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    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is pleased to announce its continued commitment and support of the Hawai'i Community Foundation's (HCF) Career Connected Learning program with its fourth consecutive annual gift for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education on Hawai'i Island to prepare students for the workforce of the future.Since 2014, TMT has committed $4 million for STEM ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    The 2019 annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Waimea Film) kicks off the new year January 1-9, in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online starting July 11 at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available at that time.   The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings an immersive visual ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    Businesses and nonprofit organizations on the Big Island are finding that applying for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration can be a smart business decision.  Disaster loans provide funding for business owners (including landlords) and private nonprofit organizations with their recovery and are being used to:Repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    Hawai‘i County homeowners and renters with losses from the Kilauea eruptions are utilizing low-interest disaster loans to help fund their recovery.  The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.  Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and applying with the SBA are ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, July 09, 2018
    The Kāpena Jack Young, the first of four new ocean-going tugs that will soon begin neighbor island service for Young Brothers, has been christened in Louisiana. The Kāpena Jack Young, designed by Damen USA and built by Louisiana-based Conrad Shipyard, marks the arrival of the first new Kāpena class tugs built for Hawai‘i-based Young Brothers, an independent subsidiary of Foss ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    Gov. David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 -- prohibiting the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i, beginning Jan. 1, 2021.   The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and other marine life.   “Studies ...read more
    Categories: Sustainability, Advocacy
    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, which recently debuted under its new name on June 25, will be celebrating its highly touted Westin brand affiliation with a gala celebration and pool party on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 respectively.  Followingits nearly $50-million dollar renovation that reimagined its guestrooms and suites; introduced four new culinary concepts; and transformed the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Aloha
    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, in partnership with Mauna Kea Resorts LLC today announced the debut of The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation that will reimagine its guestrooms and suites; introduce four new culinary concepts; and transform the resort’s public spaces with an all-new adults-only pool and enhancements to the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Aloha
    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    Live Aloha Realty is excited to welcome Mahealani Gambill R(S) to our team. Mahealani was born and raised on the Big Island and grew up in Kalapana. After graduating from Pahoa High School, she met a local boy from Waimea and they got married. She went off to college at F.I.D.M. in Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in graphic design. From there she went on to launch her own businesses in ...read more
    Categories: Aloha
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    Aloha!  We are wrapping up our bill signing period, where I sign into law many bills that aim to help and support our working families. I have been committed to helping families find homes they can afford, making Hawai‘i healthy and safe, providing good educational opportunities and creating jobs that pay good wages.  Affordable Housing:  This past legislative session, one of my top priorities ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    Please join us in welcoming our new Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce board member: Mark Leong.  Mark Leong was raised on the Windward side of Oahu and comes from a family of six - four brothers and his parents. He is married to his beautiful wife Dana, and they have four wonderful boys: Draysen, Maverik, Davin and Mason. They live in Holualoa on a coffee farm where his wife Dana, owns and operates ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    By Fern Gavelek  NETWORKING—Shaping the future while being mindful of the past was the theme of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership and Installation Luncheon Friday, June 29 at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. Attended by 240, the event offered a pre- and post-event Business Expo and keynote by visionary Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Foundation. Also on tap was recognition of Hawai‘i ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is celebrating our 50th Anniversary for all of 2018 and Friday, June 29th was no exception. Mahalo to everyone who made our Annual Membership and Installation Luncheon at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai such a welcoming and inspiring event. From Uncle Earl’s commanding ʻoli to Henk Rogers’ vision of Hawaiʻi Island’s future, our audience connected to place, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    Please join us in welcoming our new Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce board member: Nancy Sakamoto.  Nancy Sakamoto is currently working for MMI Realty Services, Inc. as the General Manager of Kona Commons shopping center in Historic Kailua Village.  She has been managing the project since it opened in 2008.  Prior to commercial property management, she was somewhat of an entrepreneur with over 25 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Saturday, June 30, 2018
    HAWAI‘I ISLAND—The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pūalu Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and/or non-profit organizations that exemplify a commitment to the improvement and advancement of our community. Winners, one in each of six categories, were recognized at the recent KKCC annual Installation Banquet and Membership Luncheon at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  “We appreciate everyone ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Feel free to disseminate this information to anyone you know who has been affected.Information on SBA low-interest disaster loans, contact information for the resource partners for this major Presidential declaration, as well as some links and key points about disaster recovery and programs are available through links below.It is recommended that all residents and businesses impacted register with ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Full Update Posted on June 28, 2018:  The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Tourism United States and Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau are closely monitoring the Kilauea volcanic activity on the island of Hawaii. The following information and maps are current as of June 13. For industry partners and visitors coming to Hawaii Island, please reference the Island of Hawaii – Kilauea Quick ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, June 25, 2018
    As the eruption of Kilauea continues, our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been disrupted by this natural disaster. It’s tragic to see residents lose their homes, to see businesses losing customers, and to know that so many of our neighbors’ lives have quickly become so difficult.  The eruption began at the very end of our academic year at Hawai‘i Community College, and our thoughts ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Monday, June 25, 2018
    The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our new Chamber members: Joe Marsh Insurance Services Hawaii, IslandCPR and Legacy Reef Foundation.Joe Marsh Insurance Services Hawaii provides trusted solutions for Hawaii’s businesses, with services including insurance, business insurance, personal insurance and life insurance.IslandCPR provides medical training services from CPR and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Friday, June 22, 2018
    Moved by the aloha spirit, concert goers in Hatsukaichi, Japan recently donated to volcano relief for Puna evacuees. In May 2018, Halau Kaʻeaikahelelani traveled from Kona to Hiroshima for a performance that inspired the donation. When introducing the performers, Tadashi Hosokawa, chairman of Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, asked the audience to think of those affected by Kilauea ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Chamber, Community
    Friday, June 22, 2018
    By Suzi Patterson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator   NETWORKING—Body Glove Cruises took AfterHours on the water this month, treating attendees to a special sunset cruise. Guests enjoyed beautiful views of the West Hawai‘i coastline, live music and delicious pupus.   Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) attendees savored the pupus prepared by the Body Glove Cruises chef, including ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Networking
    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    County of Hawai‘i Office of Housing and Community Development Housing Administrator Neil S. Gyotoku answered a follow-up question from the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon with Hawaii County Leadership, regarding affordable housing.  Question:   Access to affordable housing is critical to ending homelessness in our community.  What are the County’s efforts in increasing affordable ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    By Tom Hasslinger, West Hawaii Today  KAILUA-KONA — It’s a one-stop shop with the goal of playing matchmaker.  For several employers and job-seekers who met Wednesday during the Career Expo at Kona Commons, it was just that: a chance to meet the other side of a possible pairing.  “We had a plan — we’re not leaving here till we have a pool of people,” said Jeani Navarro, vice president of The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    By Max Dible West Hawaii Today  KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii’s next governor will face a host of challenges but where the Big Island is concerned, one issue stands a literal mountain above the rest.  At a gubernatorial forum convened Friday night at Kealakehe High School, moderator Sherry Bracken questioned the top two prospective candidates from each party based on recent polling data about reaction ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Expedia.com released its list of the top 20 coolest hotel pools across the country. To make the list hotel pool had to meet a range of qualifiers from family friendly to beautiful views to ultra-luxurious. “King’s Pool at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the kind of magical oasis you didn’t even know existed," said Expedia Travel Writer Chloe Mulliner. "Filled with fish, this unique pool allows ...read more
    Categories: Aloha
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Maunakea, Hawaii – Astronomers have discovered several bizarre objects at the Galactic Center that are concealing their true identity behind a smoke screen of dust; they look like gas clouds, but behave like stars.   During a press conference on June 6 at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Denver, a team of researchers led by UCLA Postdoctoral Scholar Anna Ciurlo announced their ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    KAILUA-KONA, HI—The dreams of nine Hawaii Island high school graduates are closer to being fulfilled with the generous support of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU).  Through the credit union’s annual scholarship program, the students will receive scholarships to two- or four-year institutions of higher learning in the coming school year.  The high school graduates were selected from ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Anaehoomalu Bay, Hawaii (June 5, 2018) – Waikoloa’s Lava Lava Beach Club is teaming up with SimplicityHR by ALTRES and BAYADA Home Care to raise much needed funds to help the victims of the recent Kilauea eruption who have been displaced since the eruption began nearly one month ago.  The “Let’s Give Hawaii!” campaign is modeled after the successful “Let’s Give Kauai” campaign that raised ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    KAILUA-KONA, HI — Two outstanding Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) employees were honored at the credit union’s 81st Annual Membership Luncheon:  Assistant Bookkeeper Cecilia “Ceci” Calpito and Executive Assistant Valerie Umeda were named 2017 Employees of the Year.  The women were selected for this dual honor by HCFCU staff for exhibiting such personal and professional qualities as ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Hawaii Cycling Club (HCC) proudly presents Hospice of Kona with a check for $4,600, raised from its 5th Annual Century and Metric Century Rides on April 8. L-to-R: Toni Romp-Friesen, HCC Secretary; Pamela Harlow, HCC President; Laura Varney, Hospice of Kona CEO, and Rich Bell, Race Director and HCC Board Member, holding Maisie Bell.
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund has awarded college scholarships totaling $1,050,000 to 116 local Hawaii Island students over the past 4 years and an additional $2 plus million to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) pursuits. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) initiated the THINK Fund prior to the start of construction with a commitment of $1 million per year for Hawaii ...read more
    Categories: Education
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    Please submit your proposal by June 20th.The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) is seeking proposals for the Magazine Art Director and Editor contract positions for our annual member directory and business magazine publication, The Source. Editor RFP for The Source, 2019  The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) is seeking an editor for its annual publication, The Source. Prospective ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce acts as a reliable resource to visitors coming to Hawaiʻi Island. Currently, our staff fields dozens of calls and emails per day about the volcano. Our message is simple – Hawaiʻi Island is open for business.   Our Chamber is 500 members strong and each business member lists representatives that boosts our reach to 1,200 business leaders in our network. We are ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Chamber
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