Kinabukasan Series

The goal the Kinabukasan Series financial literacy program is to help the community improve their understanding of financial concepts and services to empower individuals in making informed choices and actions to improve the financial well-being for their families, businesses and communities. The financial workshops provide a diverse understanding of financial challenges, including insurance plans, financial investments, buying versus renting a home, health care insurance decisions, estate and tax planning, navigating the various consumer banking products, and understanding and implementing small business strategies for growth and success.

Below are some of the sessions with links to the presentations by our guest speakers.


Kinabukasan Series #4:

COVID-19: An In-Depth Look
We read, watch, hear about it EVERY day. We are living through it EVERY day. Now, let’s talk about it. Join us as we discuss what we SHOULD really know about this virus that has changed the lives of millions of people, around the world, forever.

Know its history, its facts, its prevention and current control measures. We will be joined by a former strategic adviser for COVID-19.

FREE Virtual Event via Zoom
Wednesday, October 14th
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado
Global Health Advocate & Director for Food Systems and Resilience
Hawaii Public Health Institute

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Kinabukasan Series #3: IMPORT 101
Are you interested in importing goods to Hawaii? This workshop will cover how to start importing, requirements, and the role of the customs broker to make sure your goods arrive safely to you. Hear from customs brokers and from an experienced importer about lessons
learned and best practices.

FREE Virtual Event
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Featuring speakers:

  • Gary Hamakawa
    Founder, GFH Global, LLC
  • Matt Leaverton
    Customs Broker, GFH Global, LLC

  • Melody Calisay
    Owner, East West Marketing

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Kinabukasan Series #2: Bill 7 (Bill 60): Bill 7 was enacted into Law at the end of May, 2019 to encourage the construction of affordable rental housing on certain eligible parcels.  To help address the Affordable Rental Housing shortage, Bill 7 will encourage the construction of at least 500 new affordable rental units per year until the Bill sunsets in 2024.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Facebook Live Stream: @FilipinoChamberHI and @MabuHIExpo

Who will benefit from this Bill?

  1. Property owners – a new viable option for developing their small lot property or to sell to developers looking to capitalize on these new incentives;
  2. Developers – lowered costs to develop an income generating asset.
  3. Renters – more affordable housing options on the market in areas close to school and work.
  4. Surrounding Neighborhoods – economic boost as more residents mean more foot traffic to surrounding businesses

Bill 7 (affordable rental housing) will be permitted in the following zones on Oahu: Apartment, apartment mixed-use, and business mixed-use zones EXCEPT in transit-oriented development special districts.

Speakers and presentations:

KINABUKASAN SERIES #1: Support for small businesses during COVID-19

Topic: Support for the small businesses who are seeking financial assistance by providing resources through SBA, USDA, Hawaii SBDC, City and County of Honolulu – SBRRF, and DBEDT (Buy Local).

There will be a discussion on the various programs available and the application and submission process. Also information on the Buy Local Campaign (State of Hawaii – DBEDT).

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Place: FilCom Center – Ballroom / 2nd floor Tech Room
94-428 Mokuola Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

SBA: Cynthia Yamasaki

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USDA: Shirley Heatherly
Hawaii SBDC: Joseph Burns
SBRRF (Grant): Firmo Dayao (or Ed Hawkins)

DBEDT: Lyle Fujikawa at [email protected]

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Facilitator: Jeoffrey S. Cudiamat