• News for Community

    Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    Hawai’i Island Community Health Center Opens School Based Health Centers At Honaunau Elementary, Kealakehe Elementary and Intermediate Schools   Families with school aged children in West Hawai’i have an exciting new resource to look forward as Hawai’i Island Community Health Center (HICHC) has launched School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) providing care on site in local schools. This ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    Keauhou Shopping Center Spreads Love Throughout Kailua-Kona with Special Valentine’s Day Events Kailua-Kona, Kona (Jan. 31, 2023) – In honor of Valentine’s Day, Keauhou Shopping Center is hosting two family-friendly events to help Kailua-Kona celebrate love in all forms. With KidX Bestie Bash and Galentine’s Sip ‘N Shop. Keauhou Shopping Center is excited to offer ways for guests to honor ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    Hawaii Water Service recently announced the commencement of its 10th annual College Scholarship Program cycle, reaffirming the utility's commitment to improving lives in its communities. Students residing in areas served by Hawaii Water are encouraged to apply for a portion of the $80,000 available in awards. Four $10,000 grand-prize scholarships will be awarded, along with additional ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    Take advantage of this year's Valentines Special Massage, available fromFebruary 1 - 28. BLISS AND A KONA KISS60 Minutes - $115.00 90 Minutes - $172.50 120 Minutes - $230.00 Kama`āina Discount available   This luxurious and special Massage Treatment will be performed with our specially made "Rose Geranium - Bergamot Mango Butter Souffle"Enjoy it alone or in a romantic couples massage in ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2023
    Kailua Kona, Hawaii, January 27, 2023 – Sandy, a resident from Kona faced a major hurdle – she needed to replace her roof or she wouldn’t be able to get homeowner’s insurance. Through the generous funding from Lowes International, Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island was able to replace her 30+ year old roof and solar hot water system. Sandy could now get her home insured. For nearly two decades, ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2023
    To submit an announcement to be shared in the Annoucements section, email calendar@westhawaiitoday.com at least two weeks ahead of an event or required registration date. All submissions will be edited for content, style and parity treatment. Submit an Island Life photo, by emailing the image along with your name and a brief description to islandlife@westhawaiitoday.com.
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    Monday, January 30, 2023
    Welcome to new Chamber member Kuleana Spirits, Inc   Kuleana Rum Works was born on the island of Hawaiʻi in 2013 to make and share exquisite rum while creating a thriving local business that celebrates the richness of Hawaiʻi. We are here to elevate rum by celebrating it as a world-class spirit. We do this by making rum from the best ingredients on Earth and without added sweeteners, flavors or ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2023
    Welcome to new Chamber member ‘Ouli Farms Inc.https://oulifarms.com/ "Ōuli Farms is 840 acres of a new unique balance of homes, farms and club. This upland community is located just above the Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island. This land was part of the parcel originally acquired by the Rockefeller family for the Mauna Kea Resort. ‘Ōuli Farms will have approximately 140 homes and over 200 acres ...read more
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    Friday, January 27, 2023
    Alii Health Center is calling all healthcare professionals! Come join the best medical clinic in West Hawaii at their Job Fair on Monday, February 6. Discover new opportunities and find youf perfect fit. At Keauhou Shopping Center between 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Don't miss out on the amazing opportunity to be a part of something great!
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    E. F. Cash- Dudley, known to her friends as Eddy, has been practicing law since 1982 and has been licensed in Hawai’i since 2008. She has taught Community Property and Issues in Family Law at Laurence Driven School of Law at Humphrey’s College, as well as conducting seminars at Modesto Community College, Stanislaus County Library, and various paralegal clinics. She has authored three books, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    Their Spicy Story:  We are Rob and Lynn Rostau, a health care practitioner and a seasoned (pun intended) business executive, both long-time Hawai'i residents with three children, ages 8 to 20, all born and raised in the islands. While we have worked for many years in our traditional careers, we have found that some of our best time as a family is spent on the farm. It has allowed us to expand our ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    Local Innovation. Global Reach.Startup Hawaiʻi is building a technology startup community on Hawaiʻi Island with the ultimate vision of creating an economic future that is diverse, equitable, and sustainable.  This ecosystem - connections, infrastructure, and resources - will empower local tech founders to launch and scale their companies.   MissionTo convene and empower every interested ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    Lono Hawaii Hemp Company Is focused on making available fully functional hemp products for people and their pets to maintain healthy structure and function of the body.   We are an FDA-compliant company and therefore are unable to make specific use claims for our products, but we do understand that you have meaningful reasons for shopping Lono Hawaii Hemp Company products. We make Hemp Oils that ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    Online Event January 10, 2023 Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from challenging situations that impact every area of our lives. When we think of being resilient, we often think of pushing ourselves to our limits and beyond which leads to burnout. What if there is a different, more gentle way, to step into resiliency and more easily bounce back from adversity through self-compassion? There ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    QNHCH WELCOMES FIRST BABY OF 2023 KAMUELA, HI – Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital welcomed its first baby of the year early in the morning on Sunday, January 1. Baby girl Kalenaku Lıliaanuhea Kaiwa  was born at 2:06 am to mother Tory Jones and father Kahi Kaiwa. Congratulations to the Jones- Kaiwa family and welcome to beautiful Kalenaku Lıliaanuhea!Click Here
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    The Chamber welcomes new member Candice Kirby Designs. Principal designer Candice Kirby is the founder and heart of our design firm. Candice brings years of experience in the design and remodeling world to facilitate our client’s dreams becoming reality. After graduating with a degree in psychology and working in social work for over a decade, Candice realized her passion for design and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    Hawaii Boat Clubs is a Members only social organization allowing our members exclusive experiences such as dinners, seminars and training. Members also have unlimited access to our fleet of boats. Brothers Roth and Russell live in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, where the ocean lifestyle is an integral part of the community. With their love of the water, these brothers spend as much time as ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 20, 2022
    The University of Hawaiʻi is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect critical atmospheric measurements on Maunakea that are vital to understanding how Earth’s climate is changing. NOAA scientists recently installed an intake tube less than an inch in diameter and 25 feet long on the UH 88 inch observatory to sample the summit air after data ...read more
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    Monday, December 19, 2022
    Welcome to Cutco and Karim El-Tawansy our Hawaii Cutco Rep.  Karim has been attending our Living & Design Expo for years and we are so happy to have him as a new chamber member.  Come by this year's Living & Design Expo and get a new set of knives or get your set sharpened. Cutco knives are the perfect gift with their Forever Guarantee. After you, pass them on to children, family or friends.The ...read more
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    Monday, December 19, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2022   HONOLULU, HI – Governor Josh Green, M.D. submits the Executive Budget for Fiscal Biennium to the Legislature and announces the release of nearly $50 million in grants to non-profit communities.  The grants-in-aid were previously delayed, and Gov. Green worked with the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Budget and Finance to prioritize ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2022
    My Personal CPA & Financial Planner, LLC is a locally owned and operated business with over 25 years of experience helping people with their finances.  We have a passion for educating clients coupled with financial planning that is designed to organize, measure, and grow your financial activity.   No matter what stage of your business you are in, we can help you plan, grow, or strategize your next ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2022
    Welcome to New Member Studio Palaminohttps://studio-palomino.com/ ABOUT Miami-bred and and now Hawai’i-based, Barbie is the Principal of Studio Palomino.  Armed with a business degree and searching for career love, she hoarded dog-eared issues of shelter magazines for years before falling for Interior Design. Her not-so-secret love affair with beautiful furnishings and objects eventually led her ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2022
    Appointments Critical to the Governor’s Initiatives on Housing, Cost of Living, and Climate Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2022 HONOLULU, HI – Governor Josh Green, M.D. today announced a second round of nominees to serve as Director and/or Deputy Director and other appointed positions for state departments.  With these selections, Gov. Green has now identified a Director for every ...read more
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    Monday, December 05, 2022
    Aloha, On behalf of our staff and community of astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory, I want to take this opportunity to wish our observatory family of donors and supporters the happiest of holiday seasons. Thank you for your support of our mission over the years. The past 12 months have been a remarkable time in our history. This Fall, we welcomed our newest flagship instrument to the ...read more
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    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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    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
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
    Categories: Education, Community
    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
    Categories: Community
    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
    Categories: Community, Education
    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
    Categories: Community
    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
    Categories: Economy, Community
    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
    Categories: Community, Education
    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
    Categories: Community
    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
    Categories: Community, Economy
    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
    Categories: Economy, Community, Education
    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
    Categories: Education, Community
    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
    Categories: Community, Education
    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
    Categories: Chamber, 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
    Categories: Community
    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
    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, 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, 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
    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
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