Festive Fun, Camaraderie at Holiday AfterHours

By Fern Gavelek, photos by John Sukup

Business First! Pau Hana

NETWORKING—It was a full house at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s (KKCC) holiday AfterHours, which offered attendees the opportunity to play multiple games of chance while networking and feasting on delicious pupus by Foster’s Kitchen.

Hosts for the Casino & Masquerade Ball-themed evening were Big Island Collision Center in the Koloko Industrial Area—where the event took place—Mason Termite & Pest Control and Dickinson General Contracting.

In addition to the festive atmosphere, attendees enjoyed the sounds of The Johnny Shot Band and placed their bids during the final hours of the Chamber’s annual Bid for Hawai‘i auction.

In lieu of an admission fee, attendees donated toys and cash to benefit needy children via Family Support Hawai‘i. (See story: Chamber Members Spread Holiday Cheer to Local Families with Toy Donations).

Offering complete collision and auto repair services, Big Island Collision Center is family owned and locally operated. BICC provides front-end reconstruction to bumper repairs, plus paint-less dent removal. Find expert car and truck repairs, including AC, brakes, alignments and suspension work. In addition, BICC offers free mobile estimates for collision repairs by a member of its ASE and I-CAR certified team. All BICC technicians are required to attend yearly training for the latest in auto body techniques. For info, visit http://bigislandcollisioncenter.com.

You’ll terminate the termites and punish the pests with the services at Mason Termite & Pest Control. Offering free estimates and inspections, Mason’s offers programs to fit every budget. Mason’s has the experience to eradicate carpenter ants, centipedes, roaches, rodents, scorpions, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, wasps, bird mites, mosquitoes and termites. Termites can be eliminated with tent fumigation, ground treatment, pre-construction soil treatment and spot treatment. For info, visit http://masontermiteandpestcontrol.com.

“We specialize in residential and commercial new construction,” says Diandra Dickinson of Dickinson General Contracting. Diandra and husband Tyler both grew up in the construction industry. They have built their company “from the ground up” to show clients it’s possible to get the home of their dreams. To date, Tyler has completed over 40 custom homes for Kona Coast clients. The couple, and the unique features of their homes, were showcased on HGTV’s “Building Hawaii.” For info, visit http://dickinsoncontracting.com.

The next AfterHours is 5-7 p.m. January 17 at Lanihau Center in Kailua-Kona. Signup at www.kona-kohala.com or phone 329-1758.

AFTERHOURS CO-HOSTS—Dressed to the nines in formal and fun eveningwear were from left: Tyler and Diandra Dickinson, Tommy and Yvette Mason, and Susy and Duane Bullard of Big Island Collision Center.