To further friendly relations among the Chinese and various Chinese societies in the State of Hawaii; to promote projects of benevolence, charity, and cultural awareness; and to promote the welfare of the Chinese community.
A Message from the President
Thank you to those who were able to attend the Annual General Membership meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. It was very nice to see everyone virtually.
One of the purposes of the Annual General Membership meeting is to accept nominations for the seven (7) vacant trustee positions that will serve from 2021 to 2023. The UCS nomination committee, led by Chair Henry Ou, recommended the following seven (7) candidates.
Gifford K.F. Chang
Edna Wong McKenna
Henry Ou then invited the meeting attendees to propose up to three (3) nominations from the floor in which there were none. The general membership accepted the nominations of the recommended seven (7) listed above.
According to UCS By-laws Article X, Section 1: Timeline – “The election shall be held no later than the first week of November, date and time to be determined by the nomination committee.” As listed in emailed correspondence as well as on the UCS website, trustee elections was scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Since the seven (7) candidates fulfill the seven (7) vacant trustee positions, we voted for the approval of the seven (7) candidates as 2021-2023 UCS trustees; thereby foregoing the scheduled trustee elections. Please join me in congratulating the seven (7) 2021-2023 UCS trustees.
Please continue to stay healthy and safe!
Theodore “Teddy” Chong
For the health and safety of our trustees, members and community, President Teddy Chong has closed the United Chinese Society of Hawaii office until further notice, following national and state recommendations.
You may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need information.
Thank you in advance for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy!
Calendar of Events
Due to the COVID-19 uncertainty regarding large social gatherings in Hawaii, the UCS Board of Trustees voted to cancel remaining 2020 events as of now. Please check back for any future announcements. Thank you for your understanding!
Mask Donations to Support Member Societies
On May 31, 2020, United Chinese Society of Hawaii trustees handed out close to 5,000 masks to its member societies and organizations. Zhongshan Overseas China Commercial Association contacted United Chinese Society’s Immediate Past President, Henry Ou, sharing its generous offer to donate masks to our member societies and organizations to use for society business or events. UCS is grateful for the opportunity to support its member societies and organizations during these uncertain times. Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
Supporting Hawaii's Frontline!
Originally, the United Chinese Society of Hawaii embarked on a fundraiser to help its sister cities asking for assistance in China as COVID-19 rapidly spread. As China started to climb out of the pandemic, COVID-19 made its presence in the United States where it became evident that there was more of a need locally.
The original intent was to donate PPEs, but due to various quality issues and medical center standards, we did not feel comfortable purchasing just any product. With its trustees, member societies, and members, UCS decided to make a monetary contribution to each of the three hospitals that serve our Chinatown community: Queens Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, and Straub Medical Center. UCS President Teddy Chong and President Elect Leonard Kam made the presentations on April 30, 2020.
Along with the monetary donations, dim sum lunch boxes from Sing Cheong Yuan were delivered to each of the facilities on May 1, 2020. This allowed UCS to also support a Chinatown vendor! The monetary contributions and meal donations were met with great appreciation and gratitude!
Thank you to the following organizations and members for touching the lives of the frontline individuals who are helping the people of Hawaii!
The United Chinese Society of Hawaii
The Hawaii Chinese Writers' Association
Hawaii Chinese Culture Service Center
Global Federation of Chinese Business Women - Hawaii Chapter
Association of Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Theodore (Teddy) Chong
Dr. Wendell Foo
Leonard and Lori Kam
Calvin (Kelly) Lau
Edna W. McKenna
Dr. Glenn Pang
Happy New Year!
2020 New Year's Tea Reception
Thank you to the distinguished guests and member society presidents for joining us at the 2020 New Year's Tea Reception. It was a great opportunity for all to build new friendships and renew old ones. UCS looks forward to working with the member societies and organizations to make the Year of the Rat a successful one!
Photo credit: Lance Wong