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ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter Celebrates HCES Engineers Week in February 2021
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Aloha ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter members,

Region X kicked off it’s first ever Virtual CRC 2020 on August 7 and wrapped it up with an awards ceremony August 22. The Tucson Chapter did a phenomenal job transitioning the conference to be fully virtual! I was able to attend many of the workshops and meetings, and it was a great resource for our 2020-2021 planning. This CRC was a challenge for me, and I suspect others too, as I am finding it harder and harder to give my undivided attention during a three-hour long Zoom call (sometimes followed by another two-hour Zoom call!), so big MAHALO to all our officers and committee chairs who powered through and attended these meetings. I had many nice discussions with other members and leaders in our region, and I was impressed by some of the innovative ways other chapters are handling social distancing and programs. It gave me some fun ideas for our chapter – stay tuned.

I want to congratulate the Hawaii Chapter award winners from the CRC.

  • Ryan Kohara and Charles Chaloeicheep submitted the Kohala High School project for a Technology Award in the Educational Facilities (New Construction) Category and won 1st place for the Region.
  • Two of our past-presidents were awarded Chapter Service Awards, which is a Society level award – congratulations to Kevin Luoma and Mofazzal Mir!
  • Lastly, hats off to Marites Calad for completing her term as DRC for Region X, and thank you for your service to our Region!


This year I hope that by bringing virtual meetings to all our members we can have unprecedented high levels of attendance. We will be scheduling the 2nd Thursday monthly meetings at different times from month to month to accommodate people’s schedules, some may be during lunch and some may be in the afternoon. I hope you are all able to join us for our very first program in September, which will be a panel discussion on managing and operating buildings in the time of COVID-19. We are so fortunate to have a lineup of speakers with great depth of knowledge from various sectors. This will also be a Membership Promotion event, so the meeting will be FREE. You read that right, it will be free for all members and non-members. Please invite your co-workers and colleagues to join us for the September meeting and encourage them to consider joining ASHRAE so they can keep up to date with the latest happenings in the industry. Also, members, take advantage of this opportunity, because not all our meetings this year will be free!

Speaking of COVID, if you don’t already know, ASHRAE has positioned itself as one of the world’s leaders in providing resources for COVID-19 response. Here in Hawaii we have a duty to help educate our local community members about best practices for their buildings and HVAC system design/management. For those of you who are looking for resources but don’t know where to start, I encourage you to visit the website for very valuable information. (

I am looking forward being able to meet in person again, but until then I hope everyone has been enjoying their time at home with their families and not getting too tired of Zoom meetings. Please remember to stay safe and socially distance, wear masks and wash your hands frequently. The sooner we beat this virus, the sooner we can reunite our ASRHAE community in person! And as always, if you have any comments or suggestions for ASHRAE Hawaii, or would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at [email protected].

Samantha Nakamura, P.E.

ASRHAE Hawaii Chapter President 2020-2021


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