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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.


June 12, 2016 Chapter Meeting Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
June 12, 2016
Call to Order: 11:12 a.m.

Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong

Approval of the minutes: May 2016 minutes were approved.

President’s Report: Noelle’s scholarship will be discussed in New Business.

Vice President’s Report: Linda in the process of transitioning treasurer duties with Stan.

New Business: Scholarship for Noelle. Wes is proposing $600. Report about what she learned. Find a date of when she is available to speak at the board meeting. Invite UH and HPU and KCC students and teachers. This will cover airfare. Separate event from the meeting. Event in September, during or after convention. Have Noelle tweet live, post to Facebook. Editor in chief of Ka Leo last school year. Possible venues: UH, Capitol, Elks Club, Box Jelly, Real Office Centers, Mark’s Garage, HPU, State Library, Gordon Biersch, Atherton Place, Japanese Cultural Center. $600 to be used for airfare. Voted in favor at meeting with quorum. Tentative date: Sept. 12-16

Old Business: Casino event was scrapped. Silent Auction. Linda update in email. Hyatt Regency from Waikiki, Outrigger, Aston/Aqua.

Social media posting. Editorial calendar throwback thursdays. National news. Member stories. Profiles of people. Posts on Fridays. Events as they come. Meeting reminders. Job opportunities. Journalism.

Next meeting: July 10 at 11 a.m.

Adjournment: 12:25 p.m.

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting May 1, 2016

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
May 1, 2016
10 a.m.

Call to Order: 10:30 a.m.
Attendance: Wes Nakama, Linda Dela Cruz, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong

Approval of the minutes: November 2015 minutes were amended and approved.

President’s Report: Jason did meet with Heidi and will try to contact other members to join. He will draft a report for the program at the convention. All officers are currently in good standing.

Vice President’s/Treasurer’s Report: Linda will be meeting with Stan to transition to treasurer duties. She also announced that we need silent auction items again for the convention. She secured an item from the Hyatt. If anyone has any ideas, please let her know. Wes mentioned that hotels are good for silent auction items, like Halekulani and Grand Wailea. College night was put back on the table. Jason said we would have to wait till next semester, possibly fall. Some of the new members are teachers. Linda said weekend, 6 p.m. newscast., or Monday, Tuesday or Friday at 9 p.m. There are other options. Jason talked to a couple of classes. It’s tough to find aspiring journalists.

No figures as Linda is transitioning with Stan.

National Representative’s Report: Wes suggested perhaps Jason ask his business contacts if they could donate items to silent auction. The spring meetings were at the convention site at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Good facility. Much smaller, the last time we had it in Vegas it was Unity, this time it was us, two community groups, Asian American and Pacific Islander groups. We had a reception to meet them. One of the guys is from Hawaii, Mark Morita. This is something different AAJA is trying, instead of partnering with the other minority groups we’re partnering with other Asian community groups. We’re going to put on workshops not only for the journalism community but also for the Asian-American community. Perhaps it is something the chapter can follow up on. I think that’s a good direction for us to take as the membership dwindles. AAJA National financials are in pretty good shape, the concern is sustainability and good return. These are pretty stable times. The new board itself has a lot of new faces. Not a lot of AAJA experience. This is Paul Cheung’s last year as AAJA president Sports Task Force is growing. The bad part for us is convention is a bad time for sports people, high school football is starting in mid-August.

Old Business: Casino Event. Regular deadline is June 26. General meeting instead of event. Possible mixer after meeting. Table for next meeting. Linda suggested emailing chapter about registering for the convention. Wes suggested looking at the chapter roster and see if there’s a spike in registration.

New Business: May 14 is the Filipino Fiesta and Parade. Possible meeting? Partnerships with other Asian-American groups.  

Next Meeting: Jason will put out a Doodle poll.

Adjournment: 11:20 a.m.


AAJA Hawaii Chapter meeting November 15, 2015

AAJA Hawaii Chapter meeting
Honolulu Design Center
November 15, 2015
11 a.m.

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

Call to Order: 11:24 a.m.

Approval of Minutes: The June and October 2015 minutes were approved by Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong and Jason Ubay

President’s Report: Election results are in. Jason is the president. Linda is the Treasurer, Wes is the national representative, and Kristen is the secretary. Linda will meet Stan for training. Jason reminded everyone to renew their membership.

Vice President’s Report: Linda suggested we do College Night in the spring. We can promote events coming up during that time like the summer convention. Wes said in the past College night has gotten an attendance of about 12-15 students and five members. The event could potentially take place around late January or early February. Linda plans to take the lead on the project.

Casino Night ideally would take place sometime in late March or late April depending on when the early bird deadline is for the convention registration. Wes suggests not doing it too early so people forget or too late so people don’t have the money. Jason will follow up with Emily at Pacific Business News about their contacts for Casino Night. Wes said Hukilau was a good venue for the event last time.

Treasurer’s Report: The CD was renewed.

National Representative’s Report: Nothing to report.

Old Business: Jason thanked Kristen for promoting the Hawaii International Film Festival on social media. We have complimentary tickets. Jason said it was a good idea that Linda suggested that we not just focus on the Korean films, as it was originally marketed to the chapter, but to look at all the Asian and Asian American films, especially those with Hawaii ties.

New Business: Jason is meeting with Heidi Chang and a few other journalists in a few weeks. Building our membership is important. Jason has come up with questions to ask them in an effort to gauge what AAJA members are looking for in the chapter, what will get them coming back to meetings, being more involved, etc. Examples include:

How long have you been a member of AAJA?

How can AAJA help you?

What events can help you?

Can AAJA highlight you?

AAJA Hawaii awards

We’ve given stipends before for journalist who’ve won awards, who needed travel grants, etc. Send a notice that we can assist with travel. Further discussion is needed before we can make a decision on allocating board funds for awards.

Next Meeting: Dec. 12. The board plans to have the meeting at a restaurant for its traditional holiday luncheon for the chapter. Jason to take the lead on securing a restaurant. Suggestions were made, such as Little Village, Tsukiji Fish Market, Iyu Udon, Gyu-Kaku, Shokudo

Adjournment: 12:08 p.m.

Linda approved 5/1/2016

Wes approved 5/1/2016

Jason approved 5/1/2016

Kristen approved 5/1/2016


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.


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