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Member Society News
A message from Jeanne Lum, President of the
Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii – Hsu Yun Temple
The Coronavirus is here in the community and has been declared as a pandemic in the United States. Recently, events involving 50 or more people are cancelled. We are told to limit gatherings to 10 people and also advised to not ride the BUS other than going to the doctor.
Because of the current situation and to ensure the health and safety of our members, the temple will be CLOSED through June 30, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience especially during Ching Ming.
Should you have questions, please call 561-8275.
Take good care. Mahalo
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Announcements
April 1, 2020 will be a very IMPORTANT date to remember. The 2020 Census begins nationwide. Under the US Constitution, the Census must be conducted once every 10 years. The Federal government distributes more than $675 billion to all States every year. If we fail the 2020 Census then the money will go to other states for the duration of the 10 years until the next Census on 2030.
Chinese communities populations have been under counted in the past decades. In the 2020 Census, the goal is to reach out to all Chinese communities and Chinese schools so the Federal Government can help our Chinese communities understand better about the 2020 Census. The main purpose is to bring more federal funds to our communities to help our schools, hospitals, Medicare, disaster recovery fund .... and also the congressional seats for the state of Hawaii.
Regarding the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Kekaulike Mall / Street Multimodal Improvements Projects, PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc. are asking for input as to existing or proposed projects, plans, policies or programs that they should consider when preparing Chapter 343, HRS Environmental Assessment.
Since this may affect your business, this is brought to your attention. Please mail your comments to:
PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.
Attn: Catie Cullison
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650
Honolulu, HI 96813-3484
Buck Toy Club
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Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii
Aloha, Dear Society Presidents and Past Presidents:
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
The HKBAH mission is to increase the understanding of Hong Kong’s role in the regional and global economies of the 21st century; and to provide a focus and bridge in facilitating trade, investment, and business opportunities between Hawaii, Hong Kong, China and its neighboring regions in order to enhance our separate commercial and investment environments for mutual benefit. We endeavor to accomplish our mission by pursuing the following goals:
▪ To provide networking opportunities among members, and between members and persons with business interests in the target communities.
▪ To provide a forum for exchange of business and trade information and overall understanding among and between Hawaii/United States, Hong Kong/China and its neighboring economic regions.
▪ To promote and maintain the international business role and image of Hong Kong and Hawaii.
▪ To create value-added benefits for our membership.
Despite all the challenges in Hong Kong in the past eight months, the HKBAH continuously to promote our mission through events in Hawaii.
Last year, we’d organized a full-day forum entitled ‘US-HK-China Forum’ in February, and was chosen and awarded a grand prize in “Best Initiative Awards” in the North Americas category at the annual Hong Kong Forum in Hong Kong. This was our third time to receive similar awards. The other 2-times were in 2010 and 2014.
On behalf of the HKBAH, wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Rat in 2020!
Barinna Poon, President
Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii
The Board of Directors of Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo (MHKLB), parent organization of Mun Lun School, are pleased to announce their selection of Ms. Lily Shan as the next Principal. After a rigorous selection process, she was chosen for her academic background, energetic approach and visionary ideas for the school as it enters its 109th year.
Ms. Shan was educated at the Shanghai Economic Management College in China and received a paralegal degree. She also took law courses at East China University of Political Science and Law. Moreover, she obtained a debate certificate from the Honolulu Community College. Ms. Shan has been teaching at Mun Lun School for the past five years. She will be Mun Lun School’s seventh Principal in its long history of teaching the Chinese language, its culture and heritage.
Located in Chinatown Honolulu, Mun Lun School has an enrollment of over 300 students and is the largest and oldest Chinese language school in Hawaii. Mandarin and Cantonese dialects are taught by our dedicated teachers to prepare our students to engage with the Chinese speaking world. Our students have competed on the international stage and have received numerous awards in Chinese language and calligraphy competitions through the years.
MHKLB dba Mun Lun School is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization open to students from elementary school to high school regardless of ethnicity who are interested in learning the Chinese language and culture.
Baldwin Au, Chair
Principal Search Committee
Howard Lau, President
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo （夏威夷明伦学校的母公司）董事会非常高兴地向大家宣布，我们推选单丽莉女士为下一任校长。经过严格的选拔流程，她凭借其学术背景、充满活力的工作方式以及对本校进入第109个年头所持有的愿景理念而获选。
Baldwin Au, 主席
Howard Lau, 总裁
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo
HAKKA MUSIC INTEREST GROUP FORMED
As part of its 100+ anniversary, Tsung Tsin Association will focus on Hakka music — its history and its impact. To this end an interest group on Hakka music is being formed under the guidance of Dr. Yuanyu Kuan of UH-Manoa. Dr. Kuan teaches Asian Studies and Music. The meetings are at the Tsung Tsin club house at 1159 Maunakea Street in Chinatown. Members and all interested persons are invited to this meeting. If anyone has questions/topics regarding Hakka music, please email them to , and Dr. Kuan will research and incorporate them prior to our meetings.
The Hawaii Chinese Writers' Association
The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association (“HCWA”) is a non-profit organization established on October 18, 1997 in the U.S. by founder and Chairperson, Sai-Lin Wong 創會會長, 黃世連 (筆名黃河浪), with Chin-Tang Lo as Honorary Chairperson 名譽會長 羅錦堂. The Association is now headed by current President, Yip Fong 會長 葉芳, Vice President Lian Yun 副會長 連芸 and Vice President & Treasurer Celia Ko 副會長兼財務 高于晴. The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association’s mission is to compile and publish Chinese literary works by writers living in Hawaii and those worldwide; to promote the Chinese culture regardless of political, religious, or ethnic background; and to sponsor exchanges between Chinese writers throughout the world.
Throughout the past 20 years, The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association has published 88 editions of its literary newspaper, “Pearl Harbor”, two volumes of the first ever anthology of Chinese literary works by different members of the HCWA called “Blue Hawaii”, and two international conference proceedings named “Shaking Hands With The Pacific Ocean” and “Revisiting The Banyan Tree Hometown”. The Association has also published a series of works by individual members. All of which have been added to the library collections of universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Beijing University, Taiwan University and The Central Library of Hong Kong, among others.
The Hawaii International Conference on Global Chinese Literature in 2011, which was hosted by The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association and sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, co-sponsored by the Confucian Academy of Hong Kong, the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Department of Chinese Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the Research Society of Chinese Culture, the University of Hong Kong, the Department of Chinese at the University of Macau, the College of Literature at Beijing Normal University’s Zhuhai Campus, and the Hawaii Chuk Kai Tai Chi Club, fostered literary and cultural exchanges between prestigious conference guests from the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau, and was a great opportunity for participants to share their accumulated experiences of creating global Chinese literature and exploring the future of its development while promoting Chinese language and literature in Hawaii. The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association received a Proclamation issued by Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz of the State of Hawaii proclaiming August 21, 2011 as “Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association U.S.A. Day”, and received a Certificate from the Hawaii State Legislature commending this conference as well.
The Hawaii International Seminar on Guan Di Culture and the 20th Anniversary Conference of The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association was held jointly by The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association and the Chuk-Kai Tai Chi Club on October 15, 2017 at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Ilima Room devoted to expanding, strengthening, and promoting international cultural exchange and propagating the culture of Guan Di. This event was very successful and The House of Representatives of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii issued certificate to the two hosting organizations for promoting Chinese culture and literature in Hawaii and throughout the world, and extended its warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.