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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Governor Ige signs 20th proclamation on COVID-19, authorizing quarantine exception for inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawai‘i  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 7, 2021  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed the 20th proclamation on COVID-19, to allow inter-county travelers vaccinated in the State of Hawai‘i to bypass the pre-travel testing and/or quarantine requirement starting May 11. The ...read more
    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Kona Community HospitalCOVID 19 Community Update – May 10, 2021Vaccines now approved for 12+ years of age:   Today the FDA announced that the Pfizer vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization for all individuals 12+ years of age and up.   We have hundreds of available slots in our remaining vaccine clinic days. In our wrap up process, we have scaled back vaccine clinic days due to low ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Monday, May 10, 2021
    New Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help provide internet access to low-income householdsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 5, 2021 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced a new federal program that aims to assist thousands of qualifying households across the state to pay for their internet service. Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program established by the Federal Communications Commission ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Better Business Bureau Webinar Series How to Show Up in Local Searches in a Post-COVID Landscape and Beyond Tuesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. (MDT) REGISTER TODAY  COVID has changed customer behavior at a fundamental level, and showing up well in local Google searches has never been more important. Greg Gifford, Vice President of Search Marketing at SearchLab, will walk through recent studies that ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Help West Hawai`i’s Premiere Shopping Center Update Its Branding KONA, HAWAI`I (May 11, 2021) – Kona Commons invites island artists to submit original, imaginative artwork for consideration in the shopping center’s branding refresh program. The Center is seeking art to complement and enhance its current brand; the art will be used in various branding elements throughout the center, one of which ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    New Chamber Member ​Kona Impact provides tools to launch and improve your business in Kona. www.konaimpact.comGrow your business or start something new Kona Impact helps you reach your target market more effectively with professional quality products  and service. Reach beyond the competitionSave your time and let us do it rightWe have the tools and the talentStand out above the competition​Small ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    New Member ILOA has sights set on the MoonCountdown to ILOA Precursor ILO-X Launch to the Moon NET 2020www.iloa.org "The Primary Goal of the ILO Mission is to Expand Human Understanding of the Cosmos Through Observation from Our Moon." The ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help realize the multifunctional ILO -- to advance human knowledge of ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce PUALU AWARDS - New format this year! Have you or your company gone the extra mile, performed amazing things during this past year and/or supported your community in a meaningful way? Please share your story! To tell your story, include one of more of the following: Describe the project, program, activity or service that demonstrates leadership and/or innovation in ...read more
    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Maunakea, Hawaii - W. M. Keck Observatory’s science community is celebrating the successful revitalization of the Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, or LRIS - one of the Observatory’s acclaimed instruments used in Nobel Prize-winning research.   The new LRIS red detector achieved first light on April 27, 2021 after capturing an image of Messier 58, a spiral galaxy located about 68 million ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    The Chamber welcomes the newest representative for Hawaiian Airlines, Jasmine Tamanaha.  Born and raised in Waimea on the Big Island, Jasmine has been with Hawaiian Airlines for over 15 years and is the Sales Executive for Neighbor Islands.  She's excited to be the newest Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce member representative and ready to share her knowledge of Hawaii's airline. Call Jasmine about ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    SBA is awarding funding through the Restaurant Revitalization Program to restaurants, bars, and other similar places of business that serve food or drink. The purpose of this funding is to provide support to eligible entities that suffered revenue losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Hawaii Pacific Islands District Office Is pleased to invite you to an informational webinar on ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    In this episode of Simply Business, “Navigating the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)” they get behind the scenes with Barron Guss, Mark Spain of the SBA, and Thomas Jones of Gyotaku HI to unpack the application process and what this funding opportunity will mean for Hawaii restaurants. What is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund? Passed as part of the American Rescue Plan, the RRF provides ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    Clean and SafeKailua Village Business Improvement District’s Cleaning and Security Ambassadors continue to work daily to keep the village clean and safe. Sanitizing high touch areas continues to be a priority. The Security Ambassadors patrol the Village daily and report crimes to the Hawaii County Police Department . Looking Good!You may have noticed the recent tree trimming and beach cleanup at ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    The Hawaii State Department of Health is committed to making information available in a timely manner and that’s why HawaiiCOVID19.com is updated daily. In case you missed them, here are highlights from last week – 4/19-4/25: Listen to new COVID-19 stories from Hawaii residents that Live With No Regrets:AmyDr. PascuaSunnyWintelJosh View the latest stories added to Vaccine Testimonials.Kennethʻs ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Monday, April 26, 2021
    Native Hawaiians Asked: Can Science and Culture Co-exist on Maunakea? The successful Hawaii Island Economic Development Board's Native Hawaiian Perspectives webinar series continued in April with a discussion on culture and science co-existing on Maunakea. Native Hawaiian panelists sharing perspectives were Peter Apo, Amber Imai-Hong, Wally Ishibashi, Kimo Lee and Mailani Neal. The YouTube link ...read more
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    Monday, April 26, 2021
    We are pleased to let you know that California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech) draft Site Decommissioning Plan (SDP) to remove the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) and restore the site was unanimously approved by the Maunakea Management Board (MKMB) on March 2, 2021.  MKMB is a board of community volunteers that advises the University of Hawai‘i’s Office of Maunakea Management, which ...read more
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    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Island of Hawaii (April 22, 2021) - You’ve likely heard of Malama Hawaii, an initiative to inspire mindful travel to the Hawaiian Islands. One where industry partners and volunteer organizations across the state joined forces in encouraging visitors to help perpetuate and even regenerate the natural beauty and unique culture of our communities. Volunteers experience some of Hawaii’s most unique ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    First M1 Roundels Produced by Coherent for TMT Successfully Shipped to Storage Facility in California  April 19th, 2021 • Engineering & Technology www.tmt.org/news/485  Pasadena, CA - TMT and Coherent reached a new milestone this month with the completion of the first two roundels for TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1). Coherent precisely contoured and polished the optical surfaces of the roundels under ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR Inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass pre-travel testing, quarantine starting May 11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 20, 2021 Facebook Live News Conference Video:https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/468524524356119Photos - Flickr Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/govhawaii/albums/72157718985601991  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, ...read more
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    Monday, April 19, 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccinations available at Queen's North Hawai‘i Community Hospital https://covid.queens.org/north-hawaii-vaccination/ Hawaii Island Vaccinations Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital on the Big Island is scheduling Pfizer vaccinations for those age 16 and over. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Vaccinations are by appointment only.  To make an ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community
    Monday, April 19, 2021
    http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/04/15/simons-shares-vision-for-future/The incoming director of the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Doug Simons has a set of priorities that he calls the “three pillars”—ramping up research, expanding technology development and retaining IfA’s world-class education. Simons’ appointment as the leader of one of the ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community
    Monday, April 19, 2021
    Read complete WEST HAWAII TODAY story HEREI can locate the big dipper, the stars of Orion’s belt (I think), and yeah, I’m totally confident about locating the moon. But that about sums up my knowledge of astronomy. Maybe I’m a freak of astronomic ignorance, but then again, maybe I share something of the public’s unawareness of what goes on up in the sky and what motivates the people who study ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    BREAKFAST MENU Plant-Based breakfast includes:Traditional Muesli – overnight soaked oats, with almonds, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, raisins with coconut milkBanana Bread – locally grown bananas (vegan)Fresh Fruit Bowl – island-grown pineapple, papaya, and a variety of best seasonal fruit100% Kona coffee grown on our own estate farm.Herbal teasFresh Salad And CookiesLUNCH MENU Plant-Based ...read more
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    Friday, April 16, 2021
    DAVID Y. IGEGOVERNOR  Governor Ige signs 19th emergency proclamation for COVID-19 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 9, 2021  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige’s 19th emergency proclamation for COVID-19 extends the eviction moratorium, prohibiting evictions of tenants for failure to pay all or a portion of the rent, maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes or other required fees for the rental unit.  The ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Free Listing for Hawaii Island Businesses at ShopBigIsland.com! Sign up Now https://bit.ly/2PRSz1s  The Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau has launched a brand new website directory aimed at promoting local businesses to Big Island residents and visitors. Shopbigisland.com offers a hub for shoppers to connect to local businesses by category or geographical area. Free promotional space is available ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    SPN CYCLE is a unique OPEN AIR cycling facility in Kailua-Kona Hawaii offering its residents, local athletes and visiting island guests a spin and cycling center on the Big Island using power-based cycle training for improved fitness and performance. SPN CYCLE is happy to introduce the most advanced spinning bike around, The Stages SC3 Cycle Bike - not your typical spin/stationary bike, but a ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Veteran Hawaiʻi Island astronomer Doug Simons has been selected as the next director of the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA), effective September 1, 2021. IfA is an internationally recognized research institute and one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world. Simons has worked on Maunakea since 1990 after he earned his PhD from IfA.  Read More >>>
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Chad Kālepa Baybayan’s work through the Polynesian Voyaging Society and UH has helped shape a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists and community stewards. The University of Hawaiʻi community is mourning the loss of highly respected, deep-sea voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa captain Chad Kālepa Baybayan, who served as a navigator-in-residence at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.  Read ...read more
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    Friday, April 09, 2021
    https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/news/construction-projects-advance-palamanui-campus Construction projects at the Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus will significantly boost the student experience, academic programs and the ability to host campus and community events.  The projects include renovating space to create a physics lab; adding an overflow parking area that is also a place for ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    For Immediate Release: April 1, 2021HTA Release (21-09)HTA Publishes Community-Based Tourism Management Plan for Hawai‘i IslandHONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) has published the 2021-2023 Hawai‘i Island Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP). It is part of HTA’s strategic vision and continuing efforts to manage tourism in a responsible and regenerative manner. It was developed by ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community
    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Seven nonprofit organizations will launch the Hawaii County Emergency Rental Assistance Program with applications being accepted starting at 8 a.m. April 12. The program (ERAP) is funded by the County of Hawaii through federal funding and will provide rent and utility grants to an estimated 3,400 households that income qualify and can prove hardship due to COVI D19 for each month they receive ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    When challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i theatrical Hōʻike performance, a handful of KSH haumāna used ingenuity and their ‘Ōiwi Edge mindset to create a hōʻike in the form of a feature film. The one-hour production will debut on multiple platforms including YouTube on April 2. ‘Eleau (period of darkness) shares the ...read more
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    Monday, April 05, 2021
    Soft Opening: April 10-16 with ALL CLASSES FREE  Try different instructors, check out the studio, take a basics 101 class, suggest times/classes.  - Schedule Their Philosophy - Seek to provide a safe space where you can challenge yourself by working and playing hard to enhance personal health and wellness, transferring this gift to the world around you. Their belief is movement is nourishment ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    New Chamber Member Joey Ann Marshall Design is ready to design a new look for your business, events, products.Logos  Make your first impression count.Build brand recognition and target the right audience  – represent your business with a professionally designed logo. Your logo communicates a message whether you want it to or not.  Choose the message you want it to send. Work together with Joey ...read more
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    Monday, March 29, 2021
    Welcome New Chamber Member Independent Life Hawaii, Inc., Mervlyn Simmons  Product & Services -Licensed Life Insurance Agent -Licensed Accident & Health Agent -Certified Medicare Specialist  -Certified Supplemental Insurance agent  Able to provide: -Group Major medical coverage -Individual & Family coverages"A dream that finally came true, I established my Agency on March 1, 2021. Since ...read more
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    Friday, March 26, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2021Hirono Announces 14 Hawaii Community Health Centers to Receive Nearly $32 Million from American Rescue Plan to Expand COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Access for Underserved Communities WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that 14 community health centers across Hawaii would receive a total of $31,969,250 from the American Rescue ...read more
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    Friday, March 26, 2021
    Member Kris Hazard is proud to announce that she has joined Compass as a Founding Member on the Big island,  They are making strides in real estate with their technology and exclusive programs. Interested in learning about the Compass advantages and how they can maximize the value of your home? Reach out to Kris today - she is happy to help! Compass Concierge An exclusive program that'll enable ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    HIBIKE BIKESHARE Hawaii Island Bikeshare is now HIBIKE⠀⠀ The same easy, fantastic way to get around town, but with a new look, new kiosks coming in 2021... and a new digital home! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Head over to @hibike_bikeshare on Instagram OR follow HIBIKE-Hawaii on Facebook for the latest on our Hele-On, Ride On program, contests, upgrades & more!   It's fun and convenient, so grab a bike from a Kona ...read more
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    Monday, March 22, 2021
    New Member ZenBusiness will help you form your Hawaii LLC online. Get started in 5 Minutes. Packages starting at $49. If you’re considering starting a business, you’re likely looking at your first steps toward making that a reality. Filing paperwork and forming a limited liability company (LLC) is one such step to making your business official.  It might not sound like the most glamorous task, ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 17, 2021
    Program Flyer We are starting to pre-enroll students for the fall semester, which begins in August. With that in mind, I would like to share information with you about our program. Our culinary program is designed to provide entry-level employment in hotels, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, institutions and private clubs. Our program has been accredited by the American Culinary ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 17, 2021
    PROGRAM FLYERLOCAL BUSINESSES:Do you have a STEM-based project that you want to complete, butdon’t have the time, team member, or necessary skills to get it done?STEMworks™ is here to help by matching your project with a talentedlocal high school student who will help you get the job done!  ProjectsExamples of past projects that STEMworks™students have helped local businesses complete:• Build your ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    UPDATED MASTER PLAN FOR UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS CAMPUS PROPOSES 62-ACRE ADDITION The University of the Nations Kona may soon be more than doubling in size. Submitted in the March 8 edition of the state’s Office of Environmental Quality Control’s The Environmental Notice, the organization has prepared an environmental impact statement preparation notice, outlining a multi-decade master plan for ...read more
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    Monday, March 15, 2021
    New Member Spiffy LLC "SPIFFY" CleanOffering Commercial Cleaning Services and Specialize in Janitorial Services for Shopping Centers. Spiffy's Cleaning services include Public Spaces, Shopping Centers, Malls, Medical Facilities, Office Buildings, Financial Facilities, and More. Customized quotes and services guarantee to meet your specific needs. Ask about daily, weekly, and bi-weekly services. ...read more
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    Monday, March 15, 2021
    The SBA: A financing workhorse for small business  West Hawaii Today 3/15/2021 In my mind, one of the institutional heroes of our attempt to claw our way out of the pandemic economy has been the Small Business Administration. Although sometimes, deservedly, criticized for bottlenecks or administrative course changes during this crisis, we need to keep in mind the scope of the work this agency ...read more
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    Monday, March 15, 2021
    Click Here KAUHALE NEWS Updates from Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui & The University Center, West Hawai‘i‘They’re So Inspiring’ University Center students highlight online bachelor’s and master’s degree options in West Hawai‘i   Kona resident Yi Zheng Logan works a full-time job, an additional part-time job, is enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program, while also raising her ...read more
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    Monday, March 15, 2021
    New vendor coming soon to Parker Ranch Center Big Island Tokyo Table, which focuses on Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine, will join the Fireside Food Court at Parker Ranch Centerlater this year. The Hawaii Island shopping center announced recently that the eatery will be the latest food court tenant, occupying a 775-square-foot space across from Village Burger. “Our new tenant, Big Island Tokyo ...read more
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    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Welcome to New Chamber Member, Black N White Plumbing. Serving Makapala to South Kona. Black N White is a go-to for all your plumbing and inspection needs.  Have issues? Don’t we all!  They can’t help with everything, but if your problem is plumbing… They have you covered!  Drain cleaning to water heaters and everything in between. BNW's team of professionals is ready to help, from plumbing ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    Washington Prime Group to Provide Property Management Services to Keauhou Shopping Center with Commitment to Tenants and CommunityKAILUA-KONA, HI – March 2, 2021 – Washington Prime Group (NYSE: WPG) will provide property management services for Keauhou Shopping Center, owned by Kamehameha Schools, effective March 1, 2021. Washington Prime Group is a well-regarded retail shopping center operator in ...read more
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    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
    Monday, March 01, 2021
    HOLOMUA HAWAII GRANTS $23 MILLION IN AID TO ISLAND BUSINESSES DURING PANDEMIC KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to announce that $23 million was distributed to local businesses in need at the end of 2020 as part of the Holomua Hawaii grant program. Hawaii County appointed HCFCU as the coordinator to distribute those funds that were provided by the ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Since 2008, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's have partnered for a weeklong event that invites women (and men) to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing, and celebrates female empowerment and leadership. This partnership has offered opportunities to 17,000 women and has built and repaired 5,756 homes. This year, as a proud recipient of Habitat for Humanity ...read more
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    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Bennett Eye Institute is Officially Open at its new location at 77-6403 Nalani St. Unit 2 in Kailua-Kona.  They had artist, Shar Tuiasoa, create a mural that spoke to the history of Kona, from the early Hawaiians, to the diverse coffee farming.           
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    Monday, February 22, 2021
    New Chamber Member - Hawaii Sanctuary by SaimaThis luxury Spa offers therapeutic massage, professional skincare treatments by Saima and an atmosphere of tranquility on the highest level. Make an appointment to pamper yourself or revive your skin.   "At Hawaii Sanctuary by Saima it is our focus and honor to support local when ever possible as well as gear our services towards local clientele, ...read more
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    Friday, February 19, 2021
    Bennett Eye Institute Announces New Location In Kona – Opening March 1st  HONOLULU, HI, February 19, 2021  – Bennett Eye Institute, Hawaii’s elite ophthalmology practice, announces plans to move from their current Kona location. The new location, at 77-6403 Nalani St, Unit 2, will be able to meet increasing patient needs, with more exam rooms, larger reception area, and a new in-office optical ...read more
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    Friday, February 19, 2021
    Gregory G. Ogin, CCIM, CPM, Owner and Principal Broker of SVN | GO Commercial, recently received national recognition as the sixth highest performer on the 2020 Top 100 SVN Commercial Advisors in the country.  This ranking puts Greg in an exclusive group within SVN called "The Partners Circle''.  The Brokerage also received recognition, ranking #31 of the 2020 Top 50 SVN Offices.  SVN has more ...read more
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    Monday, February 15, 2021
    HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (HTDC) - New Chamber Member HTDC is a dynamic state agency responsible for diversifying Hawaii's economy by developing a flourishing technology industry that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents. HTDC aims to accelerate the growth of Hawaii's technology industry by providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to ...read more
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    Friday, February 12, 2021
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has issued an 18th emergency proclamation for COVID-19, extending the eviction moratorium for another 60 days. The moratorium prohibits evictions of tenants for failure to pay all or a portion of the rent, maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes or other required fees for the rental unit.  The proclamation also includes mention of an anticipated new exception for ...read more
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state. The proclamation states: All persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public. The requirements of this statewide mask mandate are set forth in Exhibit J, which will be enforced in ...read more
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    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
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    Kona Historical Society gets $15K to help with operations Funding was provided as part of the federal CARES Act of 2020 The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities have taken action to generously aid local nonprofits, including the Kona Historical Society, during the current pandemic. Kona Historical Society is overjoyed to receive a $15,000 grant award to ...read more
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    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
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    Friday, June 26, 2020
    Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii Island (VASH) Donates Masks to First Responders[Hawaii Island, June, 2020] – With a $2,700 grant from Hawaii Tourism Authority, VASH Hawaii Island has made and distributed 500 masks across the island to police officers and 160 to other non-profits.  All masks were created with specs provided by Kaiser Permanente and made by volunteer seamstresses around the island. ...read more
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    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    New Name for Friends of NELHA: Keahole Center for Sustainability  Keahole-Kona, Hawai‘i Island —The nonprofit that provides guided, public tours at NELHA’s Hawai‘i Ocean and Science Technology Park is rebranding with a new name and vision.  The Friends of NELHA, also known as FON, has rebranded as the Keahole Center for Sustainability (KCS).  Founded as the Friends of NELHA in 2001, the ...read more
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    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
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    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
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