The story of JCI Hawaii

1943

In 1943, the Hawaii Junior Chamber of Commerce was formed with former Honolulu Junior Chamber President R. Allen Watkins as the organization’s first president. Dynamic and constructive action made the junior chamber movement in Hawaii invaluable to every phase of local life, and many projects have become local institutions: the 50th State Fair, the Hawaii County Fair in Hilo, the Cherry Blossom Festival and Pageant, the Miss Chinatown Hawaii and the Narcissus Queen pageants, and Aloha Week.

In 1976 the organization officially changed its name to the Hawaii Jaycees. The Hawaii Jayceettes were established in 1979. A landmark 1984 United States Supreme Court decision finally allowed women to be formally allowed into the organization, and in 1987, Brenda Yee was elected as the first female president of the Hawaii Jaycees.

Present

In 2018, the Hawaii Jaycees officially changed its name to JCI Hawaii to match the naming convention promoted by JCI and JCI USA.

1943

In 1943, the Hawaii Junior Chamber of Commerce was formed with former Honolulu Junior Chamber President R. Allen Watkins as the organization’s first president. Dynamic and constructive action made the junior chamber movement in Hawaii invaluable to every phase of local life, and many projects have become local institutions: the 50th State Fair, the Hawaii County Fair in Hilo, the Cherry Blossom Festival and Pageant, the Miss Chinatown Hawaii and the Narcissus Queen pageants, and Aloha Week.

In 1976 the organization officially changed its name to the Hawaii Jaycees. The Hawaii Jayceettes were established in 1979. A landmark 1984 United States Supreme Court decision finally allowed women to be formally allowed into the organization, and in 1987, Brenda Yee was elected as the first female president of the Hawaii Jaycees.

Present

In 2018, the Hawaii Jaycees officially changed its name to JCI Hawaii to match the naming convention promoted by JCI and JCI USA.

Our numbers

Founded with a purpose, with purpose in mind. We make every decision with one goal in mind – for the growth of our members and our communities.

300+ active members statewide

Members support the communities they love in exchange for exclusive membership benefits.

6 local chapters

Our local chapters have something to offer for everyone. 

1 goal

We all work together for a better community, and a better future.

What guides us

Our core behaviors

Our core behaviors were crafted by our first leadership team. To this day, as our organization grows, we use them as our guiding light toward maintaining the culture we’ve built and love.

Our mission

We’re proud and motivated that our communities rely on us for our services, and our members, their creative freedom. We take that responsibility seriously, and have fun fulfilling that mission together.