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  • March 08, 2018 12:25 PM | Anonymous


    The two organizations merge to become a single, stronger voice for businesses and

    economic development in the West Oahu region

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The voice for businesses and economic development in West Oahu has become stronger with the merger of the West Oahu Economic Development Association (WOEDA) and the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce (KCC). Together, the “new” Kapolei Chamber of Commerce will become a single voice, advocating on behalf of its members and the entire business community in West Oahu to improve the region and state’s economic climate and help businesses thrive. 

    “As we look around West Oahu, we see the results of the nearly 20 years of dedication and hard work WOEDA and its members have committed to advocating for jobs, economic growth and prosperity in the region,” said Todd Bedford, president of KCC board of directors. “We look forward to WOEDA and its members becoming a part of the Kapolei Chamber and working together to make our community more vibrant through the support of our core initiatives.” 

    The major initiative that KCC will be advocating for during the 2018 Legislative Session includes:    

    • ·         Kapolei Jobs Initiative Pilot Program: Focus on bringing more professional, living wage jobs into the region to help keep pace with population growth in West Oahu. The initiative would help stimulate job growth by providing income tax credits and unemployment insurance tax credit incentives for businesses who establish or open an additional location in the region. There is currently a bill being considered at the Hawaii State Legislature this session.

    In addition, they will continue to work on the following initiatives: 

    • ·         Hire Leeward Initiative: In partnership with Honolulu City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, this initiative seeks to connect West Oahu residents with jobs closer to home that allows families to spend more time together and improves employee morale and retention. Each year, KCC sponsors an annual job and career fair, the next Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair will be held on Saturday,
    • June 23, 2018 at UH West Oahu.  At last year’s fair, 75 businesses and organizations participated in hopes of recruiting new workers from the more than 2,000 West Oahu residents who attended.
    • ·         Workforce Development: KCC is working with secondary and higher education institutions to support career pathway programs including mentoring and internship opportunities for students in growth sectors including healthcare, hospitality and creative media. 
    • ·         Helping West Oahu Businesses Thrive: Throughout the year, KCC hosts various events and programming for its members and the community, which includes the Blue Zones Project an initiative to promote health and wellness in the workplace and signature events like KCC’s very popular pau hana networking events. These luncheon and panel events are networking opportunities for West Oahu businesses that keeps them informed on what is happening in the region. 

    The current chair of the WOEDA board of directors, Chris Lee will become a director of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce.

    “Becoming a unified voice for businesses and economic development in West Oahu, as well as the community at-large, is what’s important to both the members of WOEDA and KCC,” explained Lee. “We look forward to joining KCC and advocating together for our community and the future of this region.” 

    State Senator Will Espero, one of the founding members of WOEDA said, “The vision of Kapolei becoming a second city has occurred. New homes, schools, roads, and businesses have transformed West Oahu into a vibrant dynamic community.  With the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce and WOEDA now merging, a strong unified business entity will be able to advocate and support the second city.  Together, these groups will continue to be the voice and champion of the Kapolei business community.  As one of the founding members of WOEDA, I look forward to a long lasting legacy which will benefit West Oahu and the state of Hawaii.”   

    Founded in 2001, WOEDA is a private, non-profit organization that was formed by local businesses to meet the needs of one of Hawaii’s fastest growing areas. As the number of businesses and population in the West Oahu region doubled over the last two decades, WOEDA focused its efforts on advocating for job development and a mass transit alternative, they developed programs focused on economic growth and brought together partners who shared their vision of bringing jobs and prosperity to West Oahu. 

    “I’m looking forward to welcoming WOEDA’s members to the Kapolei Chamber, this is an exciting and positive step for West Oahu,” said Kiran Polk, executive director of KCC. “Together, we will work to create an environment where businesses can grow and prosper while ensuring that this region is a great place to live, work and play.” 

    Founded in 2008, the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce (KCC) works on behalf of its approximately 300 members and the entire business community to improve the regional and state economic climate and help West Oahu business thrive. KCC’s members include proprietorships and individuals, small businesses and large corporation.  For more information, visit

  • August 23, 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    Save the Date! The Kapolei Chamber will be holding it's next Pau Hana Networking Event on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Queen's Medical Center West Oahu. This will be a Blue Zones Project Pau Hana featuring healthy bites and 'Wine at Five'! Mahalo to Queen's Medical Center West Oahu and HMSA for hosting and sponsoring this event. Registration will open in mid-September. 

  • June 23, 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    It's time to find a job closer to home! Register for the 5th Annual Hire Leeward Job Fair taking place on Saturday, June 24th! Over 70 businesses participating with thousands of job opportunities for you and your ohana. 

    WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2017


    WHERE: UH West Oahu - on the Great Lawn (flat shoes recommended)

    Skip the line and pre-register here:

  • April 19, 2017 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Kapolei Chamber will host our spring luncheon on Friday, June 2, 2017 at UH West Oahu. Our guest speaker will be HART’s Interim Executive Director and CEO, Mr. Krishniah N. Murthy. 

    Registration will open the beginning of May, so SAVE THE DATE!

  • February 23, 2017 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Kapolei Chamber continues to advocate for the business community of Kapolei. There is a bill going through the Hawaii State Legislature that will help bring more jobs to Kapolei. HB943 passed out of the House Finance Committee this week and is expected to crossover to the Senate. Click HERE to see the current status. To review HB943, click HERE

    The Kapolei Jobs Initiative Pilot Program would provide incentives for businesses to establish or open a new location in the Kapolei region, helping to reduce traffic and realize the State's long standing policy of directing growth to West Oahu. 

    Job growth in Kapolei is lagging behind population growth.  This is evident in the traffic congestion caused by the number of people who still have to commute to downtown Honolulu for work every day.   Job creation in the Kapolei region is a quality-of-life, community-building concern affecting employers and employees alike as households in the Kapolei region continue to grow exceeding the number of jobs. 

    Thank you to all who have submitted testimony on this measure. To receive notification on future hearings for this bill, click HERE or subscribe to the Kapolei Chamber's mailing list on the bottom of our home page. 

  • December 02, 2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    The 1st Pau Hana Networking Event of 2017 will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. More information coming soon with registration opening for members in the New Year. Save the date!

    The 5th Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at UH West Oahu. For more updates as they come available or to post a Leeward job opportunity for FREE, visit:

  • August 29, 2016 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    In case you missed it, check out this interview on KHON August 28, 2016:

    According to Kiran Polk, executive director of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, the Ka Makana Alii shopping center is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. “It’s a perfect example of what we need in Kapolei,” she said, “more jobs to match the growing population of our city.”

  • August 17, 2016 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kapolei Chamber members enjoyed a wonderful evening of creating new connections last night at our Pau Hana Networking event hosted at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort O`ahu at Ko Olina, co-sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank! Photo credit: Keith Uehara Photography

    Click on the link below for video highlights: 

    Pau Hana Networking at Four Seasons

    More photos of this spectacular event can also be viewed on our Facebook Page at:Kapolei Chamber Facebook Page

  • November 02, 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    15th Annual Kapolei City Lights Parade 

    Saturday, December 12, 2015, 6 p.m. – Kapolei City Lights is presented in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu attracting over 10,000 and growing each year. Come and celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy the Electric Light Parade along Kapolei Parkway, the beautifully decorated Christmas trees at Kapolei Hale, as well as the Street Party, which features local gourmet food trucks, music and entertainment, a Santa Village and many free games and activities for keiki and their ohana. In addition to these activities, this year there will be several new attractions, including a health fair, farmers’ market and craft fair, featuring locally grown produce and handcrafted items. The parade route begins on Kapolei Parkway fronting Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and travels Waianae bound on Kapolei Parkway. Parade ends at the intersection of Kama’aha Avenue and Kapolei Parkway. For more information email:

  • July 16, 2015 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    Kapolei Chamber’s Pau Hana Networking evening provided businesses the opportunity to make new business connections while visiting West Oahu’s very own community hospital. The event of this year was hosted and sponsored by Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

    Kapolei Chamber Member Pohai Ryan and Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association appreciates the value of networking saying, “Kapolei Chamber did a fabulous job co-hosting the networking event at Queen’s Medical Center – West.  As a former employee of Queen’s Medical Center Punchbowl, I can say that the West location is absolutely beautiful and is positively impacting  West-Oahu.  What a great resource for the health of their communities.  As usual, the networking was fruitful to our organization and we can’t wait to see what Kapolei Chamber has coming up in their next event.”

    Members were also able to meet and network with physicians, the management team and staff of Queen’s – West.  As a business in the Leeward Coast community, Queen’s – West was honored to meet with other community business owners and leaders. Many partnerships were forged.

    For the majority of the members in attendance, this was the very first time they experienced Queen’s – West.  Guided tours were given by Queen’s – West managers to learn about the history of the Queen’s mission, founders and legacy, as well as the services and programs offered at Queen’s – West.

    Since it opened its doors a little over a year ago (on May 20, 2014), Queen’s – West has served over 50,000 of their friends, family and neighbors, and has employed over 800 men and women - a large number of whom live in West Oahu. Click [here] to see learn more about Queen’s West and see a video showcasing their one-year anniversary.

    Last week’s Pau Hana Networking event is one of three networking evenings the Kapolei Chamber has on the calendar for 2015.

    SAVE THE DATE! The next ‘Networking Night’ will be on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be a joint networking event held at the Building Institute of Hawaii (BIA) Construction Training Center of the Pacific. A limited amount of tabletop sponsorship opportunities are available for $75. If you are interested in reserving a table please contact Kiran at Registration for Networking Night coming soon! 

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