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Taipei Taiwan Aug 2011 - Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii, UH Board of Regents, Director and Founding Member of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce was the Head Judge for the Taiwan Culinary Competition in Taipei Taiwan

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August 2011 Foshan China: Jon-Peter Sit Fellow UH TIM Alumni interviewed by Foshan TV station China

Our Fellow UH TIM Alumni Peter Sit's son, Jon-Peter Sit who has been teaching English at Shunde Polytechnic past three years.

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"Two days ago I took part in a meeting to discuss the official standardization of various Shunde dishes. As the only 'foreign' member of the Shunde Translation Committee I was briefly interviewed by Foshan TV station about my thoughts on how we should go about translating Chinese dishes with names that carry both a history and culture while at the same time telling Chinese illiterate visitors just what it is they're about to eat."

"I didn't think they'd actually broadcast the interview (had I known I would've done something with my hair first!), but it's been shown on three different TV stations (Shunde TV, Foshan TV, and Star TV of Guangdong, China) and the Guangzhou Daily (newspaper), and my students (and myself) are freaking out haha!"

PRESS RELEASE - Aug 18, 2011, 11:49 a.m. EDT

Powerful Insights from Industry Game-Changers Abound in First-Ever Collaborative Meetings Management Guide by Kevin Iwamoto
(UH TIM Alumni 1977)

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PHILADELPHIA, Aug 18, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The first true guidebook for developing strategic meetings management programs will hit shelves this August with the publication of Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice, published by Easton Studio Press.

The new book is a revealing, in-depth look at the business dynamics and real world practice of meetings management. It features contributions from a host of meetings industry luminaries sharing decades of firsthand knowledge on how to build and execute effective and powerful strategic meetings management programs (SMMPs).

"As companies increasingly aim to get a strategic handle on their investment in meetings and events, our sincere hope is that this book will be an indispensable resource that will help them every step along the way," said Editor Kevin Iwamoto, Global Leadership Professional (GLP) and Vice President of Enterprise Strategy for StarCite. "The profession of meetings management has come a long way since its early days as a new area of travel management. Today it is a thriving practice that is essential to business success. To that end, this book is focused on the 'art of the possible' -- how to create an effective meetings management program whether it's in day one, year ten or beyond."

With an average of twenty-five to thirty years of meetings management experience each, the contributors to Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice are at the pinnacle of the industry:

-- Betsy Bondurant, CMP' CMM, Founder, President, Bondurant Consulting
-- Louann Cashill , CMP, CMM, Global Account Manager, Strategic Projects, StarCite
-- Carol Salcito, President, Management Alternatives, Inc.
-- Linda J. McNairy, Vice President, Business Development, StarCite
-- Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, StarCite
-- Mike Malinchok, CPC, President, S2K Consulting, LLC
-- Amon Cohen, Specialist Business Travel Writer
-- George Odom, President, Strategic Travel & Meetings Group
-- Debi Scholar, GLP, CMM, CMP, CTE, CTT, and President, Scholar Consulting Group
-- John Pino, Chairman, CEO, Founder of i-Meet and StarCite
-- Andrew Menkes, CEO and Chairman, Partnership Travel Consulting, LLC

"I applaud StarCite for bringing together such a distinguished group of contributors to develop a resource on how to implement a Strategic Meetings Management Program," said Tim Reid, Group Publisher, The BTN Group. "It is a very valuable endeavor the can provide an additional resource for any serious travel program."

Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice is available for advance purchase in hardcover and e-reader format on,, and from StarCite at . 

About the Editor of Strategic Meetings Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice

Kevin Iwamoto is a widely recognized business travel industry leader with more than twenty years of experience managing global corporate travel and meetings programs. He was President and CEO of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the GBTA Foundation from 2001 to 2003, where he created and launched the GBTA Groups and Meetings Committee and cofounded the global Paragon Partnership organization, forging a relationship between the GBTA and MPI.

Prior to joining StarCite in 2008, Iwamoto spent over ten years at Hewlett-Packard, where as Senior Global Travel Commodity Manager he oversaw development, policy creation, strategy, and supplier management for various global travel spend categories over his tenure, including airlines, car rental, corporate and meetings card, meetings, hotels, and ground transportation.

About StarCite, Inc.

StarCite, Inc. provides a technology platform that makes meetings and event planning, booking and management simpler and more cost-effective for corporations, hotels, venues and meetings suppliers worldwide. StarCite delivers visibility, cost savings and control over meetings spending for businesses and enhanced revenue opportunities for suppliers. Through Web-based, on-demand technology, StarCite automates and supports every key element of the meetings planning and procurement process: planning, budgeting, buying, marketing and managing attendees, payment, and results measurement. Using StarCite's proprietary online marketplace, meetings buyers can connect and conduct business with over 83,000 hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers globally. StarCite is based in Philadelphia , PA and has offices worldwide. Its equity holders include Internet Capital Group ICGE -4.59% , TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite please visit  

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Honolulu Hawaii July 10 2011 US-China People Friendship Association Honolulu installed New Officers and Directors at the Hee Hing Chinese Restaurant

July 10 2011 Honolulu Hawaii - Ms. Yen Chun and Her Parents Mr. & Mrs. Walter Chun has been working with the Modern China since the time of Chairman Mao in the early 50s, good friend with Madam Sung Ching Ling. Ms. Yen Chun is the founding member of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce as well of the CMC Consulting Group with special focus in  taking American companies to China. Ms. Yen Chun also served on the Soong Ching Ling Foundation in Shanghai as well as the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Foundation in Hawaii. They have recently published a book "The Soong Ching Ling I Knew" in China (ISBN 978-7-5072-1659-2/K.27)

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Mövenpick opens hotel at Sentosa, marking Singapore debut - UH TIM Alumni Rodney Tan is the Group Chairman of Cairnhill Group Holdings Pte Ltd

SINGAPORE Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has soft-opened Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, its first property in Singapore.

Located in the heart of the Sentosa integrated gaming resort, the 5-star hotel depicts the colonial history and contemporary flair of the country in its striking interiors, designed by Japan firm Super Potato. The hotel's facilities are spread out over two distinct wings: the traditional Heritage wing, with colonial heritage dating back to the 1940s, and the new Contemporary wing, which provides an upscale experience for discerning travelers.

The initial phase sees the opening of the contemporary wing, which offers distinctively designed rooms and suites, dining and entertainment options and meetings and conference facilities. This modern section features 105 deluxe guestrooms, plus 25 suites. Signature Onsen suites each feature a Japanese-style hot tub set in a tranquil outdoor sanctuary, while penthouse suites offer private rooftop pools.

The hotel's current dining options include Library, a lounge area where guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments in comfortable surroundings, and Tea Lounge, serving breakfast and an international menu.

The upcoming fully-renovated Heritage building, set to open toward the end of 2011, will complement the existing facilities with 61 guestrooms and suites. The Heritage wing will include an all-day dining restaurant, a Whisky Bar and Cigar Lounge. In addition, the hotel's unique private dining concept will allow guests to enjoy tailor-made menus.

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts announced the soft opening of Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, its first property in Singapore. The new property will have a grand opening before year end. It is located on the island of Sentosa with facilities spread over two wings - the traditional Heritage Wing with colonial heritage architecture dating back to the 1940's and the newly built Contemporary Wing. The first phase of opening will see the launch of the Contemporary Wing, which offers 105 Deluxe rooms, while 19 Onsen Suites, three Executive Suites, two Penthouse Suites will open later this year. The Onsen suites feature an outdoor Japanese style hotel tub while the Penthouse Suites will offer private rooftop pools. The hotel is owned by Cairnhill Group Holdings Pte Ltd. The Heritage building will open towards the end of 2011, adding a further 61 rooms and suites and more dining options.

Group Chairman 
CEO, Cairnhill Group Of Companies

Rodney Tan is the Group Chairman of Cairnhill Group Holdings Pte Ltd. Rodney Tan has gained himself more than 20 years of professional knowledge and experiences in the Travel and Hospitality industry in USA and Asia.

Rodney Tan graduated from the University Of Hawaii, USA and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration - School of Travel Industry Management (UH TIM). He is also a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) awarded by the American Hotel and Motel Association and a member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Over the years he has worked for several well established international hotels located in the United States of America, Singapore and China and recruited his own team of high quality hospitality professionals. Rodney Tan possesses strong leadership qualities and also maintains good relationships with corporate and political leaders in South-East Asia and China.

From his vantage point as a top corporate executive and CEO in Travel & Hospitality Industry, Rodney Tan offers a powerful Technology Revolution for every facets of his industry. Together with his team of IT and Hospitality professionals, they have built a suite of application solutions and created huge potential Hospitality e-marketplace platform to enhance the relationship and functions of the community in Travel and Hospitality Industry

Cairnhill Group Holdings 
78 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058708
Tel: (65) 6734 6622 
Fax: (65) 6235 5598

Taipei Taiwan Republic of China February 15 2011

News from University of Hawaii: Chuck Gee receives Taiwan Tourism Bureau's Lifetime Achievement Award University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

News@UH University of Hawaii System newsletter - Chuck Gee Receives Taiwan Lifetime Achievement Award

StarAdvertiser - Chuck Gee was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2011 Taiwan Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony last month. Gee is a dean emeritus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Travel Industry Management and a member of the UH Board of Regents.

Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China: The Tourism Bureau stated that during this year’s event, in addition to honoring tourism businesses with outstanding performances in 2010, it is bestowing lifetime achievement awards on Alliance Cultural Foundation Chairman Stanley Yen and University of Hawaii Professor Chuck Gee.

Chuck Gee, Dean Emeritus of the UH Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) and a member of the UH Board of Regents, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Taiwan Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony on February 15. Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou presented the award, which recognizes outstanding tourism professionals and businesses for their contributions to Taiwan’s tourism industry.

“Chuck Gee is truly deserving of this honor for his lifetime of contributions to the international travel industry and impressive commitment to tourism education at our University,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.

According to Gee, the honor is really a recognition of the significant contributions made by the School of TIM in cooperation with East-West Center in the training of National Tourism Administration officials and executives for Taiwan and other Pacific Asian destinations at the early stages of tourism development in Hawai‘i and the region. 

“I just happened to be the person at the helm of TIM coinciding with the growth of travel and tourism development—which saw less than half a million international arrivals in the late 1950s to a soaring 395 million-plus arrivals in the Asia Pacific Region last year,” said Gee. “I view this award less as a personal honor than as a testment to the important role played by the University in the region." 

TIM Dean Juanita Liu pointed out that the well-deserved award to Dean Emeritus Gee is rarely granted to a non-Taiwanese citizen. 

“It is a testament to his noteworthy achievements that have put the TIM School and UH on the map in terms of being the premier institution for higher learning for hospitality/tourism in Hawai‘i and the region,” said Liu. “The demand for educational and training programs is booming just as tourism is expanding, and Hawai‘i is fortunate to be in a leadership position due to the strong foundations that Chuck established during his tenure as TIM Dean for over 20 years.”

Gee is an internationally recognized authority in tourism and hospitality education, who has served a vital role with tourism-related organizations including the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). He has received several prestigious awardsover the years, including the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment, Academy of Tourism Organizations’ NOAH Award and Travel Industry Association’s America Hall of Leaders Award.

World Journal Newspaper March 6 2011

朱卓任 獲馬英九頒終身成就獎 - 通訊記者高振華檀香山報導 - March 07, 2011 06:00 AM

為展現台灣觀光旅遊業與政府拚觀光的決心及企圖心,台灣交通部觀光局215日在台北圓山飯店舉辦「觀光節慶祝大會」,此次慶祝大會中並頒發「終身成就獎」給公益平台文化基金會董事長嚴長壽及夏威夷大學前旅遊學院院長、現任夏大校董的朱卓任(Chuck Gee)教授。




Crowne Plaza旅館總經理的Eugene Ong、任凱悅酒店Grand Cypress副總及主任經理的Paul Tang、夏威夷美麗華酒店總經理Ted Sakai、香港城市大學教授Roberta Wong Leung等人,也都認為朱卓任獲獎實至名歸,認為他們今日的成就都是當年受教於他而打下的深厚基礎。朱卓任可謂亦師亦父,眾人均以曾身為其弟子而榮。

Testimony by UH TIM Alumni for the above news article

Dean Gee has been my teacher, mentor and friend since 1974. He has always treated his students, alumni and colleagues fairly. Dean Gee will always give you full attention and treat you with respect whether you are a student or an executive at high places. When seeking advises whether on a personal or professional levels, he will always take his time to listen and offer advises accordingly. His unselfish and professional approach working with people has earned him respects in Asia, North America and Europe. Johnson Choi, President, Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

From the first day since I knew Dean Gee as a TIM freshman in 1973, I found him to be someone with unselfish and genuine care for his students. I for one have benefited from his kind deeds. Till today, he has not wavered and continues to extend his wealth of knowledge and personal guidance to someone like myself. He set the example of integrity and humility, dosed with a warm personality and sharp of intellect. While I thank the TIM program for allowing me to have the foundation for a successful career, the fact is that Dean Gee put life into TIM and made me determined to make him feel proud of his students. I congratulate Dean Gee on his well deserved award. Eugene Ong, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Beijng International Airport

There are moments in your life that someone has made a significant impact that forever changes your life. My professional success is due to Dean Gee who was my mentor during my time in the UH TIM program. He sparked my passion to pursue a life time career in the hotel industry. Paul Tang, Vice President & Managing Director, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Dean Gee inspired me as a student to get involved if you want to see change happen. That lead me into service clubs on campus, and later into community involvement. He always pushed students to be their best, and represent the School of Travel Industry in a positive light. He was like a proud father when it came to the School and students. We were all very proud to be associated with the School of Travel Industry Management, and that carries through today. That is why we have an active alumni board, and are quick to gather and support the school whatever the need: fundraising, internships, participation in classroom. Students have a huge benefit in meeting and networking with graduates in the industry, thanks to the foundation built by Dean Gee. Ted Sakai, General Manager, Miramar Hotel Hawaii

Who have thought that I would surpass my wildest dreams and become the first foreign Dean of the Hotel and Tourism School at Shunde Polytechnic, Guangdong, China and the first foreign Dean of any college in all of China? I have Dean Emeritus Chuck Y Gee to thank for giving me the opportunities, guidance, and recommendations to have such a fantastic career in both the hospitality industry and in the educational arena. I have worked in top positions for over twenty years in prestigious international hotel companies and have worked in over 16 universities and colleges around the world. A great big mahalo to Dean Emeritus Gee for making it possible for me. He is my Guardian Angel and has made it possible for me to have such dream careers. Professor Roberta Wong Leung, City University of Hong Kong, Community College

20110225 08:22 星島日報

Chuck Gee 教授獲馬英九頒「終身成就奬」 (本報夏威夷訊)


ChuckGee教授得意門生中國香港夏威夷商會主席蔡永強指出,ChuckGee教授獲馬英九總統頒發終身成就奬(LifeTime Achievement Award)對夏州居民是一件非常榮幸的事。因為在夏威夷州,夏威夷大學和其旅遊管理學系內,很少有人能獲得外國元首頒發如此榮譽的獎勵。台灣是亞洲的四條龍(台灣、香港、南韓、新加坡),在過去二十年之內曾投資一百萬億美元在中國大陸,ChuckGee教授是中國香港夏威夷商會的創會會員及董事,其門生遍佈亞洲各地。


Taiwan The Heart of Asia」將台灣打造成「亞洲之心」,再創台灣的新高峰!



ChuckGee 教授曾任亞太旅行協會榮譽理事,美國三任總統(卡特、列根、布殊)首席旅遊顧問,美國國務院和商務部駐世界旅遊組織理事會技術顧問,積極協助台灣建立星級旅館評鑑制度,提昇觀光産業行銷發展的國際視野及台灣美食的國際形象,並提供區域觀光規劃的具體方針。

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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) honors outstanding tourism professional Chuck Gee, dean emeritus of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii with Life Time Achievement Award

President Ma Ying-jeou (
馬英九) yesterday attended the 2011 Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony, which honors outstanding tourism professionals and businesses, at the Taipei Grand Hotel.

“Last year, the number of inbound tourists reached a record breaking 5.56 million, a 26.6 percent increase from the year before,” Ma remarked.

The president personally presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Stanley Yen (嚴長壽), president of the Landis Hotels and Resorts Group, and Chuck Gee, dean emeritus of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii.

He also handed out the Taiwan Tourism Award to Japanese singer Kobayashi Sachiko, who took the role as Taiwan's 2010 tourism ambassador.

Premier Wu Den-yih (
吳敦義) showed optimism towards Taiwan's tourism industry. “Well-known international chain hotels are establishing their businesses in Taiwan. The development of the tourism industry will further drive the growth of the satellite industries and create more job opportunities,” he said.

Ma also officially kicked off the new “Tour Taiwan” program with Janice Lai (
賴瑟珍), director general of the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁), administrative deputy minister of the MOTC.

The program is aimed at attracting international visitors to Taiwan to see the achievements of the Republic of China (R.O.C.).

The country takes on a brand new slogan, “Taiwan -- the Heart of Asia,” as it marches into 2011.

“The R.O.C.'s centennial year will be a new milestone for Taiwan's tourism with a focus on quality,” said MOTC Minister Mao Chi-kuo (

Organized by the Tourism Bureau, the Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony is an annual event attended by leaders in the tourism industry.

中華民國交通部觀光局 賴瑟珍局長:馬英九總統攜手觀光業界朝100年來台旅客650萬人次邁進 - 「終身成就獎」頒發給公益平台文化基金會嚴長壽董事長及美國夏威夷大學 Chuck Gee 教授


2011觀光節慶祝大會15日在台北舉行,馬英九總統(中)出席頒發終身成就獎給公益平台文化基金會董事長嚴長壽(右)與美國夏威夷大學教授 Chuck Gee(左)。

圖為總統馬英九(中)昨天頒發「終身成就獎」給推動台灣觀光不遺餘力的公益平台文化基金會董事長嚴長壽(右),及美國夏威夷大學教授Chuck Gee(左),表彰他們對推動台灣觀光所做的努力。 行政院長吳敦義昨天在觀光節慶祝大會中表示,開放兩岸直航和大陸人士來台觀光,不但促進台灣觀光等產業發展,也維繫台海兩岸和平穩定。 吳敦義說,兩岸直航和開放大陸觀光,讓台灣海峽更穩定,再加上交通部的努力,終於為觀光創造佳績。他說,政府已積協調歐盟、加拿大和馬來西亞等近100個國家免簽證,帶動去年出國旅客突破900萬人次,國內旅遊更超過12000萬人次,未來將讓觀光成台灣的軟實力,讓觀光成為台灣服務業的旗艦產業,因為「超值台灣、非玩不可」。 交通部長毛治國說,台灣已由「量變進入質變」,觀光業應以5年後迎接1000萬觀光客的格局與思維,提供國際觀光客新產品、新體驗和新價值,期盼大家共同為5年後服務千萬旅客的目標做好準備。



馬總統在致詞中表示,台灣觀光在多元開放的政策下,質與量都有亮眼的表現,締造了來台旅客破556萬人次、觀光收入達新台幣5,100億元、來台旅客滿意度超過90%等新記錄,觀光旅館業與觀光遊樂業營收也成長20%,看好觀光發展潛力,旅館業更加碼投資達1,600億元!未來產業與政府更應攜手合作,以「增加投資」、「提高品質」兩大方向,讓更多的國際旅客來台體驗友善的人情與安全的旅遊環境,並結合日前發布的台灣觀光新形象「Taiwan, The heart of Asia」將台灣打造成「亞洲之心」,再創台灣觀光的新高峰!



本次慶祝大會「終身成就獎」頒發給公益平台文化基金會嚴長壽董事長及美國夏威夷大學Chuck Gee教授。嚴董事長過去於台灣觀光協會會長、世界傑出旅館系統亞洲區主席、中華美食推廣委員會主任委員、亞太旅行協會(PATA)理事等任內,致力促進觀光產品提升、觀光旅館經營品質國際化、台灣飲食文化精緻化,並積極參與國際事務,多領域協助推展台灣觀光海外市場,貢獻卓著;Chuck Gee教授曾任亞太旅行協會(PATA)榮譽理事、美國三任總統(卡特、雷根、布希)首席旅遊顧問、美國國務院和商務部駐世界旅遊組織理事會技術顧問,積極協助台灣建立星級旅館評鑑制度、提昇觀光產業行銷發展的國際視野及台灣美食的國際形象,並提供區域觀光規劃的具體方針。另外,本次慶祝大會可說是眾星雲集,除觀光局歷年觀光大使透過影片祝福外,更邀請99年台灣觀光親善大使-日本演歌劇星小林幸子來台受獎,感謝其願意義務將台灣觀光推廣至日本及全球銀髮族的貢獻。大會特別邀請馬總統頒發上述獎項,以表彰渠等對台灣觀光的卓著貢獻。另包括異業結盟的美國職棒大聯盟洛杉磯道奇隊CRO營運總監Mr. Michael Young、美國CBS Director Mr. Jack Schwarts、香港康泰旅行社董事長黃士心、韓國第一大旅行社Hana Tour董事長全喜碩親臨受獎。


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2011-02-15 United Daily Evening News / 聯合晚報A08

January 28 2011

卡萊爾市長親臨主持 中外嘉賓僑領蒞場慶賀 - 出爐水仙花皇后繆寧晉加冕




Al Waterson 擔任司儀,首先邀請中華總商會會長劉廣義,候任會長兼水仙花慶會主席許允莊和卡萊爾市長致詞,諸多稱讚選美會成功舉辦,感謝各界支持,並祝賀大家新春愉快。



Al Waterson 表演歌唱,水仙花加冕典禮主席Michele Choy致感謝詞,報告籌備水仙花選美會的經過,贈送感謝狀給贊助者Dr. Lawrence Tseu和雄猶快餐主席 Andrew Cherng



January 24 2011

The End of the Hotel Deals

Hotel owners and management companies are breathing a sigh of relief.

Kevin Maguire, a travel manager for the University of Texas at Austin, says hotel costs are going up.

After weathering the worst of the economic downturn that sent their occupancies and room rates plummeting, hotels are starting to see more demand as business travel and, to a lesser extent, leisure travel, pick up. Occupancy rates climbed by close to 6 percent last year, according to the 2010 Hotel Horizons report published by Colliers PKF Hospitality Research. Average room rates, though, were generally flat.

Analysts consider occupancy a leading indicator — it climbs first, then rate increases follow. This year, they say, hotel rates will begin rising again. “We still have a long way to go, but we’re seeing early signs that because of strong demand recovery in 2010, managers are beginning to move room rates,” said R. Mark Woodward, president of Colliers PKF Hospitality Research. “We’re literally at the turning point.”

For travelers, that probably means the beginning of the end of the buyer’s market they have enjoyed over the last couple of years.

The return of the business traveler has been a big factor in driving up demand for hotel rooms. At the same time, according to Bruce MacMillan, president and chief executive of the trade group Meeting Professionals International, the number of meetings booked this year is expected to grow by 8 percent. Some events that had been canceled during the recession, he said, are now being rebooked.

Add to that equation lenders’ reluctance to extend financing to commercial real estate developers, in general, and hotel builders, in particular. “The pipeline has been shrinking fairly dramatically,” said David Loeb, managing director at the private equity firm Robert W. Baird & Company. He predicted that “relatively modest demand growth is still going to result in solid occupancy growth.”

To give more liquidity to the market, some hotel management companies have been stepping in and helping developers obtain financing, sometimes by providing what is called “key money,” funds akin to a developer’s down payment. “There are various ways of supporting the financing without becoming the lender directly,” said Frits D. van Paasschen, chief executive of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “We do believe it’s important to help spur development of properties in markets where we think there are great opportunities.”

Ian R. Carter, president of global operations and development for Hilton Worldwide, said he expected that “as the credit markets free up and supply starts to catch up, we’ll start to see more balance come into the market.” But he pointed out that it would take a while, since it can take a year or two to build a hotel, even a limited-service property.

While the anticipated increase in room rates is good news for the lodging industry, it presents a challenge for travelers and travel and meeting managers.

“Hotels are asking for rate increases,” said Kevin Maguire, travel manager for intercollegiate athletics for the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Maguire said he had noticed an increase in fees for items like a special pillow. “I’m starting to see some of that pop up on a much broader scale,” he said. In response, he is reducing the number of hotel brands he works with to increase his clout with the ones that remain.

Business travelers who pay their own way have had to get creative to keep getting the kind of deals they could easily find two years ago. Vivek Khanna, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who travels about 100 days annually, said he was able to get rooms at full-service properties for $50 a night in the depths of the recession. But on a recent trip to New York City, Mr. Khanna said he couldn’t find a room at a low enough rate and stayed instead at a hotel in Newark for $45 a night.

One caveat to the good news for hotel companies is that the rebound in demand is unevenly distributed. “It’s pretty normal to see the demand increase on the coasts and work its way in,” said Tom Faust, vice president of sales for Omni Hotels. Cities like New York, Washington and San Francisco all finished 2010 with healthy occupancy rates. But analysts said many smaller cities and those located far from the coasts may continue to struggle.

“A lot of these second-tier cities have spent a lot of money building new convention centers or adding onto existing convention centers,” said Kevin Iwamoto (UH TIM Alumni 1977), vice president of enterprise strategy at the online event management firm StarCite. “They have to fill that space.” For travel and meeting managers who have the flexibility of choosing where to hold events, this means it still may be possible to find bargains.

Leisure travelers, too, can still find deals if they are flexible, analysts say.

Luxury hotels may also still be offering recession-era rates, Mr. Carter of Hilton said. Rates at high-end hotels fell the most. And while prices are recovering quickly, the magnitude of their earlier fall means rates at those high-end properties have further to go before catching up.

Honolulu Hawaii USA Dec. 27, 2010 - Walter Chee Kwon Chun, 99, of Honolulu, a retired banker and China business consultant, died. He was born in Kailua. He is survived by wife Sau Chun W., daughter Yen and two grandchildren. Private services. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to University of Hawaii Foundation for Center of Chinese Studies.

Walter Chun - A Lifetime Adventure With China - please watch video online, Walter's coverage start from the 7 minute

January 18 2011 Hawaii Born Chinese American Dedicated Life to Improve Sino-U.S. Relations - Walter Chee Kwon Chun, March 18, 1911 – December 27, 2010.

Walter Chee Kwon Chun was born in Kailua, Hawaii, the 9th child of a family of 10. In 1934, right after Chee Kwon graduated from the University of Hawaii, his brother-in-law Dr. Sun Fo, son of Sun Yat-sen, took him to China to be his English Secretary at the Legislative Yuan—the highest law-making body in the Nanking government.

A patriot during wartime - During the Sino-Japanese war, Chee Kwon spent 9 months in Yan’an, where the Communist headquarters were located. He met all the top leaders including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Generals Zhu De and Wang Zhen. Subsequently, he served as the Director of the Chinese Industrial Cooperative (INDUSCO) covering seven southeast provinces and four war zones for 6 years (1940-1947). INDUSCO was a crucial industrial component in support of the anti-Japanese movement. They collected resources for the war effort by creating small cooperative industries in the countryside.

Living in Beijing - In 1950, Chee Kwon married Sau Chun Wong, a high school teacher, in Honolulu. Eight days after their marriage, they moved to Beijing. Their children Ping and Yen were born in Beijing. Chee Kwon worked in the Foreign Press Publishing House and helped distribute Chinese publications worldwide.

In 1957 Chee Kwon assisted China in setting up the first Guangzhou Trade Fair. During their 11 years in China, the Chuns lived frugally and went through many difficult times but spiritually, Sau Chun felt it was the highlight of her life.

Pioneers in US-China Trade - The Chun family moved to Hong Kong in 1961. Chee Kwon became the only American citizen working as a high-ranking manager in a Chinese bank. He helped to cultivate relationships between American and Chinese banks before diplomatic relations were established between the two nations. He also assisted Bank of America in issuing its first travelers’ checks in Hong Kong.

After President Nixon made his historical visit to China in 1972, the Chuns started their consulting business to promote US-China trade and represented numerous Fortune 500 corporations in China. Because Chee Kwon knew American culture and practices, the Chuns were extremely successful and effective in the US-China consulting business. With their daughter Yen, they helped arrange Dr. Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum’s historical visit to China in 1980. Hammer was the first corporate CEO that was able to fly his private jet into China. Among the many projects they did was the transfer of Hughes Tool drill bit technology to the Chinese Ministry of Petroleum, and the construction of a drill bit plant in Wuhan Oil Field– a US$200 million project.

Building the US-China Relationship / Philanthropy - In 1972, the Chuns assisted Governor Burns of the State of Hawaii in delivering his goodwill letter and gifts to Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. Governor Burns later sent a delegation to the Canton Trade Fair, as the political climate was complicated and chill at the time.

The Chuns were also instrumental in the establishment of sister—state relations between Hawaii and Guangdong, as well as assisting Councilman Leigh Wai Doo form the sister—island relations between Oahu and Hainan.

The Chuns lost their son Ping Chun in a plane crash in 1979. They used the compensation to set up scholarships at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Hawaii, build schools in China’s rural areas, and fund many educational projects in China.

Chee Kwon dedicated his entire adult life in helping China and improving understanding and friendship between the peoples of the US and China. He was one of the founders of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation in the US and honorary trustee for the Soong Ching Ling (Madam Sun Yat-sen) Foundation in China. In 1994, Chee Kwon received the Soong Ching Ling Camphor Tree Award given to individuals with outstanding contributions to improving maternity care and children’s education and health in China. In 2010, he and his wife were awarded “Life-time Achievement Award” by the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation in Honolulu and honored by the Honolulu City Council.

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Michael Zhang, CEO of Blue Hawaii Lifestyles and Member of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce open their 4th Store at the Pearlridge Shopping Center

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Yen Chun (Front 3rd from right), Director of Dr. Sun Yat Sin Hawaii Foundation and Director & Founding Member of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

中山誕辰銅像獻花致敬 (本報夏威夷訊)




Gateway Park」,2007年當時市長韓納曼將該公園改名為「孫中山公園」。由於孫中山先生係於13歲時抵達檀香山求學,夏威夷孫中山基金會會長陸關祺特別邀請香港著名雕塑家朱達誠製作了一座孫中山13歲時的銅像,安置於新命名的「孫中山紀念公園」內,以供遊客及檀香山市民敬仰和紀念。


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Yen Chun Yen Chun (Front 3rd from right), Director of Dr. Sun Yat Sin Hawaii Foundation and Director & Founding Member of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

October 31 2010 20101031日 星期日 06:30

關錦鵬 在新作品《用心跳》中找來劉嘉玲、梁家輝等10位紅星客串,更起用來自上海戲劇、音樂學院的學生擔演,關錦鵬藉電影希望能做到承傳的目標。關錦鵬有見影圈裏青黃不接,決定培訓新人來接班。


10大紅星客串支持 關錦鵬憑新片培育影圈接班人

關錦鵬執導的新片《用心跳》,找來上海戲劇學院及上海音樂學院的學生擔演,還大碌友情卡,邀得劉嘉玲,梁家輝、王磊、胡軍 、杜可風和張叔平等紅星影人助陣,演繹一個穿越兩個時空的歌舞故事。開拍《用》片,對於關錦鵬來說,全因想做到承傳的目標,皆因他看到影圈裏青黃不接的問題,希望憑新片為影圈帶出更多人才,他說:「拍電影劇本很重要,但演員方面,在主流的電影市場裏,來來去去都只是數位演員在忙拍戲,後生或新一輩的演員很少,今次我做的電影,找新人演出只是希望能做到一個承傳,而劉嘉玲、梁家輝等等


於影圈多年的關錦鵬,憑著過往的經驗,於拍攝電影上並未感到有難度,但要調教一班新生代的演員,當中亦花了不少時間,他說:「這次參演的學生,他們大多只有在舞台演出的經驗,最初給我的感覺就像訓練班一樣,因為他們過往所接觸的是百老匯式的演出,對於黃梅調的一切感覺很疏離,開拍前也需要時間讓他們適應,但漸漸啟發了他們的創意,讓他們從生活細節去想,相信價值觀念,很自然地便轉化了變得投入,這次教一班新演員也有激氣和勞氣的時候,但能教出演員做到有好成績,令自己也很有滿足感。」關錦鵬還透露忙畢《用》片後,便著手籌備另一新片《牡丹亭》,有意找梁朝偉 演出,不過劇本還在編寫中,待完成劇本後才找角色人選。







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September 30 2010

East-West Center recognizes AmCham Shanghai President Brenda Foster

AmCham Shanghai President Brenda Foster was recently recognized by the East-West Center as the Center celebrates 50 years since its founding with 50 stories of alumni. The feature appears in the East-West Center's 50-year anniversary publication, East-West Center: Fifty Years, Fifty Stories. Other East-West Center alumni featured in the publication include Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Foster was recognized for her work promoting U.S.-China business ties.

Since 1960, the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii has played host to a vast network of trailblazers who have influenced change and shaped the future of the Asia-Pacific region. The profiles of these 50 individuals showcase the EWC alumni's contributions to global understanding, building an Asia Pacific community and shaping the future of a region undergoing dramatic transformation.

Foster joined the EWC on a fellowship in 1976. She advised two of Hawaii’s governors on international relations before moving to Shanghai in 2001 to assume the presidency of AmCham Shanghai. "My EWC experience is what opened the doors for me to even more opportunities in the international arena. It showed me the importance of people and partnerships--and cooperation and what you can achieve," remarked Foster on her EWC experience.

Now in her fifth year as president of the Chamber, Foster’s daily work requires interaction with government officials and business executives from all over the world, especially China and the United States. "We are big on building partnerships that have global reach and can support U.S. competition in China," says Foster.

A key initiative overseen by Foster has been the development of the Chamber's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Under her leadership, AmCham Shanghai and the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation have forged strong ties resulting in the funding of more than 12 birthing clinics in rural Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan provinces that have enabled the safe delivery of nearly 5,000 babies.

Washington DC USA September 29 2010

AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SHANGHAI DELEGATION - The U.S.-China Economic Relationship and the National Export Initiative


From left to right: Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center in Washington discusses export promotion with Ms. Brenda Lei Foster, Dr. Christian Murck, Mr. Robert Roche and Mr. Benjamin H. Kinnas.

East-West Center in Washington Asia Pacific Political Economy seminar featured Ms. Brenda Lei Foster, president of AmCham Shanghai; Dr. Christian Murck, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Robert Roche, chairman of AmCham Shanghai and director of Acorn International; and Mr. Benjamin Kinnas, senior vice president and general manager of Wells Fargo Bank’s Shanghai branch, who discussed key ways in which the United States could improve export promotion in China.

Brenda Foster is the president of AmCham Shanghai. Prior to assuming this position in 2005, she was president and CEO of ULU Group, Ltd., a firm specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Foster has also held the positions of executive advisor to the governor of Hawaii for International and National Affairs, director of the State of Hawaii’s Office of International Relations and executive director of Hawaii’s World Affairs Council, and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. She was also on the Board of the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.

Benjamin H. Kinnas is senior vice president and general manager of Wells Fargo Bank's Shanghai branch. He is concurrently regional manager for trade finance in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to his current regional responsibilities, Kinnas served as general manager of the bank's Tokyo branch. He is an experienced emerging markets banker who advocates trade and sensible and appropriate financial market reform and liberalization in these emerging markets. Kinnas is also vice chair of AmCham Shanghai’s Financial Services Committee, is an active member of the Shanghai Bankers Association.

Christian Murck is the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham-China). He is also the independent director of J.P. Morgan Chase (China) Ltd. Before joining AmCham-China as president in April, 2010, Murck served as vice chairman-Asia, chief executive officer-Asia and managing director of China for APCO Worldwide, from 2001- 2010. Before joining APCO, he was the Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of The Chase Manhattan Bank for 5 years. Murck was also previously based in Taipei, from 1991-1996, and was Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, 1995-1996.

Robert Roche is the director of Acorn International and the 2010 chairman of AmCham Shanghai. Roche, who is an entrepreneur, attorney and investor, founded Acorn International, China’s largest infomercial company in 2007. He also founded and is chairman of Oaklawn Marketing, the largest infomercial company in Japan. After arriving in Shanghai, Roche also co-founded URBN Hotel, the first carbon neutral hotel in China. He is also a member of the USA Pavilion Steering Committee for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Additionally, he was one of three non-US based members of President Obama’s National Finance Committee.

Honolulu Hawaii USA August 18 2010

Super Kids of China - A troupe of talented Chinese youths make a rare appearance in Hawaii on Aug 27th

In these times of fast-paced transportation to every nook on the globe - physically via jet, or virtually via Internet - there’s yet another way to take a journey in person, but without the jet lag and gaping hole in your bank account. Offering a cultural portal to China, 45 youngsters, or should we say wunderkinds, known as The Shanghai Children’s Palace Art Troupe will be at Blaisdell Concert Hall Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Columns of history support the stage on which these 10-to 17-year-olds perform their song, music and dance the world over.

“The children will be doing dance including ballet, Chinese traditional dance and minority dances,” explains Yen Chun, who’s on the board of directors of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. “Did you know China has 55 national minorities?”

The children also are accomplished in Beijing Opera and in playing Chinese instruments as well as piano and violin. But we need to go back a little in history to understand the full import of this troupe.

Besides her role with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Chun also directs the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation, is founder of the U.S. Soong Ching Ling Foundation and honorary chairwoman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation - some of the organizations responsible for the presence of the troupe in Hawaii. Soong Ching Ling was the wife of Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China.

“Madam Sun Yat-sen dedicated her whole life to China’s revolution, and she worked really hard to increase the welfare of women and children,” says Chun. “She worked in an orphanage, she founded a maternity hospital, a youth theater. She founded a magazine called China Reconstructs, which is today’s China Today. In 1949, after China became the People’s Republic of China, the government gave Soong Ching Ling a beautiful home that previously belonged to a business tycoon.”

The troupe’s featured pianist, Yang Chao Jun - In 1953, Ling’s philanthropic concern for children manifested in turning that beautiful estate into the China Welfare Institute Children’s Palace, the first place in the nation to conduct after-school programs. (In the spirit of Ling, the troupe’s Aug. 27 performance will benefit Child and Family Service.) In addition to the performing arts, Palace students have the opportunity to enroll in calligraphy, painting, sculpture, computer science, environmental protection, model making and photography. Since that first Palace, many more have opened in almost every city. Prodigies as young as 6 arrive with hope at the Palace, where they must pass an exam before the doors of opportunity open.

Those golden doors greeted the now 15-year-old featured pianist who will be on stage here in Hawaii, Yang Chao Jun.

“Jun started playing at 4,” reads Chun, translating the Chinese pamphlet into English. “At 6 years old she took the exam and got admitted at the Children’s Palace. Then she started playing and won many, many awards.”

Jun wasn’t just tapped by a fairy godmother’s wand. Her poverty-stricken family lived outside of Shanghai, where both parents’ill health kept them unemployed. Jun managed to get ahold of some instructional video CDs. “She couldn’t afford piano lessons, so she watched the VCDs and imitated them at home,” says Chun.

After she passed the exam, the Children’s Palace gave her a full scholarship and then she blossomed, winning numerous competitions and playing Chopin for audiences in France, Australia, the Philippines, Korea and Poland (Chopin’s birthplace).

The show includes a traditional Chinese opera

The show includes a traditional Chinese opera - The Palace children often go on to become teachers, professionals and even famous personalities. They performed at the Shanghai World Expo Opening Ceremony earlier this year - the largest World Expo yet. They have performed for various world dignitaries, including a performance at the White House: “I believe it was Ronald Reagan who called them the little ambassadors,” says Chun.

One Palace girl who performed in Hawaii - the troupe has performed here three times - became famous for her role as the young Soong Ai-ling, sister of Soong Ching Ling, in the 1997 film The Soong Sisters.

Yen Chun has another story about an 8-year-old piano player who arrived in Hawaii with the Palace Art Troupe in 1989, the first time the troupe performed here, for the 200-year anniversary of the Chinese in Hawaii.

By By Rasa Fournier

Honolulu Hawaii USA: June 28 2010 - HKCHcc Founding Director/Member, UH TIM Dean Emeritus Chuck and UH Board of Regent is in the news regarding University of Hawaii Approves Giant Telescope

''I think it would be almost unthinkable not to approve this project for what it would means for scientific research and astronomy, what it would mean for education, and the answers it may provide to unlock the mysteries of the universe,'' said board member Chuck Gee. For complete story go to

Hong Kong April 27 2010

OBITUARY: The debonair hotelier who always went the extra mile to help (Manuel Rosas Woo 1929-2010)

Hong Kong lost a passionate driving force behind the hotel and travel industry with the death of Manuel Woo. The Philippine-born hotelier was the longest serving executive director of the Hong Kong Hotels Association from 1979 to 1996. He once said: "Our hallmark is quality and the city does not win its reputation easily". For years, he spared no effort to nurture the next generation of the industry, emphasising training and education. The 81-year-old hotelier died of heart failure on April 27. The eldest of eight brothers and sisters, Woo migrated with his family from Zamboanga City to Hong Kong in 1935. He was a merchant seaman in his early twenties before entering the hotel scene. His diligence won him association scholarships to study at both the East-West Centre of the University of Hawaii and at a Cornell University program. He quickly became part of senior management at various hotel chains such as the Dusit Thani in Bangkok, the Shangri-La in Singapore and the Miramar in Honolulu. The global network he cultivated contributed to the growth of the hotel and tourism industry in Hong Kong and later created many career and business opportunities in the industry. When he took over the Hotels Association post in 1979, Hong Kong welcomed 2.2 million visitors and had 46 hotels with 14,363 rooms. By 1996, the year he stepped down as executive director, the number of visitors had hit 11.7 million and the city's inventory boasted 88 hotels with 31,667 rooms. According to hotel consultant Rudolf Greiner, who worked with Woo over two decades, Woo's natural-born professional manner brought Chinese and foreign hoteliers together. "In the mid-1980s during my HKHA chairmanship, he was the driving force behind the decision to bring the first mainland students to Hong Kong in groups of around 25. The students, totalling over 200, were placed in our four and five-star hotels for six-month tailored on-the-job training. He foresaw the need to share the same high Hong Kong standards with our friends in the PRC and many of these students are today senior hotel executives in the PRC. "He was not only a good friend - he was a general among men. Always on call, he was known for his dedication and commitment to the development of strong education and vocational training programmes. For years, he worked closely with and in support of the polytechnic and numerous other hospitality institutes and vocational training centres. Hotels Association executive director James Lu Shien-hwai succeeded Woo after having been his deputy for 12 months. "Manny always had an answer or solution to a problem and if he didn't have one, he would have someone who could provide the answer through his wide and strong network of friends and business associates. "Manny looked after his friends and was always prepared to go the extra mile for them. In protecting the interests of the association and working on matters of principle, he was firm and uncompromising. He was deeply passionate about the association and the hotel industry in Hong Kong." A long-time friend, former Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong general manager and Hotels Association chairman Andreas Hofer, said: "A vacancy for the position of executive director of the HKHA became available in 1978 and as chairman, I was able to convince Manuel to join from the Miramar hotel. He was an excellent communicator and his appointment was a resounding success in all the years that he held the post." The Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management had a long association with Woo who served as a chairman of an advisory committee for the school from 1986 to 1994. The debonair hotelier also established the Manuel Woo Scholarship to encourage academic and personal excellence among the school's students. He was also instrumental in establishing the Andreas Hofer Scholarship for outstanding students. School director Professor Kaye Chon said: "Woo made remarkable contributions to the hotel industry as well as to the development of hospitality and tourism education in Hong Kong." Woo is survived by two sons, Edmund and Raymond.

Honolulu Hawaii March 28 2010

University of Hawaii Board of Regent - Dean Emeritus Chuck Y Gee

As dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Travel Industry Management from 1976 until his retirement in 1999, Chuck Yim Gee expanded the curriculum to include a MS graduate program and a research center. The school gained an international reputation among U.S. institutions and the Pacific-Asia region—later designated as the Asia-Pacific regional center of the World Tourism Organization for tourism training and research. He joined the board in 2009.

Gee previously served as interim dean of the UH Manoa College of Business Administration and held appointments on the faculties of the University of Denver, Oregon State University and Technology and Development Institute of the East West Center.

Since 1978, he has been an advisor to China’s tourism industry and academia, holding honorary professorships at Nakai University in Tianjin, Beijing University of International Studies, Shanghai Normal University, Shunde Polytechnic University and others. He has written extensively on hotel and resort development and management, including textbooks considered seminal works in treating the subjects within a global context.

Gee serves as advisor and consultant to various institutions, small business enterprises, international hotels and tourism organizations. He remains active in voluntary travel and non travel-related associations, including the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Certified Travel Agents, Pacific Rim Foundation, Kuakini Health System Board of Trustees, the Kuakini Medical Center board and the Hong Kong-China-Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce (of which he is a founding director).

Gee was appointed to the 15-member Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce under Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. On behalf of the first Bush Administration and USAID, he developed a national tourism plan for Ecuador. In 1995 he was appointed as a Hawai‘i delegate to the first White House Conference on Travel and Tourism under the Clinton Administration.

Gee has received numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment, Academy of Tourism Organizations’ NOAH Award and Travel Industry Association’s America Hall of Leaders Award. The State of Hawai‘i honored him as State Manager of the Year in 1995 and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1999 named him one of the 100 people who made a difference for the State of Hawai‘i during the 20th Century.

Gee is a US Army veteran of the Korean War era. He holds a BA and BS from the University of Denver and MA from Michigan State University.

Honolulu Hawaii January 25 2010 - Michael Zhang of Blue Hawaii LifeStyle (BHL) is excited to announce the opening of their second location, BHL Café, at 1111 Bishop Street, in downtown Honolulu. Since opening their first store in Ala Moana Center, Blue Hawaii LifeStyle has become a destination location for those who actively pursue a healthy and green lifestyle. Significantly, Blue Hawaii LifeStyle’s signature item, the Blue Hawaii Açaí bowl has come to be recognized as one of the best açaí bowls in town. Additionally, BHL has partnered with Ken Weller, former Senior Vice President of Best Buy and BHL first round investor, to open five stores in the San Francisco area within the next three years. Store number one is scheduled for a 1 May 2010 opening in the heart of San Francisco’s commercial district, the Embarcadero Center. And Blue Hawaii LifeStyle’s continental US expansion plans continue on a strong path, with plans in development for Los Angeles area locations, spreading their “Live healthy, live Aloha” message region by region. Blue Hawaii’s ambitions to make inroads in Asia are also in development, with plans for expansion in Japan and China. BHL anticipates opening their first store in Shanghai in 2011, and expanding to tier one cities Beijing and Guangzhou, for a total of 50 locations, within five years.

Honolulu Hawaii December 16 2009 - Dr Sun Yat Sin Hawaii Foundation honored 98 years old Walter Chun and his wife Jenny Chun (the Parents of HKCHcc Founding member/director Ms. Yen Chun) with the Life Time Achievement Award at the Honolulu City Hall.

World Journal Newspaper - Honolulu Hawaii USA - December 18 2009

June 7 2009 Shanghai China: Leadership and a lifetime of service

MANY gathered in Shanghai last month for a small function to salute the leadership career of internationally respected Asian affairs expert Brenda Lei Foster.

It was a low-key drinks and canapes function in an art gallery down the depths of a lane off Fuxing Road.

But the size and quaint venue belied the significance of Foster, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, receiving the Athena International Award in recognition of her years of service to business leadership and women's affairs.

Visitors had come especially from the United States for the Chicago-based women's leadership organization's award presentation, the first time to an expatriate American.

Foster was visibly humbled to receive the award of the experience of a lifetime? and gracious in accepting it on behalf of all professional women for the types of work we've done together over the years and the experiences we've had.?

Humbled she might have been but honored she was and her name joins the ranks of some heavy-hitting previous recipients.

They include US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Nancy Woodhull, a co-founding editor of USA Today, Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks, attorney Sarah Weddington who argued the winning side of the landmark case Roe v Wade, and the Chinese businesswoman and philanthropist Guo Junqin, the first Chinese recipient.

It was presented on behalf of Athena by former board member Jerrie Ueberle who reiterated that it honored all of Fosterís career, including her AmCham work and her early vision to recognize the importance of China 30 years ago.

President of AmCham Shanghai since 2005, Foster has past careers as an adviser to the Governor of Hawaii on international affairs and director of the stateís international relations office.

She is a member of US national organizations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Committee of US-China Relations, among others.

Her in-country? China experience started in 1978 but her 30-year engagement was a foregone conclusion once she decided to devote her university years to Chinese studies following the inspiration of a history teacher when she was a high school sophomore.

He had been a German translator during the Nuremberg trials and told me that if I wanted to take a language I should choose one that would be continually intellectually stimulating and that many Westerners did not speak,? she said.

I Coming from Hawaii, my family was always closely connected to China through a lot of Chinese friends so I decided to learn the language.?

She earned a BA and MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington at Seattle and subsequently an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Her first visit in 1978 occurred six months before the United States and China normalized relations and, as executive director of Hawaiiís Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, she got State Department approval to host a delegation through China of academics and high school students.

Hawaii has a very long history with China. Dr Sun Yat-sen went to school there and several of our overseas Chinese community members there helped fund his revolution in China in the early 1900s,? she said.

Since then Foster has been in and out from her Honolulu home base, working originally in Beijing but with Shanghai as a particular area of research.

Domiciled now in Shanghai for four years, she said one of the most important China matters sheís currently associated with is AmChamís work in collaboration with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation which focuses on children's well-being.

We have partnered with the foundation to build health care clinics in rural China, in some of its poorest areas, in Guizhou (Province), where people have never had health care and, much to my surprise, where a lot of them in ethnic areas have never seen foreigners before,? Foster said.

As a result, we have helped eliminate the neo natal death rate in some communities. We have worked on maternal health care because prior to the clinics most women had to give birth in unhealthy rural locations.

By moving them into clinics we have improved the care. The economic development of villages has increased and itís just been an incredible thing to see. Itís been about sharing best practices, sharing about caring for people and it really does make a difference.?

AmCham started the program three years ago and it's been nationally recognized, even by the central government, as a model program.?

Foster praised the work of the All China Women's Federation and the Shanghai Women's Federation as well as Madam Soong, Sun Yat-senís wife, providing the role model to help women and children.

I have felt that health care was China's Achilles heel but now the central government is developing a national initiative and it is something that we all need to work on for the betterment of everybody in this community,? she said.

Ueberle, an eager beaver in her own right developing women's programs and education centers in Hunan Province, hopes that Fosterís award will inspire other women doing work equally deserving of recognition.

And if there's any doubt how to do it, just take a look. Foster continues to ply her leadership skills in Shanghai in her own unique way.

I share experience and knowledge on a daily basis with my Chamber of Commerce staff, whether on US-China policy issues or personal issues. If you don't share what you know, youíre never going to accomplish anything ? because then you can't lead.?

SHANGHAI, May 15, 2009 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) is pleased to announce that Brenda Lei Foster, president of AmCham Shanghai, will receive the international ATHENA Leadership Award.


Brenda Lei Foster, Kailua resident and former executive policy assistant to Governor Ben Cayetano, will be presented with the ATHENA Leadership award by ATHENA International in Shanghai on May 15, 2009

Presented by ATHENA International, a professional Women’s Leadership Organization headquarted in Chicago USA, the ATHENA Award is presented to outstanding leaders who achieve excellence in her business or profession, serve the community in a meaningful way, and actively assist women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

Three Athena Awards have been given in China since the award’s inception in 1982; Ms. Foster is the first expatriate to receive the award. The award celebration will take place on May 15, 2009 at the Women Making a World Difference reception at the Art + Shanghai Gallery.

A nationally and internationally respected expert in Asian Affairs, Ms. Foster has more than 30 years of experience working with China and is a member of several national organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations (NY), the Pacific Council on International Policy (LA), the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia Society, and the U.S. Committee on the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Foster has been president of AmCham Shanghai since 2005. Prior to that, she was President & CEO of ULU Group, Ltd., a firm specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Foster has also held the positions of Executive Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii for International and National Affairs and Director of the State of Hawaii’s Office of International Relations. Ms. Foster holds a B.A. and M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii.

The ATHENA Award is unique in that it recognizes individuals across professional sectors for professional excellence, giving back to the community, and, most importantly, actively assisting women in realizing their full leadership potential. It is this focus on mentorship that makes the ATHENA Award stand out among leadership awards of its kind.

ATHENA International is partnering with Global Interactions to present the ATHENA Leadership Award to Brenda Foster. The program actively supports ATHENA’s mission to support, develop and honor women leaders and create balance in leadership worldwide.

Media Contact:
David Basmajian, Director, Communications & Publications
The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
(86 21) 6279 8066, 

About the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai:

The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, known as the “Voice of American Business” in China, is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia Pacific region. Founded in 1915, AmCham Shanghai was the third American Chamber established outside the United States. As a non-profit, non-partisan business organization, AmCham Shanghai is committed to the principals of free trade, open markets, private enterprise and the unrestricted flow of information.

AmCham Shanghai’s mission is to support the success of our members by promoting a healthy business environment in China, strengthening U.S.-China commercial ties and providing high-quality business information and resources.

Visit  for more information about AmCham Shanghai.

For more information about the ATHENA Award, ATHENA International or its programs, contact Dianne Dinkel at  or visit

Jan 3 2009 8:09pm

Dr. Chuck Gee - One of The five new regents selected by the governor Lingle

Lingle complies with court order, names 5 new UH regents

Complying with an order from the Hawai'i Supreme Court, Gov. Linda Lingle today announced she has selected five individuals to immediately replace University of Hawai'i regents who have been serving as holdovers since their terms expired at the end of June. The court's order, issued Dec. 4, 2008, found that Lingle's actions in holding over the regents violated state law. The names of the new appointees will be submitted to the state Senate for its advice and consent when it convenes later this month, Lingle's office said in a news release.

The five new regents selected by the governor are:

Dr. Ramon de la Pena will serve as the regent from Kaua'i County for a four-year term that expires June 30, 2012. An emeritus professor and agronomist at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, de la Pena has served on the Board of Regents since September 2004. When his term expired on June 30, 2008, the governor named de la Pena as a holdover regent.

Mark Fukunaga will serve as one of five regents from the City and County of Honolulu. Fukunaga, chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific Inc., will serve a term that expires on June 30, 2011.

Dr. Chuck Gee, former dean of the University of Hawai'i School of Travel Industry Management, will serve as one of five regents from the City and County of Honolulu. Gee will serve a term that expires on June 30, 2010.

Eric Martinson, managing director and vice president of Tradewind Capital Group, Inc., has also been appointed as one of five regents from the City and County of Honolulu. Martinson's term will expire on June 30, 2009.

Grant Teichman, a senior majoring in history and political science at the University of Hawai'i, has been selected to serve as the student regent. His term expires on June 30, 2010.

Since the Hawai'i Supreme Court's order that directed the governor select replacements for the six regents held over after their terms expired on June 30, 2008, from the list of qualified candidates presented to her by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council, two of the five candidates for the second at-large regent withdrew their names from consideration.

The governor has filed a motion to stay the effect of the Dec. 4 order and a motion requesting additional time to secure replacement nominations from the council from which to select a replacement for the at-large regent.

The Supreme Court has granted the motion for stay in order to consider the motion for additional time and any opposition that might be filed.

POSTED: 03:27 p.m. HST, Jan 03, 2009

Lingle names new University of Hawaii regents

Gov. Linda Lingle is partially fulfilling a Hawaii Supreme Court order that she name new members to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents whose terms expired more than six months ago. Lingle announced today she has selected five people to immediately replace the holdovers, who she had tried to keep on the board rather than nominating new appointments.

The Supreme Court on Dec. 4 gave her 30 days to pick six candidates for the board. Lingle requested additional time from the court to choose the last regent.

The five new regents are University of Hawaii agronomist Ramon de la Pena, Servco Pacific chairman Mark Fukunaga, former University of Hawaii Travel Industry Management Dean Chuck Gee, Tradewind Capital Group Managing Director Eric Martinson and University of Hawaii student Grant Teichman.


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 AmCham Shanghai Board of Governors election. Results were announced at the AmChamShanghai Annual General Meeting held on November 8th at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Shanghai.

"I congratulate the newly elected 2009 AmCham Shanghai Board of Governors. I would also like to thank all the candidates who ran for Chairman and Governors. The strength of our slate of candidates is a tribute to AmCham Shanghai and the quality of our membership," said 2008 Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) Chairman and past Board Chairman Phil Branham at AmCham Shanghai's Annual General Meeting Thursday night. "Nor Coquillard has served on the Board for five years and as 2008 Chairman. His continued leadership, experience and knowledge of the membership will be critical to leading the organization to a successful 2009. Congratulations to the entire slate of candidates and to all of the elected Board members."

In 2008, the AmCham Shanghai Board of Governors began serving two-year terms. The terms are staggered to ensure Board continuity and Governors remain familiar with current Chamber issues. Six Governors were elected last year to serve on the Board in 2008 and 2009.

In this year's election, there were five seats up for election to serve on the Board of Governors in 2009 and 2010. Due to the departure of current Board members Eric Fiedler and Mark Fromm from China at the end of the year, two candidates were elected to serve the remaining one-year of their two-year term. Members also voted for Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

2009 Board of Governors, Chairman
J. Norwell Coquillard
Cargill Investments (China), Ltd.

2009 Board of Governors, Vice Chairman
John Grobowski
Managing Partner
Faegre & Benson LLP Shanghai

The five candidates elected to serve on the Board of Governors in 2009 and 2010 are:

Eddy Chan
Head of China and Senior Vice President
FedEx Express

Murray King
Managing Director - Shanghai
APCO Worldwide

Diane Long
Unison International

Matthew Targett
Asia-Pacific Technology Director

Warren Wisnewski
Director and Vice President, Asia-Pacific Operations
Eastman Kodak Co.

The following two candidates were elected to serve out the two-year terms of departing Board of Governor members Eric Fiedler and Mark Fromm (2009):

Minda Ho
Executive Vice President
Praxair (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Ted Hornbein
Managing Director for Asia
Richco, Inc.

The AmCham Shanghai 2009 Board of Governors

J. Norwell Coquillard
Cargill Investments (China), Ltd.

Vice Chairman
John Grobowski
Managing Partner
Faegre & Benson LLP Shanghai

Eddy Chan
Head of China and Senior Vice President
FedEx Express

Pierre E. Cohade
President, Asia-Pacific Region
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Minda Ho
Executive Vice President
Praxair (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Ted Hornbein
Managing Director for Asia
Richco, Inc.

Murray King
Managing Director - Shanghai
APCO Worldwide

Diane Long
Unison International

James Rice
Vice President & Country Manager
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Matthew Targett
Asia-Pacific Technology Director

Warren Wisnewski
Director and Vice President, Asia-Pacific Operations
Eastman Kodak Co

For bios on AmCham Shanghai's 2009 Board of Governors please click HERE

AmCham Shanghai: The Voice of American Business in China
With almost 4,000 members, including 1,700 corporate members, AmCham Shanghai is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chamber's mission is to support the success of our members by promoting a healthy business environment in China, strengthening U.S.-China commercial ties and providing high-quality business information and resources.

For further information, please contact:
David Basmajian, Director, Communications and Publications
Tel: +86 21 6279 8066

June 12 2008 - Roger Dunn, President, Downtown Rotaract Club and Member of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)

Since our humble beginnings in December 2007, we have expanded our club membership from just me and Bill White, to a full officer (borad member) list to an active group membership of about 20 with 70-80 on our email listsev.

We have invited well-respected speakers such as Charles Djou (Honolulu Councilmember), Mufi Hanneman (Mayor of Honolulu), Tom Anusewicz (Metro Rotary Club President), and we look forward to Bank of Hawaii economist Paul Brewbaker. We have held a majority of environment-focused projects from beach, to stream, to fishpond cleanups. We've also done Access Surf, helping disabled enjoy surfing!

We hop to maintain if not grow our membership to 30 active members, doing more diverse projects, inviting more speakers, and having fun socials from BBQs to hikes, to late-night parties.

The whole point of Rotaract is for young working professionals to interact with each other, with Rotary, and with their community, to grow as an individual, employee/employer, citizen of the state, nation, and world. Together we hope to build good friendships, and a better understanding of how we can give back. For in giving, we shall receive.


March 18 2008

We are informed by Mr. Steven C Preston, Administrator of the United States Small business Administration (SBA) Washington DC that Johnson Choi, President of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) has won the Top SBA Award in our category, the "2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year" as defined by the SBA is "To Honor Individuals Who Have Fulfilled a Commitment to Support and Assist Minority Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners" (Note: HKCHcc have won the "Hawaii award" as well as the "Regional Award" – topping the other Minority Small Business Champs in 50 States and Guam to qualify to compete and winning the "national" award, the top honor in our category). The award with be presented during the SBA National Business Week at the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC April 21 – 23. Winners will be meeting with President George Bush at the White House on April 23rd, 3 - 5pm ***

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.

Thursday, February 21, 2008: Governor Linda Lingle gets 22 names for Board of Regents

Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee of UH School of Travel Industry Management and Founder/Director of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) is on the short list.

The names of 22 candidates for 12 vacancies on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents went to Gov. Linda Lingle Thursday.

The Regents Candidate Advisory Council, created by the state Legislature, submitted the 22 names to fill out the 15-member board. Lingle will make the appointments, which require consent by the Senate.
Candidates for terms starting July 1 are:

Student regent (one open seat):

* Grant Teichman
* Joshua Wingstrom

At-large regent (two open seats):

* Andres Albano Jr., vice chairman, whose term ends June 30.
* Michael Dahilig, student board member, whose term has been extended.
* Kitty Lagareta, former chairwoman of the board, whose term has been extended.
* Terri Ann Motosue
* Teena Rasmussen

Hawaii County regent (two open seats):

* Harvey Tajiri
* Ronald Terry
* Carl Carlson Jr.
* Sandra Wood Scarr

Honolulu County regent (five open seats):

* Robin Campaniano
* James Donovan III
* Mark Fukunaga
* Chuck Gee
* Dennis Isao Hirota
* Howard Karr
* Eric Martinson

Kauai County regent (one open seat):

* Thomas M. Cooper
* Ramon de la Pena, board member, whose term ends June 30.

Maui County regent (one open seat):

* Artemio Baxa
* Paul Horikawa

Regents with current terms are board chairman Al Landon, Ronald Migita and James Haynes III.

   Thursday, February 21, 2008: Allan R. Landon - Chairman, Peter Ho - vice chairman and Betty H. Brow - Sr. VP open Bank of Hawaii International Client Banking at 2155 Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki Hawaii

Makaha Sons Christmas Concert & Luncheon- Saturday 12/15/07

December 13 2007 Foshan Guangzhou China

Dr Roberta Wong Leung Awarded Foshan Government (Guangzhou China) "Friendship Award"

Every three years the Foshan Government awards a Friendship Award to outstanding foreign experts who have contributed to the development of Foshan. For the first time, an educator and woman from the University of Hawaii, USA, Dr Roberta Wong Leung, Dean and Professor of Shunde Polytechnic, Department of Hotel, Tourism, and Cuisine Management was awarded the Foshan Government Friendship Award on December 13, 2007. Dr. Wong is the 1993 distinguished alumni of the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Member and Advisory Board Member of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) with more than 15 collaboration partner and 20,000 members worldwide.

梁王巧云博士(美国) (顺德职业技术学院酒店与旅游管理系教授)




20067月,梁王巧云博士参与联系澳大利亚教育机构BOXHILL TAFE和美国饭店协会,促成顺德职业技术学院与澳大利亚教育机构 BOXHILL TAFE 和美国饭店协会等就师资专业技术培训及学生获取美国饭店协会职业资格证书达成了合作意向。她还积极联络,促成学院与香港、英国等多所大学达成合作意向。


*我院外籍专家梁王巧云博士荣获"佛山友谊奖" ***





Results were announced at the AmCham Shanghai Annual General Meeting held on November 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai.

Chairman: J. Norwell Coquillard, President, Cargill Investments (China), Ltd., Vice-Chairman: Charles Mo, Principal, Charles Mo & Co.,

Governors: Jeffrey Albright, President, Asia Region, Briggs & Stratton Corp., Pierre E. Cohade, President, Asia-Pacific Region, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Terence K. Cuddyre, Managing Director, Citigroup Management Consulting (Shanghai), Eric Fiedler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Hewitt Associates, Mark Fromm, General Manager, Siemens, Ltd. China ¨C Automation and Drives Group! , John V. Grobowski, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Shanghai, James M. Rice, Vice President & Country Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc., Helen Tantau, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International, Matthew Targett, Asia Pacific Technology Director, INVISTA

June 16 2007 Honolulu Hawaii USA: HKCHcc Member: The Makaha Sons - 5th Annual Take A Walk in the Country at the Waikiki Shell

May 30, 2007

I wanted to let you know that AmCham Hong Kong President Jack Maisano has informed the Board of Governors and me that he will not be renewing his contract when it expires in February 2008. Jack has expressed his desire to explore other opportunities after an exciting and rewarding 3 years with AmCham Hong Kong.

Jack joined AmCham in March 2005 and was tasked to build a new organization that was better positioned to meet the changing needs of our members. In that regard, Jack has a number of significant accomplishments that he has championed at AmCham. He spearheaded a review of AmCham’s strategic plan that resulted in us building a better platform to allow our members more opportunities to network with each other. He led the major office renovation in 2006, which has significantly improved the interaction between members and staff and facilitated a more efficient and effective means of holding Committee meetings and other events. He developed a series of new membership categories designed to attract a broader base of members, including entrepreneurs and individuals. Through all of his efforts, Jack has demonstrated a commitment to AmCham that was remarkable.

As a true professional, Jack thought it best to provide enough advance notice of his decision to allow sufficient time to find his successor. He will continue to manage the day-to-day affairs of AmCham and press ahead with our key 2007 Priorities in the interim period.

We want to thank Jack for his efforts as AmCham President and will miss his drive and energy. We all wish Jack the best in his next endeavor.

Gary L. Clinton
The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

August 1, 2006

I would like to share the following information for your reference. Yes, we are open for business !

August 1, 2006 - Hyatt is pleased to announce that Hyatt Regency Dongguan in Dongguan, Guangdong Province in China is now open.

The 350-room property is situated in the business district of the Dongguan Song Shan Lake Science and Technology Industrial Park, adjacent to the Regional Government Offices. Covering an area of 48 acres complemented by a 2.5 acre lychee garden, it has a breathtaking lakefront view. Dongguan is located about one hour from Guangzhou (48km) and Shenzhen (35km). As the base for over 2,800 information technology enterprises, the city ranks among China's top three in terms of foreign trade volume. The hotel is about 15km from the Dongguan Railway Station. The nearest airports are Shenzhen Bao An Airport (35km), Guangzhou New Baiyun Airport (70km) and Hong Kong's International Airport (90 km).

The hotel's spacious guest rooms and 34 suites all feature wooden floors, high ceilings and a private balcony, a large work desk, high-speed Internet access and a 40-inch LCD flat screen television. Bathrooms offer a freestanding rain shower and most lake-view rooms have an oversized bathtub with lake views.

The Cafe is an indoor and outdoor all-day dining restaurant featuring Asian and Italian cuisine. The Copper Grill is an elegant grillroom with a show kitchen and wood-fired ovens. Qin Yuan serves Cantonese cuisine and features 34 private dining suites. Song Shan Tea House, a casual, contemporary restaurant with show kitchens and tea library offers the best of Dim Sum and Cantonese dishes. Other outlets include Pool Cafe, Lobby Lounge and The Lychee Bar.

Meetings and convention attendees will appreciate the 861 square metres pillarless ballroom with lake view, a salon and seven multi-purpose meeting rooms.

Leisure facilities include an 1800 square metre free-form lakefront swimming pool with water slides and an 25 metre indoor pool, a spa center, whirlpool, fitness centre, two outdoor tennis courts, putting green and Camp Hyatt.

The hotel will open with a limited number of rooms, Song Shan Tea House, Lobby Lounge, Cafe and part of the Qin Yuan's private dining suites available for service to the guests. The remaining guestrooms, other restaurants, recreational facilities and meeting facilities will gradually become available by the end of September. The Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Spa are scheduled to be available in December this year.

I look forward to welcoming you to Hyatt Regency Dongguan very soon.

David Chan (UH TIM 1983)
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Dongguan
Song Shan Lake Central District
Dongguan, Guangdong 523808
People's Republic of China
Phone : +86769-22891234
Fax : +86769-22898666
E-mail : 

June 24, 2006

Nancy & Gerhart Walch Celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

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June 17, 2006


May 22-24, 2006

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Pamela Young Interview Johnson Choi of CMC Consulting Group Inc and Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce on business and tourism training opportunities

Pamela Young Interview Yen Chun of CMC Consulting Group Inc on business and tourism training opportunities

Mixplate - By Pamela Young - Special Segment on China

Monday - May 22nd; Tuesday - May 23rd and Wednesday - May 24, 2006 5:00pm (rebroadcast on the following mornings 5-7am)

Stories focus on building of business connections between Hawaii and China, especially in Guangdong Province; Olympics preparations; cultural connections to promote tourism and Sister Village relationship between Polynesian Culture Center and Yunnan Nationalities Village. Special footage from China with Special Guests interview such as Ms. Yen Chun of CMC Consulting Group Inc and Sun Yat-Sin Hawaii Foundation and Johnson Choi of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

May 18, 2006

Yen Chun and her father Walter Chun interviewed by Zhongshan Television on their Hawaii (USA) China connections 

May 3, 2006

Dr. Roberta Wong Leung, Dean of School of Hotel and Tourism Management Shunde Polytechnic, Guangdong China met with Jackie Chan

March 15, 2006

WWF China receives a check of US$12,718, proceeds of 2005 Charity Golf Tournament, from Brenda Foster, President of AmCham Shanghai. WWF China will use the fund to implement a project which will develop and deliver environmental education and sustainability courses for Shanghai government officials, industries' managers and the general public.

January 17, 2006

Message to the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting, January 17, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii

Brenda Lei Foster, President
American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

To: Johnson Choi, President HKCHcc

I am sorry that I am unable to be with you today at the Annual Meeting of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. I extend my warmest aloha to Congressman Ed Case and to all of those in attendance.

By way of introduction, as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, I am currently responsible for representing the Chamber and American business interests throughout Eastern China which encompasses Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta. I not only serve as the Chamber’s public face, but also oversee, manage and implement all of our initiatives by working together with the staff and Board of Governors as we strive to be the leading international business association in China.

The Chamber is currently one of the two largest AmCham’s in the Asia/Pacific region with over 3,223 members of which 1300 are major US companies. We average 80 new members a month with a yearly retention rate of 75%. We have 19 industry committees and host over 250 events a year.

Our mission is to support the success of our members by promoting a healthy business environment in China, strengthening U.S.-China commercial ties and providing high quality business information and resources. We conduct an extremely strong government advocacy program to bring to the attention of government officials in both China and the U.S. our recommendations for improving the business environment and removing barriers to trade and investment. Just this week, we hosted a breakfast meeting for the Co-chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group in the U.S. Congress, Representatives Mark Kirk and Rick Larsen, with U.S. industry leaders in Shanghai to discuss key business issues affecting the U.S.-China relationship. I am delighted that Representative Case is also a member of this group.

As the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce moves forward, I hope you will consider us your partner in China. We look forward to assisting you with your activities in China and helping to grow the businesses you represent. Please go to our website at to learn more about our activities and how we may assist you.

I look forward to welcoming you to Shanghai or visiting with you whenever I am in Hawaii.

Aloha nui aloha,
Brenda Lei Foster

November 16, 2005

Eden Woon Yi-Teng, chief executive of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, will resign early next year to become the Shanghai-based Greater China vice-president for US Coffee giant Starbucks - Chloe Lai and Bloomberg

"It's a new challenge, something different, "Mr. Woon said last night, adding that the chamber had not yet picked a replacement for him. I have been in this job for eight years and passed a very challenging period in the history of Hong Kong during which the General Chamber of Commerce contributed a lot, My professional life is at a crossroads and now I have a chance to work in a company which I very much appreciate and have a chance to develop my career in the China market. If you have seen my CV, you would know thre were many dramatic moves in my life. The chamber will have its headhunt but details will be decided by the board. I have told the government today of my new appointment and we agreed that I would stay on the Commission on Strategic Development."

Mr. Woon, who has headed the chamber since May 1997, is a former US Air Force colonel. He was China policy adviser to the US secretary of defense, served at the US embassy in Beijing and taught mathematics at the US Air Force Academy. He was the first Chinese head of the chamber. "Although I will be based in Shanghai starting next year, I will travel between Shanghai and Hong Kong frequently and I am on the board of the Ocean Park."

Chamber chairman David Eldon said in a statement: "He will be sorely missed, and a hard act to follow, but we understand his desire after eight years to seek a different challenge and wish him every success in his new role."

Starbucks, which is opening a new Greater China headquarters in Shanghai, has about 100 shops on the mainland. It also has outlets in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it is a venture with Maxim's Caterers.

November 5, 2005

Swimmers will be inducted into Hall

The third class of inductees into the Hawai'i Swimming Hall of Fame will be enshrined tomorrow night in a sold-out banquet and ceremony at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki.

Among the 18 honorees are Dr. Chris Woo (Hawai'i's most recent Olympic swimmer and a distinguish member of the Hong Kong. China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce), Chris Duplanty (four-time Olympian in water polo), Ken Nakasone (Pan American Games participant) and Robin Backhaus (1972 Olympic swimmer).

The other inductees are swimmer Mitzi Higuchi, masters swimmers Steve Borowski, Bruce Clark, Ernest Leskovitz and Joe Lileikis, channel swimmers Robin Isayama and Carl Kawauchi, ocean swimmers Kaili Chun and John Flanagan, water polo players/coaches Shari Baird, John Nielsen and Susan Nishioka, coach Edward Kawachika and contributor Jim Anderson.

This year's class brings the total number of inductees to 80. The inaugural class — which included legends Duke Kahanamoku, Keo Nakama and Soichi Sakamoto — was inducted in 2002.

The Hall of Fame is operated under the Hawai'i Swimming Legacy Project, which was formed about five years ago in an effort to preserve the rich aquatic tradition here. The inductees are voted on by the Hall's advisory board.

October 14, 2005

Walter & Jennie Chun, Parents of Yen Chun, one of our Founding Members/Directors of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary, 94th and 90th Birthday respectively

August 4, 2005

(Brenda Foster (right) a recent picture taken at a business networking party)

Vice President Brenda Foster of our Chamber of Commerce is the New President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China effective September 2005.

On behalf of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Our Officers, Directors and Members, we would like to wish Brenda the very best and looking forward working with her.

The following is the Official message from Mr. Jeffrey Bernstein, Chairman of AmCham Shanghai, China.

Fellow AmCham Shanghai Member:

I am extremely pleased to announce that the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai has secured Ms. Brenda Lei Foster for the new position of AmCham Shanghai President.

When our Board set out at the beginning of the year to "take the Chamber to the next level," we realized that this would require professional leadership, both in terms of strategy development and execution. Put plainly, just doing more of the same would not be sufficient. We were looking for a leader who would contribute as a strong partner to the elected Board, as well as a mentor to our growing Chamber staff. Such leadership requires perspective born from experience. More specifically, it requires "world class" experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, and management of NGOs (non profits), which are still at a nascent state in China.

You may think that such tough criteria would have severely limited the potential candidate pool, however, we were overwhelmed by the scope and degree of interest and by the number of qualified applicants who applied. Through the candidate-selection process, it became clear that Brenda was the right person for the job.

Brenda's career spans more than 35 years in business, government, and NGO management. Highlights include serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) shepherding this NGO's growth, and gaining a high profile in her home state of Hawaii as the Executive Advisor to the Governor for International and National Affairs. During more than seven years in this role, she developed programs for visits from Jiang Zemin and other senior Chinese officials. Brenda has worked to support commercial interests throughout her time in public and NGO service, and has also managed her own consulting business. Throughout her career, she has shown a knack for building a strong network of senior-level contacts in both the U.S. and China, experience that lends additional credibility and stature to AmCham Shanghai.

Brenda also possesses a passionate, lifelong interest in China, building and maintaining a close bond with this part of the world throughout her career. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and carries excellent credentials from long-time contacts in Asia.

The characteristics that really won us over are Brenda's infectious zeal and her determination to make a difference. Please join me in warmly welcoming Brenda Lei Foster to AmCham Shanghai at the September 6th Consulate General Briefing (Portman Ritz-Carlton, 4th Floor Ballroom, 5:30 - 8 pm).

Warm regards,

Jeffrey Bernstein
AmCham Shanghai

May 1, 2005

Chuck Gee, dean emeritus of the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry and Management, says aloha is an asset in the hospitality industry.  Complete story in PDF File  Direct Link

April 23, 2005

Michael Zhang, President and CEO of Blue Hawaii Surf opens his new shop at the 3rd floor of the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Ala Moana Shopping Center is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii. It is also the largest open shopping mall in the world.




June 18, 2004

Yen Chun, One of our Founding Members and Directors met Jackie Chan Tuesday (June 8th) night - got a grant from his charity for the Halau which she is taking to China for the Shanghai International Children's Cultural & Art Festival July 24-31, 2004.

Ina Lee, One of our Members in Shanghai recent visit to Tibet


January 9, 2004

One of our Distinguished Members, Mr. Thomas Zhuang's daughter is the 1st Princess of Miss Chinatown Hawaii 2004

Sylvia was born in Shanghai, China and is the daughter of Thomas and Juliana Zhuang. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration specializing in Corporate Communication from the Hawaii Pacific University. Sylvia is employed at Laird Christianson Harris Advertising as a Creative Coordinator. Her achievements include being an HPU Presidential Scholar, a winning presenter in the District 13 National Student Advertising Competition, and a member of Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Societies. Sylvia hopes to further her education and obtain a Master's degree in Business Administration, pursue a career in Advertising and Marketing, and continue to travel. Her talents include singing and playing the piano. Sylvia enjoys traveling, dancing, writing, kickboxing, theater, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing exotic international cuisines.

January 6, 2004

Kai Hawaii Inc will be moving to their new downtown location at 31. N. Pauahi Street, 2nd Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 on Monday, January 12, 2004. Their phone and fax will remain the same. Phone: 808-533-2210, Fax: 808-533-2686.

November 13, 2003



Here are a few economic related footnotes about the trip so far.  The following were visited to enhance economic ties between the United States (State of Hawaii) and Korea:

  • Port of Incheon.  Maritime Affairs and Harbor Officials gave courtesy tour of facilities.  Mayor Ahn of Incheon attended the rowing opening ceremonies on Aug 4 and rowed in the boat with me on the eve of new sister city relations with Honolulu.  The Honolulu City/County Office of Economic Development helped arrange the event with the Mayor.  I presented the Mayor with an ornamental koa paddle with inscription from the Spirit of Hawaii Goodwill and Friendship Coastal Korea Visit.
  • Port of Kunsan.  Very important port to Korea's economy.  Harbor officials gave complete tour of facilities. 
  • Mokpo Maritime University (Merchant Marine Training University) was visited and I met with students.  The merchant marine is the lifeblood of Korea's economy.
  • Met with the Governor of Jeju Island to highlight Hawaii's sister relationship with this island province in Korea.  Presented the Governor with an inscribed koa paddle.
  • Stayed at the Korea Maritime University in Busan, which is one of the largest merchant marine training universities in Korea.  Spent time with students and attended activities on campus.  Toured port facilities that were damaged by typhoon Maemi.
  • In the city of Pohang I received a special clearance to tour the Posco Steel Company, which is normally restricted to foreigners.  I was given a lengthy tour of the steel making process.  Posco supplies steel to Korea's shipbuilding industry, which in turn fuels the merchant marine fleet symbolized by the merchant marine training universities.  Posco is also one of the world's largest steel makers and even has construction projects in Honolulu.
  • A third inscribed koa paddle is to be given to President Roh, the South Korean President, with the assistance of the South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
  • The State of Hawaii has been prominently promoted in Korea as a result of extensive media coverage.  Many photos and film footage of the boat name "Spirit of Hawaii" have appeared in national TV and newspaper articles.  To date the trip has appeared in over 30 media entities (TV news, radio, newspaper). 

Hope these notes help you!   This summer the rowing trip was given a small sponsorship from the Seoul South Korea  HSK Chinese Language Academy.  HSK banners were featured on the boat.


  • Rower/Founder:  Jonathan Cowles

  • Korea Coordinator: Jae Kwon Lee

  • Rowboat name:  Spirit of Hawaii.

  • US Coast Guard Boat Identification Number:  WVTWHD202.

  • Rowboat length: 5 meters.

  • Color:  White hull, wood color interior.

  • Boat material:  Wood.

  • Boat features:  Radar reflector 2 meters high in stern of boat; reflector visible up to 2.0 nautical miles on radar; there is no motor and no sail, only oars for propulsion.

  • Rowing route:  Rowing to be during daylight under escort. 

  • Communication:  VHF Channel 16, cellular phone.

  • Navigation Aides:  Compass, GPS chartplotter, maritime charts.

  • Safety equipment:  Flares, survival exposure suit, first-aid kit.

The South Korea part of the Goodwill and Friendship Coastal Visit was endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States (1903-2003).

  • The East-West Center.

  • The University of Hawaii Center for Korean Studies.

  • The Korea Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu MBA Program.

  • The Asia Society.

Advisory Committee:  The following individuals advised the organizing of the rowing visit (2002-2003) .    

  • Mr. Dalton Tanonaka- President, Pacific Basin Economic Council.

  • Mr. Manual Menendez- Executive Director, Office of Economic Development City and County of Honolulu.

  • Mrs. Duk Hee Murabayashi- Vice General Chairperson, Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States.

  • Mr. Jae Kwon Lee- Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States.

  • Mr. James Moses- Assistant Director, Chaminade University MBA Program.

  • Dr. John Webster- Director, Chaminade University Hogan Entrepreneur Program.

  • Dr. Christopher McNally- Research Fellow, East-West Center.

  • Dr. Edward Shultz- Director, University of Hawaii Center for Korean Studies.

  • Dr. Chuck Y. Gee- Dean Emeritus, University of Hawaii.

  • Mr. Daniel Pyun- President, Korea Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mr. Johnson Choi- President, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mr. Tom Pinansky, Board Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

    August 28, 2003 - Dean Emeritus Chuck Y Gee of UH - School of Travel Industry Management celebrated his 70th Birthday at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. More than 250 guests from around the world will be attending. Dean Gee is the Director and Founding Members of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. August 28, 2003 is being named "Chuck Yim Gee Day" by Governor Linda Lingle of the State of Hawaii and Mayor Jeremy Harris of the City and County of Honolulu.

August 12, 2003 - This is to announce that Mr. Anthony NIGHTINGALE, the new Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), has taken up the chairmanship of the Hong Kong Ethics Development Advisory Committee from his predecessor Mr. Christopher CHENG. Mr. NIGHTINGALE will lead the Committee to guide the Hong Kong Ethics Development Centre in its work of promoting business ethics. His article titled "Hong Kong - still a fantastic place for business" appeared on the Aug 11th edition of the South China Morning Post - Hong Kong - download it in PDF format.

August 10, 2003 - Mayor Ahn sang-Soo rowed the boat about 20 meters with Jonathan at a launch of the Spirit of Hawaii and Goodwill Visit to South Korea 2003 to wish Jonathan a good luck in his voyage.

        August 3, 2003 - Mr. Michael Zhang (Member of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)) and his partner open up a New furniture store -"A Furniture World Outlet" today. The store is located at 1673 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814, one block from the Hawaii Convention Center. Michael Zhang can be reached at 808-941-3595. Special discount is being offered to HKCHcc Members and Friends.       

June 16, 2003 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and The Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) are pleased to announce that AmCham Chairman and Crown Worldwide Group Chairman Jim Thompson was honored at the fDi Personality of the Year Awards during a  reception at the IPA World Forum in Amsterdam on June 12, 2003. The fDi Personality of the Year Awards is sponsored by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine, a division of  the Financial Times. The award honors high-profile individuals who have made an exceptional difference in promoting foreign investment in their country or region. This year there are four regional winners and one overall winner. This year's overall winner is the President of  Mexico, Vicente Fox. The award ceremony was held on June 12, 2003 in the St. Olof's Chapel at the Barbizon Palace Hotel located in Amsterdam's city center.

May 7, 2003 - One of our Distinguished Member of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc), Mr. Terrill Chock will be installed as the 92nd President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on May 29, 2003 at the Waikiki Lau Yee Chai Restaurant. Mr. Chock is an executive with an international consulting firm, former bank executive and an entrepreneur. Mr. Chock is well respected in Hawaii and International business community.

April 15, 2003 - One of our Distinguished Founder/Member of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc), Mr. Puongpun Sananikone, President and CEO of PacMar, Inc. has been selected as one of the five 2003 University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni. He previously served as loan operations officer of the Asian Development Bank, chief economist and director of Asia operations for Louis Berger International and executive vice president of Hawaiian Agronomics International. He sat on the board of the Washington D.C.-based Southeast Asian American Resource Action Center, chaired the East West Center Association Executive Board and serves on East West Center Board of Governors. Sananikone completed his graduate work at the University of Colorado. The award will be presented on May 20th.

March 31, 2003 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai: Consulate General of the United States of America in Shanghai - The Consular Section is preparing to move to a new location on the eighth floor of the Westgate Mall, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu. As a result of the move, we will not process visa cases on April 11, between Monday April 14 and Wednesday April 16. 

January 10, 2003 - Nola Miyasaki is the executive director of the Michael J. Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Management at Syracuse University. In this role she takes the lead in outreach initiatives of the EEE Program and works to commercialize opportunities for technologies developed at Syracuse.

  Prior to joining the School of Management in January 2003, Miyasaki worked for the State of Hawaii for four years in various capacities related to technology and business development. She most recently served as executive director and CEO of the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), the independent state agency charged with advancing the development of technology in Hawaii. She brings to her role in the Falcone Center extensive experience in managing a highly successful incubator and in facilitating technology development and entrepreneurship.

Nola will continue to work with the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) on business and technology matters.

November 17, 2002 - Ina Lee, our Shanghai member got married with Johnson Yang on November 5, 2002 in Shanghai China. Both Ina and Johnson were born on November 5th (same year too) and yes they will be getting marry on their birthdates!


Please kindly send your warmest regards to Ina and Johnson!

September 27, 2001 - One of our founding members, Mr. Kenji Mita has open up his new store specializing in selling a wide varieties of tea, drink and snack food across from the Convention Center.

Teava Momi Inc is located at 1726 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu HI 96814. 

Phone number is 808-946-8988.

Store hour is from 10am - 10pm daily.

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