‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi (BBBSH)
  • Community-Based Mentoring program offers one-on-one mentoring twice per month for 2-4 hours at a time doing activities they enjoy in the community
  • Match support specialist answers questions and offer guidance
  • Open to mentors 18 years of age or older and children ages 6 through 16 years of age
  • Helps children become responsible adults
  • Contact BBBSH Case Manager Yulia Lindsey (375-1781) (ylindsey@bbbshawaii.org)
Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI)
100 Kamakahonu St., Hilo, HI
  • Offers guidance-oriented character development programs six days a week for youth 7-17 years old
  • Key programs emphasize character and leadership development, education, technology and career development,  health and life skills, arts, sports, fitness, and recreation programs and volunteer opportunities in the areas:
  • Annual membership is $1 per year at each location
  • Locations: Hilo, Keaʻau, Pahoa, Pahala, Naʻalehu, Hamakua
Boys to Men Mentoring Hawaiʻi
P.O. Box 44316, Kamuela, HI 96743
  • Boys to Men Hawaiʻi is an after-school mentoring program that is a community-based model for boys 12 to 17 years of age to become healthy, mature, leaders of our communities
  • Mentors show up at middle schools, high schools, and foster care facilities to give teenage boys a community of mentors who listen, encourage, and believe in them
  • Offers group mentoring, one-on-one mentoring, experiential mentor training, boys adventure weekends, and bi-weekly activities for boys and mentors
  • Each potential mentor is interviewed and screened by Boys to Men Hawaiʻi leadership and must pass a background check prior to acceptance into the program and are trained and monitored by experienced mentors
Family Programs Hawaiʻi (FPH) Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Hawaiʻi
Hilo: 120 Pauahi Street, Suite 306, Hilo, HI 96720
FPH Office (for Kona): 250 Vineyard St., Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Serves youth between the ages of 14-26 that are currently or formerly involved in the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system
  • Designed to engage youth through meaningful and supportive events and activities, prepare youth for adulthood, expand their supportive network, build confidence, and give the youth a feeling of empowerment
  • Services include: outreach and support, peer mentoring, events and activities, leadership and skill building training, and social media and electronic communication training
  • For East Hawaiʻi events contact FPH Youth Outreach Coordinator Nellieshy Mamuad (935-2876, ext. 230) (nmamuad@familyprogramshi.org)
  • For West Hawaiʻi events contact FPH YES Hawaiʻi Program Coordinator Melody Rolnick (462-2144) (mrolnick@familyprogramshi.org)
73-4776 Kanalani Street, Suite 22, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Kaʻanalike me ke Aloha Program provides for the needs of families and individuals facing financial hardships by collecting donations of new, nearly new, and like new condition items from community businesses and individuals and distributing these items to those in need
  • Items are distributed to families based on the priority of need
  • Contact Kaʻanalike President Nalani Freitas (info@kaanalike.org)

Certified Copy of Birth Certificate: Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl St., Rm. 103, Honolulu, HI 96813

  • $10 for the first copy; $4 for each additional copy of the same certificate ordered simultaneously; $2.50 Portal Administration fee; total cost to order is $12.50 total
  • All birth certificates must be ordered online through the State of Hawaiʻi DOH Vital Documents website (https://vitrec.ehawaii.gov/vitalrecords)
  • Name on credit card must match applicant’s name

Credit Report
Can request one free credit check every 12 months
Credit reports do not include FICO credit scores
Free Credit Check Resources:

Driver’s License
Hilo: 349 Kapiʻolani Street, Hilo, HI 96720 (961-2222)
Kona: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (323-4800)
For youth under the age of 18:

  • Must complete driver’s education from a certified instructor
  • Must hold an instruction permit for at least 180 days (six months) before taking the road test
  • Youth in Legal Guardianship must get application signed by their Legal Guardian
  • Youth in Foster Custody or Permanent Custody must:
  • Get the application from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and inform them of foster care status
  • Youth must turn the form in to their CWS SW to get it signed / approved by the CWS Section Administrator
  • Youth’s CWS SW will return the application to the youth to present back to the DMV
  • Cost is $40 cash
  • All applicants need completed application, certified copy of birth certificate, original (non-laminated) social security card, and two documents verifying proof of principal address (e.g., pay stubs, bank statement, utility bill, W-2, etc.)

Income Taxes: Federal (1040 EZ) and State (N-11)

  • Goodwill Industries of Hawaiʻi and Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs will complete taxes for anyone earning less than $50,000 per year
  • File taxes online for free at http://myfreetaxes.com/goodwillhi
  • Turbo Tax (http://turbotax.intuit.com) gives step-by-step help to complete and submit taxes online with help from experienced tax professionals

Med-QUEST Medical Insurance Card
Hilo: 88 Kanoelehua Avenue, Room 107, Hilo (933-0339)
Kona: 75-5591 Palani Road, Suite 3004 (327-4970)

  • Free medical coverage for former foster youth up to age 26, who have aged out of DHS foster care in Hawaiʻi or placed under Legal Guardianship or Adopted from CWS after age 16
  • Need to reapply by 18th birthday regardless of legal status
  • Full dental coverage through Medicaid Fee-For-Service program provided for persons under age 21; only emergency coverage is available for persons 21 and older

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) Card
711 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Ste. 500, Honolulu, HI

  • Free photo ID card that confirms Hawaiian Ancestry to apply for OHA programs such as loans, grants, and scholarships
  • Must submit (can submit in-person, mail, or e-mail):
  • Completed and signed application form
  • Photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate stating Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage
  • Photocopy of a photo ID of the applicant
  • Color photograph, which will be used on the OHA card
  • Renewal of ancestry verification is required every five years

Register to Vote

  • Law allows 16 year olds to pre-register to vote, but must be 18 years old by election day to vote
  • Need current Hawaiʻi Driver’s License or Hawaiʻi State ID card and social security number to register to vote
  • Can register to vote by mail or online

Register for Selective Service

  • Young men 18 through 25 years of age are required to register with Selective Service
  • Can register at any United States Post Office, online at www.sss.gov, or through completing the FAFSA application
  • Young men that do not register by their 26th birthday will not be eligible for any Federal benefits and jobs

Social Security Card: Social Security Administration (SSA)
111 E. Puainako St, Suite 710, Hilo, HI
(959-1504) Toll Free (1-800-772-1213)

  • Located in the Prince Kūhiō Plaza Mall
  • Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm; Wednesdays from 8:30am to 11:30am
  • Free; need proof of US citizenship and age (birth certificate), identity (picture ID), and completed application form (SS-5)
  • State ID: Department of Transportation, Driver’s Licensing Division (www.hawaiicounty.gov/finance-state-id-gen-info)
  • Hilo: 349 Kapiʻolani Street, Hilo, HI 96720 ( 961-2222)
  • Kona: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ( 323-4800)
  • Cost is $40 cash for an eight year ID; $5 cash for one year ID
  • All applicants need completed application, certified copy of birth certificate, original (non-laminated) social security card, and two documents verifying proof of principal address (e.g., pay stubs, bank statement, utility bill, W-2, etc.)

Three generations of birth certificates to prove Native Hawaiian Ancestry; register through Kamehameha Schools (KS) Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center

Documents can be verified in-person at the following offices:

  • All offices open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4:15pm
  • East Hawaiʻi KS Resource Center, 160 B Keaʻa St., Hilo, HI 96720 (935-0116)
  • KS Hawaiʻi, Educational Support Services, 16-714 Volcano Rd., Keaʻau, HI 96749 (982-0100)
  • West Hawaiʻi KS Resource Center, 78-6831 Aliʻi Dr., Ste. 239, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (322-5400)

For adoptions, ONE of the following additional documents are required:

  • Letter of Non-Identifying Information of Racial Extraction of Biological Parents (LRE) shows ancestry of biological parents without revealing identity obtained from the Family Court in which the adoption occurred; OR
  • Adoption decree or court order identifying biological Hawaiian parents; OR
  • Pre-adoption birth certificate identifying biological parents along with post-adoption birth certificate
  • If birth certificates of the biological ancestors are not available, then an LRE should be submitted instead
  • Contact information for the Hawaiʻi Family Courts: (www.courts.state.hi.us/courts/family/family_courts.html)
  • If a biological sibling is registered in the Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center and share Hawaiian ancestral parent(s), submitting a birth certificate verifying relationship to registered sibling will satisfy application requirements
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance
  • Last updated in/on _______

Kona Health Center
79-1015 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750

  • Testing is on Mondays between 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • Reading must be done the immediate following Wednesday between 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • No charge for TB testing
  • Must take picture ID
  • Hilo State Building, 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
  • Testing is on Tuesday between 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • Reading must be done the immediate following Thursday between 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • No charge for TB testing
  • Must take picture ID