hvcb membership department

Tourism is everyone's business. Join our ohana of over 1,400 businesses and supporters in actively shaping Hawaii's future. Work with the HVCB and its Island Chapters in sharing Hawaii's aloha with the world.

The first step in becoming a member of HVCB is to contact the Membership Department. We'll be happy to learn more about you and your business so that we can best explain what HVCB membership has to offer, and tailor a membership program to meet your goals.

Once you're ready to join, simply complete the HVCB Membership Application, and we'll process your new membership within two to three days.

Online Membership Application

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Printable PDF Form
(Return to membership@hvcb.org)

Become a Member

As a stakeholder in Hawaii's economy, we're sure you understand the importance of our charge to promote Hawaii to the United States and the world. Producing $13.3 billion, or nearly 16.7% of the Gross State Product, the tourism industry is clearly the driving force supporting Hawaii's economy. Tourism is, by far, Hawaii's largest industry, largest employer, largest tax payer, and is the base on which all other industry is predicated.

Consider these facts:

  • 217,000 jobs in Hawaii, or more than one in six, are in the tourism industry in 2018.
  • Tourism-related tax payments to the state and county governments amounted to $2.08 billion of the total revenues, in 2018.
  • Direct spending by visitors to Hawaii totaled roughly $17.82 billion dollars in 2018.

The success of all businesses in Hawaii is impacted by tourism. When the visitor industry slumps, the effects ripple from the hotels and attractions, through their employees and vendors, all the way down to the neighborhood corner store. A strong visitor industry is a positive sign for every company doing business in Hawaii.

In addition, membership offers several ways for your company to gain exposure to consumers from around the world. Members receive a variety of opportunities, including advertising, collateral, promotions, and e-marketing, all of which are summarized below.

membership levels

Levels of Membership

The HVCB offers three levels of partnerships based on your type of business. Each provides varying levels of participation based on a company's individual needs to generate marketing exposure. 

To view a level's benefits and services, click on the partnership program below.

Standard Business
Ilima: Convention Business
Maile: Corporate

We look forward in helping you choose a membership level that best fits your company's marketing goals.

If you would personally like to become a tourism industry supporter, consider our Individual partnership program.

benefits & services


  • Gohawaii.com – Website listing on Hawaii’s official tourism website
    • Receives an average of 500,000 unique visitors per month

  • The Hawaiian Islands Visitors’ Guide
  • Island-Specific Vacation Planner (When applicable, by island representation)
    • Kauai Travel Planner
    • Oahu Vacation Planner
    • Maui, Molokai, and Lanai Vacation Planner
    • Hawaii Island Travel Planner


  • Various opportunities for participation in promotions, cooperative advertising, and other programs will be communicated via email or through Partner Bulletins in Extranet.


  • Market Research and Trend Analysis – Up-to-date tourism reports & analysis available online.
  • Cooperative Marketing Campaign Materials – Access to select HVCB consumer marketing materials.  Leverage our successful campaign messaging for your brand.

General Benefits

  • Brochure Racking in HVCB/Island Chapter Office (When applicable, contact office for more info) 
  • HVCB Membership Certificate Ensemble
  • HVCB Membership Decal
  • HVCB Membership Directory
  • HVCB Membership Logo
  • Complimentary subscription to Market Insights monthly email newsletter
  • Island Chapter member news and updates


  • HVCB's Cooperative Opportunities – Receive details on HVCB’s cooperative marketing and advertising opportunities.


  • Member Mailing Service 
    • For a nominal fee you can target other members to receive your company's event notice, marketing pieces, or invitations via email, or receive printed labels for a traditional direct mail out.


  • Public Relations – Keep the Public Relations Department informed of news and events that can be incorporated into HVCB media materials, which may result in story ideas pitched to travel writers.

Meet Hawaii

  • meethawaii.com – Website listing on Hawaii’s official meeting planner website
    • Receives an average of 1,000 unique visitors per month
  • Online CMI Calendar – Access the resources to contact meeting planners about your product or service prior to their arrival. 
  • Industry/Professional Trade Shows – Reserve a booth space at one of the tradeshows (e.g. IMEX America, Meeting Professional International (MPI), etc.) CMI attends within the United States. (Opportunity open to members only; associated fees vary)  
  • Guide to Meetings, Conventions, and Incentives

Partner Benefits

  • Hawaii Rx Card
    • If you are not insured or take prescription drugs that are not covered by your health insurance plans, you can use the Hawaii Rx Card to obtain discounts of up to 75 percent off the retail price of FDA-approved medications.
  • National Purchasing Partners (NPP)
    • Gives your company and employees access to exclusive discounts on popular products and services for business and life.
  • Hawaii Business Magazine
    • HVCB members who are new subscribers will receive a free one year subscription to Hawaii Business Magazine. In addition, HVCB members will be given a special discount code to select Hawaii Business Events.

Not all of the benefits and services above are applicable to all members. Benefits and services are subject to change. Additional guidelines may apply. For more information on HVCB Membership, please contact us.

Contact us:

Karen Wataru Nakaoka
Director of Membership
Tel: (808) 924-0231

Bill Kennedy
Manager, Membership Services and Operations
Tel: (808) 924-0267

James Kia
Senior Membership Coordinator
Tel: (808) 924-0248

Becky Stark
Manager, Membership Development and Engagement
Tel: (808) 924-0232

Armida York
Manager, Membership Development and Engagement
Tel: (808) 924-0233