A Taste of Hilo
This committee coordinates the annual A Taste of Hilo event that showcases more than 30 of the island’s tastemakers and beverage purveyors. Attendees enjoy sweet and savory delights created by chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, and sample locally crafted beer, wine, and sake.
A Taste of Hilo is a fundraiser for Hawaiʻi Community College. Over the years, the Chamber has donated to Hawaiʻi Community College for scholarships, facility improvements, and program development. Culinary students participate by hosting a food station and assisting our local chefs at their respective booths. While student leaders from the HawCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society provide additional hands-on support during the event.
Co-Chair: Tiana Horita
Communication & Marketing
Keeping members and the community at large informed through traditional and new media is the job of this group.
Chair: Amanda Lee
This committee plans educational activities within the community; supports the Department of Education, Hawai‘i Community College, and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
Chair: Yuko Kakazu
The committee implements action plans to assist in development and retention of new businesses and industries; it promotes events and activities to foster a stable and healthy economy.
Chair: Toby Taniguchi
The committee coordinates the annual JCCIH Golf Classic Tournament. This fundraiser supports a variety of Chamber programs through the year.
Co-Chair: Russell Arikawa, Audrey Takamine & Susie Dill
This group serves as liaison with government and elected officials to present our issues and interests. The committee, with board approval, submits testimony expressing JCCIH positions.
Co-Chair: Audrey Takamine & Kaʻiu Kimura
The strength of the Chamber is in its members. The committee develops strategic membership recruitment and retention strategies and works with other committees to assure new members are welcomed. It encourages members’ participation in all aspects of our organization.
Chair: Kimo Lee
During election years, the PAC allocates funds to support Chamber-endorsed candidates for County and State offices, in accordance with established guidelines approved by the Board.
Chair: Art Taniguchi
Social & Cultural
To encourage fellowship, this committee organizes events for members and others to experience social and cultural activities.
Co-Chair: Renae Akau