Business roundup: 09-10-18

Planet Fitness nears Kona opening

Planet Fitness is scheduled to open its doors in October at 75-1000 Henry Street, on the corner of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Henry Street.


“Hawaii has responded incredibly well to Planet Fitness since we entered the market late last year and we’re excited to bring our Judgment Free fitness experience to the Big Island,” said Planet Fitness franchisee James Innocenti, who owns and operates more than 60 locations, in a press release. “Our gym is geared towards people who may have never joined a gym before, are just getting back into working out, or belong to other fitness centers and looking for a new option. We’re confident that Planet Fitness’ encouraging and hassle-free environment will appeal to the West Hawaii community.”

The new Planet Fitness is 15,000 square feet. The facility will be open and staffed 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

New members can now join for just $1 down and then $10 a month with no commitment through Sept.13 by visiting the pre-sale center located next to Starbucks at 75-1022 Henry Street.

Workshop on Wednesday

The West Hawaii Small Business Development Center and NELHA will be offering a workshop, Excel Basics from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Iako, 73-970 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) campus.

The primary objective of this class is to make Excel a useful tool for your business. It is specifically for those who have little to no experience with Excel.

Registration is $20 and space is limited. Register online at, click on the Events/Workshops link on the homepage, or call 333-5000 for more information.

Tickets on sale for Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Gala

The public is invited to join the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce celebrate five decades of business advocacy at KKCC’s 50th anniversary gala, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort.

The evening of celebration includes two drink tickets during the cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner; activities, music and dancing. The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet includes a prime rib carving station, snow crab legs with drawn butter, grilled chicken with wild mushrooms, pasta alfredo, seasonal Waimea greens, hand-rolled sushi, a baked potato bar and four choices of dessert.

Sponsored by ALTRES Staffing and Lex Brodie’s Fast Lube and Kona Express Car Wash, this five-hour event includes a program honoring the chamber’s history and while sharing its vision for the future.


“Our Chamber is celebrating a significant milestone in 2018 — our 50th anniversary!” KKCC executive director Wendy Laros said. “This is a good time to reflect on past accomplishments, but also look ahead at the next 50 years.”

Admission is $125 per person; tables of eight can be reserved. Event sponsorship is available. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 16; there will be no tickets sold at the door. Register online at or call the Chamber at 329-1758.