The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce committee members volunteer their time to direct and implement the goals of these committees and programs:
Aims to create a beneficial economic environment for the West Hawai'i business community. Explores issues on the federal, state and local levels affecting business, develops Chamber initiatives and drafts legislative priorities for the Chamber. Periodically convenes the Government Affairs subcommittee.
Facilitates connections to promote opportunities between the education and business communities for the development of Hawai'i Island's existing and future workforce. Assesses workforce needs, collaborates with Hawai'i Community College - Palamanui and supports the Chamber's education program .
Communicates with Chamber members and the community-at-large the varied events, activities and goals of the Chamber. Serves in an advisory capacity to support marketing and communication activities of the Chamber.
Works to increase Chamber membership and to assist in providing quality networking opportunities and events that support and uphold the Chamber mission, vision and values. Oversees and supports the Ambassador Program.
Promotes sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices and environmental stewardship. Develops environmentally focused Chamber initiatives. Oversees and supports the Kuleana Green Business Program.
Kuleana Green Business Program
The first program of its kind in the state of Hawaii, the Chamber’s Kuleana Green Business Program promotes ethical business practices and environmental stewardship. The word “kuleana” is Hawaiian for right and responsibility. Hence, program members understand their duty as corporate citizens to commit to the “triple bottom line” of financial, social and environmental performance. Criteria for membership include product/service quality, community relation activities, customer service ideals, employee relations and eco-efficient business practices. Benefits of membership include use of program logo and inclusion in collective marketing campaigns.