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Chapter Minutes June 6, 2015

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting

June 6, 2015

Nico’s at Pier 38

4 p.m.

Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Stan Lee, Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong

Call to Order: 4:26 p.m.

Approval of the minutes: There were no May minutes. The April minutes were approved via email.


President’s Report: Jason’s report on the silent auction: He requested an item from the LPGA and the coordinator didn’t respond. The next registration deadline was extended to June 30 for the national convention. Jason’s looking into Virgin America for silent auction donation items.


Vice President’s Report: Silent auction update: This is an update regarding the silent auction items requested for the 2015 AAJA National convention.


Grand Wailea – three-night stay ocean view value $2,165.82 Yvonne Biegel / Ann Wilson

Hyatt Regency – two-night stay value $600 – Laura Van Sciver


Halekulani – not donating this year. They donated in 2013 and 2014. put in a request for 2016 on 5/24/15. Have not heard back yet.

Four Seasons Lanai – not donating for 2015 or 2016


Alaska Airlines – online request submitted May 31, 2015

Aqua and Aston Resorts

Disney Aulani

Hilton Hawaii

Golf for Sony Open or Lotte

Kahala Hotel


Polynesian Cultural Center

Starwood Hawaii



Marcus Mariota – contacts?


Treasurer’s Report:

Our CD expired and we didn’t renew it so it rolled into our savings account. Stan will open a new CD.

Stan will also check on new rates at the credit union.

Our mid-year financial report is due in mid-July to AAJA National. They ask for copies of all receipts and checks. It goes to Glenn Sugihara. Stan will work on it.

New Business: The board discussed different venues to have meetings.


Wednesday at 6 or 6:30

Eat the Street

Korean Festival July 11

Comedy U

Manoa Falls hike


Hawaii News Now hangouts

August – Paina

September – Eat the Street

October – Underdog/Restaurant Row


National Board Representative’s Report: No report.


Next meeting: July 11, 11 a.m. at the Korean Festival

Adjournment: 5:12 p.m.


AAJA Hawaii Chapter Board Meeting Minutes (7/11/15)

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Board Meeting
Ala Moana Beach Park
Magic Island concession stand
July 11, 2015

Call to Order: 9:59 a.m.

Attendance: Jason Ubay, Stan Lee, Keeopu Reelitz, Kristen Wong, Wes Nakama

Approval of minutes

President’s Report: Convention on Aug. 12. Jason has a new job at Olomana Loomis ISC. Checking with national office to see if he can continue to serve.

Vice President’s Report: No changes on the silent auction. Gridiron is scheduled in August. Linda emailed about the bentos. The coordinator said it wasn’t going to work out.

Treasurer’s Report: The CD has been renewed. Our P.O. Box is up for renewal. Our financial report is due next week, and Stan is almost done. Will email figures to Kristen.

National Representative’s Report: Wes reminded the board about the convention. The Sports Task Force that he is a part of is hosting a mentee/mentor mixer on the Thursday of the convention. Friday they will have a screening about Dr. Reggie Ho who was a kicker for St. Louis School and University of Notre Dame. He is from Hawaii, and will be there for a question and answer session. On Thursday night there’s also going to be another mixer at a club or bar in the San Francisco area. They will also go to a Giants’ game on the Wednesday of the convention.  Wes asked if Kristen can check how many Hawaii folks are going to the convention. We could encourage them to go to the screening. Jason plans to go to the Saturday presidents’ meeting from 8:30 to 4. Wes plans to go the Sunday meeting from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Old Business: Visit Hawaii’s Plantation Village in October. Hawaii State Federal Credit Union is offering discounts for accounts for nonprofits.

New Business: Keeopu mentioned an event that is happening Thursday Oct. 14. Jason was considering having a retreat to discuss strategies for the future of AAJA Hawaii. A possible venue is the Elk’s Lodge because it’s available on the weekends. Our chapter has different needs than AAJA National. Maybe it would be good to have a meeting at the Bon Dance. Perfect timing because that’s right around elections. If we come up with any good ideas we can bring it up to AAJA National. Wes mentioned J Camp. Kristen mentioned that volunteers are needed at Shinnyo-En temple for last days of cleaning and putting away lanterns, July 12. There is also a group of journalists that gets together once a month. Wes mentioned the mixer that happens at Murphy’s hosted by HPA. When Wes moved to Florida, he was shocked to get a phone call from the president of AAJA Florida. It’s hard to go to AAJA events there because Florida is huge and a long drive to get there for some folks who weren’t in the Orlando area. Wes said it was nice that the chapter reached out, and that falls in line with our mission. It’s hard for people to move to Hawaii and adjust. We can propose that AAJA National keep up with letting us know when people are moving to Hawaii. We’ll plan for a longer meeting somewhere nearby and Jason will work on an agenda. Hour and a half or two hours for the meeting. We can market AAJA mixers/get together if AAJA members from out of town are visiting Hawaii for vacation. Stan will get the bon dance schedule.

Next meeting: TBD.

Adjournment: 10:30 a.m.

These minutes were approved at the Oct. 11, 2015 meeting by Stan Lee, Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay and Kristen Wong.

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