Islands Society Launches Big Island Voices

New interview series to feature community leaders from Hawaii County in Hawaii.

Kailua-Kona, HI, May 11, 2016 --( The Islands Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new interview series that will feature community leaders from Hawaii County, Hawaii.

Big Island Voices will provide community leaders from across the Big Island with an opportunity to share their insights and analyses on insular affairs with the world.

Starting this month, Islands Voices will feature these interviews alongside its regular interviews with senior policymakers on insular affairs.

“Big Island Voices is designed to inspire and empower community leaders from East Hawaii, North Hawaii, and West Hawaii to more fully participate in insular affairs,” says Eddie Walsh, President of the Islands Society. “Our hope is that this will provide a new mechanism for our local leaders to be able to shape the global discourses that affect Hawaii County the most.”

The Islands Society is now soliciting nominations for Big Island Voices. Those interested in nominating a local leader on the Big Island should contact Keiko Ono, Managing Director of the Pacific Islands Society, at

About Islands Voices
Island Voices is a blog published by the Islands Society. It features weekly interviews with thought leaders from around the world on insular affairs. The blog is intended to provide senior policymakers and community leaders with a platform to share their perspectives on the most important policy issues impacting island communities. It is also designed to provide a new mechanism through which women, minorities, veterans, and young leaders in island communities can showcase their talents as scholars and journalists.


About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, Sea Islands Society, and SE Asian Islands Society.

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Cheryl Walsh