• News for Community

    Monday, November 28, 2022
    Welcome CHRISTINA ALVES - Nations LendingSales Manager | NMLS# 1827356(C) 808-896-3208christina.alves@nationslending.com  No matter if you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or building your dream home; it’s important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable team. As an expert Personal Mortgage Advisor, I have the knowledge and resources you need in order to stay current with market conditions ...read more
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    Monday, November 28, 2022
    Welcome Eric and July Ziemelis Offering real estate services, connection, community and education about life in West Hawaii!  They work with community minded people with Aloha to make Hawaii home. Eric and Julie Ziemelis have counseled hundreds of would be homeowners through the work they do on creating books and resource guides, and education on social media channels and in person. They created ...read more
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    Monday, November 28, 2022
    Welcome to the Director of Golf  Rhett Colbrese who joined Makani Golf Club  in October 2022 Rhett learned to play golf in San Diego, California. Competing with the best juniors in the country, he quickly sought out premier golf instruction. Mentored under the great Carl Welty (Jim Mclean’s coach and mentor) Rhett began to study what the best players in the world do the same. With the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 22, 2022
    Historic Kailua Village, Kona, HI  ~ The Kailua Village Business Improvement District has announced 2023 dates for its signature monthly stroll, Kokua Kailua happening in Historic Kailua Village.  Kokua Kailua, the popular monthly village stroll on Alii Drive, happens one Sunday each month from 1 pm to 6 pm. Kona’s Historic Kailua Village closes to vehicular traffic and becomes a festive, ...read more
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    Monday, November 21, 2022
    Holiday Aloha at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Saturday Dec. 3rd - 4PM
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    Monday, November 21, 2022
      Historic Kailua Village rings in the holiday season with special events and activities as Kailua Kalikimaka returns to bring in a sleigh full of holiday cheer. Kailua Kalikimaka is merrily merrily produced by Kailua Village Business Improvement District. For more info log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com. _______ Kailua Kalikimaka Tree Lighting Kailua Village Business ...read more
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    Monday, November 21, 2022
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    Friday, November 18, 2022
    NEW WEEKEND FOOD OFFERING: KAPUA'S SNACK BOX! We have a new and fabulous Food Stand that will be available this Saturday, November 19th, and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter.  Their hours will be 10am - 2pm.  Kapua's is well known in Kona and Waimea for their delicious and flavorful offerings such as:  Breakfast Burritos and Bowls, Tacos, Nachos, Ramen and More!   Please come and try ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    MAUNA LANI, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION WELCOMES ROSS BIRCH AS GENERAL MANAGER OF MAUNA LANI GOLF November 15th, 2022 - The Island of Hawaii’s Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection announces the appointment of Ross Birch as General Manager of Mauna Lani Golf.  Birch will execute Mauna Lani Golf’s strategic goals while overseeing daily operations and enhancing the experiences of guests, residents ...read more
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    Friday, November 04, 2022
    La‘i‘ōpua 2020 Offering Free Spring Afterschool Enrichment Programs at Kealakehe and Konawaena Elementary Schools KONA, HAWAI‘I (November 3, 2022) – La`i‘ōpua 2020 will once again offer a free Afterschool Enrichment Program at Konawaena and Kealakehe Elementary Schools in Spring 2023. Students in grades kindergarten through 5th are eligible to attend. The program starts January 9, 2023 and runs ...read more
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    Friday, November 04, 2022
    KAMUELA, HI – Are you looking for more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Consider becoming a Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital volunteer! Volunteers ages 16 and up are needed to support QNHCH patients and their families. No special skills are required. The only qualification required is your desire to help ...read more
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    Monday, October 31, 2022
    The state is proposing the first-ever rules for viewing the creatures at two popular spots off the Kona Coast By Christie Wilsoncwilson@staradvertiser.com Tours offering close encounters with manta rays have become a must-do activity for many Hawaii visitors, especially at two sites off the Kona Coast where vessels deposit hundreds of snorkelers and scuba divers nightly to observe the graceful ...read more
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    Monday, October 31, 2022
    Hospice of Kona Foundation 2023 Royal Holiday Tea Four Seasons Resort Hualalai•TICKETS     • DONATE     •SILENT AUCTION  ​  
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    Monday, October 31, 2022
    Tracie Foglia, Executive Recruiter for Bishop & Company, Inc. – New Chamber Member  New Chamber Member Tracie Foglia   As an Executive Recruiter, Tracie brings over a decade of Talent Acquisition experience to Bishop & Company, recruiting for middle management through C-suite, across all islands. She recruits for numerous industries including healthcare, government, education, distribution, ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    Four-year project will manage non-native feral pigs, promote native forest regeneration, protect essential source of fresh water WAIMEA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND, Hawai‘i (October 26, 2022)—The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), in partnership with The Kohala Center (TKC), recently received $234,000 in funding from the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) to protect and improve the ...read more
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    Monday, October 24, 2022
    Connections now available between Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kapalua and all Hawaiian Airlines Destinations Press Release HONOLULU - Southern Airways/Mokulele Airlines, the largest commuter airline in the country, and Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s largest and longest serving airline, today announced a new bilateral interline agreement to facilitate travel bookings and connections for passengers. Hawaiian ...read more
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    Monday, October 24, 2022
    MĀLAMA HAWAI‘I Hawaiʻi Forest & Trail (island of Hawaiʻi) recently announced the launch its Maunakea Summit and Stars Giveback Experience. Guests participating in the company’s newest voluntourism opportunity learn about the west side of the island’s critical Waikoloa Dry Forest habitat on an interpretive walk and giveback experience, collecting native seeds to be used for future plantings ...read more
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    Monday, October 24, 2022
    KAILUA KALIKIMAKA LIGHTED BOAT PARADE RETURNS DECEMBER 11 CALL FOR BOATS AND CANOES The 7th annual Kailua Kalikimaka Lighted Boat Parade returns to Kailua Bay on Sunday December 11 starting at 6 pm following the Kokua Kailua monthly stroll and the holiday concert. Registered boats and canoes line up near Kailua Pier and wind their way around Kailua Bay. Spectators can view the parade of lighted ...read more
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    Thursday, October 20, 2022
    KAILUA-KONA, HI—Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to welcome Lisa K. Miura to its Supervisory Committee. Appointed by HCFCU’s Board of Directors, this committee has the important responsibility of ensuring the safety and soundness of the credit union in accordance with the Federal Credit Union Act, regulations of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and state and ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    La`i`ōpua 2020 Program for Families Aims to Perpetuate the Culture KONA, HAWAI`I (October 19, 2022) – La`i`ōpua 2020 is pleased to announce a new program for families interested in having a cultural experience surrounding the Hawaiian tradition of hand-carving a papa ku’i ‘ai (board for pounding kalo) and a pōhaku ku`i `ai (stone kalo pounder).  The program, which commences December 3, is geared ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    KAMUELA, HI – Pediatrician Daisy Cortes, MD, has joined the team at Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital. Dr. Cortes earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and completed a fellowship in pediatric oncology and hematology at UC Irvine-CHOC. Dr. Cortes is a board-certified ...read more
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    Monday, October 17, 2022
    The Opening of “Aloha Grown” Store Signals a “Full House” KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI`I - Kona Commons, West Hawai`i’s premier shopping center owned by local partners MacNaughton and Kobayashi Group, today announced that the 320,000-square-foot shopping complex is fully leased. The Shopping Center includes 27 national and locally owned service amenities, shops, and restaurants situated on 10 acres in ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2022
    MITCH D. ROTH MAYOR TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION CLOSURES FOR LAʻALOA AND MAGIC SANDS BEACH PARKS The Hawaiʻi County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of  Laʻaloa Beach Park and the temporary partial closure of Magic Sands Beach Park in Kailua-Kona beginning Monday, October 31, 2022, for the construction of improvements. Both projects will run concurrently and are ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2022
    UH News Release link: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=12217 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows debris blasted from the surface of the asteroid. Credit: NASA Satellite image captures a plume coming off of the asteroid following NASA’s test. Credit: NASA ATLAS 2 Telescope on Mauna Loa. Credit: Henry Weiland Pan-STARRS1 and Pan-STARRS2 telescopes on Haleakalā. Credit: Jason ...read more
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    Thursday, October 06, 2022
    Welcome to New Member Kohala Coast Urgent CareGrand Opening & Blessing Join us for our grand opening and blessing-  Friday 10/7 5-7pm OR Saturday 10/22 11-1pmBIVALENT Covid Vaccines have arrived! Schedule yours today! Book an Appointment Today https://kohalacoasturgentcare.com/     AREAS OF SPECIALTYFull Spectrum Family MedicineAt Kohala Coast Urgent Care, LLC, we treat even the smallest ...read more
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    Thursday, October 06, 2022
     COUNTY OF HAWAII, STATE OF HAWAIIBILL NO. 167 (DRAFT 2) ORDINANCE NO. 22 81 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 14 OF THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983 2016 EDITION, AS AMENDED), BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE RELATING TO PROHIBITION OF NON- MINERAL SUNSCREEN. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII:SECTION 1. Findings and Purpose. Healthy coral reefs protect our island coastal infrastructure, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2022
    Short videos orient visitors how to respectfully engage with coral reef ecosystems before they visit   KAHALU‘U BAY, HAWAI‘I ISLAND, HAWAI‘I (September 28, 2022)—In an effort to educate residents and visitors how to respectfully engage with coral reef ecosystems in Hawai‘i Island’s Kahalu‘u Bay, The Kohala Center has released Aloha ‘Āina Kahalu‘u (https://koha.la/aloha-aina-kahaluu), a series ...read more
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    Thursday, September 29, 2022
    KŪ LIKE AND LIVE ALOHA: IRONMAN INTRODUCES EVENT THEME AND INITIATIVE AIMED AT A MINDFUL RETURN OF VINFAST IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI`I   - In harmony with Hawai`i Tourism Authority’s Destination Management Action Plan for responsible tourism, IRONMAN implements Live Aloha initiative, encouraging all those attending, visiting, and participating to respect and celebrate ...read more
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    Monday, September 19, 2022
    Aquaculture sales in Hawaii reached a record-high $79.6 million in 2021, surpassing 2020 figures by nearly 20%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its annual report released Sept. 8 said $39.3 million — or 49% — of aquaculture sales statewide in 2021 came from producers falling in the “other” category, which comprises various aquaculture products including finfish and shellfish. Algae ...read more
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    Friday, September 16, 2022
    A culinary class at Kohala High changed everything for Kamaile Gusman. “I realized food, cooking, and baking just makes me happy,” she says. “It’s as simple as that.” Today, thanks to you, she’s a cook at the Kukio Beach and Golf Club. Kamaile graduated from the culinary program at Hawai‘i Community College’s Pālamanui campus, along with other rising stars in Hawai‘i Island’s culinary scene, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESept. 12, 2022  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today submitted the names of eight nominees for the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority to the Hawaiʻi State Senate for confirmation. The Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority was established by statute via Act 255 (HB2024). The authority is tasked with managing Mauna Kea Lands.  “I want to thank these individuals ...read more
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    Monday, September 12, 2022
    KAMUELA, HI – Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital is now offering the Pfizer bivalent booster for those 12 years and older who have already completed their primary COVID vaccination series. The updated COVID-19 booster was formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant. The new booster can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccinations ...read more
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    Friday, September 09, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2022 HONOLULU—Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawaiʻi state flag be flown at half-staff at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaiʻi National Guard in the State of Hawaiʻi immediately until sunset on the day of interment as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.    “The State of ...read more
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    Thursday, September 08, 2022
    Kailua-Kona, HI – The public is invited to the Kona Coffee & Tea farm in Holualoa on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 8:30am-12:30pm, for a free, family-friendly First Harvest event. This is the eighth annual First Harvest. The community is invited to help pick the first coffee of the season and learn about the history and process of Kona coffee. After eight months of developing from blossoms, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 08, 2022
    Hawaiian Electric is excited to announce the website launch of our Charge Up Commercial Pilot:https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/products-and-services/electric-vehicles/charge-up-commercial This “make-ready” pilot helps reduce the upfront cost of installing EV charging equipment for properties like shops, businesses, condominiums/apartments, office buildings, as well as fleet and parking ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 06, 2022
    New Chamber Member  Mr. K's Recycle and Redemption Center, Inc. is a Family-Owned Business Serving the Big Island since 2009. Services include HI-5 Scrap MetalE WastePaperSolar PanelsAuto PartsBatteriesThrift StoreElectronic Shop & RepairNotary Services.~ One-stop Drop. For the sake of the keiki and malama da 'aina ~ (808) 969-1222   |   info@MrKsRecycleHawaii.com |   mrksrecyclehawaii.com 815 ...read more
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    Friday, September 02, 2022
    Congratulations The 2022 State Stars, who were chosen by their SBDC networks, are among the best of the best -- those who demonstrate exemplary performance, make significant contributions to their networks, and are deeply committed to the success of America's small businesses.  Link to State Starts 2022    Hawai‘i SBDC State Star 2022 Dennis Boyd West Hawai‘i Center Director  Dennis has ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    Aloha ‘Āina Kahalu‘u is a 10-part video series to introduce visitors and residents alike to Kahalu‘u Bay and how to respectfully engage with this sacred and cherished place when they visit.WAHI PANAKAHALU‘U’S GIFTSCORALREEFTEACHSUN PROTECTIONENTERING THE BAYEXPLORING THE BAYPAPA HONUKAHALUʻU BAY’S RESIDENTS  
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Dr. Rick Bennett was the guest speaker at the August 9, 2022 Sustainability Committee meeting hosted by Teri Leicher at Jack's Diving Locker.    Dr. Bennett has shared a link to a video where he presents information about the water topic.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J923IFmfARc&ab_channel=RichardBennettAbout KKCC Sustainability CommitteeGoal: Promotes sustainable and environmentally ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Mystic Manta, LLC, opened in June of 2017 and is owned and operated by Dr. Lisa Thompson. She is a Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Galactic Ambassador, and Intuitive Transformational Coach specializing in Past Life Regression, Human Design, and Sound Healing. Whether you need support in love, business, life, or your soul journey, she provides the tools and experience to guide you.  With Human ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    Welcome to new member MAVEN.  Hawaii's Content Marketing Agency.   At MAVEN they believe in content marketing that attracts and converts. They're not just throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping it sticks. Every single strategy they put together is backed by experience, research, and a deep understanding of buyer psychology. Their strategy is to build trust first, by providing valuable, ...read more
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    Monday, August 29, 2022
    100 Acts of Service HPM’s 100th Anniversary is a time to celebrate all the people that have played a part in shaping the history of HPM and our local communities. Together we’ve built homes, we’ve built families, and we’ve built our community. Through thick and thin, we will continue to come together to build an even stronger, more resilient Hawaii. In order to give back to these communities, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE Everyday Hawai'i Island children go unsupervised after school. Many are left unattended at home until adults return from the workday. Nationally, the hours after school, from 2pm to 6pm are when juvenile crime escalates. Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island offers children throughout Hawaii Island a fun, safe and supervised place after school to be engaged, to learn and ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    Hawaiian Airlines has been dubbed the "best employer in the state," for 2022 according to a newly released report from Forbes. The "America's Best Employers By State" list, which ranks employers in 50 states and the District of Columbia, was gathered by market research company Statista, who surveyed 70,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. The anonymous ratings were ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    You can Count on Viking Security to meet and exceed your expectations. Viking Security of Hawaii has been Big Islands most dependable security guard agency since 2005. They've been able to successfully handle any tough security situation brought their way. Although under new ownership as of 5/1/21, they've been continuously committed to providing service of the highest quality, paying ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    August 18, 2022 A BIG MAHALO goes out to Queens' Marketplace for hosting our  AfterHours networking event last night - the first AfterHours since February 2020. Our members were so happy to gather and spend time together! The purpose of these chamber events are to expand reach, increase visibility and build relationships with West Hawaiʻi’s business community.  Attendees are encouraged to meet, ...read more
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    Monday, August 22, 2022
    ISLAND OF HAWAIʻI PONO PLEDGE WINS INTERNATIONAL TELLY AWARD Island of Hawaiʻi (August 22, 2022) – The Island of Hawaiʻi Pono Pledge, which advocates for mindful, safe, and pono interactions by travelers while on Hawai‘i Island, was awarded a 2022 Silver Telly Award earlier this year. The award in the Online General, Public Interest/Awareness category recognizes a video that was created to share ...read more
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    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 11, 2022 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved and signed into effect emergency rules authorizing out-of-state nurses to temporarily practice in Hawaiʻi upon meeting certain requirements without applying for and obtaining a license. Enacted through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the rules amend Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 16-89, to allow ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 09, 2022
    Link to video (details below): http://go.hawaii.edu/2JS The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) is partnering with the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) to aid recovery of the highly endangered Maunakea silversword atop Hawaiʻi’s highest mountain. Silversword seeds were sown at the CMS greenhouse at the ...read more
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    Monday, August 08, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 8, 2022 MORE THAN 100,000 RESIDENTS COULD QUALIFY FOR AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM HONOLULU – Participation in the digital world continues to be a high priority following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides qualified households up to $30 a month off internet service bills with a $75 discount for households on ...read more
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    Thursday, August 04, 2022
    The deconstruction phase of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) on University of Hawaiʻi-managed lands on the summit of Maunakea is on track to begin before summer ends and be completed by the end of the year. Caltech announced on August 2, 2022, that it received the final required permits from the State of Hawaiʻi and the County of Hawaiʻi to begin the ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 02, 2022
    The Hawaii Island Humane Society Receives $1.5 Million Grant From The Bob & Renee Parsons FoundationFunds will Support Construction Efforts to Complete the Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital Hawaii (August 1, 2022) – The Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) – a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization – was awarded a $1.5 million grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to support final ...read more
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    Friday, July 29, 2022
    Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital (QNHCH) is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children as young as six months.  The Pfizer vaccine for children age six months to four years is one-tenth of the adult dose with three shots needed. The first two shots are administered three weeks apart and the third dose is given two months later. The vaccination for this youngest age group is available ...read more
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    Friday, July 29, 2022
    A kīpuka is an opening of vegetated land spared by a lava flow. After these dramatic, landscape-altering flows, it is nā kīpuka that protect and sustain the plant life and seeds that go on to propagate the surrounding new land, perpetuating life into the future. The past two and half years have certainly felt landscape-altering for many of us, and so it was especially meaningful when last week, ...read more
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    Thursday, July 28, 2022
    Journey with us to the heart of Kailua-Kona as we explore the beauty and sacredness of Kahaluʻu Bay! In this episode, Cindi Punihaole, director of The Kohala Center’s Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center, shares her personal relationship with Kahaluʻu, the value of aloha ʻāina (caring for the land) instilled by her family, and challenges that Kahalu‘u’s coral reefs face today. Join us as we learn simple ...read more
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    Thursday, July 28, 2022
    INSIDE THIS ISSUEDi Napoli ArtKahalu’u Hope SpotNew HOST Park clientsH2 BusRestorative AquacultureHI Aquaculture CollaborativeFrom the DeepPhotographyGovernor Ige VisitStaff UpdatesInternshipsBlue Ocean BarnsDesal Project
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    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    QNHCH RECEIVES 5-STAR RATING KAMUELA, HI – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its “Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings” for 2022, giving 429 hospitals a rating of five stars, the highest rating possible. Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital was one of only four hospitals in the state of Hawai’i to receive a five star rating. CMS assigns star ratings to hospitals ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    Located oceanfront on the Kona coastline of Hawaii island. Kona Salt Farm by Sea Salts of Hawaii is the only sea salt in the world made from pure, 900 year-old deep ocean water, rich in natural minerals and flavor. The salt water is drawn from 2,200 feet below the ocean’s surface making it one of the highest quality finishing salts. In addition to gourmet sea salts, as part of the salt making ...read more
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    Monday, July 25, 2022
    Our newest donation location on the Big Island is now open in Kailua-Kona at the Keauhou Shopping Center. Donate your gently used clothing and household goods to help Goodwill Hawaii provide job training and employment services to local people in need. Keauhou Shopping Center Attended Donation Center78-6831 Ali'i DriveKailua-Kona, HI 96740located behind Regal Keauhou TheatresOpen Daily: 9 am to 5 ...read more
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    Friday, July 22, 2022
    Welcome to chamber member Mahina Mele Farm. A certified organic macadamia nut and 100% Kona coffee producer and processor located in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. They are a family-run business in operation since 2005, and are the only certified organic macadamia nut processor in the USA. "We love what we do and pride ourselves in producing the freshest gourmet macadamia nuts and Kona ...read more
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    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaiʻi – We are excited to welcome our 2022 cohort of Akamai Workforce Initiative interns! Samuel Adair, Preston Ito, Cole Jamila, Hopena Paekukui, and Taylor Wong are working this summer with our experienced mentors to come up with solutions for a number of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects at W. M. Keck Observatory.   The Akamai ...read more
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    Monday, July 18, 2022
    Psychiatry and mental health counseling are the Big Island’s two most needed types of health care, according to an islandwide survey completed in March by Community First Hawaii, a nonprofit with a goal of improving access to health care throughout the state. The survey polled more than 2,248 community members and health care professionals from Hawaii County, revealing staffing shortages and low ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    KAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is honored to be named one of the best credit unions in Hawaii on the Forbes list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions for 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. HCFCU was one of just five Hawaii-based credit unions to receive the ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 05, 2022
    On Friday, June 17, Pacific Business News hosted its Hawaii Island Means Business panel event to touch on some of the successes and setbacks affecting the Big Isle business community. Hosted in-person — for the first time since 2019 — at the Fairmont Orchid in Waimea, the discussion was moderated by A. Kam Napier, Pacific Business News’ editor-in-chief, and featured five panelists including Ross ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2022/06/24/uh-hilo-honored-for-maunakea-stewardship/ Gov. David Ige with Center for Maunakea Stewardship staff, from left, Jessica Kirkpatrick, Greg Chun and Nahua Guilloz The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce honored the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) with its 2022 Pūalu Award for Community Education on Friday, June 24. The award ...read more
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    Monday, June 27, 2022
    Statement from HTA President & CEO John De Fries "June 13, 2022 The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has awarded the Hawaiʻi Tourism USA contract to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) as part of a thorough procurement process. The contract provides for a comprehensive range of brand\ management and visitor education services for the Hawaiian Islands, as well as support services ...read more
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    Sunday, June 26, 2022
    Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Gathers to Hear from Governor Ige,Install New Board, Present Pualu Awards, Reboot Business Expo  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 24, 2022. The event marked the organization’s first in-person membership luncheon in three years due ...read more
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    Friday, June 24, 2022
    Friends and family are invited to celebrate with an afternoon of music and activities Kailua-Kona, HI (June 22, 2022) –Keauhou Shopping Center is pleased to announce the reopening of their courtyard. We invite our community to head over and celebrate with us on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 for “Kanikapila in the Courtyard” from 3-7 PM. Kumu Ke’ala Ching will do a blessing at 2:45 PM. “Keauhou ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 22, 2022
    Memorable events at Keauhou Shopping Center celebrate start of a new school year KAILUA-KONA-HI-July, 1, 2022 – The start of a new school year can bring about excitement, whether through reconnecting with friends or preparing for a year full of new things to learn. As students and teachers return to the classrooms, Keauhou Shopping Center is providing the community with different ways to ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    It is no secret that Hawaii residents pay the highest electricity rates in the nation. With the high cost that comes with living in paradise, a reprieve on excruciatingly high energy bills would be a nice & welcomed break. With solar power installation not only are you helping to provide the State of Hawaii with a clean energy alternative, thus reducing your own usage of imported fossil fuels, you ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy, Education
    Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    Welcome to New Member CBRE - Nicholas T. Adler, Vice President Professional ExperienceNicholas Adler is a Senior Associate with CBRE’s Industrial and Logistics in Honolulu, HI. He specializes in industrial leasing, acquisitions, and dispositions for landlords and tenants statewide. Nick’s primary focus is representing Kamehameha Schools’ industrial portfolio which consists of roughly 1,400,000 ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community
    Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    KAILUA-KONA, HI—The dreams of eight 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 a $3,000 scholarship to attend two- or four-year institutions of higher learning in the coming school year. The high school graduates were ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, June 09, 2022
    The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Maunakea Rangers started conducting brake temperature checks in 2022 on all vehicles returning from the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Maunakea. The rangers proactively added the safety precaution after it was determined that three accidents on Maunakea Access Road in early 2022, including a fatal accident, were caused by brake failure. An average of 50 to 100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    HAWAII COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 85 YEARS AND HONORS ITS 2021 EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR   ​PRESS RELEASEKAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) marked its 85th Annual Membership Meeting by celebrating its members and the accomplishments of its team during their virtual business meeting on May 7. At the meeting, two outstanding HCFCU employees were honored as ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, June 06, 2022
    Toes in the Sand Beach Vibe Returns Later This Year   Waikoloa, HI (June 6, 2022) ¬– Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa Resort will close temporarily on June 8th to make way for a complete restaurant renovation. Lava Lava Beach Club, a Hawaii Island success story has more people seeking a Toes in the Sand restaurant experience than available seating today. The renovation plan includes enlarging ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, June 06, 2022
    KONA, HAWAI‘I (May 26th, 2022)  https://mission-blue.org/2022/05/kahaluu-bay-on-hawaiis-west-coast-recognized-as-a-mission-blue-hope-spot/ On the west coast of the island of Hawai‘i is Kahalu‘u Bay, also known as ‘āina lei ali‘i, lands that adorn the chiefs. It is a wahi pana, a sacred, celebrated, and storied place abundant with cultural and ecological treasures.  Cindi Punihaole, director of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Monday, June 06, 2022
    Voyaging Canoes and Navigating by the Stars Highlight Talk Story with Chadd “`Ōnohi” Paishon and Pomai Bertelmann KONA, HAWAI`I (May 1, 2022) – La`i`ōpua 2020 will celebrate the birthday of its double-hulled sailing canoe, “La`i`ōpua,” with an afternoon of cultural activities and a talk story session Saturday, June 25, from 1:30 to 4:30, at its Kealakehe location, adjacent to the Villages of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Tuesday, May 31, 2022
    Welcome to new member Hertz Car Rental!  Hertz Rental Car. Let’s Go! https://www.hertzcareers.com/ Hertz embraces a people-driven culture that values big ideas. At Hertz, our people are the most powerful asset we have - so we put you in the driver's seat to make a difference. You will find your purpose, put your passion to work, accomplish big things, and truly connect with our customers. We ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    HAWAII COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION NAMES ITS 2022-2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS  KAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to announce its  Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are  responsible for guiding management in the direction of the credit union on behalf of the credit union’s  more than 46,000 member-owners ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community, Education
    Monday, May 23, 2022
    QNHCH WELCOMES CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE JENNIFER KRATZER KAMUELA, HI – Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Certified Nurse Midwife Jennifer Kratzer. Jennifer brings over 11 years of experience in high-volume hospitals and birthing centers in both Washington and New York. Jennifer received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University School of Nursing in ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, May 02, 2022
    Robert P. Kirshner named TIO Executive Director; Edward C. Stone announces retirement from TIO Dr. Robert P. Kirshner, Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Clowes Professor of Science emeritus at Harvard University, has been named TIO Executive Director, effective May 15, 2022. Dr. Kirshner is an esteemed scientist known for his discipline-defining ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    Please see the news release attached and pasted below and this Flickr link with photos and captions.   Hawaii CC-WGU Partnership Press ReleaseWGU and Hawai’i CC Partner to Offer Graduates Pathways to Pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Online, nonprofit university extends special benefits to Hawai’i CC grads and employees HILO, Hawaii – (April 28, 2022) Online, nonprofit Western Governors ...read more
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    Monday, April 18, 2022
    Disaster Field Operations Center West Release Date:  Apr 15, 2022Release Number:  HI 17391-01 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Hawaii Small Businesses SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in Hawaii, Kalawao and Maui counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    OUR NEW BREWERY - Tours Now Available!BOOK TOUR HERE! LOCATION: Kailua-Kona, HI We have built one of the most sustainable breweries in the world, located right here in our hometown of Kailua-Kona. Since we opened over 25 years ago, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making locally brewed beers in the most environmentally responsible way possible. When we outgrew our original brewery years ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Monday, April 11, 2022
    17,000 DIVES AND IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTEROur Russian language major, with a degree in translating, just completed his 17,000 dive. Jeff Leicher shares with us his best dives, where he would have been if SCUBA diving had not become his profession, and a message to the next generation.I knew in 1961, when I was 6 years old, that I wanted to be a SCUBA diver. Like many people of my generation, I ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, April 04, 2022
    Families, friends, and community members are invited to celebrate spring at town center KAILUA-KONA, HI-April, 1, 2022 – Spring is in full bloom, and Keauhou Shopping Center is celebrating the arrival of a new season with engaging Easter events for the Kailua-Kona community. From traditional favorites, such as the arrival of the Easter Bunny and seasonal festivities including Cute as a Bunny ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, March 28, 2022
    HOLUALOA, HAWAIʻI (March 25, 2022) – Where—and who—are your pu‘uhonua? Reflecting on pu‘uhonua, places and people of peace and safety, is the heart of Donkey Mill’s new exhibition, entitled Pu‘uhonua. The exhibition opened March 12 and will run through July 2, 2022, at the Mill. Contributing artists explore concepts of refuge, sanctuary, and healing, providing contemporary interpretations of its ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Monday, March 28, 2022
    Mockingbird Tiny Homes is a locally owned and operated company proudly based on the Big Island. We work closely with our clients to design, build, and sell custom tiny homes. Completely finished homes as well as tiny house shells are available. Our tiny homes are fully customizable and built with a passion for quality, comfort, and functionality. Tiny houses make great dwellings for those who ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Wednesday, March 23, 2022
       By Timothy Hurley March 23, 2022 A bill that would establish a new authority to oversee the stewardship of Mauna Kea’s summit ran into a volley of opposition Tuesday in a hearing before a state Senate committee. A number of speakers told the Higher Education Committee that they fear the legislation would lead to the eventual destruction of astronomy on Mauna Kea. “The loss of these world-class ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community, Education
    Wednesday, March 23, 2022
    UH Hilo Chancellor's Blog News from the Office of the Chancellor, University of Hawai'i at HiloChancellor Irwin announces Community Advisory BoardPUBLISHED MARCH 2, 2022 BY ADMIN Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin is pleased to announce 12 members of the new UH Hilo Community Advisory Board. The board had its first meeting on Jan. 31, 2022. The primary purpose of the board is to help support the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Monday, March 21, 2022
    Welcome to New Chamber Member Hawai‘i Keiki Museum.From the shores of the Gold Coast, to the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the Big Island has a long history of Hawaiian culture, rich with science, exploration, and engineering achievements. The Hawai‘i Keiki Museum (the word keiki is Hawaiian for ‘children’) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation created for the purpose of starting a children’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 16, 2022
    The people of Alaska, including our regional airline Horizon Air, are the heart of our business and the reason we’re an award-winning airline. We celebrate their care and hard work every day—especially today, Employee Appreciation Day, with heartfelt thanks for all they do!  At our core, Alaska and Horizon are all about people – the way we care for our guests and each other. Our reputation for ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, March 15, 2022
    Grand Welcome Kona recently announced Katharina Findlay as the newly appointed Business Development Manager to their local team. Originally from Germany, Katharina relocated to Hawaii after graduating with a master in international Hotel; Tourism Management. She has been on the island for over 13 years and is proud to call Kona “home”. I’m most excited about using my extensive experience to help ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    Gov. David Ige has nominated a Hawai‘i Island engineer, a Kauai real estate leader, a cultural museum vice president, a climate change small business owner, and an active Maui volunteer to serve on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. All five nominations are subject to Senate confirmation. •Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon has served on the Land Board since 2019 and is being nominated for a second ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    Press Release  -  Wendy Laros, the President and CEO at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, was among the 22 chamber executives to graduate on February 4, 2022 from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.). Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    January 4, 2022 marked 85 years of member service for HFS Federal Credit Union! The Credit Union was founded on January 4, 1937 and has grown over the years, with much thanks to the Big Island community for their continued trust and support. A momentous occasion such as this one deserves more than just one day of celebration – which is why they’ll be celebrating all year long!  Anniversary Loan ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Thursday, February 10, 2022
    University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) Director Doug Simons explained how Hawaiʻi is the world leader in astronomy, and UH’s role in that 50-year legacy, in a February 3 virtual presentation to the UH Board of Regents research and innovation committee. Simons also shared his personal story—how he first became fascinated by astronomy and how it brought him to Hawaiʻi more than three ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    Thursday, February 10, 2022
    KAMUELA, HI –Congratulations to ER Tech Linda Benanua who was selected the QNHCH 2021 Employee of the Year at a virtual ceremony. Linda has worked at QNHCH since 2007 and was recognized for her hard work, caring and positive attitude, and her ability to always get the job done. “Linda is an extremely hard worker and we are grateful to have her as part of the QNHCH team,” said Cindy Kamikawa, QNHCH ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Monday, February 07, 2022
    KONA, HAWAI`I (February 5, 2022) – La`i`ōpua 2020 is pleased to announce it is a Kūkulu Ola Program award recipient.  The funding will assist La`i`ōpua 2020 in establishing its “Ola ka Lāhui” program where island historians, kūpuna, story tellers and artisans will share their mana‘o with residents and visitors interested in a deeper connection to Hawai`i’s history, arts, and traditions.  These ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community
    Monday, February 07, 2022
    Underwater Cleanups are a Vital Part of Ocean Conservation What types of debris do you see in the water when your diving? Here in Hawaii, the way the ocean currents flow, most ghost gear collects in the Pacific garbage patch, but some spins out and washes ashore. We also find fishing equipment such as nets floating at sea, and regularly we find recreational fishing lines and toxic lead weights ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education
    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: Economy, Community
    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
    Monday, February 24, 2020
    Inspiration, Celebration and Success at the 15th Annual Living & Design Expo KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND— Dedicated to providing a successful business environment in West Hawaiʻi, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce held its annual Living & Design Expo at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay this past weekend. With over 40 exhibitors under one roof, attendees found resources to build a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economy
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