Community Enterprises was founded in 2005. It is a private non-profit organization with a 501c (3) designation from the IRS. Community Enterprises, including the board of directors, are unpaid volunteers.
As a non-profit, non-partisan 501 c3 charity, Community Enterprises depends on public grants and member donations to develop and present the West Hawai’i Forum series and to fulfill its education mission to the Community.
Community Enterprises’ primary mission is to provide education and decision resources on current topics of importance to the residents of the island of Hawai’i, and with a specific focus on West Hawai’i County. Community Enterprises organizes, hosts, and presents the “West Hawai’i Forums” series, currently consisting of monthly Town Meetings held at the West Hawaii Civic Center.
Community Enterprises’ public outreach mission is fulfilled by offering an unprecedented educational experience with access to issue experts and information of importance to our island Community and beyond.
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 Enterprises 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.