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    Thursday, October 14, 2021
    Name: UH Manoa Online Peace and Conflict Programs Info SessionDate: November 2, 2021Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM HSTWebsite: https://conflict.eventbrite.comZoom: please register for link https://conflict.eventbrite.comDate/Time Information: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021 2-3 pmContact Information: For questions, contact uhip@hawaii.edu or the University Center at: uchawaii@hawaii.eduFees/Admission: FREEEvent ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    Kona Community Hospital would like to send our appreciation to The Hawaii Coffee Company who recently donated cases of their delicious new coffee drinks to KCH employees as a recognition of their service to our patients. Thanks also to the Kona Hospital Foundation for coordinating this generous donation. Ginger Café staff paired the cold coffee beverages with freshly baked cookies which made for ...read more
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    Monday, October 11, 2021
    CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVE EVENT ENTER OUR HEALTHCARE WORKER PRIZE GIVEAWAY HERE SHARE YOUR VIDEO MESSAGES OF ALOHA HERE 
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    Wednesday, October 06, 2021
    KAILUA-KONA, HI— Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to announce Sharon Sakai as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are responsible for guiding management of the credit union on behalf of its more than 45,000 member-owners, in support of members’ financial needs. During their three-year terms, board members are also ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Kona Community Hospital: Community Update – October 1, 2021   Aloha All,   We are currently treating 5 COVID positive inpatients at KCH; 1 in our ICU and 4 in the hospital’s COVID unit. Inpatient numbers continue to trend down, which is encouraging. However, we strongly encourage community members to get the COVID vaccine if you have not already done so, and remember to:  Wear a mask    *    ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    October 1, 2021 For PHOTOS click here For VIDEO click here   HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued the latest Emergency Proclamation Related to the State’s COVID-19 DELTA Response, keeping in place the Safe Travels program and statewide mask mandates.   There are also no changes to the EP provision which allows for the extension of expirations for driver’s licenses and instructional permits that ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    October 4, 2021   HONOLULU – The State of Hawaiʻi is seeking applicants for the newly created Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee, which operates within the Office of Elections. The committee’s purpose is to ensure equal and independent voter access to voter registration, casting of ballots, and other Office of Election services.   The committee was established during the ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Proclamation WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious, widespread and hidden societal problem that affects 10 million adults in the United States each year, regardless of race, age and income, and as many as one in four women are victims of domestic violence; and WHEREAS, abuse causes long-term damaging effects on the health and well-being of victims and their families, friends, and ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Mayor Roth's Kailua-Kona Virtual Town Hall Wendy Laros, President and CEO of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, was a speaker at  the recent virtual health Town Hall series which was aimed at informing Hawaii Island residents on all things COVID-19 Response. Town Hall series are presented in partnership with the County of Hawaii Mayor's Office, NaLeo TV,  Department of Health and Department of ...read more
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    Monday, October 04, 2021
    Hawaii Island Economic Development Board is honored to announce panelists for this Thursday's Native Hawaiian Perspectives: How Can Native Hawaiians Achieve Economic Parity in the 21st Century? webinar happening at noon HST. The conversation is moderated by Jacqui Hoover, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board Executive Director.  You're invited to tune into this free webinar, this Thursday, ...read more
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    Friday, October 01, 2021
    The Best of Everything West Hawaii has to offer as voted by West Hawaii Today readers. Congratulations to all the winners which include over 90 Chamber members!https://printreplica.westhawaiitoday.com?selDate=20210926&goTo=X01&artid=1Attorney – Darl C. Gleed, Attorney- 75-5995 Wailua Rd, Kona     Finalist – Attorney – Law Offices of Kimberly JacksonAuto Body Repair - Auto Body Hawaii – 73-5601 ...read more
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    Monday, September 27, 2021
    For Immediate Release: September 27, 2021HTA Release (21-36)  Hawaii Tourism Authority Resumes Community Enrichment ProgramRFP Now Online to Help Fund Programs in 2022  HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced that it is resuming its Community Enrichment Program (CEP), which supports community-based projects, festivals and events that enhance resident and visitor experiences, ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community, Education
    Sunday, September 26, 2021
    Tony Honda Kona's Spooktacular Craft Fair FOOD, CRAFTS & TENT OR TREAT Saturday, October 16 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bring the keiki for Tent or Treat with vendorswww.tonyhondakona.com/special-events/
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    BOOSTERS FOR 65+, THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AND THOSE AT HIGH RISK FOR EXPOSURE KAMUELA, HI – Pfizer COVID-19 boosters are now available for the following groups at least six months after their second Pfizer vaccination.People 65 years and overResidents in long-term care settingsPeople 18-64 years with specific underlying conditionsAdults at high risk of disease from occupational ...read more
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    Additional 3 percent of employees fully vaccinated since requirement implemented  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2021 HONOLULU – The Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) has released updated vaccination rates for the State of Hawaiʻi’s executive branch employees. As of September 13, 2021:•88.8% of the state’s executive branch employees are vaccinated for COVID-19•2.6% are partially ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    VIBRANT HAWAIʻI STREAMS   Hoʻomoe wai kāhi ke kāoʻo. Let all travel together like water flowing in one direction. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 1102Health and Wellbeing Stream Wed. October 6, 2021 | 9:00-10:30AMEconomy Stream Thurs. October 7, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00AMHawaiʻi Island Housing Coalition Thurs. October 21, 2021 | 1:00-3:00PMEducation Stream Wed. October 27, 2021 | 10:30AM - NoonREGISTER TODAY
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Welcome New Member  - Vibrant Hawai‘i   VIBRANT HAWAIʻI An abundant reservoir of human, social, natural, and financial capital that we contribute to and draw upon.Purpose We convene conversations so that all waʻa can travel toward a common goal,  build community awareness, will, and action from the foundation of our shared values, shift deficit narratives, systems, and policy that perpetuate ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    TEDx CountyofHawaiix = independently organized event. Together We Can Change Climate Change.TedxCountyofHawaii will spotlight 11 inspiring speakers who's ideas are worth spreading! The livestream event is free, register today and join the climate change conversation  Register for the November 13th TEDxCountyofHawaiʻi PremiereWe can't wait to present our historical event to you on November 13, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Airport screeners needed at all state airportsIncentive bonuses for existing employees and new hires FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 23, 2021 HONOLULU – The State of Hawaiʻi needs 100 airport screeners to serve on the frontlines at airports across the state. Screeners will greet transpacific and international travelers and crewmembers, and assist in verifying Safe Travel requirements for all ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Young Professionals Inaugural Recognition Gala (FLYER)  Honoring four outstanding Young Professionals in our community 2021 Young Professional of the Year:  Kris Speegle2021 Young Professionals Community Service Award:  Bryson Hiro2021 Young Professionals Professional Excellence Award:  Gareth Makino2021 Young Professionals Chamber Service Award:  Jase Takeya Saturday, October 16, 20215:30-6:30pm ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Aloha owners and key financial decisionmakers of for-profit businesses,  Please tell us about your recent experiences. Did your business seek financing such as loans or lines of credit in the last 12 months? How would you rate the financial condition of your business? What effect is the COVID-19 pandemic currently having on your business?    The Federal Reserve’s 2021 Small Business Credit ...read more
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    Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Vaccinations are Available  www.westhawaiichc.org/services/covidvax We are currently providing vaccinations free of charge to all patients ages 18 and over. Choice of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (1 dose) or Moderna (2 dose). Note: Due to short supply of the J&J vaccine, it may not be available at all times, this is due to our desire not to waste doses. Walk-ins are available Monday-Friday from ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    We are currently treating 11 COVID positive inpatients at KCH; 3 in our ICU and 7 in the hospital’s COVID unit.  Inpatient numbers have trended down for almost a week. The overall average length of stay per patient is 9.1 days. Although the current situation with oxygen has improved, we will continue conservation measures until the state-wide situation stabilizes.   This update contains a number ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    MENU AND ORDER FORMS "We would like to welcome you back to our fall 2021 semester café.  Chefs Saiki and Harlan and their students are featuring European Cuisine.  Chef Paul and his students are featuring Asian Cuisine.   Attached is the café schedule and order form for this semester. Also attached is the menu for next week September 22, 2021.   You may place your order using the attached ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    For Immediate Release: September 20, 2021HTA Release (21-33)  Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Up 6.9% in August 2021 Compared to August 2019   HONOLULU – Hawaii hotels statewide reported substantially higher revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR), and occupancy in August 2021 compared to August 2020 when the State’s quarantine order for travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic ...read more
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    Monday, September 20, 2021
    REAL ESTATE NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY Windermere C&H Properties has made a donation to the 808 Homeless Taskforce to benefit our community. The Windermere Foundation is an important part of Windermere Real Estate companies values. Doing more to help support low-income and homeless families in our local communities, Windermere C&H Properties has made a donation to benefit our community through the 808 ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    "Kona Earth is a family-owned and operated coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located on the tropical slopes of the Hualalai volcano, the high mountain “mauka” climate allows our coffee trees to grow lush. The coffee ripens slowly which allows the beans to reach remarkable size and quality. Our authentic, single estate 100% Kona coffee is hand-picked and small-batch roasted for rich flavor ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    UH News Release link: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=11550Public meeting on Hōkū Keʻa telescope decommissioning  Contact: Dan Meisenzahl , (808) 348-4936 Spokesperson, UH Communications   Link to video (details below): https://bit.ly/2Xt5vzf The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will host a virtual public meeting on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the decommissioning of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    RFPs Now Online to Help Fund Programs Supporting Hawaiian Culture and Natural Resources in 2022 Press ReleaseHONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced that it is resuming its Kukulu Ola and Aloha Aina programs, and seeking proposals from the community. HTA has issued two Request for Proposals (RFPs) to provide funding support to qualified nonprofit organizations and programs that ...read more
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    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Support local agriculture, start your fresh produce delivery program just in time for the holiday's Fresh Feast CSA is a unique Big Island Food Hub connecting local family farms to Fresh Feast CSA families and wholesale customers. To Get Started READ MORE >> Our Fresh Feast CSA is a unique Big Island offering. Adaptations grows its own certified organic crops on two farms. Community Supported ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    KAILUA-KONA-HI-September, 14, 2021 – Mother-daughter business partnership duo Juslyn and Chelsey Ikeda have been selected by the USPS to operate the Keauhou Contract Postal Unit (CPU) effective immediately. The Ikeda’s are the owners of Suite Possibilities, and bring extensive experience in mail handling services. “We are excited to have fellow community members like Juslyn and Chelsey to serve ...read more
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    Monday, September 13, 2021
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46WQSby-IKQThe University of Hawaiʻi is seeking broad community feedback on a draft of a new Maunakea Master Plan that will guide land-use decisions on UH-managed Maunakea lands. The overarching goals of the plan are to reduce impacts to the natural resources, especially in the summit region, by limiting development; to create better balance among cultural, ...read more
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    Friday, September 10, 2021
    Our Kuleana is a community-based effort to mobilize Hawaiʻi during critical times of need, initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic.#OurKuleana Music Video- Brandon Nakano (ft. Alohaland Collaborative)
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    Friday, September 10, 2021
    COVID EIDL PROGRAM ENHANCED TO AID SMALL BUSINESSES CHALLENGED BY DELTA VARIANT Posted on Sep 9, 2021 in COVID-19, NewsIncreased Loan Cap to $2 Million, Expanded Use of Funds to Pay and Prepay Business Debt, Streamlined Review Processes, and Deferred Payments; First Approval and Disbursement of Loans of $500,000 or Less Also Introduced. WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Small Business Administration ...read more
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    Thursday, September 09, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2021HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has signed an executive order that requires contractors and visitors at state facilities and on state property to provide their vaccination or testing status prior to entry. The Order takes effect on Sept. 13, 2021.Executive Order ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    Hawaii Island, September 1, 2021 – It was a busy few months for the Littlefield and Jernigan households as they took on a tiny home build - a home that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island for a family in need of shelter on Hawaii Island. “It all started when our kids heard about the number of homeless on the island”, Sandy Littlefield and Tanya Jernigan recalled. “The three of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 02, 2021
    https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/releases/ready-set-holoholo-registration-begins-for-hawaiian-airlines-second-annual-virtual-fitness-challengeReady, Set, Holoholo! Registration Begins for Hawaiian Airlines’ Second Annual Virtual Fitness Challenge October challenge supports Hawaiʻi-based nonprofits, encourages public to stay healthy by exercising on new Maui-inspired virtual courses HONOLULU ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    Hawaii is a special place, with a strong history and culture that today is host to a blend of cultures, activities, and experiences unique in the world. The Hawaiian Islands have captured imaginations around the world and drawn the attention of writers dating back to Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson. Along the way, some of those who have featured Hawaii have not always been intimately ...read more
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    Monday, August 30, 2021
    County of Hawaii News - ​Post Date:08/27/2021 2:44 PM Pursuant to the authority vested in me by Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 127A and due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19, I hereby adopt and promulgate the following rules which have the force and effect of law. The following State of Hawai‘i proclamations related to the COVID-19 emergency authorized by Governor David Ige are ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Economy
    Friday, August 27, 2021
     KAMUELA, HI – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a health advisory regarding the rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions and reports of severe illness associated with use of products containing ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. The CDC confirmed with the American Association of Poison Control Centers that human exposures and adverse effects ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    August 24, 2021 HONOLULU – The Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) has released state employee vaccination numbers and found that as of Aug. 16, 87.6% of the state’s approximately 14,000 employees are fully vaccinated. (Note: This does not include Department of Education and University of Hawaiʻi employees). In addition, 4.8% of state employees are partially vaccinated and 7.6% are ...read more
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    Monday, August 23, 2021
    Perched at the edge of the Pacific on a lava rock cliff, Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Big Island’s Kona Coast. Below is Keauhou Bay – home to Kona’s gentle manta rays – and above is the lush Hualalai mountainside where world-famous Kona coffee is grown. Explore nearby cultural sites, taste poi at a luau, learn to stand-up paddle, stargaze atop Mauna Kea, ...read more
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    Monday, August 23, 2021
    Mayor Roth recently visited the Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) in Keauhou to tour the historic building, meet the Board of Directors and staff who shared information about the programs, exhibits and future plans for the beloved organization. Curator Mina Elison and Youth Program Coordinator Gerald Lucena guided Mayor Roth through the current exhibition, Emergence: Young Artist Exhibition, ...read more
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    Monday, August 23, 2021
    Employee retention is an increasing concern for employers faced with a competitive labor market. When employees jump ship for better benefits or a few dollars more, being proactive about employee retention saves your company money and time in the long run. Here are three quick takeaways that will increase loyalty, improve company culture, and keep your top performers happy.Create meaningful ...read more
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    Friday, August 20, 2021
    HAWAII COFFEE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS DRU KANUHA WITH LEGISLATOR AWARD HAWAII—The Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) presented Senator Dru Mamo Kanuha (D-Kona, Kaʻu) with its first ever Legislator of the Year Award amid coffee trees laden with ripening fruit. The Hawaii Senate Majority Leader received an appreciation plaque crafted from a century-old fallen koa tree that once flourished at Kona’s ...read more
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    Thursday, August 19, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE2021 EDITION OF IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 5, 2022 DUE TO CONTINUED GLOBAL IMPACT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC - 2021 Supersapiens IRONMAN World Championship postponed based on continuing COVID-19-related impact to Island of Hawai`i TAMPA, Fla. (August 19, 2021) - IRONMAN in conjunction with local Hawai`i officials announced today that due to the continued ...read more
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    Thursday, August 19, 2021
    KECK OBSERVATORY CONGRATULATES AKAMAI INTERNS KEVIN DIEP, DENNIS PALAD, AND LEINANI ROYLO Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaiʻi – Congratulations to our esteemed 2021 Akamai Workforce Initiative Cohort—Kevin Diep, Dennis Palad, and Leinani Roylo—who just completed a summer internship with us to gain hands-on experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).    The Akamai Internship ...read more
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    Monday, August 16, 2021
    What is an emergency savings fund? An emergency fund is money you have set aside specifically for instances when an unexpected expense occurs. You can set up a special savings account (which we recommend) or simply add a buffer to your existing savings. It’s referred to by many as a “rainy day fund”. If you’re looking to set up a special savings account, visit one of our account experts at any ...read more
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    Monday, August 16, 2021
    How to Avoid ScammersLearn howScammers May Be Pretending to be Your Bank!Scammers have been contacting customers about fraudulent transactions and say they’ll reimburse the charges with Zelle®.Just remember: Bank of Hawaii will never ask for one-time passcodes or use Zelle® to resolve fraudulent charges.If you think your account has been compromised, call 1-888-643-3888.Avoid scammers with simple ...read more
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    Thursday, August 12, 2021
    Hawai‘i Community Foundation announces $7M in funding to 194 nonprofits statewide to address systemic inequities and help solve Hawai‘i’s greatest challengesThe first year of the CHANGE Framework Grants Program aims to uncover critical areas across our state that need deeper investment and support— Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) today announced $7M in awards from its CHANGE Grants program to ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community, Education
    Tuesday, August 10, 2021
    HAWAII COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION RECEIVES KKCC PUALU AWARD FOR HOLOMUA HAWAII PROGRAM  KAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) was awarded the Pualu Award for Financial Leadership for its service to the community through the Holomua Hawaii grant program. The Pualu Award is presented by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce to businesses, organizations, and individuals ...read more
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    Monday, August 09, 2021
    Governor Ige signs emergency proclamation establishing vaccination and testing policy for State and county employees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 5, 2021   Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/govhawaii/albums Video:https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/121475170111285  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed an emergency proclamation related to the State of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 ...read more
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    Monday, August 09, 2021
    Premier Restoration Hawaii put together a useful video for Hawai’i Island residents impacted by the brush fires on how to safely and most effectively clean their homes if impacted by smoke and soot damage.  While they can always call us if opting for professional fire and smoke damage restoration services, many homeowners will likely choose to do the clean-up themselves. Because of this, we ...read more
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    Thursday, August 05, 2021
    WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS AT QNHCH KAMUELA, HI – QNHCH offers the COVID-19 vaccination now on both Wednesdays and Fridays with no appointment necessary. Vaccinations are available 7 am – 6 pm at the QNHCH COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Annex (south side of hospital campus near emergency room). There is no cost to patients for the vaccination and insurance is not required. QNHCH offers both the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 05, 2021
    Maunakea Rangers of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) are urging the public to exercise caution when visiting the mauna. As visitor arrivals to the islands increase, many are eager to explore Hawaiʻi but may not be aware of possible risks.  “We want to make sure that they are safe to and from the summit,” said Maunakea Ranger DuWayne Waipa. “This is one of ...read more
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    Thursday, August 05, 2021
    If you’re visiting the islands soon, or know someone who is, we encourage you to check out and share “Visiting Hawai‘i? Pack these essentials to protect island ecosystems,”a resource we created to inform guests prior to their arrival about proper reef-friendly sun protection and waste minimization.   VISITING HAWAI‘I? PACK THESE ESSENTIALS TO PROTECT ISLAND ECOSYSTEMSHere’s a helpful list of ...read more
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    Thursday, August 05, 2021
    July 27, 2021  HR 101  Hiring youth can help Hawaii businesses thrive during busy seasons and fill labor gaps any time of year. In return, the teenagers receive work experience on their resume and some pocket cash. But hiring minors comes with some added responsibility, so simplicityHR by ALTRES put together this guide that covers fundamental requirements and gives a few examples of what teenage ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 03, 2021
    The Kailua Village Business Improvement District is happy to welcome back the Kona Trolley in partnership with the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency and Robert's Hawaii. The Kona Trolley route operates between Kona Commons Shopping Center and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa via Ali'i Drive. Destinations served includes Kona Brewing Company, Kona Coast Shopping Center, Kailua Pier, Coconut Grove ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    NEW LAW PROVIDES FOR MEDIATION FOR RENTERS, LANDLORDS Posted on Jul 28, 2021 in Main With the eviction moratorium expiring at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 6, renters and landlords are being urged to familiarize themselves with Act 57, a new law that changes eviction procedures for non-payment of rent and incentivizes mediation for both renters and landlords. “The state, counties, Legislature, Judiciary and ...read more
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    Monday, August 02, 2021
    HILO, Hawai‘i (1 August, 2021) —Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hilo, Hawaii--U.S. Army resources from the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) remain committed to the combined effort in the fight against the brush fire in Hamakua District. Together with the Hawaii Fire Department, volunteer firefighters, and county and state agencies, the battle against the wind, and massive area of the fire remain a ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Native Hawaiian Perspectives: Who Speaks for Native Hawaiians? When Native Hawaiian Groups Don't Agree, How Are Disagreements Resolved? Another successful and thought provoking Native Hawaiian Perspectives webinar continued today with panelists Dr. Kelii Akina, Dr. Michael Chun, Ivan M. Lui-Kwan and James Mauliola Keaka Stone sharing their unique perspectives. The recorded Native Hawaiian ...read more
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    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Evidence based research - Delta variantCOVID-19 Guidance of School RecommendationsAt Kona Community Hospital (KCH), we continue to see an increased number of COVID-19 positive patients seeking care in our Emergency Department.  We strongly encourage anyone who has been postponing receiving the COVID vaccine to do so now.   We have received a number of questions regarding the Delta variant. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Astronomy Talk - Galaxies turn gas into giant collections of stars that light up the universe.  This simple statement of what happens with galaxies like our own leads to deeper questions of how this happens:  How does gas flow into galaxies?  How do stars help return this gas to the universe?  How does this process evolve as the universe gets older?  And ultimately how do we, as people with ...read more
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    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    An international team of astronomers has measured the most precise composition of the hot Jupiter Tau Boötis b’s atmosphere, providing us with a better understanding of giant planets. Using the SPIRou spectropolarimeter at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, a team led by Stefan Pelletier, a PhD student at Université de Montréal's Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), studied ...read more
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    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Goodfellow Bros.’ Big Island team was honored to receive the following letter from Battalion Chief William Bergin when they jumped in to assist the Hawaii Fire Department with a brushfire earlier this week: “I wanted to express our appreciation for the assistance from Goodfellow Bros. at recent brushfires, most notably the one at Kamuela View Estates two nights ago. Due to the steep terrain, we ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    The County of Hawaii's Planning and Public Works Departments will be implementing a new Electronic Processing and Inspection Center - EPIC powered by EnerGov - to better serve YOU! Using the EPIC system, you will be able to submit plan applications to both departments online, track and manage your applications, and even pay your permit fees. The EPIC system will allow for multiple approving ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s Signature Dining Experience, Meridia, Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2021 —Meridia Among 3 Winners on the Island of Hawaii and 2,917 Overall Winners; 40th Annual Awards Program Recognizes the World’s Best Wine Lists— Waimea, HI (July 13, 2021) — The iconic Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s signature dining experience, Meridia, has been honored for its ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    Going to the dogs (and cats) HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC IN AUGUSTBY LAURA RUMINSKI WEST HAWAII TODAY lruminski@westhawaiitoday.com The Hawaii Island Humane Society is looking forward to opening its two shelters to the public in August. The nonprofit’s Animal Community Center in mauka Kona is slated to open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 1 with the Keaau shelter ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    HAWAI‘I DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS CONSUMERS OF RECALLED SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF BENZENE Posted on Jul 20, 2021 in Newsroom The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) is alerting residents and visitors that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) is voluntarily recalling all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines. Company testing identified low ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today its pivot to become a more effective destination management organization and the promotions of two key executives who will help guide the initiatives outlined in HTA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. HTA has comprehensively reorganized its structure and operations to support the goal of Mālama Ku‘u Home (caring for my beloved home) through ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
     PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS STORY  PBN Dialogue: Why grace matters, with Stephanie Donoho, Kohala Coast Resort Association (Video)Since joining the Kohala Coast Resort Association in 2014 as administrative director, Stephanie Donoho has been focused on community and government relations, work that has taken on a special urgency since the Covid-era curtailment of tourism and and the rising concerns ...read more
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    Monday, July 26, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2021 Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Hears from Governor Ige, Installs New Board and Presents Pualu Awards KAILUA-KONA – The chief executive for the State of Hawaiʻi, Governor David Ige, joined the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) for its annual meeting on Friday, June 25, 2021. As the keynote speaker, he presented relevant information to West Hawaiʻi’s business ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Friday, July 23, 2021
    https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2021/07/23/sotr-kona-chamber-commerce/
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Friday, July 16, 2021
    Currently, the most frequent injuries in West Hawaii that require trauma activation at Kona Community Hospital Trauma Center are caused by falls and motorized vehicle crashes including cars, motorcycles, mopeds and ATVs. In 2019, the KCH trauma team was activated 233 times, treating a total of 410 patients. In 2020, 133 trauma activations involved 338 patients. Wendi Wagner, RN, Trauma Program ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Chamber Member and Art Director of The Source is a Hidden Hero. https://hiddenheroes.org/story/ilihia-gionson/I CARE FOR MY FatherWHO IS A Pre 9/11 VeteranWHO SERVED IN THE ArmyWHO SUFFERS FROM Anxiety, Chronic Condition(s), PTS/PTSDI LIVE IN HawaiiI AM A 2021 Elizabeth Dole Fellow" Know that there are so many other caregivers feeling the same way: waiting, wishing, hoping to connect."   At what ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Hawaiʻi Island will resume operations starting Thursday, July 15, more than a year after shutting its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff have installed safety barriers and will implement proper social distancing that adheres to local, state and federal guidelines. Modified daily hours of 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m will be in effect ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Governor Ige notifies Legislature, Chief Justice, that eviction moratorium will be lifted August 6State urges residents to seek mediation, available assistanceFor video click hereFor photos click hereFor resources click hereLetter to Legislature, Judiciary attachedHONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today formally notified the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald that he will not ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Tuesday, July 13, 2021
    Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii –  We are pleased to share that Briane Souki and Evan Powers have joined W. M. Keck Observatory this summer as part of our continued collaboration with the  Kamehameha Schools Kāpili ʻOihana Internship Program (KOIP). Evan is from Oʻahu and is a Punahou Schools alum; he is a rising senior at Lewis & Clark College and has been selected for Keck Observatory's External ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Monday, July 12, 2021
    As the administrative director of the Kohala Coast Resort Association, Stephanie Donoho works to build bridges between the tourism industry and the larger community. Founded in 1984, KCRA represents 10 properties along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island. Donoho has decades of experience in the industry, and previously served as the tourism specialist for the County of Hawaii before joining KCRA in ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Hawai‘i County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Wednesday, July 14 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Zoom MeetingClick Here to Join the Meeting  Join the County of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Community Lending to get up-to-date information aboutthe state’s eviction moratorium, available services, and grants for past due rent, utilities, andrent in-advance available through the Hawaiʻi County Emergency Rental ...read more
    Categories: Education, Economy
    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Holualoa Artist Siena Baldi to Create New Imagery for Kona’s Premier Shopping Center Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i (July 9, 2021) – Kona Commons is excited to announce a new partnership with Holualoa artist Siena Baldi who was recently selected to work with the shopping center on its brand refresh. The center sent out a call to local artists in May soliciting artwork samples and received many impressive ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaiʻi is now, proudly, People for Active Transportation Hawaiʻi. We will still be known as PATH. As an organization, we felt it was important that our name more clearly reflect our mission and work. The name change is part of a fundamental transition that has occurred at PATH, Hawaiʻi Island, and across the world in the last thirty years. All the data shows that the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    Are you ready to spend a picture perfect Sunday afternoon at Kokua Kailua with local vendors, artists and musicians in Historic Kailua Village? Starting next month, on Sunday, July 18, Alii Drive is the place to be from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor marketplace that makes for a great family friendly experience. Leashed dogs are welcome too. The Kailua Village Business ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    Business Innovation Accolade Presented by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce KONA, HAWAI`I (June2021) – Kona Commons was honored recently with a Pualu Award from the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for the shopping center’s resilience, business innovation, and aloha exhibited during the economic crisis created by the pandemic. The Chamber annually recognizes businesses, organizations and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Monday, June 28, 2021
    June 28, 2021  KAILUA-KONA – The chief executive for the State of Hawaiʻi, Governor David Ige, joined the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) for its annual meeting on Friday, June 25, 2021. As the keynote speaker, he presented relevant information to West Hawaiʻi’s business leaders that included his support for the tourism industry, increasing broadband infrastructure, economic ...read more
    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Governor Ige sets additional vaccination benchmarks for gatherings, restaurants Also signs new proclamation terminating some emergency provisions  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2021   HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today set additional vaccination benchmarks for gatherings and restaurants. They are as follows:   When the state achieves a 60% vaccination rate: Social gatherings: 25 allowed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economy
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Hawaiʻi Island Business Report 2021The road to economic recovery is challenging, but businesses are optimistic as they take steps to reopen safely, and progress is made toward sustainable goals. May 4, 2020 Hawaii Business Staffhttps://www.hawaiibusiness.com/hawaii-island-business-report-2021/ Kona-Kohala Chamber - excerpts from the report: “This past year, we learned that communication was a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economy
    Tuesday, March 02, 2021
     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed HB 1278 HD1 Relating to Employment Security into law as Act 1 today, setting the employer contribution tax rate at a lower level with Schedule D for 2021 and 2022.     The governor signed the measure in response to the unprecedented increase in Hawaii’s unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Without intervention, Schedule H (the ...read more
    Friday, July 10, 2020
    Dept of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is very pleased to announce the live launch of the Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha portal site at https://buy.hawaii.gov/.   DBEDT created this portal site to promote the online shopping sites of Hawaii manufacturers, restaurants and farm delivery services. In this first phase, we are promoting the importance of buying local. In later phases we ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    Hawaiʻi County General Plan 2040 UpdateSummary of Public Comment and Revised Timeline   The Planning Department appreciates the communities and stakeholders that were part of the robust public outreach in 2019 on the Hawaiʻi County General Plan 2040 Update. A variety of community engagement activities produced valuable input that is actively shaping the next draft. Later this year Planning ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2020 BOATING AND WATER SPORTS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS RELAXED STATEWIDE (Honolulu) – Effective immediately, emergency restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and recreational boating and ocean recreation are being relaxed statewide. Commercial and recreational boating can now include up to ten ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    Reef-friendly sunscreen initiative leads to reduction of oxybenzone in Kahaluʻu BayContinued efforts needed to save coral reefs   KAHALU‘U BAY, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i—May 21, 2020—The results are in: oxybenzone levels have dropped dramatically at Hawai‘i Island’s Kahalu‘u Bay. Thanks to tens of thousands of visitors who responded positively to The Kohala Center’s ongoing “Reef-Friendly Sun ...read more
    Categories: Community
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