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Chamber participates in inaugural ‘Hawaii on the Hill’ initiative

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce participated in the first Hawaii on the Hill initiative July 22 and 23 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Co-chaired by Sen. Mazie Hirono and the rest of the Hawaii delegation, the event highlighted the state’s businesses, food and culture on Capitol Hill. The two-day affair included a Hawaii Policy Summit, tours of the White House and Capitol, and concluded with a “Taste of Hawaii” reception with more than 700 invited guests experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.

Day showcases new Kaiser facility

Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this month, welcomed community members July 20 to its Family Fun Day for an afternoon of games, activities, prizes and entertainment. Visitors toured the new facilities at the corner of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Honokohau Street and mingled with Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff.

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Hoist prepares for mainland shows

Award-winning local fiber artist Shelley Hoist is preparing for two juried art shows on the mainland this year. The first one is the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco from Aug. 8 to 10, a three-day celebration of all things handmade in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. More than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will gather under one roof for the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies.