The Kohala Center was established in direct response to the request of island residents and island leaders to create greater educational and employment opportunities by caring for—and celebrating—Hawai‘i Island’s natural and cultural landscape. Today, we focus on cultivating shared leadership in local communities through conservation, education, and economic development programs.
As part of our economic development efforts, we launched our Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services (RCBDS, http://www.
RCBDS is funded primarily by U.S. Department of Agriculture grants including the Rural Cooperative Development Grant, Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant, and Program 2501, with additional support from the Ulupono Initiative, the Kahiau Foundation, Farm Service Agency, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We serve all sectors of Hawai‘i’s rural economy. Our services include:
The Kohala Center is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.