ACECH December President’s Message

Happy holidays!

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, may you find yourself enjoying quality time with your family, friends, and loved ones. This year, I’m excited to announce and welcome Earth Engineers, Inc., Ka’e Design LLC, and Oceanit who have recently joined ACECH and are already experiencing the many benefits of our organization through involvement with liaison committees and general membership meetings. ACECH is delighted to welcome these companies to our ‘ohana and anticipate a multitude of opportunities ahead for their businesses.

I’d like to extend a huge mahalo to those who attended our Holiday Pau Hāna + Fundraiser at Off The Wall Craft Beer and Wine in Kaka’ako. Members’ participation benefitted the Maui Toy Drive and Makana no nā Keiki by raising over $600 to bring Joy to the Keiki impacted by the Maui wildfires. There was much camaraderie and sharing of pints. It was truly a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!

2024 is right around the corner and we’ll be starting off the new year with a bang. Join us at the Mauna Lani Hotel in Kona for a morning of golf followed by a General Membership Meeting with Chauncy Wong Yuen, Hawai‘i Airport District Manager. Chauncy will be updating us on the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport and the developments he has planned for the Hawai‘i Airports District. For more information, see January General Membership Meeting.

Lastly, during this holiday giving season, I encourage you to consider making a donation towards the Kāpili Maui scholarship fund. In collaboration with ASCE, AWWA, HSPE, HWEA, IEEE, SEAOH, and SFPE, this scholarship fund supports Maui families affected by the Maui fires. Through HSPE Maui Chapter, Kāpili Maui is collecting donations to assist with the setup and support of this fund. With your help, we can help the keiki of Maui reach their dreams.

As we close out 2023, I wish all of our ACECH members a Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! A reminder to celebrate responsibly and share the Aloha on and off the roads. Don’t forget to throw someone a shaka and smile while you’re at it.