Chef Sam Choy to Speak at HIplan Kona Launch Event

July 16, 2017, 2:30 PM HST (Updated July 15, 2017, 2:48 PM)

The 2017 Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition launch event will be held on Friday, July 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Community College–Palamanui Campus in Kona.

Now in its second year, the Hawaii Island Business Plan (HIplan) Competition is focused on fostering opportunity and generating excitement around innovation on the Big Island.

The HIplan competition, a joint venture supported by UH-Hilo and the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, offers a $25,000 prize for the best business plan. The winner can use the prize money to either start a business or grow an existing one.

“HIplan is all about encouraging what we call an ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ here, one that promotes an entrepreneurial spirit across all of Hawai‘i Island—Kona to Kapoho, Kohala to Ka‘u,” said Kelly Moran, co-chairman of the competition and a realtor, business owner and part-time teacher in the business college at the UH Hilo.

The July 21 launch will feature Kona’s own Sam Choy, renowned chef-entrepreneur, who will discuss his business experience and answer questions from the audience.

No pre-registration required.

Refreshments will be served.


For more information, visit



Share this Article

Get Weekly Updates

Get a quick summary of what's happening on Hawaii with our weekly email of news highlights:

View Comments