Chamber Committees

The Chamber accomplishes most of its work through its standing and special committees. The committees are open to all members and it is on committees that Chamber members have the greatest input.

Generally, committees meet monthly to formulate policy, plan functions and conduct business. Policy recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The Executive Committee of the Board is made up of the Officers and Standing Committee Chairpersons of the Finance and Membership Committees.

Standing Committees

Economic Development
Works to enhance the general business climate of Hawaii Island to promote a stable and healthy economy. This committee encourages development of new industries and expansion of existing businesses.

Education
Promotes and coordinates seminars and other educational activities by government agencies, the University of Hawaii or the Chamber, that would benefit or interest members and the business community.

Finance
Charged with the responsibility of coordinating the financial affairs of the Chamber so that it is stable and fiscally sound. The committee is to provide the Board with information pertaining to the financial condition at any time, and at least once every month is to submit a report. The Chair is appointed by the President, and the Treasurer serves on the committee, but is not required to chair it.

Government Affairs
Monitors legislation at all levels of government that may affect HICC, its members or the business community. It recommends action to the Board to further the objects of the Chamber and its membership.

Membership & Benefits
Responsible for increasing membership of the Chamber, the committee solicits new members as well as working on retaining existing members. Initiates and coordinates policy for member benefits.

Social
The social, athletic and “fun” activities of HICC are coordinated by the Social Committee that promotes fellowship and cooperation among members and other chambers of commerce.

Political Action
Through financial support for state and local political candidates and issues, this committee furthers the goals and objectives of the Chamber. Its members are appointed by the President for staggered terms, and approved by the Board of Directors.

Special Committees

ATHENA Award®
The Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce has the honor of annually presenting the internationally-recognized ATHENA Award® which recognizes community members who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, steadfast dedication to community service, and works to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

Office Professionals’ Day
This committee organizes and hosts the Chamber’s Office Professionals Day luncheon typically held on National Office Professionals’ Day. This popular, always sold out event celebrates and honors the hardworking Office Professionals in our community with exciting giveaways, lucky number drawings, auction, delicious luncheon and outstanding entertainment! Stay tuned for the next Office Professionals Luncheon coming up in April 2015 which is sure to be as fun and enjoyable as past events!

Scholarships & Education Awards
The Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce has been supporting students during one of the most important times of their lives… their pursuit of higher education through our University of Hawai‘i system. The Chamber has been awarding scholarships to qualified University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College students since 1989 through an endowment fund managed by the University of Hawai`i Foundation. Over the years, HICC has awarded more than $126,000 to University of Hawai`i at Hilo students and $27,000 to Hawai`i Community College students who have excelled in academic and extra-curricular achievements.

Tourism
The Tourism Committee’s goal is to assure that visitor expectations are met. While Hawaii Island Businesses are generally providing excellent services to our visitors, much of the public infrastructure is lagging. The objective of this committee is to support initiatives that will fast track repairs or replacement of public facilities so that visitors and residents alike will have improved public facilities.

Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament
The Golf Tournament Committee is responsible for planning and carrying out the Whitey Rose Memorial President’s Cup Golf Tournament held during the President’s Day weekend in February each year. The tournament is held as a fundraiser to support the Chamber and its endeavors. Additionally, this event allows Chamber members and professionals to network and socialize with one another while supporting a good cause. Many corporate sponsors donate goods or services as prizes or as auction items for the tournament.