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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.

Chair: Jan Haraguchi-Abundo

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

Economic Development

The committee implements action plans to assist in the development and retention of new businesses and industries; it promotes events and activities to foster a stable and healthy economy.

Co-Chair: Tommy Goya
Co-Chair: Mitchell Dodo

Golf Classic

The committee coordinates the annual JCCIH Golf Classic Tournament. This fundraiser supports a variety of Chamber programs throughout the year.

Tri-Chair: Audrey Takamine
Tri-Chair: James Tyrin
Tri-Chair: Susie Dill



Government Affairs

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.

Tri-Chair: Nimr Tamimi
Tri-Chair: Audrey Takamine
Tri-Chair: Kaʻiu Kimura

Membership Development

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.

Co-Chair: Toby Taniguchi
Co-Chair: Donn Mende

Political Action

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.

Chair: Renae Akau
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