Archived Articles

February 2013

27th Hawai`i State Legislature Opens

Thursday, 31 January 2013

And so it begins. On January 16, the 27th session of the Hawai`i Legislature convened with its 76 members – 25 senators and 51 representatives.

2013 ‘Source’ debuts in February

Friday, 01 February 2013

2013 ‘Source’ debuts in February

The new Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s Source magazine debuts this month with both print and online editions.

Economic Summit 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Economic Summit 2013

A follow-up to last year’s gathering of visionary leaders, thinkers and individuals, the Hawai‘i Island Economic Summit 2013 attracted over 180 attendees to “Continue the Conversations” on key economic arenas that could positively impact the island.

EDUCATION PANEL: Transforming Education in the 21st Century

Thursday, 31 January 2013

EDUCATION PANEL: Transforming Education in the 21st Century

A conversation with Michael C. Fahey, Early Childhood Comprehensive System Outreach Coordinator of Good Beginnings Alliance; Kathryn Matayoshi, Superintendent, Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE); Donald Straney, PhD, chancellor at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

EMPLOYMENT PANEL: Partnering Community, Private and Public Sectors for Job Creation

Thursday, 31 January 2013

EMPLOYMENT PANEL: Partnering Community, Private and Public Sectors for Job Creation

Building a bridge between education and employment, making the most of Hawai‘i Island’s attributes and learning how to communicate these to potential businesses are some of the ideas panelists Sandra Dawson, manager, TMT Hawaii Community Affairs; Barron Guss, president/ CEO, ALTRES; and Sunshine Topping, director of recruiting, Hawaiian Airlines; shared during a conversation on employment.

ENERGY PANEL: Facing the Reality of Renewables

Thursday, 31 January 2013

ENERGY PANEL: Facing the Reality of Renewables

Discussing the never-ending dilemma of getting energy costs down were Hawaii Electric Light Company President Jay Ignacio, Senior Director for Hawaiian Affairs at Puna Geothermal Venture –Ormat Michael Kaleikini and farmer Richard Ha of Hamakua Spring Country Farms and the Big Island Community Coalition.

HEALTHCARE PANEL: Small Populations, Great Distances and Neighbor Island Access

Thursday, 31 January 2013

HEALTHCARE PANEL: Small Populations, Great Distances and Neighbor Island Access

A conversation with Bruce S. Anderson, Ph.D., president /CEO of Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation; Beth Giesting, Healthcare Transformation coordinator, State of Hawai`i; Richard Taaffe, executive director, West Hawai`i Community Health Center.

SUSTAINABILITY PANEL: Modeling Sustainability for the Ahupua’a of Today

Thursday, 31 January 2013

SUSTAINABILITY PANEL: Modeling Sustainability for the Ahupua’a of Today

Weighing in on how to attract people to work in agriculture and make food production a successful business model were Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Executive Chef James Babian, Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division Director Neil Kaho‘okele Hannahs and National Tropical Botanical Garden Breadfruit Institute Director Diane Ragone, PhD.

Economic Summit Questions

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Economic Summit Questions

The Hawai`i Island Economic Summit 2013 – Continuing the Conversations offered the opportunity for attendees to submit questions to the speakers for each of the five panels.

Governor's Message - February 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Governor's Message - February 2013

In my third State of the State address, I outlined plans to maximize Hawaii’s sound fiscal footing and improving economy by focusing on job creation and key initiatives such as food and energy security.

Chamber rings in new year at KBXtreme AfterHours

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Chamber rings in new year at KBXtreme AfterHours

KBXtreme was the location of the first 2013 AfterHours and attendees mingled under the glow of black lights in the comfy Parrots Rock Karaoke Lounge.