Business roundup: 06-03-19

  • KapohoKine Adventures hosted a food drive for lava-stressed communities over Memorial Day weekend that netted 680 cans of food. (Courtesy photo / KapohoKine Adventures)

  • Nishimoto

HCFCU adds, promotes

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union has announced that civil engineer Merrick H. Nishimoto will join the credit union’s supervisory committee.


That committee is appointed by the credit union’s board of directors and is responsible for ensuring the institution’s safety and soundness in line with the Federal Credit Union Act as well as National Credit Union Administration regulations and state and federal laws.

Nishimoto, born and raised in Kealakekua, has been employed with the county’s Department of Public Works since 2007. The Konawaena High School graduate earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University as well as a Master of Science in structural engineering.

He previously served as DPW’s deputy director and led the agency’s emergency response and recovery initiative for the recent eruption.

HCFCU also announced the promotion of Brenda Bader from human resources coordinator to human resources manager.

Tax planning for business owners

The West Hawaii Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop, “Tax Planning for Business Owners” 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Iako in Suite 119, 73-970 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) Campus.

This workshop is designed to help small business owners learn of the tax opportunities available to them as well as how to avoid the major pitfalls.

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.

‘Kamaaina Days’ gives back to lava-stressed communities

Memorial Day weekend in Hilo was about giving back as KapohoKine Adventures brought the community together for free ziplining and family activities. More than 400 kamaaina enjoyed free ziplining and 680 canned food donations were collected.

Because east side communities continue to deal with the fallout from last year’s heightened lava eruption, KapohoKine Adventures hosted “Kamaaina Days” over Memorial Day weekend to recognize the continuing issue.

KapohoKine Adventures took everyone who turned out, a total of 442 kamaaina over two days, for free ziplining. Hundreds more also took part in free family-fun activities including bouncy houses, waterslide, coconut tree climbing and family games.


KapohoKine Adventures also put out the call for those who could to donate a non-perishable food item. A whopping 680 cans of food were collected, which KapohoKine Adventures transported to The Food Basket to help support the basic needs of local communities.

“Many of our local families are still dealing with personal and financial hardships from last year’s infamous eruption, and we felt strongly about doing something to help put a smile on some faces,” said Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures. “We hope this small gesture provided a welcome reprieve from the daily stress our east side communities continue to face.”

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