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Triple the Fun at September AfterHours

Posted in October 2017

By Fern Gavelek, photos by Pam Latinis

LavakidsNETWORKING—Three Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) members co-hosted the September AfterHours: Big Island Honda, LavaMan/LavaKids and PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii.) Held in Kailua-Kona at Big Island Honda’s outdoor showroom, the event featured a Mexican buffet by Patricio’s Mexican Taqueria.

Corey Johnson, Big Island Honda’s general sales manager, noted Honda “has been making cars for over a century” and is known for producing “great motors.” He invited attendees to check out the new Honda CRVs, adding he will give Chamber members a “great deal” on a new one. The dealership, which also services all makes of cars, has locations in both Kona and Hilo and sells both new and pre-owned vehicles.

“Safety for everyone is our slogan,” Johnson added. “All cars have standard Bluetooth technology and reverse cameras.” For info, visit PATH

Gerry Rott, race director of Lavaman Triathlon, said the Waikoloa race marked its 20th year in 2017. “With this past year we gave over $47,000 to local non-profits and $1.5 million was raised by Team in Training participants,” she added. Next year’s race is March 25 and Kevin Cole and Jeannie Krauss are the new operating mangers.

LavaKids, the youth branch of Lavaman, continues to provide healthy fun and lifestyle activities for island youth. Ted Spitaleri and Claudia Kane are the new managers of LavaKids, which offers monthly Family Fun Runs to inspire the whole family to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Each event includes a guest speaker sharing info on topics like nutrition, motivation and stretching. Run participants are timed to track improvement.

According to Kane, the free Family Fun Runs are every third Saturday, with the next run October 21. Other upcoming activities include IronKids Keiki Dip-N-Dash October 10 and Waimea Bike Fest October 29. For a full lineup of upcoming events, visit

With the motto “Connecting People and Places,” PATH is marking its 31st year as a non-profit advocacy organization serving the Big Isle. ED Tina Clothier said PATH was founded to answer the growing need for places to walk, bike and hike safely and legally.

Through the years, PATH has led the way for bike/pedestrian initiatives, including a safety lane along Ali‘i Drive, the creation of the Old Walua Road Bike & Pedestrian Scenic Route and the completion of the first mile of the Queens’ Lei, a planned 16.7-mile circulation loop for bicyclists and pedestrian connecting all of North Kona. The organization works with local government to get more dedicated pathways and is busy looking to expand the popular Bikeshare Kona Hawaii Island program.

“We are looking for sponsors to develop partnerships for new bike stations,” shared Clothier.

Big Island HondaDuring the evening, PATH was awarded a KKCC Kuleana Green Business certificate for its efforts to adhere to a triple bottom line of fiscal, environmental and social responsibility.

For info on PATH and membership, visit KKCC members wishing to apply for a Kuleana Green Business designation, can visit

The next AfterHours is 5-7 p.m. October 18 at Sustainable Island Products Showroom in Kailua-Kona’s Kaloko Industrial Area with pupu by Chef Felix of Island Naturals Market and Deli. Signup at or phone 329-1758.

AFTERHOURS CO-HOST—Greeting attendees to the September AfterHours from Lavaman/LavaKids were from left: Kevin Cole, Jeannie Krauss, Amy Bircher, Gerry Root, Claudia Kane and Ted Spitaleri.

EXPLAINING PATH—Tina Clothier, ED of People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, explained the organization’s recent projects while co-hosting the September AfterHours.

KONA HONDA—The West Hawai‘i arm of Big Island Honda was the location of the September AfterHours. Overseeing the night’s activities was General Sales Manager Corey Johnson.

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