This week, more than 100 Hawaii residents representing local businesses are converging in Washington, D.C. for the second annual Hawaii on the Hill.
Hawaii on the Hill is hosted by Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and consists of two events: Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit and Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill reception.
During Wednesday’s Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit, Hawaii businesses will have discussions with U.S. senators, administration officials and industry experts on a variety of topics including small business development, defense, homelessness and more.
At the Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill, nearly 50 Hawaii companies will showcase their products and services to members of Congress, administration officials and the Washington, D.C. community. More than 330 boxes of goods will be shipped nearly 5,000 miles from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. including pineapple, papaya, Hawaiian-style ahi poke, kalua pork, coffee and chocolates.
“For the second annual Hawaii on the Hill, I’m proud to team up with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii to share so many great things that our state has to offer including spam musubi, pineapple, coffee, chocolate and more, but it’s not all food,” said Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D, Hawaii. “Representatives from our energy, manufacturing, defense, technology, health, higher education, military, transportation, agriculture, technology, insurance, and tourism industries will also attend the Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill and the Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit to highlight the wide variety of industries in our island state.”
“The Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit and Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill are great opportunities for Hawaii businesses, and our state as a whole, to interface with Congressional leaders and industry representatives and showcase our state’s pride, melting pot cuisine, customs, industries and ideas,” said Chamber of Commerce Hawaii president Sherry Menor-McNamara.
Last year, 50 Hawaii businesses participated in the two-day event and approximately 1,000 people attended the Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill.
Willie K and Amy Hanaialii will also perform.