E-Newsletter: November/December 2019

Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i!

President’s Message

Aloha and Happy Thanksgiving from the ASID Hawaii Chapter Board! Members!

The ASID Hawaii Chapter 2019-2020 Board of Directors first meeting and retreat was held on November 2 and 3. We spent many hours developing our 2020 calendar with events to excite all of our members.

First, we are so very excited and energized to bring back our Design Excellence Awards Gala for 2020. It will be held on June 27, 2020, at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox, located in Honolulu. We are currently working on the Design Excellence schedule, program, and when submissions will be accepted. This is the time to think about your inspiring designs for submission! Our Board cannot do this grand event without help from our members. Please contact McKenna Makizuru, the Chair of this event, at makenna@funghawaii.com, or by phone at (808) 941-3000 ext. 314 to volunteer

The holiday party, usually held in December, is being changed to the Spring Fling. This will be in association with NKBA, IIDA and ASID. The scheduled date is March 20 at the Ko’olau Ballroom.

The first General Membership Meeting on Oahu is scheduled for January 23 at 4:00 pm. We are currently working on where we will be holding this meeting, so stay tuned! Our General Membership Meeting for Maui is scheduled for February 22. More information on time and location to follow.

We will again have a booth at the BIA 2020 Big Home Building & Remodeling Show, located at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Hours are Friday, January 24, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, January 25, 9:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday, January 26, 9:00am-4:00pm. We will need many volunteers from our organization to help man our complementary booth. Tiare Pinto is the Chair for this event. Please contact her if you are available.

Cassandra Okimoto will be stepping up as our Media Director in addition to her position as Communications Director. Look for her posts which should be coming out very soon.

Our Board is working on events which support our student membership. We are proud to announce that Samantha Mortimer, our Student Rep to the Board, was selected to attend the three-day ASID SCALE Summit. This will be held in Seattle, Washington, in February 2020.

The entire board is looking forward to all the exciting events we have planned for you this coming year. Remember to volunteer whenever you can!

With much aloha,

Dee Dee Ackerman, Allied ASID Member                                                              
D L Ackerman Design Group, LLC

Save the Date

General Membership Meeeting
January 23, 2020

BIA 2020 Big Home Building & Remodeling
January  24-26, 2020

Spring Fling
March 20, 2020

Design Excellence Awards
June 27, 2020

National Events

Januaray 21-23, 2020

For a full list of upcoming national events, visit www.asid.org/events.

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Each day interior designers use their voices and visions to reshape spaces--and therefore the lives of those occupying them--for the better. With those same voices working in unison, they have the power to design a better future for themselves and the entire profession. That is why ASID began One Voice; to empower interior designers to get involved and advocate for or against the public policy that will ultimately influence their careers and lives. For more info click here.

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Become a Chapter Sponsor

ASID Hawaii Chapter strives to work in support of our local interior designers by providing opportunities for continuing education, advocacy for the profession, social events and recognition of Design Excellence through our annual awards gala. While a small portion of our annual membership fees provides seed money for these activities, it is through annual sponsorships from our collaborative team of design firms and industry partners that the financial and personalized support is found to realize the programs and functions the membership expects.

As a sponsor of ASID Hawaii, your company can engage with members, participate in events, host meetings, and sponsor activities. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to increase visibility through additional marketing, branding, special access, and deeper engagement with ASID members. Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity for your business to gain exposure and showcase your products and services to our local interior design community.

For a sponsorship package please send an email reqest to: administrator@hi.asid.org.

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ASID supports the professional development of the Society’s members and the profession with continuing education programs and events that allow participants to advance in their careers and build their skill sets. ASID, our Chapters, and Industry Partners offer a variety of continuing education opportunities in-person and online.

  • ASID Academy: The ASID Academy is a user friendly, dynamic, streamlined continuing education experience offering high-quality courses, webinars, and more in a learn anytime, anywhere (with an internet connection), on your own schedule environment. Topic areas include the Business of Design, Health & Wellness, Institutional, Healthcare, Residential, Workplace, and Hospitality & Retail design. Check out engaging courses like Designing for a New Millennial Culture and earn valuable IDCEC and AIA CEUs in the process. Explore the Academy.

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ASID members must earn a minimum of 1.0 unit (10 hours) of approved continuing education (CEU) every two years. We’ve updated the instructions for CEU reporting that align with IDCEC’s new website to help you navigate the process.

ASID members are to utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to warehouse CEUs. Every ASID member has a unique IDCEC number to login into the website (your IDCEC number is different than your ASID number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up to date.

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About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.