The Organization and its Mission for the Community of Hawai’i Island
Community Enterprises was founded in 2005, and in 2017 renamed Community Forums to better reflect the organization’s mission. It is a private non-profit organization with a 501c (3) designation from the IRS. As a non-profit, Community Forums depends on public and private grants, and audience donations to develop, produce, and present a monthly forum series for our island community, and to provide an interactive digital media resource for greater Hawai’i county residents and businesses.
The Community Forums (CF) board of directors are unpaid volunteers. The board is responsible for the fulfillment of the Organization’s mission to the Community, including the creation, promotion, and production of all aspects of the West Hawai’i Forum series.
The goal of the West Hawai’i Forum series is a better informed and civically engaged community. An initiation to timely forum topics, events, and public policies affecting life on Hawai’i Island and beyond drives this goal.
The West Hawai’i Forum Series
The monthly Forum series explores in depth current topics of importance to the residents of Hawai’i County, and offers opportunities for citizen participation in issues that affect their daily lives and the Community as a whole.
The forum series often features multiple presenters offering opposing viewpoints or positions designed to provide the public with an essential range of information to develop and promote a better understanding of Forum issues.
The West Hawai’i Forum format is a two hour moderated event, with issue-specific expert presentations, and with audience Q&A participation during the second half of the Forum. Beyond the live town hall forum events, cable TV access viewing of forum events is available through NaLeo TV, and on-demand streaming from the West Hawai’i Forum web site.
Direct audience participation with presenters and subject matter are key components of West Hawaii Forum experience and supported through discussion portals and external news content specific to past and present Forums – all together Community Enterprises seeks to offer the community it serves a complete and interactive education experience and throughout the county of Hawaii and beyond.
In 2015-16, Community Forums introduced several new and enhanced on-line education features for the Community: http://www.westhawaiiforum.org/
The West Hawai’i Forum “Web Site” features rich supporting content of Past Forums through a robust online library and information resources that serve as an interactive digital experience of forum content, and access to presenters at Forum events and through Hawai’i County’s mobile and social media channels.
The West Hawai’i Forum “Web Site” also serves as on-demand library of Past Forum events, and a timely record of issues facing Hawai’i island and beyond.