Melanie Okazaki. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Business News)
Paul Yokota. (Photo courtesy of MidWeek)






WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce sponsors a “Building a Foundation for Success” Zoom session featuring speakers Melanie Okazaki (regional marketing manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii) and Paul Yokota (president of FCH Enterprises aka Zippy’s), and hosted by moderator Cynthia Yamasaki (outreach and marketing specialist, Hawaiʻi district office, U.S. Small Business Administration).

In this “Talk Story” session, the Chamber’s business leaders chat about their journey, lessons learned, setbacks and triumphs along the way. Audience members may ask questions as they reflect on their own development and how business people in the community can work towards an equitable society.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Dec. 16, noon–1:15 p.m., via Zoom; register at

Questions, call (808) 949-5531 or contact


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