ACECH November President’s Message


Our General Membership Meeting for November featured presentations from the Emerging Leaders Program Cohort #4. The final step in their program was to present their Capstone Projects on Aging Infrastructure, Permitting, Staff Retention, and Workforce Development. Attendees at the GMM were impressed by how well the students applied the lessons they learned to their project and final presentations. The future of our industry looks bright with these 18 new leaders. Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program Cohort #5, starting in February 2024, are now being accepted. More information, including a link to the application form can be found here: Emerging Leaders Program.

The Island of Hawai‘i hosted another ACECH HI Island Engineers Group Meeting on November 15. Dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering, Mr. Brennon Morioka, provided updates on the College of Engineering as well as their work with UH’s Institute for Astronomy and the Maunakea Observatories, and how both support academics and workforce in our community. Attended by over 40 people, Hawai‘i Island continues to help develop our engineering community and young students. Plans are also being set for an ACECH General Membership Meeting and Golf outing on Hawai‘i Island in late January 2024. Be on the lookout for more information on this spectacular and fun event.

Join us on December 6th for a Holiday Pau Hāna and Fundraiser at Off the Wall in the South Shore Marketplace. Organized by the Emerging Leaders Committee, donations will be used to support keiki who have been impacted by the Maui fires. Through the Makana nō nā keiki Toy Drive, we hope to brighten the holidays for as many children who were directly affected by the August fires. Join us in making a positive impact and continuously supporting Maui island during their recovery.

Kāpili Maui continues to work on and develop opportunities to support Maui families and rebuild the communities affected by the Maui fires. Please consider making a donation towards the Kāpili Maui scholarship fund which directly supports the keiki of Maui. Through HSPE, Kāpili Maui is collecting donations to assist with the setup and support of this fund. Please see our flyer for more information. In addition, I continue to encourage everyone to support charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Hawaii Community Foundation, and Maui United Way. With our help, we can continue to make Maui, No ka‘oi.

Lastly, as we enter into this Holiday Season, a gentle reminder to everyone to celebrate responsibly and share the Aloha while on the road and standing in those long lines. Don’t forget to throw that Shaka and Smile.