• Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee
  • Chamber Committees and More

    The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization led by a Board of Directors. The Board is assisted by committees, working groups, task forces or councils that work to:

    • Develop Chamber initiatives for board approval
    • Oversee and evaluate Chamber programs
    • Collect and share knowledge about issues and concerns in the community
    • Provide expertise and guidance 

    Involvement is an opportunity for Chamber members to work on topics of interest, exhibit skills/experience, and build professional networks - all while helping the Chamber achieve its mission and vision! 

    Chamber members in good standing are welcome to join one or more of the groups below. For more information, please contact the Chamber at info@kona-kohala.com or 808-329-1758.

    Economic Development Committee (EDC)

    • Goal: To create a beneficial economic environment for the West Hawai‘i business community.
    • Objectives: This committee explores issues on the federal, state, and local levels affecting business, drafts the Chamber's legislative priorities and monitors bills throughout the legislative session.
    • Committee Chairs: Ross Wilson, Jr. of Current Events
    • Meetings: The EDC meets the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jack's Diving Locker conference room in the Coconut Grove Marketplace located at 75-5813 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.
    • Government Affairs Committee: During an election year, EDC members periodically convene the Government Affairs Committee to assist with Chamber sponsored Candidate Forums, a service provided to the community
    • Homelessness Task Force: The KKCC Board of Directors selected Homelessness as one of three top priorities and focus areas for 2019. The Economic Development Committee has convened a Homelessness Task Force that is looking at the issues and solutions for this Chamber priority.
    • Permitting Task Force: The KKCC Board of Directors selected Permitting as one of three top priorities and focus areas for 2019. The Economic Development Committee has convened a Permitting Task Force that is looking at the issues and solutions for this Chamber priority.

    Education and Workforce Development Committee (ED & WFD)

    • Goal: To facilitate connections to promote opportunities between the education and business communities for the development of Hawai‘i Island's existing and future workforce.
    • Objectives: Assess West Hawai‘i's workforce needs, develop and oversee the Chamber's education program and support and collaborate with Hawai‘i Community College - Palamanui.
    • Committee Chair: Dr. Farrah-Marie Gomes, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UH Hilo.
    • Meetings: The ED & WFD Committee meets the second Wednesday of the month from 10 - 11:00 a.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.

    Health & Wellness Committee

    • Goal: The goal of the Health & Wellness Committee is to promote increased access to healthcare and wellness services in West Hawaiʻi. 
    • Objectives: Explore health and wellness issues and concerns of Chamber members and the community, support the local health & wellness industry and raise awareness of local resources, oversee and support the KKCC Health & Wellness Expo. 
    • Committee Chair: Clayton McGhan, Executive Director of Ali‘i Health Center
    • Meetings: The Chamber's Health & Wellness Working Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.

    Marketing Committee

    • Goal: Communicates with the Chamber membership and community-at-large the mission, vision and values of the Chamber.
    • Objectives: Develops Chamber's Annual Marketing Strategy, oversees the Chamber's Ali‘i Circle Program, provides communications/marketing expertise and support as needed.
    • Committee Chair: Lisa Freudenberger, Marketing Director of West Hawai‘i Community Health Center.
    • Meetings: The Chamber's Marketing Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.

    Membership Committee

    • Goal: Works to increase Chamber membership and assists in providing quality networking opportunities and events that support and uphold the Chamber mission and vision.
    • Objectives: Conducts the Chamber's Annual Membership Campaign, oversees the Chamber's Ambassador Program, provides expertise and support as needed with membership recruitment and retention.
    • Committee Chair: Michelle Conrey with ALTRES Staffing
    • Meetings: The Chamber's Membership Committee meets with the Marketing Committee on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.

    Sustainability Committee

    • Goal: Promotes sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices and environmental stewardship. 
    • Objectives: Develops environmentally focused Chamber initiatives and oversees and supports the Kuleana Green Business Program including the annual Kuleana Green Business Fair.
    • Committee Chair: Candee Ellsworth, Executive Director of Friends of NELHA and Co-Chair Teri Leicher, Managing Partner of Jack's Diving Locker 
    • Meetings: The Chamber's Sustainability Committee meets the first Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.

    Young Professionals Leadership Council

    • Goal: The goal of the KKCC Young Professionals Leadership Council is to provide direction for the future of West Hawaiʻi’s business community.
    • Objectives: Participate in the KKCC Future Focus Initiative of 2018-2020, develop, implement and publish a Chamber study focused on the future, assist with planning and executing the Future Focus Summit 2019.
    • Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Elkjer of Sustainable Island Products and Ilihia Gionson of Hiehie Communications.
    • Meetings: The Chamber's Young Professionals Leadership Council meet on the second Friday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Center, 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Suite 208, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. Committee members are welcome to attend in person or call-in.
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