Opportunities and Challenges for Hawaii
While tourism synergies, a low crime rate, cultural affinity, and geographic advantage contribute toward Hawaii’s potential for Chinese investment, the lack of sector diversity, a saturated market, and competition for viable investment targets create investment challenges. Better alignment of investment objectives, an exploration of novel business opportunities, and the provision of tailored services will be required to help Hawaii capitalize on opportunities for Chinese investment.
Partner and Chair of Greater China Practice Group CARLSMITH BALL LLP
Kai Wang is a Partner and Chair of the Greater China Practice Group at Carlsmith Ball LLP. Ms. Wang’s practice focuses on the areas of real estate, land use, hospitality, and foreign investment into real estate in Hawaii. Ms. Wang was previously Vice President, Legal, Greater China, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts where she oversaw all legal affairs within the Greater China region; head of DLA Piper's Beijing real estate team; and special counsel for Baker & McKenzie's property practice group. She has advised U.S., Europe and Asia-based clients on a wide range of real estate related matters, including negotiations and documentations for acquisitions, development, construction, management, and sale of hotels, shopping centers, and industrial and other commercial properties. She has also advised on inbound and outbound investment projects for both international and Chinese companies. She was featured in the inaugural issue of the GC Powerlist – China and Hong Kong 2017 published by Legal 500 as one of the most influential and innovative general counsels in China and Hong Kong who have been instrumental in the growth of their businesses. She is admitted to practice law in Hawaii, California, New York (inactive) and Hong Kong (inactive).
Understanding the Role of Clusters
A discussion of the regional concentration of related industries, Hawaii’s economy, and prospects for growth.
Executive Director and Professor of Economics University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO)
Carl Bonham was a founding member of UHERO in 1997 and currently serves as UHERO's Executive Director and Professor of Economics. Carl's research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics and forecasting, tourism economics, and the Hawai'i economy. His current research focuses on mixed frequency models for nowcasting inputs for UHERO's quarterly Hawaii Forecasting System.
Brewing a Great Economy
We discuss a well known product and Hawaii favorite: coffee.
Shawn Steiman, Ph.D, is a coffee scientist, consultant, and entrepreneur. His coffee research has included coffee production, entomology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, organoleptic quality, and brewing. He owns Coffea Consulting, a coffee-centric consulting firm, and Daylight Mind Coffee Company, a multi-faceted business that includes a coffee roastery, coffee house, coffee school, and restaurant. Steiman regularly presents seminars, workshops, and tastings for both public and private events. He has authored numerous articles in scientific journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. He is the author of The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i, The Little Coffee Know-It-All: A Miscellany for Growing, Roasting, and Brewing, Uncompromising and Unapologetic, and co-editor and author of Coffee- A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry.
The Hawaii Economic Association: Annual Conference
While Hawaii’ economy is uniquely reliant on transportation, that reliance is evolving rapidly. Marine and air transportation connect us to most goods and services, shaping the way we live. Land transportation plays a similarly influential role in our daily lives. As transportation infrastructure and technology advance, so do the economics that govern it.
Our 2017 conference included visionary presentations, stimulating panel discussions, fine food, good company, and the following panels:
Chief Commercial Officer, Hawaiian Airlines
A Practical Perspective
Responding to an outcry for health reform, and to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), efforts are underway in Congress. The American Health Care Act was passed by the House.
In-house Legal Counsel (UHA Health Insurance)
Terri O'Connell is in-house legal counsel for UHA Health Insurance. Before working at UHA, she was Counsel at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, an Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare, and a property and casualty insurance defense litigation Associate for a boutique law firm. Before joining Goodsill, she was Associate General Counsel for UnitedHealthcare with primary legal responsibility for its Northeast Region commercial group activities (Maine to Virginia), including compliance with health care reform. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for other health insurers such as Aetna, Health Net, and HMSA.
(Health Care Consultant)
Beth Giesting is a consultant specializing in health care policy and system design. She served Governors Abercrombie and Ige as Healthcare Transformation Coordinator focusing on improving health care delivery and payment strategies in Hawaii, particularly in the delivery of behavioral and oral health care. She also oversaw the development and submission of Hawaii’s waiver to the SHOP provisions of the ACA (Affordable Care Act), which was granted in 2016. Ms. Giesting previously served as CEO of the Hawaii Primary Care Association, and as Executive Director of the Kalihi-Palama Health Center.
Join Terri O’Connell, in-house legal counsel at UHA Health Insurance, and Beth Giesting, health care consultant and former Health Care Transformation Coordinator for the Governor’s Office, in this luncheon briefing as they discuss:
Economic Implications and Science-Based Solutions
A discussion on the impact of climate change and human use on coral reef systems. How will our Hawaii coral reef systems fare?
Ruth Gates is the director, as well as research professor and principal investigator, at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to her current position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function. Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and employs tools from the fields of molecular, cell and computational biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Her goal is to build human, biological, and educational capacity that contributes to slowing declines in reef integrity and improving the prognosis in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use. Ruth also currently serves as the President of the International Society for Reef Studies.
Boon or Bane for Hawai‘i Visitor Industry ?
VRUs and other "non-traditional" lodging units are reshaping tourism in Hawai‘i and elsewhere, and we're just beginning to understand them. Our panel consists of four researchers and experts who have studied various aspects of VRUs in the last year.
Moderator: John Knox
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