Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce Ushers in New Officers

As Seen on East Oahu Sun

Newly Elected Board Looks Forward to New Challenges in 2010

The Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce (HIKAICOC) believes that “Together we achieve so much more.” With that in mind, their mission statement expands to:  “The Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce exists for the purpose of stimulating and growing our businesses, and networking with each other through website presence for each business, monthly meetings, social events, business luncheons and dinners.”

They kept that promise last year, ending 2009 with their third annual Gala at the Hawaii Kai Retirement and Assisted Living Community. With over 70 members, the HIKAICOC heads into 2010 with a strong foundation. Newly appointed President, Lisa van den Heuvel commented on how the Chamber had several events last year and was a big contributor to the fundraising for the 4th of July firework event in Maunalua Bay. During her term, she hopes to get creative with promotions on YouTube and by hosting a match-making event for chamber businesses. This year will also be the first time that the Board of Directors will have specific roles as committee leaders in special events, public relations, networking and so on. The quarterly luncheons will also be featuring the “29-second pitch” where businesses promote their services in a direct and effective way to nearly 100 people. Van den Heuvel states that, “It is important for Hawaii Kai residents to know that there is no need to go to town for what you need when someone in your own back yard, who may have children at the same school as yours, or could be in line behind you at Costco, can meet your needs and solve your problems, locally.”

This years elected officers include: President – Lisa van den Heuvel, Vice-President – Kaleo Agsalda, Treasurer – Lolly Elliott, Secretary – Zahava Czara. Board of Directors include: Nicholas Abbott, Denise Clark, Chelsey Kobatake Flanagan, Gindi French, Delorese Gregoire, Chinta Griffin, Leo Hura, Howard Richmond, Janayhe Self, Tyler Roukema, Noble Turner.

Their next event is at Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai on January 27th at noon. Tickets are available now for $10 and can be purchased online at www.hikaicoc.com.