ACECH January 2024 President’s Message

Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

We’re starting this New Year off with a BANG! The first General Membership Meeting of the year will be
a great event at the Mauna Lani Golf Club on the Big Island. Come and hear Chauncey Wong Yuen, DOT
Hawai‘i Airports District Manager speak about the future of Ellison Onizuka Airport, upcoming projects,
and more. The lunchtime GMM will be preceded by a friendly scramble golf tournament. I also heard
something about a possible Jam Session with Chauncey and Nimr (ACECH immediate past president). Some spots are still available to register for the tournament, so if you haven’t yet and want to, please fill out the form.

The selection of the Emerging Leaders Program Cohort #5 is now complete. Notifications will be going
out shortly and sessions are scheduled to begin on February 8, 2024. Congratulations to this diverse
group of aspiring leaders. I’m excited by your enthusiasm and look forward to the path you will take our
engineering industry.

ACECH joins other state’s Member Organizations in supporting the ACEC Research Institute with a $5000
contribution. Conducting research initiatives benefiting the entire engineering industry, the ACEC
Research Institute helps engineering professionals stay updated on trends and topics that shape the
industry and leverage that knowledge to be more effective in their roles. I encourage everyone to visit
the ACEC Research Institute website. Personally, this link is bookmarked on my search engine and I
continually visit the site to assist me with navigating through the many issues of our industry.

I’m thrilled to announce and welcome two new affiliate members to ACECH: BRAYN Consulting, LLC and
WestPac Wealth Partners. Both companies join our growing number of Affiliate Members who support
the goals of ACECH and provide professional services, equipment, products and/or software used by
Member Firms. We look forward to the continued partnership and elevating our engineering community
to new heights.

Lastly, as recent news announced the start of the rebuilding process for some of the Maui communities,
I continue to challenge everyone to consider making a donation towards the Kāpili Maui scholarship
fund. This scholarship fund supports the keiki of Maui who were affected by the fires to reach their
dreams. Please see our flyer for more information.