8045

Upcoming Events - 2011

Los Angels California USA - March 28-29, 2011

Hosted by the University of Southern California in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service

Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2011

Access 14 Asia/Pacific Markets in 2 days!
Date: March 28-29, 2011
Location: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Register Now - Last Year's Conference Sold Out! http://www.apboconference.com/ 

If you are a business leader or executive looking for export and investment opportunities in the Asia/Pacific region, this is the one conference you can't afford to miss. The Asia/Pacific Business Outlook, hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets.

Asia/Pacific Business Outlook is the premier business networking conference focused on the following countries/regions: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Find answers to your questions on these 14 economies by choosing from 60 focused sessions and private one-on-one consultations with Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers currently serving in the U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Institutes in the Asia/Pacific region:

Get the latest information. Presentations will include country commercial overviews and country workshops on topics such as financing, green business, responses to the financial crisis, and negotiating with the Chinese. These presentations will be made by experts from within the Commercial Service, the private sector, and academia. 

Senior Commercial Officers will prepare customized one-on-one briefings in response to the information U.S. companies submit in advance of the APBO Conference and counsel these firms on the opportunities for them in their markets.

Space is limited so sign up today. Please note that early registrants have the best chances of reserving meetings with the SCOs from the markets of greatest interest to them.

Use special Commerce Code USCS2011 and register by March 1 for a discounted U.S. Commercial Service rate of $675.

Please feel free to contact me or any of the people below, who have long experience with this event, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference in March. 

Catherine Spillman
Asia/Pacific Team Leader
U.S. Commercial Service
Santa Fe, NM
Tel: (505) 908-7434

Terri Batch
Asia/Pacifc Team Member
U.S. Commercial Service
West LA, CA
Tel: (310) 882-1750

Maryavis Bokal
Asia/Pacific Team Member
U.S. Commercial Service
Newport Beach, CA
Tel: (949) 660-1688

Jason Sproule
Asia/Pacific Team Member
U.S. Commercial Service
Newport Beach, CA
Tel: (949) 660-1688

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Washington DC April 12, in D.C.

Register Now for the National DEC Leadership Forum

Please join us on Tuesday, April 12th to help chart the course for the National District Export Council.

This day-long forum will be held in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, on April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program will focus on formulating national policy positions, planning for future DEC conferences, Legislative Outreach, and Best Practices.

A networking reception will be held on the evening of April 11 at the International Trade Center (Reagan Building).
There is no cost for participating, but pre-registration is required.

This is an opportunity for DEC leaders across the country to come together to focus on building capacity for the District Export Council. DEC Chairs, Vice Chairs and Executive Secretaries should consider participating in this program.

A draft agenda is available on the Forum registration page. A copy of the PowerPoint from the recent National DEC webinar is also available on the registration page.

We also have a group rate available at the State Plaza Hotel.

Book Your Hotel ASAP: Washington D.C. is very busy in April. If you are planning to attend the forum or even if you thnk you might attend, please reserve a room as soon as possible.

To register for the National DEC Leadership Forum, please go to www.thinkglobal.us/dec 

The deadline for obtaining the group rate for the hotel is March 10, 2011.

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com


National Disctrict Export Council Conference - Las Vegas Nevada November 3 - 6, 2011   


 Honolulu Hawaii USA November 8 - 13, 2011

Leaders Week and CEO summit http://www.apec2011usa.org/ 

Inside APEC http://www.hkchcc.org/insideapechkchccpresentation080810.ppt  

 US ABAC Member Deborah Henretta, Group President, Asia, Procter & Gamble, with Chinese President Hu Jintao (center) during the CEO Summit in Singapore, November 2009. (Courtesy Singapore Business Federation)

The APEC 2011 USA Host Committee’s mission is to advance the US business agenda in the Asia Pacific region by creating high quality opportunities for private sector engagement during the US hosting of APEC 2011. The Host Committee will design, organize and execute the US APEC CEO Summit held in Honolulu in November; develop and participate in industry-driven events held in the United States throughout 2011 to coincide with Ministerial Meetings; and conduct education/outreach programs in coordination with USG and partner organizations focusing on the economic policy community as well as small and medium sized businesses and the general public.

The National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) is a US private, non-profit organization, supported by member companies represented by a Board of Governors from some of America’s leading companies. It is the nation’s only business organization focused exclusively on APEC, home to approximately 60% of world GDP and more than half of global trade. When the United States hosts APEC in 2011, NCAPEC will serve as secretariat to the APEC 2011 USA Host Committee. The National Center’s mission is to facilitate business participation in APEC by supporting the efforts of the private sector in the APEC process.

 President Obama on the second day of the 2009 APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Singapore.

APEC economies are the most dynamic, fastest growing in the world, and the engine of global economic recovery. APEC is the premier vehicle for advancing US economic and trade engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

 President Obama addresses the CEO Summit in Yokohama, Japan

Established in 1989, the 21-member APEC forum encompasses virtually all of the Pacific Rim, and is the only inter-governmental forum in the world with an officially sanctioned mechanism for private sector input. Since its inception, APEC has worked to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers across the Asia-Pacific region, creating more efficient domestic economies and dramatically increasing exports.

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com


Past Events & Photo

Hong Kong SAR November 17 2010

Signing of US trade agreement with the United States Commercial Service - Bridge to New Opportunities for American Companies


 HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam (left) and Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the USFCS Suresh Kumar seal the deal with a handshake, following the signing of the statement of intent to cooperate on trade promotion

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC5MZGNUiVQ   http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=456331861983&comments 

Detroit Michigan USA & Windsor Ontario Canada Oct 24 - 27 2010 Share


North America’s Premier International 2010 Trade Event
Capitalizing on America's Export Advantages: Green & Innovation

Marriott Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan & Windsor, Ontario
October 24 - 27, 2010

The annual National DEC Conference will be hosted for the first time in Detroit at the Renaissance Center Marriot from October 24 to 27, 2010. This year’s Conference is entitled “Capitalizing on America’s Export Advantages: Green and Innovation” and will feature world-renowned businesspersons and high-level government officials. Billed as the largest North America conference in 2010 devoted to exporting, the Conference is expected to attract in excess of 500 attendees. Among the unique aspects of the conference will be a private briefing in Windsor, Canada to attendees by the Canada Border Services Agency as well as opportunities to meet with Canadian businesses.

Two Countries, One Conference

* Internationally Acclaimed Speakers
* Global Business Leaders, Nobel Laureates
* Multi-Country Cabinet Level Government Participation
* Exclusive Government Briefings in Canada
* Cutting Edge, Revenue-Generating Topics
* Unrivaled Networking Opportunities
* Practical Gems To Move Your Organization Forward
* Learn About Global Trends Before Others

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu, Hawaii USA Tuesday September 14 2010 - Presentation of Certificate of Appointment until December 31 2013 from Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce of the United States Department of Commerce to members of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council by Mr. Richard Swanson, Network Director and Mr. John Holman, Senior International Trade Specialist of the United State Department of Commerce

Honolulu, Hawaii USA May 19 2010 - A special awards ceremony with Governor Lingle at 2:15pm at the State Capital to recognize six Hawaii companies from across the state with Export Achievement Awards from the Department of Commerce and four Hawaii companies with export awards from SBA.

NINE HAWAII COMPANIES RECOGNIZED WITH EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Nine Hawaii companies were recognized today by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration for their success in entering or expanding in the international marketplace. Cyanotech Corp., Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co., Hawaiian Island Shine, Maui Babe, Noni Biotech International, and Honua Technologies received Export Achievement Certificate awards from Governor Linda Lingle and John Holman, Director of the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce. The Governor joined SBA District Director Jane Sawyer in recognizing three Hawaii companies: Baldridge & Associates, PR Tech, and Tradewinds Global. Beth Tokioka of the Kauai Mayor’s office was also recognized for her support of export efforts. Cyanotech Corporation is a world leader in microalgae technology that produces and distributes nutritional supplements from the Natural Energy Lab on the Big Island. Cyanotech exports its nutritional products to over 40 countries worldwide. As a result of the Gold Key Service and ongoing support from the Commercial Service, Cyanotech was able to establish a partnership in India that also has the potential for sales in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company produces roasted and flavored macadamia nuts on the Big Island. As a result of their participation in the HOFEX Food Trade Show in Hong Kong and spin-off trade mission in Macau, which was supported by Commerce and the State of Hawaii, the company secured a Hong Kong distributor and has been selling to the market ever since. Hawaiian Island Shine is a Hawaii-based manufacturer of quality care auto products. The Hawaii Export Assistance Center collaborated with the State of Hawaii to help the company secure their first international distribution partnership with a major retail chain in Latin America. The company is now exporting to five countries in Latin America. Maui Babe is a Maui-based company that manufactures and sells skin care products related to sun care. As a result of the counseling and ongoing support provided by the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, Maui Babe established a key sales relationship with a distributor in Australia who also covers sales to the New Zealand market. Noni Biotech International is a grower, manufacturer, and distributor of healthful juices and skin care products derived from the tropical noni fruit. The Hawaii Export Assistance Center provided ongoing support for Noni Biotech that allowed the company to make its first sale of a container to a new distributor in South Korea. Honua Technologies is an American industry leader in the design and manufacture of high-temperature, environmentally safe medical and bio-hazardous waste destruction and treatment systems. The Commercial Service offices in Hawaii, Hong Kong and China supported Honua Technologies’ participation in several trade shows while providing key introductions to potential partners. As a result of ongoing support from the Commercial Service and State of Hawaii, the company was able to secure a partner relationship with a Chinese firm which resulted in large sales of steam sterilizers and ancillary equipment for projects in China.

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Honolulu Hawaii April 27, 2010 | FREE! | Don't Miss this Opportunity! Share
Hawaii Global Links Forum | Opportunities for Hawaii Companies in Taiwan
Featuring U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Service Officer Gregory M. Wong

Learn about current opportunities for Hawaii companies in Taiwan! A limited number of personal appointments with Mr. Wong are also available. As the Chief of the Commercial Section at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Greg Wong assists American companies in finding quality buyers and partners while promoting U.S. exports to Taiwan. AIT’s Commercial Section has offices in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Mr. Wong has been a commercial attaché at U.S. embassies in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and Hanoi. He was the first commercial counselor (2004-05) at the newly opened U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Wong also served as the director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in his home state of Hawaii.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
No Cost to Participate!
8:00am - Registration | 8:30-10:00am - Program
250 S. Hotel Street | No. 1 Capitol District Building | 1st Floor Multi-purpose Room
Flyer / More into: http://www.buyusa.gov/hawaii/65.pdf
Please call or email your RSVP to 808.587.2750 or lkawamoto@dbedt.hawaii.gov
Seating and one-to-one consulting sessions are limited. Register Today!

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Foreign Trade Zone, State of Hawaii DBEDT, the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Expand Your Business Through International Sales!
Helping Kauai Businesses Discover Opportunities Beyond Hawaii
April 27, 2010 | FREE! | Don't Miss this Important Seminar!

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Thursday - March 18 2010

Additional information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com  or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu Hawaii December 4 2009: HPEC social get-together with no particular agenda - come on over to the lanai of the Waialae Country Club on Friday, December 4 from 5 - 8 PM. The cost is $20/person, which includes heavy pupus - Cash bar.

Please RSVP by email to Stephen Craven steve@kekepana.com and the check should be made out to Hawaii Pacific Export Council. We need a head count by November 27. Spouses/partners invited, but you need to pay $20 for them, too.

Honolulu Hawaii Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - Co-Sponsored by Hawaii Pacific Export Council: Hawaii’s CHINA Town Hall will focus on China’s response to the global financial crisis, and current opportunities and challenges in U.S.-China Trade Relations. The program will feature Dr. Robert Kapp, President of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc. in Port Townsend, Washington. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofits seeking to develop productive engagement with China or to engage with policy makers in U.S.-China relations.

Dr. Kapp is also a member of the Executive Board of U.S.-China Policy Foundation; Council on Foreign Relations; National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; and the World Affairs Council. From 1994-2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of the U.S.-China Business Council, the principal national organization of major American companies engaged in trade and investment in China.

Dr. Kapp’s talk will be followed by a live webcast by Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and the Pacific Affairs, discussing “Issues in U.S.-China Relations”.

Mr. Campbell was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was also the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm, and was the senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The live webcast program will be moderated by Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

2:00pm Registration & Refreshments
2:15pm Forum/Talk featuring Robert Kapp
2:45pm Q & A
3:00pm Webcast featuring Kurt Campbell
3:15pm Q & A
3:45pm End of Program

Hawaii Foreign—Trade Zone No. 9 Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor
521 Ala Moana, Pier 2 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
$10 Registration Fee
Metered Parking
RSVP by Monday December 7, 2009
For more information, please call 944-7783.

Registration form for December 8, 2009
Name (s): __________________________________________ Payment by Credit Card: MC _ Visa _ AMEX _
Billing Address: ______________________________________________________________________________
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Please reserve ______ seat(s).
Please make check payable to: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, 1601 East-West Road, 4th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96848

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 963-1541 or 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR); Fax (808) 524-8063 or by email to johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Washington DC USA - November 3-5 2009: National District Export Council (DEC) conference will be held this year on November 3-5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Save the date for this important event and plan to join us in Washington, DC to visit with your DEC colleagues, learn best practices, and get the latest updates on international trade from new administration and trade organization officials.  2009 NATIONAL DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL CONFERENCE - GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON US EXPORTS

Event pictures taken at Washington DC on Facebook

Presentation by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwfdrbtF0X4  Video 1/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ybGYPnN_OI  Video 2/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0iNZOjLTK0  Video 3/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbxY76W16I  Video 4/4

Karen Mills, Administrator - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA Loan for Small Businesses in America):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO06JOeUD5w  Video 1/2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Rd2lcNRMQ  Video 2/2

Free Trade Agreement Dialogue (Moderator: Leslie Schweitzer - Senior Trade Advisor - U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Panelists: Ambassador Jaime Eduardo Aleman Healy of Panama, Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson of Colombia, Ambassador Han Duk-soo of Korea, Stephen Jacobs, Acting Assistant Secretary - MAC, Frank Vargo, Vice President International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUYs9KBvS44  Video 1/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NVtFJOf-zU  Video 2/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWPUeJrFy5I  Video 3/3

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk "Global Competitiveness and the Impact on U.S. Exports"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V22z-ErKuw  Video 1/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quUcEEDZP_o  Video 2/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fyhidrGHW0  Video 3/3

Honolulu, Hawaii USA October 21, 2009 | Shipping Basics: Getting Your Products from Here to There
Featuring the U.S. Postal Service, Customs Agents, Shipping & Logistics Experts, & U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Find out about your different transport options, such as surface shipping forwarders, ocean carriers, and air carriers. Learn about the new international customs requirements, customs procedures, shipping terms and methods of payment. Hear about the good, bad and ugly of exporting logistics from the featured experts.

October 21, 2009 | 9:30am - 11:30am
Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone #9 | Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor | 521 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96813 | Parking: Metered parking just $0.50 / hour
$15 / Person for Presentation Forum

Please fax or email your RSVP to Naomi Masuno | 808.488.7210 | nmasuno@fhb.com

Cologne, Germany - October 10 - 14, 2009: The Montana State Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with WUSATA, will be coordinating participation in ANUGA - 2009

ANUGA, which takes place every second year, is open only to trade visitors, and the decision-making authority of these visitors is higher than at any other fair. ANUGA 2007 welcomed 163,348 buyers (92,000 from abroad) making the show an excellent opportunity for WUSATA companies to showcase their products, as well as provide an excellent opportunity to locate distributors from all over the world.

Suitable products include but are not limited to: frozen food, fresh fruit, tree nuts, dried fruit, convenience food and snack food. Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging.

Please click on link for more details: http://www.wusata.org/events_calendar/pdf/Microsoft%20Word%20-%2009ANUGAa.pdf

Return the completed Activity Registration Form by FAX to: (360) 693-3464

Please Contact: Janet Aschoff, Western U.S. Ag Trade Assoc., Generic Program Coordinator; (360) 693-3373 ext 313; (360) 693-3464 fax; janeta@wusata.org

WUSATA - 4601 NE 77th Ave., Suite 240, Vancouver, Washington, USA 98662; Tel: 360-693-3373; Fax: 360-693-3464

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu, Hawaii USA October 7, 2009 | Hawaii Global Links Forum | Business Opportunities in Australia
Featuring Daniel A. Clune, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Canberra. Don't Miss this Opportunity!

Learn about the fantastic opportunities for Hawaii companies in the Australian market! Australia is an great place to do business and well suited for many Hawaii products and services. The U.S. - Australia Free Trade Agreement has made exporting to Australia even easier - U.S. exports to Australia increased 1,342% since 2005. Mr. Clune will provide an overview of current conditions in the Australian market, tips for doing business, and highlight the best prospects for Hawaii companies interested in doing business in Australia.

*Bonus* A limited number of 15 minute one-to-one consulting sessions will be scheduled for companies seeking personalized advice on entering the Australian market. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up early as these slots will go quickly.

Seating and consulting sessions are limited. Please fax or email your RSVP to Naomi Masuno | 808.488.7210 | nmasuno@fhb.com

October 7, 2009 | 5:00 p.m. Registration | 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Program
Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone #9 | Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor | 521 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96813 | Parking: Metered parking just $0.50 / hour
$15 / Person for Presentation Forum
$10 / Company for 15 minute consulting session with Mr. Clune preceding the presentation

Seating and consulting sessions are limited. Please fax or email your RSVP to Naomi Masuno | 808.488.7210 | nmasuno@fhb.com

Make your reservation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136499560877

These event is brought to you in partnership with the Foreign Trade Zone, State of Hawaii DBEDT, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Hawaii Export Assistance Center.

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - Hawaii Pacific Export Council expands to include NMI - HONOLULU, HI-The U.S. Department of Commerce's local U.S. Commercial Service office announced yesterday that the Hawaii Pacific Export Council has expanded and diversified its membership to help more companies across Hawaii and the Western Pacific territories sell their products internationally. For complete story go to http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=92633

New Members Join HI Pacific Export Council
Exporting goods to foreign markets can be daunting for many businesses. For decades the Hawaii Pacific Export Council has helped companies overcome cultural and bureaucratic barriers in far off markets. Now the council welcomes 14 new members. HPR's Ben Markus reports.

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Thursday August 6 2009 Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC) met at Foreign Trade Zone, Honolulu Hawaii USA

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World Trade Day - Learn About International Sales Opportunities!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Noon – 1:00 pm • FREE

Foreign Trade Zone #9 at Pier 2, 521 Ala Moana Blvd, Conference Room (Parking in metered stalls or at Restaurant Row)

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity!

Find out how to take advantage of local services to expand your international sales or get into the trade game.

• Hear about Hawaii’s top export markets and best prospects for success.
• Learn about local services to help your company establish or expand your international presence.
• Schedule a one-to-one counseling appointment with one of our experts (SBA, SBDC, SCORE,
Foreign Trade Zone, U.S. Dept. Commerce) to help you refine your business plan or international strategy.

For more information, to reserve your FREE seat and schedule a one-on-one appointment, please email nmasuno@fhb.com or call Naomi Masuno at 488-7205
or Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu Hawaii April 9th: Hawaii Global Links Forum |  Featuring the U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers from the U.S. Embassies in Seoul, and Singapore. Our Senior Commercial Officers lead the Commercial Service's efforts to help U.S. companies sell their products and services in 89 markets around the world. Mr. John Fogarasi serves in Seoul, and Mr. Daniel Thompson serves in Singapore.

download presentation in PDF format http://www.hkchcc.org/korea.pdf  

download presentation in PDF format http://www.hkchcc.org/singapore.pdf  

Honolulu Hawaii April 1st: Hawaii Global Links Forum | The Philippines: Featuring the U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers from the U.S. Embassies in Manila. Senior Commercial Officers lead the Commercial Service's efforts to help U.S. companies sell their products and services in 89 markets around the world. Mr. Patrick Wall serves in Manila

download presentation in PDF format http://www.hkchcc.org/philippines.pdf

Wednesday, January 28th at 12 noon - 2:00pm, Foreign Trade Zone#9 Conference Room, RSVP Required! Please RSVP to Stephen Craven steve@kekepana.com

View pictures on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=61801&id=562941983


National District Export Council Conference - "Travel & Trade - Redefining Exports" - October 15 - 18 2008 Palm Springs, California, USA

Biz-Video - View Event Business Video online - Courtesy of YouTube http://www.hkchcc.org/biz-video.htm

Biz-Video - View Event Business Video online - Courtesy of YouTube http://www.hkchcc.org/biz-video.htm

The 2008 National District Export Council Conference on October 15-18, 2008 in Palm Springs, CA will be here before you know it, and I am writing to urge you to put this important date on your calendar.

To enhance the value of your participation in the DEC Conference, the California Inland Empire District Export Council has arranged for the One-on-One meetings with Senior Commercial Officers and Regional Directors to be complimentary and at no cost to you. This is an incredible opportunity to meet with U.S. Department of Commerce staff from throughout the world at one venue. The Senior Commercial Officers and Regional Directors from American embassies, consulates and institutes in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, and Vietnam will be available for private one-on-one meetings with DEC Conference participants. During the one-on-one meetings you will have the opportunity to get specific answers pertaining to your business. You will be able to:

*Learn about your company's sales potential in the several countries
*Assess challenges in the marketplace
*Understand how to capitalize on the latest free trade agreements
*Hone in on the best market opportunities
*Find out how the U.S. Commercial Service can help you identify new business partners

If you are interested in this opportunity, please come to the Andreas Room at the Wyndham Hotel on the morning of Thursday, October 16 to register for meetings. Please note that there are a limited number of meeting slots available and the meetings are on a first come first serve basis.

NOTE: For those of you who have already registered for One-on-One meetings, you should receive your meeting schedule within the next day if you have not already. You will also receive a refund for any fees that you have already paid for these meetings by mail.

For questions, please contact:

Tony Michalski
U.S. Commercial Service
Ontario, CA
Tel: 909-466-4137, Cell: 909-717-1811
Email: tony.michalski@mail.doc.gov

Erica Ramirez
U.S. Commercial Service
Ontario, CA
Tel: 909-466-4139, Cell: 909-208-4613
Email: erica.ramirez@mail.doc.gov

This year’s conference will address “Travel & Tourism: Redefining Exports” and, like the 2007 conference, promises to offer an in-depth exploration of many issues that resonate with exporters:

Trade Policy
Foreign Investments in the U.S.
Tourism, services, and education as Exports
Export Basics
Green Technologies & Energy Efficiency
International Trade - Security & Safety
Global Micro Enterprise Development
International Institution-financed Projects
Intellectual Property Rights
Export Financing: Public and Private
Goods/Enterprise Risk Management
Goods Movement & Transportation

The 2008 conference will once again offer one-on-one meetings with experienced commercial officers from all over the world. It will break down key market information into digestible portions; and wow attendees with dynamic, learned keynoters from the international trade community. And award-winning journalist Gene Randall will be back again this year to pull topics and panelists together in a cohesive way that will leave you satisfied that the 2008 conference was well worth the trip.

The California Inland Empire District Export Council invites you to attend the 2008 National District Export Council Conference, the premier forum for exporting and international trade.  The 2008 National District Export Council Conference, “Travel & Trade: Redefining Exports,” will bring together senior U.S. Department of Commerce officials, U.S. Trade Representative Diplomats, CEOs and foreign leaders to discuss issues and share knowledge to promote U.S. exports.

Registration is open to new and established exporters, or those just interested in learning about international trade. There will be an unprecedented 22 breakout sessions to select from, plus five keynote sessions. Senior Commercial Officers representing U.S. Embassies from multiple countries will be available for one-on-one meetings. These meetings will provide a forum to discuss your specific business interest in select markets. The conference will be held from October 15-18 at the Wyndham Hotel in Palm Springs. Now is the time to take a good look at the conference agenda to see just what you can expect. Visit the website today at http://www.decconference.com 

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

October 8 2008 - U. S. Department of Commerce Honolulu - Mr. John Holman - Export Achievement Certificate presentation ceremony with Hawaii Lieutenant Governor James "Duke" Aiona. The ceremony will highlight the export achievements of several outstanding local companies. The recipients include are Big Island Bees; Hawaii Kai, Inc; Malie, Inc; Oils of Aloha; TALL English Solutions and Tradewinds Global.

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Honolulu Hawaii August 15, 2008 - U.S. Commercial Service Partners with Hawaii Pacific University to Offer Free Market Entry Analysis

The local U.S. Commercial Service office, also known as the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, has partnered with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) to offer local companies getting started in exporting a free in-depth market entry analysis. During the 2008 Fall semester, MBA students at HPU will develop a complete market entry analysis for local Hawaiian companies looking to enter international markets. As part of their International Marketing course, three to four students will be assigned to each company and will develop a market entry strategy for one market based on the company's best prospects. At the conclusion of the semester, the students will present their findings and recommended strategy to the company, their professors, and classmates.

Participant Requirements: Participating companies must be new exporters that have begun exporting in the past 3 years or are planning to export for the first time. General information about the company and its products will need to be shared with the students in order to develop effective strategies. At the conclusion of the semester in December, the company must be present for the student's final presentation. Limited to 10 companies. Products must be at least 51% U.S. content. For more information or to apply, please contact John Holman of the Hawaii Export Assistance Center at (808) 522.8041 or john.holman@mail.doc.gov

Honolulu, Hawaii Aug 13 2008 9am - 1pm: The 7th Annual International Trade Forum - Finding New Business in a Struggling Economy

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration at the 7th annual International Trade Forum: Finding new business in a Struggling Economy. If you are looking for a new way to grow your business, the international arena might be the answer.

This exciting, FREE workshop will feature experts from the State Department of Agriculture, Export-Import Bank, Foreign Trade Zone #9, High Technology Development Corporation’s Manufacturer’s Extension Program (MEP), Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Find out information on export and import opportunities, financing, trade shows, how to earn more by trading in stronger currency, and what countries are eligible for exports from the United States.

How to get a free website and expand your business potential

Finding new buyers overseas and expanding my market reach

Find out how your company can benefit from establishing your business in the Foreign Trade Zone. Exporting can be the key to unlocking an untapped market for your products or services.

This workshop is designed to help small business owners and potential owners discover new markets beyond the Hawaiian Islands.

There is limited metered parking at the Foreign Trade Zone, so come early!

Contact: Mary Dale at 808-541-2990 X211 Or Fax 808-541-2976

Register On-line! www.sba.gov/hi 

August 13, 2008 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Foreign Trade Zone # 9, Pier #2, Honolulu, HI 96817

Ph:__________ FAX:__________ E-Mail: ________________________@____________________
Type of Business_____________________________________________
Country Interested in Doing Business with ___________________
Do you need financing?__ Start up or Existing Business?__

SBA’s cooperation does not constitute or imply endorsement of products, and/or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu-Hawaii-August 7 2008 - Hawaii Pacific Export Council Members and John Holman - Area Director Honolulu of U. S. Commercial Service met with William M Zarit - Deputy Secretary - Office of International Operations and Ira Kasoff - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia - International Trade Administration of the U. S. Department of Commerce met at Wailana Coffee Shop to discuss various business opportunities in Asia and Beyond.

HPEC to meet with Ira Kasoff and Bill Zarit Thursday, August 7th 9am at Wailana Coffee Shop

Ira is Commerce's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, while Bill is the Commercial Service's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific. Both have been good friends for Hawaii companies. RSVP by Aug 5th to John Holman - Director, Pacific Islands, Hawaii Export Assistance Center, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce at John.Holman@mail.doc.gov
For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu-Hawaii Friday June 6th: Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and InvestHK Cordially invite you to a Special Business Luncheon featuring - Simon Galpin, Associate Director-General, Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government “Hong Kong – Your Best Partner and Risk Manager in China”

The U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce Small Business Week April 21-25, 2008. This year’s celebration encompasses events to be held in Washington, DC at Mandarin Oriental Hotel and New York City - enter to find out more

By Special Invitation ONLY: President George Bush will be hosting a reception "The President's Remarks on National Small Business Week" - Wednesday - April 23 2008 - 3:00 to 6:00pm - The White House - East Room

Webcasting - SBA will be webcasting all of the award events*** and the forums!! click on this link to log onto the website the day and time of the event and you will see a link to the webcast.

For more than 40 years, the SBA has recognized outstanding small business owners for their contributions to the nation’s economy and for their personal achievements during small business week. Since 1963, every President has declared National Small Business Week to formally recognize the important role of America’s small business community.

Small Business Week 2008 begins with a three-day conference in Washington, DC focusing on small business accomplishments, including disaster recovery, procurement and entrepreneurial success. More than 100 small business owners will be honored at four major award events, culminating with the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year. The 2008 honors will include the Phoenix Awards, the Champion Awards, the Federal Procurement Awards and the Entrepreneurial Success Award. This year we are also adding interactive dialogues with industry experts in Healthcare, Technology and Underserved Markets as well as an Energy Forum. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to participate in meetings with corporate and federal buyers who have contracts to be filled by small businesses.

Among the featured speakers confirmed are Secretary Mike Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative; Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker; David Latimore of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; John Bryant of Operation HOPE, and other prominent business leaders, CEOs and politicos.

Small Business Week 2008 cosponsors include: Sam’s Club, Administaff, Raytheon, IBM, Chevron, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce.com, Lowe’s, Banco Popular, Minority Business Development Agency, General Services Administration, MyBizHomepage, Dun & Bradstreet, National Association of Development Companies, Direct Selling Education Foundation, Association of Small Business Development Centers, National Small Business Association, Federal Allies Institute, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Consumer Energy Alliance, National Federation of Independent Business, and SCORE

• Small Business Person of the Year (one from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam);
• Small Business Exporter of the Year;
• SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year;
• Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year;
• Phoenix Awards (for disaster recovery);
• Small Business Champions (individuals or organizations dedicated to supporting small businesses);
• Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year;
• Small Business Subcontractor of the Year;
• Frances Perkins Vanguard Awards (for use of women-owned businesses in government contracting);
• Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors);
• Gold Star Awards (for federal government contracting);
• Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award
• 7(a) Small Business Lender of the Year (does not require nominations);
• 504 Lender of the Year (does not require nominations);
• Export Lender of the Year (does not require nominations).

On Thursday, April 24, SBA will head to New York City to participate in the closing ceremony at NASDAQ. The final day of Small Business Week will consist of a dialogue on Community Investment and a celebration of top Small Business Lenders.

Small Business Week 2008 promises to be a valuable event! We look forward to seeing you there!

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Hawaii Women's Business Center hosts Small Business Awards Luncheon on April 30 2008 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Click here for registration form - Return form with payment no later than April 25, 2008 to The Hawai'i Women's Business Center is located in downtown, Honolulu, in the Heart of Chinatown: 1041 Nu'uanu Avenue, Suite A, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; Phone: 808.526.1001; FAX: 808.550.0724 Cost: $45.00 per person, $450 for table of 10 (Check payable to Hawaii Women's Business Center)

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Honolulu man honored in D.C.

Honolulu businessman Johnson Choi was honored by the Small Business Administration as 2008 Minority Champion during a ceremony today in the nation's capital.

Choi was one of 10 small-business owners and leaders of small-business support organizations nationwide recognized for their support of entrepreneurs. The SBA Champion Awards were presented as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week.

Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting. He won at the state and regional level before claiming the national title.

"The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as true champions of small business, whose tireless efforts have provided tangible and significant support to small businesses and to their communities," said SBA Administrator Steve Preston.

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April 7, 2008 Washington DC - Meeting with Senator and Mrs. Daniel Akaka, John Homan - incoming U. S. Commercial Officer for Honolulu District and Paul Tambakis - Director of Commercial Service Newport Beach California - U. S. Dept of Commerce


Past Events

April 7, 2008 . 4:30-6:30 PM William S. Richardson School of Law, Moot Court Room: Corruption and Good Corporate Governance: Where's the Bottom Line? Presented by Barbara S Fredericks - Assistant General Counsel for Admission - U. S. Department of Commerce - Office of the General Counsel, David Day - Attorney at Law and Shirley Daniel as Moderator. The event is sponsored by the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law - William S Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii Manoa. U. S. Department of Commerce has strict policy and guidelines in place that its 38,000 employees worldwide must adhere to. (L to R: Shirley Daniel, David Day and Barbara Fredericks)

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 27 - 28: The first regional Hawaii Pacific Lending Conference that SBA will conduct next month at the Honolulu Country Club. Scheduled for March 27 and 28th, the event is attracting interest from the mainland U.S. , Guam , American Samoa and other affiliated islands in the South Pacific. The 1 ½ day program will feature nationally known experts in small business financing, economic trends in Hawaii and the region, banking issues and opportunities.

Keynote speaker on March 27 will be Janet Taker, Deputy Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Capital Access, who oversees SBA’s $85 billion loan portfolio. Other notables on the program include the Honorable Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman for Hawaii’s 2nd District and member of the House Small Business Committee, Tony Wilkinson, President and CEO of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Kyle Enger, Associate Director of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Chuck Hill of Kapolei Property Development, and Paul Brewbaker, SVP and Chief Economist, Bank of Hawaii.

The agenda is also available on-line at www.sba.gov/hi. The discounted registration of $80 postmarked by Feb 29th (regular fee is $100) is available through Friday, Feb 29th for those interested in this opportunity.

Webinar on potential locations for the 2010 DEC Conference
Date: March 5, 2008
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 EST

This webinar will feature presentations by the Detroit and the Minneapolis DECs, who will detail why their respective cities should be potential locations for the 2010 DEC Conference. DEC members will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions. I urge all DEC members to participate in this webinar and help determine where your 2010 National DEC Conference will be held. Following the presentations, a link will be sent out to all DEC Chairs and DEC Executive Secretaries allowing each DEC to vote on the proposed locations. There will be one vote per DEC and each DEC will have until March 21st to vote.

Terry Kalley, Michigan DEC Chair
David Noah, Minneapolis DEC Member

Webinar Participation Instructions:
** Please note: You must log in to the webinar web site AND dial in to the conference number to fully participate in this webinar. It is recommended that you log on at least 15 minutes prior in order to down load the necessary software required for the webinar. Thanks!

Step 1. Url: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ 
Conference Number: PG9402492
Passcode: DEC

Step 2. Toll Number: 1-210-234-0008
Toll Free Number: 1-888-989-4570
Passcode: DEC

If you have any questions, please call Lauren Harvey at 202-482-1289

Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and

   Bank of Hawaii, International Banking Division

February 14 2008 - Pacific Club, Honolulu Hawaii: “An Update of the Business Climate in China” Opportunities Niches for Hawaii China Business? by BRENDA LEI FOSTER, PRESIDENT, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai attended by more than 100 guests including UH TIM Alumni and Friends and Members of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council

Listen to the presentation online

Saturday, January 26th 9:00am - 12noon, Retreat at Foreign Trade Zone#9 Conference Room to discuss why Hawaii companies don't export attended by Richard Swanson, U.S. Commercial Officers/Network Director Southern California, Nevada & Hawaii and Paul Tambakis, Area Director, U. S. Department of Commerce

Tuesday - December 11, 2007 - United States Commercial Office San Francisco California - Presenting Jerry Levine with the "Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade". Mr. Levine played an important role to save the District Export Council (DEC) in 1995 when legislation was presented to eliminate the DEC

Click on the picture or link to view Video Presentation online - Courtesy of YouTube

Special Message:

November 16 2007

Aloha HPEC Members,

I want to take this opportunity to share some good news with you. I have accepted a new assignment as the Director of the Newport Beach, CA. Office of the Commercial Service (CS) effective December 3, 2007. I recently participated in two rounds of panel interviews and was very fortunate to be selected for this new assignment. Although I will miss working with all of you on a daily basis, I am very proud of our joint accomplishments that helped many Hawaii exporters over the past four years. Without the strong partnership of the HPEC, DBEDT and other local partners, CS Honolulu would have accomplished far less for our local business community. I was selected for this new assignment because Commercial Service management took notice of what we accomplished here in Hawaii. Last week at the National DEC Conference in Tampa, CS management emphasized the importance of moving quickly to fill the Honolulu vacancy (through a competitive vacancy announcement and panel interview process) so we keep the momentum going with the HPEC and Commercial Service clients in Hawaii.

During the last week of November, our Network Director, Richard Swanson will travel to Hawaii to meet with the HPEC to discuss the transition and to present some Export Achievement Certificates. We will notify you as soon as the details of this meeting and presentation ceremony are finalized. This will also be a great opportunity to celebrate two great years for the Export Council under Piia's leadership as we look forward to Steve Craven taking over the Chair position in January.

The recipients of the Director General's Export Achievement Certificates include:

Shaun Roberts, Malie, Kauai
Dana Gray, Oils of Aloha
Kevin Kraft, Tradewinds Global
Phil and Whendi Grad, Big Island Bees
Janis Koh, TALL English Solutions

I look forward to seeing you all later this month for the awards ceremony and meeting with Richard Swanson. I also expect to continue to work closely with the HPEC as we coordinate with all of the DECs in our Network on joint activities, including the 2008 National DEC Conference in Palm Springs.

I appreciate all that you have done to make my assignment here in Hawaii the greatest work experience of my career.

Paul Tambakis, Director
Commercial Service Honolulu
phone 808-522-8041

National District Export Council Conference - November 7-9, 2007 Tampa, Florida

The Great Debate: The Future of U.S. Trade” was attended by more than 350 Exporters represented by District Export Councils (DEC) members and United States Commercial Officers throughout North America, Middle East and Asia - Charlotte Starfire of the Florida DEC is chairing the conference this year. This year's conference promises to be an engaging, educational journey into the many aspects of "The Great Trade Debate." The conference has focus on 1) The pending free trade agreements (FTA), await U. S. Congress passage into law between USA, Peru, Columbia, Panama and South Korea to level the playing field for American Exporters and 2) The challenges and opportunities for the American Exporters to China (Hong Kong) and Arabian markets.

Award winning journalist Gene Randall has moderated a debate designed to provide great insight into understanding the complexities of conducting business throughout the world in a period of heightened uncertainty. U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Officers from U.S. Embassies in North America ( Canada, Mexico) , Central America ( DR-CAFTA, Panama), South America ( Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru) and the Middle East ( Israel, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia) will deliver up-to-date information on developing opportunities for U.S. business..

Please visit the web site, SAVE THE DATE, and put “conference participation” on your next DEC meeting agenda!!
For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Click on the picture or link to view Video Presentation online - Courtesy of YouTube

The Politics of Trade-Tiffany Moore, Asst US Trade Rep

The Stakeholders of Trade-Daniel Griswold-Director of Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies

Video#1 Video#2 Video#3 "The China Trade Card" Trevor Houser-Director-China Strategic Advisory, William Zarit-Regional Director, Asia-U. S. Commercial Service, Richard Latham-Managing Director-Asland China Forgings, Neal Asbury-President-Greenfield World Trade

Arabian Peninsula-Peace Thru Prosperity -Gulf State 1/5 Nancy Charles-Parker, Sr. Commercial Officer, U. S. Embassy, Kuwait

Arabian Peninsula-Peace Thru Prosperity-Gulf State 2/5 Radi Al-Rashad, President and CEO, International Chem-Crete Inc

Arabian Peninsula-Peace Thru Prosperity-Gulf State 3/5 Michael Delong, Corp VP of Global Planning and Operations, The Shaw Group

Arabian Peninsula-Peace Thru Prosperity-Gulf State 4/5 Jesse Nasianceno, International Sales, Marathon Equipment

Arabian Peninsula-Peace Thru Prosperity-Gulf State 5/5 Zeca Gama, International Sales Manager, SureCrete Design Products

Saturday, October 20 2007, 8:30am to 12noon, Honolulu Ballroom #2 & #3, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii USA - Presentation by Global Commerce Panel to 150 Distributors:

Donald Reynolds - Economist
William Zarit - Regional Director for the Dept of Commerce's U. S. Foreign Commercial Services (US&FCS)
Andrew K Peopoe - District Director, U. S. Small Business Administration
Johnson Choi - President, Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce; Executive VP and CFO, CMC Consulting Group Inc; Member, Hawaii Pacific Export Council, U. S. Dept of Commerce
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Tom Moore - CEO, Tropical Telecom Corp; Member, Hawaii Pacific Export Council, U. S. Dept of Commerce
Warren Bares - VP, J. Maxime Roy Inc, a Registered Ex-Em Bank Brokerage Firm, Lafayette, Louisiana

"Take your business to China & Asia Through Hong Kong" view Johnson Choi presentation online video#1/2 video#2/2 (courtesy of YouTube) view Microsoft Power Point presentation

"China India and Hong Kong - Opportunities and Challenges" view Tom Moore presentation online  video#1/1 (courtesy of YouTube)

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 11am-12:30pm EDT

Latest Trends in Brand Protection Strategies in China: Please join Chris Bailey, Executive (Partner) with Rouse & Co. International and Deputy Country Manager for China, based in Guangzhou in a discussion of the latest trends in devising brand protection strategies, budgets and performance targets, managing major cases, training and cooperation with enforcement authorities and outside agents, working with local business units suppliers and other partners to improve management of IP within your businesses.

The program is free. No special software or computer configuration is needed to participate; only a phone line and a computer with an Internet connection are necessary. To register for the September program, please send your contact information to ChinaIPR@mail.doc.gov. A registration confirmation, and dial-in/log-in instructions will be sent to you a week before the program. To learn more about the webinar series, please go to http://www.stopfakes.gov/events/china_webinar_series.asp

You are invited to attend the next China IPR Webinar program. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your contacts. It is open to all US industry and US government.

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Friday, September 28, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. (EST) - Conference call with Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez update on pending Free Trade Agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama and South Korea

Listen to the 13 minutes audio presentation online

Hawaii Public Radio Station FM 89.3

“Business Beyond the Reef” to discuss the problems with imports from China, telling all sides of the story and then expand the discussion to revitalizing Chinatown - Listen to MP3 Business Beyond the Reef” to discuss the problems with imports from China, telling all sides of the story and then expand the discussion to revitalizing Chinatown - Special Guest: Johnson Choi, MBA, RFC. President - Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and Danny Au, Manager, Bo Wah Trading.

Sept 4 2007 5:00 - 6:00pm Honolulu Hawaii
(China & Hong Kong SAR time: Sept 5 2007 11:00am - 12noon)
(West Coast USA time: Sept 4 2007 8:00 - 9:00pm)
(East Coast USA time: Sept 4 2007 11:00pm - 12 midnight)

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (808) 524-5738, (852) 8171-3118 or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

Monday, Aug 20 2007 "A Discussion on Public/Private Strategies to Promote Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies" Presented by Joseph Neuhoff III of U.S. Dept of Commerce, Paul Dickerson of U. S. Dept of Energy, John Rei of Sopogy, Robert Shleser of ClearFuels Technology Inc and Janice Kato of Hawaii High Technology Development Corporation - It was attended by more than 100 people representing both private and public sectors, energy / utilities companies, various Chamber of Commerce, Members of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council of the U. S. Department of Commerce - Honolulu Office


HOFEX Food Trade Show in Hong Kong - Join the Hawaii Delegation at the HOFEX Food Trade Show in Hong Kong, May 13-16, 2007

Why Exhibit your Food Products in Hong Kong?

(1) Ideal market platform for doing business in Asia, especially Mainland China and the booming Macau.
(2) The U.S. is second only to China in supplying food and seafood products to H.K.
Hong Kong is a “free port” with virtually no duties or tariffs.
(3) Affluent economy, consistent rule of law, transparent import regulations, free flow of capital, no import tariffs (except on alcoholic drinks), a sophisticated business infrastructure, and traders’ proficiency in English.
(4) Hong Kong (H.K.) imported $7 billion of high value food and seafood products from the world in 2005, $820 million of which came from the U.S. Total imports in 2006 are expected to increase by 6%. increase.
(5) Take advantage of the 22 million potential customers in Hong Kong --15 million Chinese tourists and 7 million Hongkongers.
(6) Save costs and co-exhibit in the Hawaii booth in the WUSATA pavilion with other local companies.
(7) Take advantage of pre and post show counseling from the Hawaii/Pacific Export Council.
WUSATA is offering a spin-off trade mission to Macau to HOFEX exhibitors at no additional charge.
(8) HOFEX 2007 is the 12th Asian International Exhibition of Food & Drink, Hotel, Restaurant & Foodservice Show. HOFEX 2005 recorded an astounding total of 28,604 trade visitors from 87 different countries. This impressive turnout reinforces HOFEX’s status as Asia’s leading international food and hospitality show providing the most effective trade platform for doing business in Asia. This biennial industry event is considered a must for local, regional and international professionals from the food and drink industry making the show an excellent opportunity for Hawaii companies to showcase their products in the growing Asian market.

Trade Show Co-exhibitor Participation Fee $500 (representing 1/4 of the booth cost) - Companies are responsible for all travel and hotel costs and expenses associated with decorating the booth and getting samples and displays to the Exhibition Hall. This participation fee is available on a first-come first-serve basis to Hawaii companies with rural operations outside of Honolulu.

For additional details on this event, please visit:

See the 2005 show report at: http://www.hofex.com2
Hong Kong Retail Food sector Annual report GAIN Report: http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200611/146249619.pdf3 
Hong Kong Market Development Report Exporter Guide 2006: http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200610/146249250.pdf4 

Deadline to express interest: December 31, 2006 http://www.buyusa.gov/hawaii/33.html

For additional information, e-mail paul.tambakis@mail.doc.gov 

Sponsors: Hawaii/Pacific Export Council and the Commercial Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Hawaii Export Assistance Center.

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (808) 524-5738, (852) 8171-3118 or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com


Businesses with their goals set on growth may want to join a trade mission to Asia, but often hesitate because they don’t understand how to start exporting. The Hawaii Pacific Export Council’s November 10 Exporting Boot Camp is designed for just those businesses -- looking to grow and interested in exporting – physical products, intellectual property or software. It’s a practical, hands on and how to guide through the steps: analysis, target market selection, setting objectives, building a marketing strategy and how to work with reps and buyers AFTER the sale. This boot camp is not about sitting and listening. Participants will walk away with a skeleton plan on how to begin exporting. And, export consultants Steve Craven, Kekepana International Services and former U.S. Commercial Service officer, and Chuck Steilen, marketing and exporting professor at Hawaii Pacific University and Chinese University of Hong Kong and marketing consultant to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will spend a full day going over exporting planning with any participant after the boot camp. The mistakes and successes of others are exemplary teaching tools and veteran exporters, Oils of Aloha, Simple Green and Pacific Stock, Inc. (intellectual property), will share their experiences. Bank of Hawaii economist Paul Brewbaker will start the program with an overview of exporting, and entrepreneur Peter Kay will talk at noon about his software exporting experience.

The Exporting Boot Camp will be held from 9 am to 4 pm., Friday, Nov. 10, at the Kapiolani Community College. Fee is $75 including lunch. To register: Provide name, name of company, address, phone and email contact information and check for $75 made out to Hawaii Pacific Export Council. Mail to: Exporting Boot Camp, c/o Pineapple Tweed, 1829 Bertram Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 Phone: 808-737-1904 Deadline: Nov. 1. Lunch only is $35.

The Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC) encourages and supports exports that strengthen companies, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. HPEC works with the U.S. Export Assistance Center to provide opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level while developing a trade assistance network.

HPEC members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and initiate activities such as:
· Counseling of local businesses;
· Identifying export financing sources for businesses;
· Creating greater export awareness in the business community locally;
· Identifying issues that affect export trade and implementation of constructive suggestions for improvement, which are then communicated to appropriate bodies for action;
· Supporting programs and services of the U.S. Export Assistance Centers;

WEBCAST by U. S. Department of Commerce: Water Tech/Irrigation Companies Interested in the Chinese Market - Thursday, August 10, 2006

In recent years, China has begun to confront the growing concern for water scarcity. China’s agricultural sectors, as well as growing industrial and residential sectors, are demanding a huge increase in freshwater. U.S. exports of irrigation equipment to China have grown 30% since 2003. (Source: U.S. International Trade Commission).

Please join us for an exciting webinar on the water flow technology/irrigation sector in China and opportunities for U.S. suppliers!

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2006
Time: 8:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 5:00 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
Location: Your Office or Home Computer
Duration: 1 hour 15 min
Cost: $25

Agenda Topics:
China’s Water Crisis
Market Opportunities and Prospect in the Water Tech/Irrigation Sector
Strategies and Best Practices

David Gossack – Commercial Attaché, U.S. Embassy Beijing
David DeChant – President, Vision Quest Intelligence; former International Marketer and Consultant, MD State Department of Agriculture
Jennifer Turner, PhD – Coordinator, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
John Roberts – President, Roberts Irrigation Products; President – Elect, Irrigation Association (invited)

Water Flow Highlights:
Less than 5% of land in China employs modern water-saving drip and sprinkling irrigation techniques. In the next five years, the Chinese government will spend US$4 million introducing foreign irrigation technology and equipment. (Source: China Council for Promotion of International trade). The Chinese government plans to set up “demonstration farms” to promote water-saving regulations and standards. (Source: China Ministry of Water Resources).

This webinar is valuable for water flow technology companies, particularly but not limited to irrigation, that are considering expanding into the Chinese market.

Click Here to Register! For payment information, please contact: Alicia Rios, San Joaquin Valley International Trade Association (SJVITA), at (559) 241-6566, or info@exportcenter.net

For questions, please contact Heather Tomasetti at (202) 482-3487 or Heather.Tomasetti@mail.doc.gov

For information, please contact: Johnson Choi at (808) 524-5738, (852) 8171-3118 or by email to jwkc8168@yahoo.com

April 26, 2006

Governor Linda Lingle Announces Hawaii's Partnership Agreement with Export-Import Bank to Grow Hawaii Export; in Partnership with Hawaii Small Business Administration, U. S. Dept of Commerce Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific District Export Council and DBEDT Recognized Four Hawaii Small Businesses for Their Export Success: FAT Law's Farm Inc, Noh Foods, Simple Green and Hawaii Pacific University.

Exim Bank President Video Presentation   Governor Linda Lingle Presentation

Discover new sales opportunities in a dynamic market - CHINA

Learn strategies and methods for American manufacturing and services exports to China from this U.S. Commercial Service webinar. Opportunities in China is perfect for new-to-market companies who want to be part of China’s rapid economic growth.

Learn about the following topics:

· Market opportunities and prospects for continued growth
· Bilateral and multilateral trade patterns
· Costs and benefits of alternative market entry strategies for American manufacturers
· Common risks and suggestions on how to ensure prompt payment, protect intellectual property rights and comply with Chinese standards

Hear directly from the experts.

Senior Commercial Officer Craig Allen from Beijing, China will discuss doing business in China and will be available to respond to industry-specific questions.

Consider the China Region.

· China is the 4th largest importer of agricultural goods.
· U.S. machinery exports have experienced healthy growth rising nearly U.S. $3 billion in value since 2000 to more than U.S. $7.2 billion in 2004.
· Best prospects for manufacturers include machine tools and tooling products.
· Best prospects for franchises include car rental, education, training, real estate, and dry cleaning and executive search.
· U.S. exports to China increased 28%, 22% and an estimated 19% in 03, 04 and 05 respectively. In 2005, China became our 4th largest export market.

Register Now!
Event: Opportunities in China Webinar
When: March 20, 2006, 2:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 a.m. PST
To Register: Contact Linda.Abbruzzese@mail.doc.gov for your access information and pass code.

Can’t make the live webinar? Register to watch the archived version and still submit questions that will be answered by our regional trade specialists.

December 5, 2005

Paul Tambakis will be leaving Hawaii soon! Please join other DEC members for a fond farewell and some holiday cheer at 12 noon for a lunch on December 5 from at the Courtyard Dining Room at the Pacific Club. Contract Piia Aarma piia@pineappletweed.com to RSVP

Listen to Paul Tambakis Holiday Message and Thank you notes NOTE: PAUL TAMBAKIS HAS LATER DECIDED TO STAY

Sept 9, 2005

Talk Story with Gregory M Wong, Commercial Officer, U. S. Department of Commerce at Foreign Trade Zone Room 258 today with Member of the Hawaii Pacific District Export Council and Members of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

August 11, 2005

(L to R: Brenda Foster, Ed Case, Paul Tambakis & Johnson Choi)

Brenda Foster - New President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai China, Paul Tambakis - Area Director of the U. S. Department of Commerce Honolulu and Johnson Choi - President of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce met with United State Congressman Ed Case at his Honolulu Office to discuss a wide variety of subjects including USA-China Trade Relationship, Efforts to help USA firms to export to China, Intellectual Property Issues in China, Unpeg of Chinese Yuan to the USA Dollar and many issues affecting long term business relationship between the two countries.

June 7 - 19, 2005

Hawaii Pacific DEC and & Hawaii DBEDT Co-Sponsored China Trade Mission, all interested parties should contact Mr. Alex Ho at AlexHo@dbedt.hawaii.gov

Special Message

March 1,  2005

Farewell from Grant Aldonas

Dear Friends:

As you may know, I have submitted my resignation as Under Secretary for International Trade to the President effective March 31. I want to thank all of you for your support and your friendship over the last four years. You represent the finest group of colleagues with whom I have ever had the pleasure to work.

I recall saying at our first "all hands" meeting that I believed those of us who work in the international trade arena serve a broader cause. That cause is to encourage freedom, expand prosperity, ensure justice and promote peace -- because that is what trade does.

Whenever we open a new market at the negotiating table, offer guidance to a first-time exporter, or level the playing field for American firms and workers, we contribute to that cause. We also help our neighbors around the world through trade by promoting prosperity, sharing our expertise and values, and opening new channels of communication and understanding that can lead to peace.

I have always felt that the best that can be said of anyone's endeavors is that they made a difference. Looking back at the many challenges we faced over the past four years, I can honestly say that, by dint of your commitment and service, we made a difference in the life of our nation
and our fellow Americans. I am certain that our nation's best years lie ahead and I have every confidence that you all will continue to serve our great country with the same excellence I have witnessed during my tenure here.

I wish you every success in that endeavor. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Grant Aldonas
Under Secretary for International Trade
United States Department of Commerce
Washington DC

February 16, 2005

HIGH TEA with Mary Delmege, Director, Pacific Southwest Region - U. S. Department of Commerce at, Waioli Tea Room, 2950 Manoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822




October 19 - 21, 2004 National District Export Conference in Memphis, Tennessee

- High profile keynote speakers including:
- Secretary of Commerce Evans
- Mike Drucker, President of FedEx International
- President of Wal-Mart International
- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (invited) , and many others

- Plenary and break out sessions on current export related issues
- Trade Policy
- Outsourcing
- Manufacturing
- Strategies & Resources for Exporters

- Networking with conference participants
- America's finest Exporters from small, medium and large companies
- Department of Commerce officials
- Other service providers to exporters

- Visit the world-famous "FedEx Hub"
- view the nightly sorting of millions of packages for world-wide delivery

- Enjoy Memphis - the jewel in the crown of the Mississippi River
- the vibrant Queen of the mid-South! - check it our here!

January 29, 2004

Ronald N Langston, National Director, Minority Business Development

   Governor Lingle is shown with (from left) Linda Marie Marmolejo, regional director of the San Francisco National Enterprise Center; Chiling Tong, deputy assistant secretary for Asia and the Pacific, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Ronald N. Langston, national director of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency.



Ronald N Langston, National Director, Minority Business Development

  • Date:  Thursday, January 29, 2004
  • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Place: 1 Capital District Building Room 410, 250 S. Hotel St, Honolulu HI 96813
  • Program: MBDA initiative for minority-owned small Hawaii businesses.
  • Cost: Hosted by Hawaii Pacific District Export Council
  • RSVP: Paul Tambakis, Director, Honolulu Export Assistance Center by fax 808-522-8045 or by email to paul.tambakis@mail.doc.gov

Join the Hawaii Delegation in Singapore at Food & Hotel Asia 2004 April 20-23rd

ENVIRO 04 Convention & Exhibition March 28 – April 1, 2004 Sydney Australia

August 20, 2003

Talk business with U. S. Under Secretary for International Trade Mr. Grant Aldonas and the Director of U. S. Dept of Commerce Honolulu, Mr. Paul Tambakis. Mr. Aldonas discussed the vast opportunities available for U. S. Company to explore the China market and how his office can help. He is hoping organizations like the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce will continue to help promote trade and understanding to break down the trade barriers.



January 14, 2003

Hawaii Pacific District Export Council (DEC) Members of the United States Department of Commerce met with Mr. Bruce W Blakeman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Domestic Operations, U. S. Commercial Service of Washington D.C. on available resources to assist HKCHcc members and Hawaii companies to promote export and trade.



Business Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm (M - F) Advance Appointment Requested
USA Address: 1188 Bishop Street, Century Square, Suite 3403, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA
Hong Kong SAR Address: 253 Des Voeux Rd #1305, Central, Hong Kong
China Address: 31-35 Yongjia Rd, #520, Shanghai 200030, China
San Francisco USA Phone: (415) 691-6138;
Hawaii USA Phone: (808) 524-5738;
Hong Kong SAR Phone: (852) 8171-3118 & (852) 9239-3999 (mobile)
USA Toll Free Fax: (877) 852-8548
Hawaii USA Fax: (808) 524-8063

How to Contact Us: Webmaster: Johnson Choi, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)  Phone: 808-222-8183; Email: johnsonchoi@johnsonchoi.com - Last Update 02-01-04


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