• People's Choice Award at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Living & Design Expo 2020

    From left to right: KKCC Chair-Elect Mark Leong, KKCC Board Member Nancy Sakamoto, Mark Costa, Royal Pools of Hawaii (1st Place People's Choice Award), Nellie Medeiros, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (2nd Place People's Choice Award), Tommy Mason, Mason Termite & Pest Control (3rd Place People's Choice Award), KKCC South Kona Vice Chair Pam Latinis, Wendy Laros, KKCC Executive Director

  • Inspiration, Celebration and Success at the 15th Annual Living & Design Expo

    Dedicated to providing a successful business environment in West Hawaiʻi, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce held its Living & Design Expo at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay this past weekend. With over 40 exhibitors under one roof, attendees found resources to build a new home, improve existing residences and create comfortable living.

    Event sponsors included Honsador Lumber, Dickinson General Contracting, Hawai‘i Community Federal Credit Union, Hawai‘i Gas, Kona Solar, Provision Solar, Renewable Energy Services and West Hawai‘i Today.

    On Saturday, February 22nd, celebrations included DJ Darde Gamayo with KAPA radio doing a live remote broadcast and awards for best booths. Royal Pools of Hawai‘i earned 1st Place with the People’s Choice Award, 2nd Place went to Hawai‘i Community Federal Credit Union and Mason Termite & Pest Control earned 3rd Place. Based on scores from Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce judges, Top Shelf Cabinet Solutions was awarded Best Creative Booth Design, Honsador Lumber earned Chamber’s Choice and Island Cooling received Best in Show! The judges were impressed by Island Cooling’s product knowledge, whole house fan demonstration and new solar powered retractable shades.

    On the expo floor, presenting sponsor Honsador Lumber was front and center with a selection of doors, decks, gazebos, wood products and railings. Hawai‘i Island General Manager Chuck Mailloux explained, “Honsador is a whole home building supply company with everything from the foundation to the roof.” He added, “This expo is an excellent way for us to connect to customers and the community. We generate quite a bit of activity from it every year.”

    Nellie Medeiros with Hawai‘i Community Federal Credit Union shared the value of the expo stating, “People come to this show get inspired and find ways to renovate, fix up or build. We find that a lot of them don’t know what is available and this gives us an opportunity to help people find financing solutions to address their needs.” 

    Launching their business a year ago at the KKCC Living & Design Expo, Top Shelf Cabinet Solutions doubled their booth space to showcase their quality products that offer functionality with a keen aesthetic. Cabinet colors were combined Cambria marble countertops to provide 'must-have' combinations. Sharilyn Dewey and Laura Conrad explained, "It's important to us to design efficient, beautiful space where people spend so much of their time. A kitchen is a gathering place for families and entertaining. We find ways to create a seamless flow in connecting people with space." With decades of construction and design experience, it's easy to see Top Shelf Cabinet Solution's dedication to quality and craftsmanship.

    For Tommy and Yvette Mason with Mason Termite & Pest Control, connecting to community drives their motivation to exhibit each year. They stated, “When we started our business, this show really helped us to expand our reach and grow. We like to come back each year and see familiar faces and be part of the community. We also want to support the Chamber for all that it has done to help us.”

    “We had a terrific turn out this weekend,” stated Wendy Laros, Executive Director of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Over 1,500 people came through the convention center. Many of our exhibitors mentioned the high level of quality leads this year as well as business generated from past years.” She added, “This is the only show of its kind on our island and we are happy we can do this for the businesses and our community.”

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  • Best Creative Booth Design: Top Shelf Cabinet Solutions

    From left to right: Mark Short, Sharilyn Dewey, Laura Conrad and Kevin Conrad at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Living & Design Expo 2020.

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  • Chamber's Choice Award: Honsador Lumber

    Chuck Mailloux, Jocelyn Hirota and the team of Honsador at the KKCC Living & Design Expo 2020.

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  • Best in Show: Island Cooling

    Al Whitworth, owner of Island Cooling, shows the Sol-Lux Smart Home Window Awning. 

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