By Léo Azambuja

chamber of commerce

From left to right, David Nahoopii, Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau Executive Director Sue Kanoho, Hawai‘i Tourism and Lodging Association Mufi Hannemann, Joyce Vidinha, Sandi Kato-Klutke and Jarred Higashi

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce wrapped up 2015 in style with its Annual General Membership Meeting and 27th Annual Silent Auction at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort Dec. 10.

The night opened with outgoing Board Chair J Robertson’s welcome, followed by keynote speakers Mufi Hannemann and Mary Ann Barnes sharing promising news with hundreds of members attending the event.

Barnes, Kaiser Permanente President, announced the plans from the second-largest health plan provider in Hawai‘i to open a new clinic in Lihu‘e. Hannemann, CEO of Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, said there has been five straight years of increase in visitor arrivals.

KCC President and CEO Mark Perriello gave the chamber’s report, and said 2016 will be a “year of action” for the nonprofit organization, as they work closely with their partners in the community to address challenges facing businesses on the island.

The event also served to introduce 15 new members since last meeting Sept. 17, and for the new Board of Directors to be sworn in by Judge Trudy Senda.

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