• 2019 Chamber Priorities

    The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce exists to provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West HawaiĘ»i. Below is our list of 2019 priorities. 

    Agriculture

    • Support Kona Coffee, aquaculture, cattle industry and diversified ag farmers
    • Support disease prevention programs including Rat Lungworm
    • Support Coffee Berry Borer control methods

    Astronomy & Maunakea

    • Support astronomy industry, science, culture and environmental stewardship of Mauna Kea
    • Support Thirty Meter Telescope
    • Support new Maunakea State Lease
    • Support the current Maunakea management structure and stewardship initiative

    Clean Energy

    • Support clean energy goals to relieve our dependence on fossil fuels
    • Support energy efficiency measures
    • Support reliable and affordable energy solutions

    Environment

    • Climate change impacts
    • Invasive species including Little Fire Ants
    • Support programs that reduce, reuse, and recycle

    Film

    • Support legislation to extend the film tax credit

    General Business Matters

    To provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawai‘i, the Chamber will advocate for its members in the following areas:

    • Business innovation
    • Taxes
    • Economic Impact Studies

    Education & Workforce Development

    • Support the growth of the HCC Palamanui campus and funding for new programs and staffing
    • Support workforce development, training, mentoring and internship programs for key industries
    • Support programs that feed directly into key industries including marine science and technology,
    • astronomy, aviation, hospitality, healthcare and STEM endeavors

    Healthcare

    • Advocate for a new state hospital in West Hawai‘i and expanded healthcare options
    • Encourage residency programs that increase medical providers
    • Support legislation for Physicians Assistants to practice autonomously
    • Support better Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement rates
    • Support programs and incentives to attract providers

    Homeless

    • Support Federal, State and County programs that provide immediate relief to homeless
    • Encourage Housing First and stabilization services including drug, alcohol and mental health
    • Support poverty prevention initiatives including housing assistance, job training, financial literacy 

    Housing

    • Support entry level including self help, senior and affordable housing projects

    NELHA

    • Encourage Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority to further its mission of providing resources and facilities for energy and ocean related research and commercial activities as an engine for economic development.

    Pohakuloa Training Area

    • Support the military’s training mission at Pohakuloa
    • Support new Pohakuloa State Lease

    Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT)

    • Support an equitable share of the TAT that the Counties receive as they deal with the impacts of the visitor industry

    Ocean Recreation Tourism

    • Support consideration of alternative management options for West Hawai‘i boating facilities
    • Recognize economic impacts of and support initiatives that support healthy coral reefs
    • Monitor DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation’s actions in regards to harbors and businesses of ocean recreation

     

    Infrastructure

        Kona International Airport

    • Support the master planned build out of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole
    • Support Hawai‘i Airport Corporation legislation

        Kona Judiciary Complex

    • Support the completion of the Kona Judiciary Complex project

        Puna

    • Support the County of Hawaii’s efforts to rebuild Puna’s physical and social infrastructure affected by the Kilauea eruption and Hurricane Lane. 

       Transportation and Infrastructure

    • Strongly advocate for the prompt completion of major infrastructure projects:
      • Last phase of Ane Keohokalole Highway (Hinalani to Kaiminani)
      • Lengthen feeder lanes at intersections of Mamalahoa/Hinalani and Palani/Henry
      • Plan, fund and implement connection of sewer and reclaimed water lines from Kealakehe Parkway to the County’s Wastewater Treatment Plant
      • Plan, fund and implement connection of Honokohau Harbor’s sewage system to Kealakehe Parkway for delivery to the County’s treatment plant and connect reclaimed water pipes from Queen Kaahumanu Hwy along Kealakehe Pkwy into Honokohau Harbor
    • Request Queen Kaahumanu Highway safety improvements
    • Support adoption of County Transit Plan, encourage multi-modal transportation and infrastructure
    • Support Saddle Road Extension to Queen Kaahumanu Highway
    • Support expanding Mamalahoa Highway between Lako Street and Kamehameha III Road
    • Support the planning, design and construction of a State Office Building along the corridor between the West Hawai‘i Civic Center and the new State Judiciary Building to provide better government services accessibility

    Water

    • Support water resource development, wastewater reclamation and recycling
    • Support operational sustainability
    • Support water resource preservation and protection

     

     

     

     

     

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