I recently attended the most exciting, informative and valuable expo I have ever attended. I wish to thank the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for organizing this “4th Annual Kuleana Business Conference and Trade Show”. As a result of being at this free expo, I met a number of wonderful people promoting ethical and socially responsible business practices and environmental stewardship.
I was impressed with how well the show was put together, how high-minded the green businesses and volunteer organizations were who showcased their products and services. I understand that this exhibition and conference almost doubled in size from last year. The speakers at this event were world class—on the leading edge of thought regarding how to operate responsible businesses, while taking care of our planet, ourselves, and each other.
It was heartening to see children from the charter school there wearing their purple Chamber of Commerce t-shirts, learning every “green” thing they could learn.
Because of this show, I have learned: how to decrease my electrical usage by using LED lights; how to reduce my electro magnetic radiation while reducing electric bill costs; that my solar panel on my hot water system needs to be replaced because it is “burnt out”; and that there is an “energy consultant” (Alex Woodbury) who I scheduled to come and determine where the “leaks” are in my electrical system, giving me tips to decrease my energy usage as I prepare to install a photo-voltaic system that will pay for itself.
I found soil enhancing microbial inoculant, worms for my garden, learned where to take my old computer (CompuCycle Kona 326-9695) and used furniture/lumber (ReStore habitatwesthawaii.org 331-8011), learned about recyclehawaii.org (a non-profit educational membership organization 969-2012) and where to donate my slightly less than organic food that no longer meets my over-the-top standards for me and my guests but will be appreciated nutrition for the hungry (the Food Bank 322-1418).
I also networked with a leader from Hawi who was instrumental in organizing Sustainable Kohala. He offered to help me organize a Sustainable South Kona Alliance. (We will be announcing our first “Garden Party” with agricultural educator, Jon Biloon, at the Dragonfly Ranch to take place in June.)
I wish to give a special thanks to Rosa Louie (808-737-6334) for inviting me to the expo to assist her in sharing healing clothing developed in Japan using negative ions to regulate organs, relieve pain, and detoxify the body (ClothingforHealth.com).
Thanks to this event, I decided to join the Chamber of Commerce and hope others of you will do the same, making next year’s event even greater. At this critical time in history, it feels very important to network with one another and pull together as an aware community helping each other while we take care of our precious island.
Kudos to Michael Kramer, Zarine Dorabji, and the other movers and shakers in our community who made this extraordinary event possible.
A huge Mahalo to our wonderful Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
Soul Proprietor, Dragonfly Ranch: HEALING ARTS CENTER
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