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The Mission of 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 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 a tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) organization 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 Brandi Milare, Program Manager

200 Kanoelehua Avenue
PMB 285
Hilo, HI  96720
Phone: 808-217-7234

Email: bircd1@gmail.com