• News for Community

    Monday, May 20, 2019
    By Fern Gavelek, photos by Lisa Freudenberger  NETWORKING—The coffee was on and there was plenty of conversation at the May AfterHours hosted by Kona Coffee & Tea in Kailua-Kona.  The company marked its 20th anniversary last year and in 2018 was tapped first place winner of the Crown Division of the prestigious Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Contest.  Kona Coffee & Tea has won numerous ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Chamber, Networking, Community
    Monday, May 20, 2019
    By Fern Gavelek, photos by Lisa FreudenbergerNETWORKING—New Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) members have the opportunity to introduce themselves at monthly AfterHours events by taking the stage and sharing information about their business.   Five new members took the mike at the May pau hana hosted at Kona Coffee & Tea:  Keith Sisson, chief marketing agent of Mokulele Airlines and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Networking, Aloha
    Sunday, May 19, 2019
    KAILUA-KONA (May 19, 2019)—Leading West Hawaiʻi’s business community, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce recently added a Health & Wellness Committee to a strong line-up of standing committees that support the Board of Directors of this non-profit member organization.Ali‘i Health Center Executive Director Clayton McGhan was appointed as the Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee. He explains, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Health & Wellness
    Monday, May 13, 2019
    Kahalu‘u Bay, a small, 4.2-acre county park, attracts more that 400,000 visitors a year to enjoy its calm, clear waters and vibrant, colorful reef ecosystem. Like many coral reefs in Hawai‘i, this special place is facing many threats. Research confirms that chemicals found in most sunscreens, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, are contributing to coral decline. These chemicals affect coral growth ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Aloha, Community, Education, Health & Wellness, Sustainability
    Thursday, May 09, 2019
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — California Water Service Group (Group) (NYSE: CWT) today announced it has officially opened its annual College Scholarship Program. Eligible students residing in areas served by the utility’s California, Hawaii, and Washington subsidiaries may now apply online for one of the scholarships under the $60,000 program, which provides two $10,000 grand-prize awards and additional, ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Education
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    Aloha,   Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are working together closely as the campuses prepare to transfer the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka‘a to Hawai‘i Community College.   Hawai‘i CC will assume the management of NHERC effective July 1, 2019.   The creation of NHERC in 2006 was a collaboration of community, elected ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Friday, April 19, 2019
    By Fern Gavelek, photos by Suzi Patterson   NETWORKING—Hawaii Community College—Pālamanui’s open-air campus played host to the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for its April AfterHours and annual Kuleana Green Business Fair.   Attendees visited the booths of 16 KKCC businesses, all designated as “green” through the Chamber’s Kuleana Green Business program. Launched in 2006, the program lauds ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Sustainability, Aloha, Community, Networking
    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    HONOLULU – Hawai‘i Island will be home to a new aquaculture accelerator that aims to attract startups that focus on sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry. Solutions include innovative feed solutions, breakthrough technology in animal health, and farm and water management.  The new accelerator and its associated investment fund were established by the Natural Energy Laboratory of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Sustainability, Advocacy, Economy
    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Sustainable businesses gathered to share their expertise in green business practices and environmental stewardship at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Annual Kuleana Green Business Fair on Wednesday, April 17. The fair took place at the Chamber’s monthly networking event, AfterHours, which was hosted by Hawaiʻi Community College — Pālamanui. The Kuleana Green ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Sustainability, Chamber, Networking
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed HB1180 Act 009 that appropriates funding for Hawai‘i County’s disaster relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation activities in the wake of the Kīlauea volcanic eruption. Last year’s eruption had an enormous impact on Hawai‘i County, with the cost of public and private economic disruption estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. More than 700 ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Aloha, Community, Economy
    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii’s longest-running and favorite craft brewer, celebrates a 25-year Liquid Aloha legacy this year.  Founded by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, the company broke ground on its original brewery and pub in Kailua-Kona in February 1994 with a focus on creating uniquely tropical brews that reflect the Hawaiian culture and spirit of Aloha.  Kona Brewing Co. ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    By: Suzi Patterson, Event and Marketing Manager  The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our new Chamber members: Paradise Automotive Inc., Poolside in Paradise LLC, Pipe Sharks LLC, Alano Club, CarbonBuddy, TSA (Transportation Security Administration), Kona Shoji Design, Sunrise Shading, Painpod USA, LLC, Sayre Public Relations, LLC, Conrey’s Appliance Service, Alaska Airlines, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Networking, Community
    Monday, April 08, 2019
    HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines Flight 90 flew into aviation history today, inaugurating the nation’s longest interstate route when it left Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) yesterday and touched down at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) this morning, bringing with it a five-times-a-week dose of aloha to New England.   As the world’s best premium leisure-destination ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, April 08, 2019
    KOHALA COAST (HAWAI‘I) – Fairmont Orchid, a luxury resort located along the majestic Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island, has selected Ka‘iulani Blankenfeld to serve as its Director of Hawaiian Culture. In this new position, Ka‘iulani will lead a strategic initiative to create and enhance the property’s Hawaiian programs and practices.   Born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, Ka‘iulani can trace her ...read more
    Categories: Community, Aloha, Education
    Friday, April 05, 2019
    On March 15, 2019, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce invited the Hawaiʻi County Leadership to a luncheon focused on connecting the business community to the County. A panel of department heads along with Mayor Kim gave the audience an update on their activities and plans. The Chamber generated a list of questions for the panelists and audience members were encouraged to submit questions as well. ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    March 29, 2019 – Kealakekua, Hawaii – Jay Kreuzer will step down from his position as CEO of the West Hawaii Region of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) effective year’s end, the organization announced this week. The West Hawaii Region Board of Directors has hired executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer to conduct a leadership search for the Region’s top position.   Kreuzer joined ...read more
    Categories: Health & Wellness, Community
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii) Executive Director Tina Clothier was honored as one of Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 Honor Roll Champions in their Thriving Schools Honor Roll awards program. She is one of nineteen awardees nationwide, including staff, teachers, youth, parents, community leaders and union leaders. “I humbly accept this award on behalf of our Bike Ed team and our community ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Education
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
    Chamber of Commerce executives and board leaders from across the state of Hawai‘i headed to the state Capitol on Wednesday, January 9 for a Chamber Week proclamation ceremony with Governor David Ige. Included in the ceremony were the Chamber executives from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Maui Chamber ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Advocacy, Chamber, Networking
    Monday, October 29, 2018
    WAIKOLOA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND —The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) enjoyed an evening with friends, colleagues and the community to celebrate a half-century of business advocacy at its 50th Anniversary Gala at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort on Saturday, Oct. 27.  "We are very grateful to our Chamber members, sponsors and community leaders who joined us for this meaningful occasion,” states ...read more
    Categories: Aloha, Community, Chamber, Networking
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Full Update Posted on September 25, 2018: Photo: U.S. Geological Survey September 25, 2018 The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Tourism United States and Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau continue to provide updates to this site following the reduction in volcanic activity on the island of Hawaii. It has now been more than a month since the continuous flow of lava ceased from Kilauea volcano on ...read more
    Categories: Community
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