Hilo’s Business Kumiai



September 12, 1969: Richard West, KIAA's 1st President being sworn in by then Mayor Shunichi Kimura


David De Luz, Jr.

Jerel Yamamoto
Vice President

Russell Arikawa

Sam Araki

Members At-Large

Keith Akiyama
David Lovell
Monika Mallick
Junette Nakamura
Allan Onishi
Deborah Shigehara
Craig Takamine
Joni Uemura
Garth Yamanaka

Standing Committees

KIAA has 5 active and standing committees.  Click on the individual links for more information about that committee.

History of KIAA

The Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association, referred to as "KIAA," is an active business association that was established in 1968.  We are comprised of both small and large businesses and organizations within specific Hilo and Keaau boundaries.  We were formed in an effort to curtail crime plaguing businesses in the area.  Once established, our goal was to advance the commercial and community interests of our member firms.  Presently, we represent approximately 350 business members employing approximately 4,500 workers.

Our Vision & Goal

KIAA is a dynamic organization that provides its member firms beneficial, vital, and innovative services.  It is our goal to successfully develop world-class member firms by partnering with others while preserving and enhancing our unique way of life.

Our Activities

  • Advocate to improve the commercial environment of its members by working with elected officials, state and county officials, and the university;
  • Provide a comprehensive medical program for its members;
  • Makes available safety and health courses necessary to meet OSHA and HIOSH regulations and to improve business-like operations
  • Co-sponsors the KIAA/KTA Police Sub Station to curtail crime and to promote safety and communication within our membership
  • Sponsor annually, since 1978, the KIAA - Larry Kono Scholarship
  • Sponsor social and sporting activities to encourage member employee participation;
  • Provide opportunities for representative businesses to participate in the leadership of the association;
  • Update members on issues affecting business; and
  • is a member of the Big Island Business Council


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Health Plan

KIAA's Health Plans are currently only offered to existing KIAA members.  Under the new ACA regulations, we are unable to assist new or interested companies with our medical and drug plans.  However, we are able to offer our Exclusive Riders Only Package.  

Social Activities

KIAA sponsors various social activities geared to promote camaraderie with our association's companies and their employees'.  Activities range from social gatherings like our Christmas Party, to sporting events, and even small group discussions.  Sign up for our newsletter to keep you informed on our Social Activities.


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Photo by Jeff Whyte/iStock / Getty Images

Government Affairs

KIAA keeps a close watch on our small business community.  Things that happen in our government can have varied and lasting affects to our business community.  KIAA provides an opportunity for our members to engage with our local government officials.  

We also co-sponsor events with the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii, and the Big Island Contractors Association.


KIAA understands that having an educated work force will benefit our business community.  We offer two scholarships each year.  We are currently developing educational programs for our business members.

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Membership to KIAA is relatively inexpensive.  All Membership Applications received will be reviewed by the Membership Committee then passed along to the full Board of Directors to approval.  Membership to KIAA is mandatory for all businesses seeking or maintaining KIAA Health Benefits for their company.

Membership Types

There are two types of Membership.  Certain eligibility requirements must be met.  See which Membership best fits your company.


KIAA Member


  • Must be a bona-fide Business
  • Must be within KIAA Boundaries

Benefit Plan Participation Requirements:

  • Must have at least 2 employees

Full voting rights for KIAA Members

KIAA Associate Member


  • Must be a bona-fide Business
  • Must be on the Big Island of Hawaii

Benefit Plan Participation Requirements:

  • Must have at least 2 employees

No voting rights for KIAA Associate Members

Membership Dues

To simplify billing, membership dues are assessed at the beginning of our fiscal year, July 1st.  Should you gain membership at another time in the year, your membership dues are prorated.  See proration table below.


Events are planned throughout the year.  If you do not see a specific event listed below, come back at a later time, as updates are continuously made on this page.  

Upcoming KIAA Events


Hilo Medical Center Presentation
Friday, 11/21/14

Learn more about how this community resource and economic driver navigates forward through some very tough social, economic and political waters to provide quality healthcare to the community.  Find out what is working and what is not, and how we can help make a difference.

Click here to download the registration form.

Call the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii at for more information.

Past Events



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