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Do you know our dues paying members attend events sponsored by our collaboration partners worldwide at their membership rates - go to our event page to find out more! After attended a China/Hong Kong Business/Trade Seminar in Hawaii...still unsure what to do next, contact us, our Officers, Directors and Founding Members are actively engaged in China/Hong Kong/Asia trade - we can help!

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Honolulu Hawaii Dec 8 2008: China and the Global Financial Crisis: Featuring Wan Qingliang, Vice-Governor of Guangdong Province, People Republic of China (sponsored by DBEDT & PAAC)

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November 14 2008: UH TIM Alumni Karen Li, Executive Director, Lanson Place Boutique Hotel & Residences won Hong Kong's Style Award (Hong Kong Demonstrates its true style: Model Amanda S., entrepreneur Allan Zeman and hotelier Karen Li all won in January's Style Awards - organized by the South China Morning Post)

HotelClub is a global accommodation specialist website that offers channels for internet users to make hotel room bookings online for over 48,000 hotels in 120 countries worldwide. Followed by the successful launching of the first award campaign in 2007, HotelClub worked with its partners and sponsors again on a global consumer survey for the Best Hotels and Resorts in Asia Awards 2008.

The HotelClub Awards Asia 2008 falls into 13 different categories, with 3 new categories added this year. Over 120,000 votes were received from the consumer survey, with more than 71,000 hotels and resorts nominated for the various awards. The judge panel short-listed 300 finalist for the campaign this year,  "The Salisbury" - YMCA of Hong Kong and Lanson Place Boutique Hotel & Residences, both run by UH TIM Alumni are winners.

The Award Presentation was held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It is truly a great honor for the award winners as all the votes were cast directly by consumers worldwide, and not by the travel writers or leaders of the hospitality industry as commonly seen in most of the tourism and hotel award campaigns. For information, we have no information ahead of time on who are the winners.

November 14 2008: UH TIM Alumni Karen Li, Executive Director, Lanson Place Boutique Hotel & Residences also won "Best Service Hotel" and "Top Hotel in Asia" Awards on November 13 2008 - UH TIM School and TIM Night have contributed to Karen's successes!

  (L - R Aldrin Leung with UH TIM Alumni Roberta Wong Leung) UH TIM EDIT Program Aldrin Leung, General Manager, The Salisbury YMCA Hong Kong won "Best Affordable Hotel" Award on November 13 2008 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club - UH TIM School EDIT Program have contributed to Aldrin's successes!

Honolulu Hawaii November 7 2008: Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee & Johnson Choi (UH TIM 1977) met with UH TIM Alumni Estelle E Kaya (UH TIM 1978), President of Hosowa Ltd. T. Kaya Ltd at the Oahu Country Club

Honolulu Hawaii November 5 2008: Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee & Johnson Choi (UH TIM 1977) met with UH TIM Alumni Alan H C Ong, Senior VP - Operations and Projects of Hotel Equatorial at the Wailana Coffee Shop to discuss Internship Opportunities for UH TIM Students

Serious inquiry with CV please contact Alan Ong at

You may also contact Johnson Choi at (415) 691-6138 (San Francisco USA); (808) 524-5738 (Hawaii USA), (852) 8171-3118 (Hong Kong SAR) or by email to

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

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October 12th at Double Tree Sonoma Hotel - UH TIM Alumni in San Francisco and North America invite you to a fun day at Sonoma Wine Country (1 Doubletree Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 Google Map) Event organizers are Ted Sakai*, Johnson Choi*, Paul Tang*, Rita Lau and Holden Lim., Special Guests are Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee and Professor Morton Fox

The largest UH TIM Alumni event in San Francisco was well attended by 28 UH Alumni representing Major Hotel Brands and in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Computer, Trading, Real Estates, Hotel Acquisition, Commercial Real Estates, Training, Entertainment, Movie and Restaurant. The dynamic of the California businesses and economy has provided our UH TIM /UH alumni excellent business and professional opportunities. Most of the UH TIM/UH Alumni are well connected with the Asian economies such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan as their daily course of doing business.

Many more professional and business networking events will be planned in the coming months, stay tune!

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

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Honolulu Hawaii USA - Friday, October 3 2008 11:30am at The Plaza Club SOLD OUT on 9-29-08

“China after the Olympics: Going Forward” - BRENDA LEI FOSTER, PRESIDENT, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai


Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee Celebrates his 75th Birthday with UH TIM Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends on August 16 2008 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel

Video Presentation by David Heenan, Former Dean of UH College of Business and Chairman of Campbell Estate

Video Presentation by UH TIM Alumni Clyde Min, Vice President - Asia Pacific, Kingdom Hotels

Video Singing Happy Brithday and Presentation by Chuck Gee

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Beijing China - August 12th: UH TIM Alumni Networking Dinner in Beijing China - Crowne Plaza International Airport Beijing

UHTIM Alumni, Ernest Yeung, Roberta Wong Leung, Eugene Ong

Danny Tam/ex Halekulani, Eugene Ong, Ernest Yeung, Linda Ong, Roberta Wong Leung, Alice Cheong/Hyatt Regency Jingjin

UH TIM Alumni Ian Chu, Roberta Wong Leung and DBEDT Beijing Office Niki Shishido

Honolulu-Hawaii-August 12 2008 - Royal Garden Restaurant - Clyde G Min - UH TIM Alumni/VP Asset Management Asia Pacific of Kingdom Hotel Investment based in Singapore met with UH TIM Alumni to share with us business opportunities in Asia Pacific Region

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

San Francisco - Saturday, July 26th at 9:00am - UH TIM Alumni (Roberta Wong Leung '71, Rita Lau '78, Holden Lim '89 and Johnson Choi '77) met in San Francisco for Breakfast at the Stacks Restaurant, 361 California St, Burlingame, California for business networking.

July 13 2008 - US-China Friendship Association Honolulu Chapter Installation of Directors for 2008 - 2009, Special Guest Speaker, Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). Ambassador Burghardt holds the AIT position concurrently with his position as the Director of East-West Seminar at the East-West Center. The topic was "Prospects for Peace Across the Taiwan Strait"

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

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


Saturday - June 7th 6:30pm: The Makaha Sons "Take a Walk in the Country 6" at the Aloha Tower Market Place


May 16 2008 Bali: International UH TIM Alumni at the Regent Reunion at beautiful Conrad Bali

(L- R) Tim Marsden, Hilda Min, Clyde Min, Roberta Wong Leung, Alan ong, Chris Stafford, Aldrin Leung (EDIT)

(L - R) Chris Stafford, Tim Marsden, Clyde Min, Bill Black (EDIT lecturer 2007), Roberta Wong Leung, Syed Al'shahab (former Regent staff), Aldrin Leung (EDIT)

May 4 2008: Celebrating 2008 SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year - National Winner Award with Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee, Brenda Foster - President of AmCham Shanghai, Larry Foster - Former Dean and Professor of UH Law School, Dennis & Brenda Teranishi - CEO of Hawaiian Host Chocolates, Michael & Jenny Zhang - President and CEO of Blue Hawaii Surf, Yen Chun & Dickie Ching - COO of CMC Consulting Group Inc and Shao Jun Zhang - Dean of Fudan Shanghai Art College at the Mandalay Restaurant

April 30 2008 - SBA Hawaii Presenting the 2008 SBA Small Business Award Winner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village - special thanks to Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee, Dennis Teranishi, Brenda Foster for the support during the competition on the State, Regional and National levels and my wife Carmen for allowing me to spend 20+ hours per week on HKCHcc and other non-profit organizations such as T.I.M. International Inc, Hawaii Pacific Export Council, Hawaii Chinese Association and the U.S.-China People Friendship Association; special thanks also to our Founding Members and Directors of HKCHcc for their continuous support.


Honolulu man honored in D.C.

April 23 2008 Washington DC: Honolulu businessman Johnson Choi was honored by the Small Business Administration as 2008 Minority Champion during a ceremony today in the nation's capital. Choi was one of 10 small-business owners and leaders of small-business support organizations nationwide recognized for their support of entrepreneurs. The SBA Champion Awards were presented as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week. Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting. He won at the state and regional level before claiming the national title. "The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as true champions of small business, whose tireless efforts have provided tangible and significant support to small businesses and to their communities," said SBA Administrator Steve Preston.

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April 23 2008 Honolulu Hawaii: Shanghai Foreign Economic Relations & Trade Commission's visit to Honolulu. HKCHcc hosted a private breakfast meeting for the group at the Pacific Club and later met with Speaker of the House Calvin Say to discuss business collaborations

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

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - Hawaii State House of Representative - The Spirit of Small Business

It takes a special person to succeed as a small business owner. Today, the House recognized the hard work, dedication and perseverance of those entrepreneurs who are the 2008 U.S. Small Business Administration Award Recipients. The resolution was offered by Rep. Kyle Yamashita, the Chair of the House Committee on Economic Development & Business Concerns. Left to right: Thomas Park, Bill Spencer, Bev Gannon, Kyle Yamashita, Representative for David Fell, Rex Matsuno, Pam Tumpap, Johnson Choi

Minority Small Business Champion - National Winner: Johnson W. K. Choi - Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce from Honolulu.
Small Business Person of the Year: Beverly "Bev" Gannon - Haliimaile General Store Inc. and Nene Grill, Inc. from Makawao, Maui.
Entrepreneurial Success: Rex Matsuno - Suisan Company, Ltd., from Hilo, Hawaii.
Small Business Exporter: David Fell - Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, Inc. from Hilo, Hawaii.
Family Owned Small Business: Jonathan Ota - Tip Top Cafe & Bakery from Lihue, Kauai.
Financial Services Champion: William "Bill" A. Spencer - Hawaii Venture Capital Association from Kailua, Oahu.
Small Business Journalist: Pamela Tumpap - Maui Chamber of Commerce from Kahului, Maui.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Thomas P. Park - Leather Soul LLC, from Honolulu.
Women in Business Champion: Joan A. Seery - BNJ Hawaii Networking Institute and Serious Business Solutions.

March 26 2008 Tim Marsden, GM of Langham Hotel London, Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee and Johnson Choi

March 9 2008 Duongguong China at the Hyatt Regency Duongguong with David Chan, GM and Felix Chua, UH TIM Grads

Honolulu Hawaii March 8 2008: Dan Piccuta, Deputy Chief Mission in Beijing discuss (off the record candid discussion) U.S. China Relationship, Taiwan issues, IPR, Trade, Appreciation of Chinese Yuan, US$300 billion sovereign fund and first time in U. S. history a U. S. sitting President attending a Olympic game in a foreign country - the Beijing Olympic on August 8 2008

   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

Monday, February 18, 2008 6-8pm Las Vegas Nevada: T.I.M. International, Inc., the Alumni Association of the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa would like to invite you to a networking dinner At the home of Professor Emeritus and Mrs. Morton Fox. Representing T.I.M. International Inc was Johnson Choi, Director/Treasurer and Past President and Roberta Wong Leung, Director; Representing UH TIM School was Dean Walter Jaimerson; Special UH TIM Alumni and Friends are Patricia Lee, Sherri Tom, Mrs. Jamieson, Mr. Ben Racelis - President UHAA Las Vegas Chapter, Jennifer Cheung, Elizabeth Powell, Carmen Choi, Morton Fox, Gisele Fox, Robert & June Binick, Agnes Kwok Yates, Eric Yates and Erica Yates.

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

   Bank of Hawaii, International Banking Division

February 14 2008 - Pacific Club, Honolulu Hawaii: “An Update of the Business Climate in China” Opportunities Niches for Hawaii China Business? by BRENDA LEI FOSTER, PRESIDENT, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai has more than 3,000 members representing most of the Fortune 500 Companies currently doing business in China) It was attended by more than 100 business executives, some of our VIPs are Councilman Charles Djou; Dennis Ling, Administrator of Hawaii DBEDT; Constance Lau, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries; Dennis Teranishi, CEO of Hawaiian Host Chocolates; Betty Brow, Senior VP of International Banking and Paul Brewbaker, Senior VP and Economist of Bank of Hawaii; Wendy Abe, President of Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce; Jill Takasaki Canfield, President of Pacific Asian and Affairs Council; Vance Roley, Dean of Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa; Lisa Gibson, President of the Hawaii Science & Technology Council; Rosita Chang, Director of Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute; Charles Steilen, Dean, College of Business at HPU; Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Brenda Foster, President of American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai; Yen Chun, Director of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Dr. Sun Yat Sen Hawaii Foundation; Ken Hayashida, President, Kai Hawaii, a Structural and Forensic Engineer Firm; Manny Menendez, President of MCM Group Holding, Gerhart Walch, President & CEO of Belizea Corporation, Ed Case, Gerald Wong, D. J. Halcro, U. S. Commercial Officer Greg Wong, Jay Fidell, Corey Tong, Michael Zhang, Lei Ahu Isa, Jenny Samaan, David Talisman, Audry Higuchi and David Erdman.

BRENDA FOSTER, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SHANGHAI; Comments to the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) at the Plaza Club 2/14/2008 - Recording Courtesy of Jay Fidell, Think Tech Hawaii



February 2 2008 - Honolulu Hawaii: Meeting with Eugene Ong, General Manager of Crowne Plaza International Airport Beijing, Linda Ong and Chuck Gee on China Travel Related Business Opportunities

January 28 2008 Honolulu Hawaii: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner will announce efforts by DOE and the State of Hawaii to strengthen and promote clean energy technologies across the state. Assistant Secretary Karsner is expected to highlight how this clean energy cooperation furthers the Administration’s comprehensive strategy to transform our energy infrastructure to ensure security and reliability.

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

January 5 2008 - Honolulu Hawaii - Grand Cafe and Bakery - An Afternoon with Brenda Foster - President of American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, Lawrence Foster - Former Dean and Professor of University of Hawaii Law School, Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee of University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management, Michael Zhang and Yen Chun of CMC Consulting Group Inc.

(Front left to Right: Johnson Choi, Yen Chun and Brenda Foster; Back Left to Right: Michael Zhang, Chuck Gee and Lawrence Foster)

January 3 2008 - Oakland California - An Evening at the home of  Michael Lee, Former Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in San Francisco, Anita Lee and Doctor Hon Fong

December 31 2007 A Day with Ted Sakai, General Manager of the Double Tree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country

We spend a day with Mr. Ted Sakai, General Manager of Double Tree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country. Ted was 1999 University of Hawaii, School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) Distinguished Hall of Honor Alumni. 1999 was a memorable year. Ted Sakai and Johnson Choi were inducted into TIM School Hall of Honor in the same year, sharing the honor is our good friend and now president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Mrs. Brenda Foster who was inducted in the UH College of Business Hall of Honor in the same evening. Mrs. Foster is also the founding members and vice president of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. There are a number of UH TIM Alumni in California such as Rita Lau, General Manager of The Fairmont San Francisco and Randi Fernandez, F&B Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel at Newport Beach. When Ted was the President of the T.I.M. International Inc (the alumni association of the UH School of TIM), TIMI held the graduation exercise at the Hilton Hawaiian Village - a much preferred venue by most TIM graduates. The TIM Night that was the heart of soul of the TIM School that used to hold our alumni together was terminated by the new administration and missed by our alumni worldwide. The ability of Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee to hold the UH TIM Alumni worldwide together when he travel the world.  Elena Tom, the "mom" of UH TIM School, Professor Cox (Washington State) and Professor Fox (Las Vegas) brought back fond memories. I have shared with Ted we need to bring back the Ohana spirit of the TIM School and find way to re-connect with our alumni worldwide - bring back TIM Night could be one of the key.

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