NETWORKING - In November, leaders from the Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry travelled to West Hawai‘i Island to visit our Kona-Kohala Chamber leaders.
For over 10 years, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) and the Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry have maintained a sister chamber agreement through relationship building and various areas of interchange as outlined in the original joint declaration of the sister chamber agreement. Signed in 2006, the document states, “The Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, of Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, State of Hawai‘i, United States of America, hereby declare themselves to be Sister Chamber of Commerce in the hope of promoting friendly relations between the Chamber and goodwill between Japan and the United States, through industrial, economic, and cultural exchange and interface.”
Areas of interchange between the two chambers include conferences/seminars, business promotion, culture and social interaction, friendly relations and Chamber service.
At a dinner together amongst Chamber leaders, Chairman of the Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mr. Tadashi Hosokawa and KKCC Board Chair Matthew Grauso discussed ways to leverage the sister Chamber relationship to promote business between the two regions.
During their visit, the Hatsukaichi Chamber invited Kona-Kohala Chamber Executive Director Wendy Laros to attend an event on November 9, where authentic okonomiyaki (a style of omelet in which Hiroshima, Japan is famous for) were prepared by Japanese chefs. She thoroughly enjoyed the cultural experience and said this about the friendly social interactions between the sister chambers, “Mr. Hosokawa and the leaders of the Hatsukaichi
Chamber of Commerce and Industry are wonderful people with great
ideas to support our mutual exchange of cultural activities and business promotion. Always smiling, they are very fun people to be around.”