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October 16, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
11 a.m.

Attendance: Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong

Call to Order: 11:32 a.m.

Approval of Minutes: September 2016 minutes were approved with changes by all board members present.

President’s Report: Please renew your membership. Kristen will email the membership to remind them. Elections coming up for local chapters! Send out a call for elections 10/24-10/31 and by Nov. 5 send to National. Ask Stan to check the email to tally the votes.

Jason to ask Ann Auman how the “Recent Changes in Honolulu’s Media Landscape” event went. AAJA Hawaii missed the event, and Wes noted that it would be useful to know what was discussed at the event as the topic is part of our mission.

Vice President’s Report: Linda unable to be present. She emailed her report.
Asian American Journalists Association’s College Night has been rescheduled from Thursday, October 27 to Thursday, November 10 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
RSVP on eventbrite http://bit.ly/2edOzS4 by Monday, November 7, 2016 as seating is limited.

We can have up to 25 attend including college students, college advisors, and AAJA board members.

I think we should provide enough pizza for the students, as well as the PBS crew involved in helping us with this event.

Stan has about 8 to 10 AAJA bags which he can get to Jason — so we can give those away — perhaps at College Night — unless you want to save it for the 30th anniversary.

6:45 p.m.-6:50 p.m. arrival time

6:50-7:15 p.m.
Pizza and soft drinks.
A few words about what AAJA is, an invitation to join AAJA.
Self Introductions of those in attendance
Noelle can share her experience at Voices

7:15-7:40 p.m. PBS station tour

7:40 p.m. Seated for the hour-long live show Insights

8-9 p.m. Insights show

9 p.m.-9:30 exiting
Thank everyone for coming, and again invite them to join AAJA.

So far we have two students who RSVPed.

The following have been contacted about college night.

Bart Asato – Kapiolani Community College

Kim Baxter Kapiolani Community College

Michael Tsai – Kapiolani Community College

David Putnam

Jay Hartwell

Kimberlee Bassford – Windward Community College

Stan Lee – Leeward Community College

Mike Leidermann Honolulu Community College

Submitted to UHWO in an online form.

Chaminade University newspaper

Jan Martin – Chaminade University
assistant to the Director

BYUH ICS Department Chair
• Tēvita ʻŌ. Kaʻili
• Email: tevita.kaili@byuh.edu

BYUH Academic Advisor
• Rowena Reid
Email: reidr@byuh.edu

Jeannie Manzano HPU
Administrative Assistant
Department of Communication
Office & Phone: FS 210, (808) 543-8044
E-mail: jmanzano@hpu.edu

James D. Whitfield, Ed.D. HPU
Teaching and research fields: public relations, organizational communication, and journalism.
Office & Phone: FS 210, (808) 543-8044
E-mail: jwhitfield@hpu.edu

Lewis Trusty, M.B.A. & M.A. HPU
Teaching and research fields: photojournalism, video production and documentary film making.
Office & Phone: MP 139-D (Sharky’s Cove), (808) 566-2462
E-mail: ltrusty@hpu.edu

John Barnum, Ph.D. HPU
Mass Communication Program Chair
Associate Professor
Teaching and research fields: public relations, journalism, communication research.
Office & Phone: FS 212, (808) 544-0822
E-mail: jbarnum@hpu.edu

John Hart, Ph.D. HPU
Chair, Department of Communication
Teaching and research fields: media criticism, persuasion, rhetoric, argumentation, and debate.
Office & Phone: FS 214, (808) 544-0805
E-mail: jhart@hpu.edu

Treasurer’s Report: Wes to email Craig about the ONA event. We decided it would be better to take Craig’s second suggestion: if he buys all the food and the cost is split among SPJ, ONA, and AAJA Hawaii. Jason is going to contact some UH folks. We need Jason to RSVP for College Night for accounting purposes. The rest of the board will RSVP as needed later if space allows. Still checking if Noelle can make it for her presentation.

Old Business: 30th Anniversary event. Focus on College Night and Elections first. Talk to Jennifer if she’s interested in being a board member. Have a beach day or a picnic day for the anniversary event. Have maybe a family event and better plan it when we have time.

New Business: Finding Kukan is premiering on Nov. 5. Should we get a group together? $14 for tickets, 5:45 p.m. and another showing on Friday Nov. 11 3:45 in the afternoon. 75 minute long film. Share on social media.

Next Meeting: TBD

Adjournment: 12:30 p.m.

November 27, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA-Hawaii Board Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
11 a.m., November 27, 2016

Meeting started 11:14 a.m.

Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay

Approval of Minutes: October 2016 minutes reviewed and approved.

President’s Report: Jason asked board to remember to renew membership. Short discussion on 2017 board recruitment. Jennifer Kelleher of the Associated Press and Laurie Kawakami of the New York Times have attended previous board meetings and would be good candidates. Nicole Tam, a UH student who interned at KHON during summer 2016, can also be approached as a student member. Silent auction 2016. Hawaii chapter raised the most money in silent auction items. Chapter will receive a complimentary entry to the 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Jason proposed giving the entry to Linda for her work in securing auction items. Linda said she will think about it.

Treasurer’s Report: College Night recap – 16 total people attended, including board and students. Leslie Wilcox and Jason Suapaia of PBS Hawaii helped with tour. Noelle shared her AAJA Voices experience. Group saw a live broadcast of Insights on political ramifications of election; we were the first group to sit in during a live broadcast.

National Rep’s Report: No new business

Old business: 2017 30th anniversary event. Discussed that best time would be early April event on the weekend, either the 1st or 8th. It would be ideal to promote the convention, have people sign up. The event would be a fundraiser. Chapter should figure out how much it will cost per head before deciding on venue and price to charge for attendance to event. Discussed that goal is 50 people. It was tough to get 100 people to the convention. Also look at a smaller venue and not a ballroom so it can seem more like an intimate setting.

Possible venues. Jason to ask what the max capacity for each venue. What is the average price per head? When would the venue need a deposit?
Jade Dynasty. Private room for 50.
Japanese Cultural Center
Okinawan Center
Honolulu Elks Club 616
Hawaiian Food. Not that expensive?
YWCA downtown

Event should honor the founding members. Possibly with plaques. Linda will contact Sandee Oshiro and Paula Akana for availability, and we can plan around that.

Mixer for Lunar New Year: January 29, Sunday. Go smaller than other event. Mandalay, Maple Garden, Jade Dynasty, Legends, Little Village. 20 people. Guests to contribute $5, AAJA to pick up the rest.

No new business.

Next meeting. Dec. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Honolulu Design Center.

Meeting ended at 12:05 p.m.

December 11, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
December 11, 2016
Honolulu Design Center

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

Call to Order: 11:17 a.m.

Approval of Minutes: All board members present approved the November 2016 minutes.

President’s Report: Jason reminded everyone to renew their membership.

National Representative’s Report: Wes still needs to turn in receipt for National Advisory Board meeting in March. Spokane to Vegas and one night hotel. Next advisory board meeting is definitely in Philadelphia because of hotel agreement for convention.

Old Business: 30th anniversary event early April. Linda sent an email to Sandee Oshiro and Paula Akana about availability. No response yet. Linda to call to follow up. Jason called Jade Dynasty they have a large room for 60 people, $25.80 per head. For a table of 10, it’s $250.80. Menu is diverse, reasonable prices. Deposit depends on the size of the room. Can get a refund in 30 days. If RSVP is not going well, we can ask about the smaller room. Jason called the Manoa Grand Ballroom. Their starting is $31.95 per person. Filipino Community Center charges $26 per person. $50 per person, lunch or dinner. Promoted as a fundraiser, charge $50, profit margin is $25. Jason looked into Elks’ Lodge. $20 a head but parking may be a challenge. There’s a medium room that holds up to 50 people. Wes asked if we could have the 30th Anniversary event be a membership drive in addition to the fundraiser. Should we have tickets? Eventbrite takes a portion. It may be easier than a physical ticket.

Honor the founders
We can go over chapter activities
Wes can make a speech about National activities.
We can ask Noelle to come and share her experiences.
Ask one of the founding members to talk.
Have two emcees from the news stations. Ask Yunji Di Nies.

Wes to look into getting plaques for the founders.
Leis for emcees, speakers and founders.

Regarding tickets: Look up how much each would cost. Jason to ask.

Tentative price for members: $40
Tentative price for non-members: $50

Jason to ask about an A/V system.

Half an hour for a program.
Have colleagues, friends, family come up and share anecdotes and tributes for founders.
Visuals about the founders’ history

Door prize: Must be present to win. Drop business card in a bowl. Wes suggested it pertain to AAJA.
Photo shoot with a photographer (Greg Yamamoto, Kent Nishimura)
Membership fee paid for
Dinner or lunch with a food reporter (Catherine Toth-Fox)
AAJA bags

Sell tables to TV stations (KITV)

Cover founders and spouses
Cover one or two emcees

Saturday evening event

Advertise on social media and email.
Kristen to make a flier. Flier would explain that we’re honoring the founding members.

New Business: None.

Next Meeting: January 29, 2017 Little Village Noodle Shop 11 a.m. Meeting first, then lunch. Guests contribute $5, chapter picks up the rest.

Adjournment: 12:13 p.m.


January 29, 2017 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Board Meeting
January 29, 2017
11 a.m.

Call to Order: 11:10 am

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

Approval of the minutes: Minutes were approved by the board at today’s meeting.

President’s Report: Please renew your membership. Molly Solomon has left for Oregon. We missed Chinese New Year but we should have a mixer. Pau Hana event at Amuse Bar. Will inquire after meeting. Wes suggested philly cheesesteaks to celebrate upcoming convention. Please help call lapsed members and invite to event. Possibly Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Chapter provides food, people get their own drinks. If you’re a member it’s free or if non-member, $5.

Old Business: 30th anniversary event. Linda needs to call Sandee to see when she’s available. We’d like to have the event before April 9. Kristen did a draft of the program and flier.

New Business: Craig Gima and Kent Nishimura are still admins. Wes suggested that we stick to board members or officers as admins. Wes will tell Craig we’re removing him. Jason will tell Kent we’re removing him. Linda to tell Noelle about the anniversary event.

Next meeting: Sunday before the mixer.

National Representative’s Report: AAJA National joined 60 other organizations in requesting a meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence to discuss media access to government officials and the White House. Spring Advisory Board Meeting is March 10-11 in Philadelphia at the Loews convention hotel. Wes estimates staying two nights.
EOP still available to register. New AAJA president: Yvonne Leow. Wes to be reimbursed for his travel expenses from last year. Board voted on New Year’s Eve.
Wes will try to fly standby this year. We’ve never had the convention in Philadelphia before. Philadelphia has a small chapter with members from remote locations. National encourages advisory board members to stay in the hotel rooms to help count toward the booking for the convention.

Adjournment: 12:04 p.m.


‘I Can, I Will, I Did’ Film Screening Sept. 11

Dear fellow AAJA Hawai’i Chapter Members,

Film director/producer/actor and friend of AAJA Brian Yang (Hawai’i Five-0, “Linsanity” documentary) is in town to host a screening of a movie he and his wife made, called “I Can I Will I Did.” The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Kahala Theaters.

All the info for the film and ticketing is here:


The trailer is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3kRPkrLuE

As a friend of AAJA, Brian is offering us group rate tickets at $10 per person. If you would like to attend the screening, please RSVP via email to AAJA-Hawai’i National Advisory Board Representative Wes Nakama at wesnakama@gmail.com

We hope you can attend!


Wes Nakama

AAJA National Advisory Board Representative

Hawai’i Chapter

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