The holiday season is here and it is wonderful to see all the great cheer. It is a time to be thankful for family and friends, and sharing our spirit of aloha so the joy never ends.
We want to recognize and thank all chamber members (whom you can quickly identify by looking for the Maui Chamber of Chamber logo on their door) for being a part of the chamber ohana and helping us to achieve all that we have this year.
Together, we have:
* Strengthened businesses.
* Improved our economy.
* Fought and avoided unnecessary regulations that would cause harm.
* Provided continued advocacy to improve the business climate in our county, state and nation, supporting efforts that benefit businesses.
* Promoted member businesses, Made In Maui products and shared the value of Buying Maui First.
* Honored and recognized businesses and community leaders for their achievements.
* Provided businesses with education on important business issues, such as the Affordable Care Act and addressed concerns.
* Made many referrals to our members and community organizations.
* Offered needed business assistance.
* Helped members navigate through regulatory challenges.
* Strengthened business-to- business relationships through monthly Business after Hours events and other programs.
* Offered cost-effective advertising and promotional opportunities.
* Helped the community better understand the challenges businesses face.
* Supported efforts to improve our quality of life and secure important environmental assets for the community.
* Gave to local charities.
* And, had fun!
The key word is "together." The Maui Chamber of Commerce, which will be 104 years old this coming February, accomplishes all that it does through strategic partnerships, working together with our members, the county, the state, elected officials and community organizations.
We are blessed to work for and serve great business leaders and their teams throughout Maui who are committed to being successful, operating ethically, helping each other and the business sector overall, creating jobs as they grow, and benefiting the community. We thank them for their investment of time and resources in the chamber and for their continuous contributions to keep Maui no ka oi.
We also want to thank our elected officials who work tirelessly to serve our county, state and nation, and thank Mayor Alan Arakawa and his team, including Teena Rasmussen of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, for their tremendous partnership with the chamber.
In addition, we are thankful for The Maui News, which provides this space for our messages, helping elevate businesses and broadening awareness on chamber and business matters.
Supporting businesses is a community effort and we therefore want to further thank all of the residents and guests of Maui. You make Maui the special place that it is and contribute to the products and services we have and enjoy, as well as the peace and beauty of this precious island.
Blessings and best wishes to all for a joyous holiday season. May we carry the bliss we feel this season with us always and may we live caring, inspired, harmonious and prosperous lives.
* Pamela Tumpap is president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.