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|Committees and Programs|
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce committee members volunteer their time to direct and implement the goals of these committees and programs:
Education Committee: The KKCC Education Committee acts as a catalyst for communication and collaboration to foster and promote educational opportunities across the island of Hawai’i.
Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee: Represents the interest of business with government by focusing on legislative and policy issues impacting the future of our business community and quality of life while maintaining the unique makeup of our community. Explore issues on federal, State and local levels that impact our businesses and island community, develop public policy, seek feedback from the membership and advocate on behalf of the Chamber. Responsible for drafting and approving Chamber positions.
Marketing Committee: Communicates the value of the Chamber to its membership and acts as a support function to all other committees, programs and events by focusing on providing marketing services to promote Chamber goals.
Membership Services Committee: Supports all other committees, programs and events by focusing on the maintenance of our desired quota of West Hawaii businesses banded in our purpose and mission and generating volunteerism to support our goals.
SustAINAbility Committee: The newly merged Kuleana Business Committee is comprised of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and Kuleana Committee. Mission: Promoting environmentally responsible business practices.
Kona-Kohala Young Professionals (KKYP): The Kona Kohala Young Professionals began in 2008 as a networking vehicle for the 40 and under crowd. The group gathers once a month for informal networking mixers over beverages to talk about the community and share ideas and tips with each other. This committee is a subcommittee to the Membership Services Committee of the Chamber.
Kuleana Green Business Program: The first program of its kind in the state of Hawaii, the Chamber’s Kuleana Green Business Program promotes ethical business practices and environmental stewardship. The word “kuleana” is Hawaiian for right and responsibility. Hence, program members understand their duty as corporate citizens to commit to the “triple bottom line” of financial, social and environmental performance. Criteria for membership include product/service quality, community relation activities, customer service ideals, employee relations and eco-efficient business practices. Benefits of membership include use of program logo, inclusion in collective marketing campaigns, recognition in Chamber publications and eligibility for the annual Kuleana Award.