Aloha and welcome to our web site.
For more than a decade, the Kau Chamber of Commerce has produced The Directory as our business and community resource guide. The Directory is the engine that raises funding for the annual Ken Wicks scholarship for higher education in our community. The board of the Kau Chamber of Commerce sees this as one of our most important, sustaining accomplishments.
Toward this effort we encourage thought about the economic future of the district of Kau, soliciting essays about our community and students’ dreams for its future. This year’s winning piece by Gregory Javar looks at the intersection of science and Hawaiian tradition and his quest to become an engineer. You can learn about our scholars and read Javar’s winning Local Lands in Local Hands essay here.
As another year begins, we encourage our community to continue to support the scholarship program through direct donations to the Kau Chamber of Commerce and through participation in The Directory.
The Kau Scenic Byways, a chamber committee, is also making great strides. It was initiated by the late Marge Elwell, a former president of the chamber, and Dennis Elwell, of Discovery Harbour. To carry on her legacy, the committee looks forward to installing more signage along Hwy 11. An ongoing project is an educational kiosk at Naalehu Park, which includes displays on the history of the area. A new project is to complete signs along the 51 miles of scenic highway in Kau, identifying the dates of lava flows.
In the meantime, Ocean View Scenic Overlook continues to educate visitors and residents with interpretive displays, describing the volcanic flows with their differing lava types, and growth of new life – the ohia, ferns, and many other species.
Looking forward to our fall event, the chamber encourages our community to start creating for the annual art show, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, themed the Beauty of Kau. In 2015, this beauty was shown in many media, from the Peter Anderson photograph gracing the Directory, to quilts, fiber art, paintings, and much more.
As we enjoy life here during 2016, we need to be thankful for all that Kau gives us and the diverse population who live here. Please share The Directory with everyone and ask others to join.
Donna Masaniai, President
Ka‘u Chamber of Commerce