The Mission of the Big Island RC&D Council is to assist the people of the Big Island in achieving sustainable development while caring for, and appreciating their natural environment; to ensure broadened economic opportunities, enriched communities, and better lives.
The Vision of the Big Island RC&D Council is to conserve, enhance, and promote the economic, cultural, and natural environment of Hawai'i.
Nationwide, Statewide, and Local:
There are 375 RC&D Areas authorized in the United States, which cover approximately 70% of the nation? All those RC&D Areas were installed and authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
The State of Hawaii has four RC&D Areas: Oahu, Garden Island, Tri-Isle, and the Big Island.
The Big Island RC&D, authorized in 1975, covers the entire island of Hawai'i for about 4,030 square miles. The Council is incorporated and a registered non-profit within the State of Hawai'i. It is also tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) by Internal Revenue Service determination.
The RC&D volunteer program is strengthened through a nationwide network. The Big Island RC&D belongs to the National Association of RC&D Councils (nationwide), and the Pacific Rim RC&D Association (regional). This network allows the RC&D Council to have an active role with issues being addressed at regional and national levels.
The RC&D process allows and encourages local people to:
identify a concern
develop a plan of action
seek a funding source
The process usually produces partnerships being formed with communities, government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
For more information browse our website, or contact:
Larry Komata, President or Carol Sampaia, Program Manager
200 Kanoelehua Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720