To the moon: Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce looks to next 50 years

  • The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce recognized its Pualu Awards winners at its annual membership and installation luncheon Friday. From left: Tom Greenwell, Elizabeth Elkjer, Virginia Aragon-Barnes, Tina Clothier, Sandra Dawson, Dr. Momi Naughton, Phoebe Barela, Karen Rose and Rachelle Hennings. (Kirk Shorte Photography

  • Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce holds their annual membership and installation luncheon Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Foundation founder, is the keynote speaker at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce annual membership and installation luncheon Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAUPULEHU — As West Hawaii moves into the future, local business leaders say it’s crucial the state and region use its resources and look for opportunities to grow, cultivate and launch the industries of tomorrow, including those that literally shoot for the moon.