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The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

HCEOC’s mission is to reduce, mitigate and alleviate poverty in the County of Hawaii.

Our goal is to enable low-income individuals to become self-sufficient.

Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council is located at 47 Rainbow Drive in Hilo, Hawai’i.  We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization.  Funding for our programs comes from a variety of County of Hawaii, State of Hawaii, and Federal sources, including the Older Americans Act.

HCEOC offers various programs and services throughout the island, please browse through our website to see the various programs and services we offer.

To help us achieve our mission and goal either financially or by volunteering, please call 961-2681, ext 400.  We look forward to hearing from you!!

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As an organization that has been serving Hawai’i island since 1965 HCEOC is familiar with the challenges that come with time.   Challenges are not easy and require leadership to make difficult decisions. Challenges can also provide opportunities to re-imagine how HCEOC intends to meet our mission in the 2020 landscape of possibilities.   

Beginning January 1st, HCEOC’s Executive Director, Jay Kimura, will be retiring.  We are thankful for his service at HCEOC. He has provided calm, professional leadership over the years and we wish him well as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.  While Jay will be stepping down from the Executive Director position he remains committed to the mission of HCEOC and will support in a volunteer role leading a business development committee of the board.  Deputy Director Chad Hasegawa will take over leadership of HCEOC as Interim Executive Director. Chad has been with HCEOC for seven years and has significant experience working in nonprofits. This transition will allow the board and staff to set their sights on our path in 2020 and seek the leader to move us into this exciting future. 

We hope that you have had a safe, restful and joyful holiday season. HCEOC is thankful for its board, staff, volunteers, community partners and the individuals we serve.  We look forward to sharing our 2020 direction with you in the coming months.  

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Jay Kimura, Executive Director, 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, phone: (808) 961-2681, Fax (808)961-2812





George was our organization’s heart and soul for over 40 years leading this organization for many of those years as the Executive Director.  George helped serve the low-income population of this community to become more self-sufficient by teaching valuable life skills to thousands.  In George’s career at HCEOC he is credited with bringing in over $1,000,000 in grant funding to the County of Hawaii.

In September 2016 George was honored the key to the city by then Mayor Billy Kenoi. George wrote and published a book in 2015 called “Memoir of a War on Poverty in Paradise”.

“George’s memory and dedication to alleviating the symptoms of poverty will continue to be an inspiration behind the success of HCEOC” says Executive Director Jay Kimura.


Sharing Additional Opportunities from Our Community

Hawaiian Electric Company

The Public Utilities Commission issued Decision and Order No. 34467 approving the Companies’ proposed Special Medical Needs Pilot Program (Transmittal No. 17-01).  The program shall take effect from April 1, 2017, with a sunset date of March 31, 2019 and will be available to the first 2,000 eligible customers.  The summary sheet for SMNPP (Special Medical Needs Rate Pilot Program) contains the eligibility requirements and contact information for HECOC companies.

The application form will be available on the Companies’ website on April 1st and the links to the programs are:

Oahu: www.hawaiianelectric.com/SpecialMedicalNeeds

Maui, Molokai, Lanai: www.mauielectric.com/SpecialMedicalNeeds

Hawai’i Island: www.hawaiielectriclight.com/SpecialMedicalNeeds

Ho’owaiwai Network

Services for eligible Community Members available through the Ho’owaiwai Network:  http://assetshawaii.org/

Hawaiian Community Assets

Building foundations for future generations:  www.hawaiiancommunity.net

Child Care: Human Services:





From Left, Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum Inc, Joy Madriaga, HFN & Commercial Marketing Rep. Hawaii Petroleum Inc., Jay T. Kimura, Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council



Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council benefits from Ohana Fuels $8,514.51 donation

Hilo, Hawaii  – On July 26, 2018, the Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) became the most recent beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the local community, and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at Ohana Fuels stations in that community. Second quarter sales resulted in a donation to the Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council in the amount of $8,514.51.

HCEOC is a Community Action Agency established in 1965 that strives to alleviate the symptoms of poverty and assist the most vulnerable in our community.  The agency works through many programs including the Senior Farmers Market Coupon program, the Low income Housing Energy Assistance Program, and the Weatherization Assistance Program.  In addition, they also provide transportation for handicapped, low-income, and senior clients, meals for students, housing preservation grants and education programs.

“The Board and Staff of Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council are grateful for the generosity of Ohana Fuels in helping our organization, and the poor and vulnerable in our community,” said Jay Kimura, Executive Director.  “These funds go a long way in supporting the HCEOC mission and in addressing the issues of poverty.”

Said Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum, “At Ohana Fuels we feel it is our duty to assist local non-profit organizations in supporting the residents of the neighborhoods where we do business. We value the exceptional work they do, and the services they provide to those in need.” He added, “To date, our ‘Fuel up. Do good.’ program has donated more than $319,000 to deserving organizations, and we look forward to offering continued support in the years to come.”

 Ohana Fuels is Hawaii Petroleum’s retail fuel brand that provides competitively priced, quality fuels at safe, clean, and convenient locations including eight stations on the island of Maui, and eleven stations on the island of Hawaii. Certified as a TOP TIER™ fuel provider, Ohana Fuels meets the premier standard of gasoline for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Hawaii Petroleum is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which our Ohana Fuels stations operate, and gives local residents a way to support the community with every tank of gas they purchase.  Learn more at www.ohanafuels.com


Jay T. Kimura