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No Tricks, Only Treats at October AfterHours

Posted in November 2017

By Barbara Garcia Bowman, photos by Pam Latinis


NETWORKING– It was a fun and festive gathering at the October AfterHours at Sustainable Island Products in the Kaloko Industrial area of Kailua-Kona. Hosts were family owners John, Julie and Elizabeth Elkjer and new employee Hannah Rose. They set up their warehouse with stacked pallets for tables and decorated it with twinkly colored lights. Elizabeth Elkjer and Rose were decked out for Halloween, but they forgot to tell the rest of us to dress up!

Chef Felix of Ola Creations provided amazing finger food, plus there were lusciously delicious desserts by Twisted Danish. Also served were slushy margaritas, along with Kona Brewing Company’s appreciated and long-standing donation of local beer.

The program began at 6 p.m., when Chamber Executive Director Wendy Laros did an overview of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) and introduced the evening’s hosts.

Sustainable Island Products exists to provide affordable, truly compostable, paper and plastic-like products, which are made from cornstarch. This is so necessary on Hawai‘i Island, where landfills are overflowing and we’re virtually out of room to add more rubbish. Sustainable offers a viable alternative to Styrofoam and other non-compostable products. It was suggested that all restaurants and event planners switch to compostable products!

IMG 1505 CroppedIt’s not a coincidence that co-host Elizabeth Elkjer is also the chair of the Sustainability committee, which facilitates KKCC’s Kuleana Green Business program–the only one in the state! This program promotes environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices among Chamber members and throughout Hawai‘i. KKCC is actively recruiting new members for this committee and the program itself. This is a recognition program, not a certification; meaning all levels of effort for becoming more sustainable are appreciated.

In other announcements, KKCC’s Ambassador committee members serve as greeters at AfterHours events. They welcome new and prospective members. This committee and all others are always looking for more members to assist them. Being on a committee is very rewarding– it’s a great way to meet new friends and business contacts.

This reporter helped launch both the Kuleana and Ambassador programs. It’s gratifying to see they are both still thriving and that both were highlighted at this event.

Everyone had a wonderful time and didn’t want to leave when it was over! Many stayed and mingled for quite a while. Mahalo nui loa to hosts, Sustainable Island Products! The next AfterHours is November 15 at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort. Don’t miss it, every KKCC AfterHours is fun! Sign up at or phone 808-329-1758.

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  • Posted in: November 2017