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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed a fourth supplementary proclamation that requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands in the State of Hawai‘i to self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine mandate takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wed., Apr. 1. Those who must travel to perform an essential function, including those providing and seeking medical care, will have to ...read more
Monday, March 30, 2020
SCHATZ RELEASES CORONAVIRUS FEDERAL RESOURCE GUIDE TO HELP HAWAI‘I SMALL BUSINESSES ACCESS NEW FUNDING, PROGRAMSNew Programs Allow Small Businesses To Meet Payroll For Up To 8 Weeks, Expand SBA LoansSchatz’s Resource Guide Available At Schatz.Senate.Gov/Coronavirus/Small-Businesses   HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released a resource guide to help Hawai‘i small ...read more
Friday, March 27, 2020
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COORDINATES EFFORT TO LAUNCH COVID-19 TESTING AND QUARANTINE FACILITY FOR PERSONS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS The Hawai‘i Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu are partnering to open a COVID-19 medical triage and quarantine center in Iwilei and establish mobile testing for homeless individuals on Oahu. The center, located in a City-owned building, ...read more
Categories: Community
Friday, March 27, 2020
Hawaiian Electric adjusts operations due to coronavirusChanges to protect employees, customers will not affect electric service  Download PDF HONOLULU, Mar. 27, 2020 – Hawaiian Electric continues to adjust its operations to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus, including postponing less urgent repair and maintenance work, and closing walk-in customer payment centers at least through ...read more
Categories: Economy, Community
Friday, March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing in Kona, Saturday March 28th ​ Ali'i Health, with the support of Premier Medical Group and the County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force, will be conducting a drive-through screening and testing clinic.  The one-day clinic will be held at the Old Kona Airport Park on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This clinic is open to the public; however, ...read more
Friday, March 27, 2020
Statement by the President Today, I have signed into law H.R. 748, the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES” Act (the “Act”).  The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak.  I note, however, that the Act includes several provisions that raise constitutional concerns. Section ...read more
Categories: Economy
Thursday, March 26, 2020
USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID USDA Rural Development is providing opportunities for relief from the COVID-19 outbreak. Highlights of these opportunities are summarized below. Please see USDA's full release for complete details and who to contact.Rural Housing ServiceSingle-Family Housing ProgramMoratorium on foreclosure ...read more
Categories: Economy
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Mayor Harry Kim issued a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation on Tuesday (March 24) regarding the suspension of Board and Commission meetings and hearings, as well as the extension of County permits deadlines. The Supplementary Proclamation just issued invokes Section 127A-13(b)(1) Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, as amended.“The following shall be suspended during this state of emergency:(1) Meetings ...read more
Categories: Economy
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The County of Hawai‘i Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Planning announce that they are implementing revised permit applications and inquiry processes effective immediately due to COVID-19 concerns. Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Hilo and Kona offices of DPW Engineering, Building, and Administration divisions, as well as Planning offices will be closed to walk in inquiries and ...read more
Categories: Economy
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Kona Historical Society offering free digital resources during coronavirus closures  Thousands of Hawaii residents, including parents and students, are now required to stay at home to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the island chain. To support these families in need of educational material for their children, or cultural entertainment while at home, Kona Historical Society ...read more
Categories: Community
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
ProService HawaiiUnexpectedly Transitioning to Remote Work: The Complete Guide for Managers & Employees Navigating Covid-19 Overview You’ve watched it on the news, scrolled through it on Instagram or chatted about it with friends—COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our world today. As of mid-February, 46% of American businesses have instituted remote work policies, one of many work-related ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dear HIDOE parents and guardians, We know these are uncertain and anxious times for everyone in our communities and we sincerely appreciate your patience and aloha as our response to this health crisis continues to evolve and we make the needed adjustments for health and safety. Based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and our elected leaders, the Hawai‘i State ...read more
Monday, March 23, 2020
Drive-Through, Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Coming To Kona A pop-up testing clinic for COVID-19 will be set up at the Old Kona Airport Park on Monday, March 23.  The County of Hawai`i COVID-19 Task Force has teamed up with Premier Medical Group and HOPE Services to offer the clinic, with the support of The Ironman World Championship and Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation. The one-day clinic will be ...read more
Categories: Community
Monday, March 23, 2020
Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend Most Long-Haul Passenger Service Due to New State of Hawai‘i Quarantine Order Airline to focus on returning guests home ahead of Hawai‘i’s March 26 quarantine HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, in preparation for a 14-day government quarantine order for all Hawai‘i arrivals set to begin Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today announced it will maintain its regular ...read more
Categories: Economy
Monday, March 23, 2020
Vehicle Registration & Licensing Offices in Kona and Waimea Closed March 23  The Vehicle Registration & Licensing (VRL) offices at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center (WHCC) and in Waimea will be closed on Monday, March 23rd.  The WHCC VRL office is expected to be open on Tuesday, March 24th. Please check our website to confirm.  Please anticipate that limited service may be offered for the next two ...read more
Categories: Community
Monday, March 23, 2020
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed a third supplementary proclamation Monday, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 25 through Apr. 30. Essential workers are exempt. The action complements orders issued by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino over the weekend. “The threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented and ...read more
Saturday, March 21, 2020
To our Business Community, We know this is a trying time as we all do what we can to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. To help our business community, we are working as a communication hub by collecting and redistributing important information for you. We have created a list of reliable resources along with daily udpates (see below). We are posting announcements and information on our NEWS ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economy, Community
Saturday, March 21, 2020
March 21, 2019   HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation ordering all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The mandate -- the first such action in the nation -- applies to all arrivals at state airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and ...read more
Categories: Community
Friday, March 20, 2020
  SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Hawaii Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Hawaii small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced ...read more
Categories: Economy
Friday, March 20, 2020
HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige; Scott Murakami, Director, State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR); and Jane Sawyer, District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA); , announced today several measures to address the economic impact of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi.  ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE FOR HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFERING LOSSES DUE TO COVID-19Hawai‘i small ...read more
Categories: Economy
Thursday, March 19, 2020
March 16, 2020   This handout provides recommendations from different State and Federal agencies regarding the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This information is based on what is currently known about the new COVID-19 as of March 16. For the most updated information from the State Department of Health (DOH), please visit health.hawaii.gov/covid19. You can also sign up to receive daily ...read more
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) The novel coronavirus (officially called COVID-19) is believed to spread from person-to-person, primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also believed to spread by people touching a surface or object and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or possibly the eyes. Employers and workers ...read more
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Business Development and Support Division SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan ProgramApplications Starting Soon! Aloha, Previously we announced that the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is coordinating with the Hawaii Governor’s Office to certify the state for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance. Since the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program should become available in the next ...read more
Categories: Economy
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Hawaiian Electric suspends disconnections for 30 days Customers impacted by COVID-19 urged to set up payment plans HONOLULU, March 17, 2020 – Hawaiian Electric will suspend service disconnections for 30 days so customers who are financially challenged by the coronavirus pandemic don’t have to worry about losing electric service. Service disconnections of both residential and commercial ...read more
Categories: Community, Economy
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
County Water Remains Safe; In-Person Water Payments SuspendedHAWAI‘I ISLAND – In response to growing public concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Water Supply (DWS), County of Hawai‘i wants to reassure customers their water remains safe to drink and inform the public of safety measures intended to slow the spread of the virus.  DWS stresses its unwavering commitment to providing ...read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Assistance Needed from Hawaii’s Business CommunityThe SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program became available this week to businesses that are being impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These working capital loans of up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is coordinating ...read more
Categories: Economy
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
   Governor Ige announces state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19  March 17, 2019  HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige announced today state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.  “The actions I’m announcing today may seem extreme to some of you, and we know that it will have negative effects to our economy. But we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have a ...read more
Categories: Community
Friday, March 13, 2020
To our Members and the West Hawaiʻi community, We realize this is a trying time for our community as we all do what we can to prepare and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although we do not have any reported cases in our community, we feel it's important to make plans and take precautions.   We’ve gathered a list of reliable resources for our members that can be found below or ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Economy
Monday, July 01, 2019
HAWAI‘I ISLAND—The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) Pualu Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and/or non-profit organizations that exemplify a commitment to the improvement and advancement of our community. Winners, across five categories, were recognized at the recent KKCC annual Membership and Installation Luncheon at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.  “This year’s categories ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community
Thursday, April 18, 2019
KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Sustainable businesses gathered to share their expertise in green business practices and environmental stewardship at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Annual Kuleana Green Business Fair on Wednesday, April 17. The fair took place at the Chamber’s monthly networking event, AfterHours, which was hosted by Hawaiʻi Community College — Pālamanui. The Kuleana Green ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Chamber of Commerce executives and board leaders from across the state of Hawai‘i headed to the state Capitol on Wednesday, January 9 for a Chamber Week proclamation ceremony with Governor David Ige. Included in the ceremony were the Chamber executives from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Maui Chamber ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber
Saturday, June 30, 2018
HAWAI‘I ISLAND—The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pūalu Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and/or non-profit organizations that exemplify a commitment to the improvement and advancement of our community. Winners, one in each of six categories, were recognized at the recent KKCC annual Installation Banquet and Membership Luncheon at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  “We appreciate everyone ...read more
Categories: Chamber