Kauai heads to ‘The Hill’

LIHUE — Twelve organizations from Kauai are expected to participate in the third annual “Hawaii on the Hill” in Washington, D.C. this week.

The two-day event that begins today brings more than 50 Hawaii companies to the United States Capitol to meet with top federal officials.

“Hawaii on the Hill is a unique opportunity for businesses from Kauai to showcase their work to Washington D.C. opinion makers,” said Mark Perriello, president of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce. “With the chamber’s support, participating companies use the opportunity to gain access to new markets on the mainland, and to connect with federal grant-makers and other potential business investors.”

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii will host what is considered one of Hawaii’s most widely attended state showcase. Last year, more than 1,300 people packed the Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill to learn about Hawaii businesses representing a range of industries from healthcare to manufacturing.

Hawaii small business owners and industry leaders will have an opportunity to connect with senior officials from the Obama Administration and the Center for American Progress to discuss a range of policy issues and the unique aspects of doing business in Hawaii.

Participating companies/organizations from Kauai are: Salty Wahine, Kauai Coffee, Kauai Kookie, Koloa Rum, Lappert’s, Kauai Cigar, Aqua Engineers, PMRF, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, The County of Kauai, Kauai Economic Development Board and Kauai Visitors Bureau.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. will also be there to visit with federal leaders.

“By showcasing many of Hawaii’s thriving businesses, Hawaii on the Hill helps to dispel the myth that Hawaii is a bad place to do business, ” Perriello said. “It is important for elected and appointed officials at the federal level to understand that our businesses are succeeding, and that they can play an important role in their continued success.”

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