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


Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi (BBBSH)
P.O. Box 5254 Hilo, HI 96720
  • 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
  • School-based mentoring program offers one-on-one mentoring in a supervised group setting after school once a week alongside other matches
  • Match support specialist answers questions and offer guidance
  • For community-based mentoring programs, open to mentors 18 years of age or older
  • For school-based mentoring programs, mentors are typically high school students, but adult volunteers are welcomed
  • To participate in the programs,  youth are ages 6 through 18 years of age
  • Helps children become responsible adults

For more information, please contact BBBSH via phone or visit website.

Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI)
Main Service Line: 808-961-5536
HILO: 100 Kamakahonu St Hilo, HI 96720  (808-640-6036)
KEA'AU: 16-680 Kea'au Pahoa Rd Kea'au, HI 96749  (808-756-0934)
PAHOA: 15-3003 Kauhale St Pahoa, HI 96778  (808-640-1034)
PAHALA & OCEAN VIEW: 96-1149 Kamani St Pahala, HI 96777  (808-756-5285)
KEALAKEHE: 74-5062 Onipaa St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740  (808-961-5536)
  • Offers guidance-oriented character development programs six days a week for youth 6-17 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 $10 per year at each location
Boys to Men Mentoring Hawaiʻi
  • 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
Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) Teen Alert Program (TAP)
TOLL-FREE: 1-808-690-6200
LEGAL HELPLINE: 808-531-3771
  • TAP is a teen dating violence prevention, education, and intervention program based in Hawai'i at the DVAC
  • TAP's work is centered around building a movement where our youth feel safe, empowered, and dignified in making decisions on who and how they love
  • Provides education and workshops on healthy relationships, gender roles, consent, and community intervention strategies to public and private intermediate and high schools, colleges, youth agencies/community groups, community advocates, and service providers
  • Provides one-on-one individualized advocacy support for youth experiencing teen dating violence in Hawai'i
  • Works with teens to promote healthy relationships by addressing social norms that reinforce abuse
  • Free and confidential
  • If you or some you know needs help but is not a teenager, DVAC offers the same advocacy services to adults. For more information, go to DVAC's website or call the Helpline at 808-531-3771

For more information, please contact DVAC TAP via phone, email, or visit website.

Family Programs Hawaiʻi (FPH) Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Hawaiʻi
64 Keawe St Suite 201, Hilo, HI 96720
  • 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 events contact FPH Youth Outreach Coordinator Jasmine Wamar-Deponte (808-315-6482)
HI H.O.P.E.S. Initiative (HI HOPES) Transportation Assistance Grant (TAG)
80 Pauahi St #206 Hilo, HI 96720
  • HI H.O.P.E.S. TAG offers current and former foster youth funding assistance to help them get to work or attend school
  • Provides tax and bus vouchers
  • For youth 14-26 years of age living in East Hawai'i

For more information, please contact TSA-FIS ILSP Case Manager Lawrence Kalani at 808-959-5855 or email lawrence.kalani@usw.salvationarmy.org

Ho'ōla Nā Pua (HNP) Starfish Mentoring Program 
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
  • HNP Starfish Mentoring Program provides mentoring with health-centric, trauma-informed care and support that address the unique needs of survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk
  • Serves Island-Wide and National Need through Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration
  • Weekly meetings are activity-based and led by extensively trained mentors aged 21 or older
  • Mentors offer supoort and advocacy while serving as positive role models to program participants known as mentees
  • Advised by the Activities Coordinator, mentors carefully select activities that encourage foward-thinking, self-empowerment, and prosocial skills
  • Available to girls ages 11-21 years old

For more information, please contact HNP via phone, email, or visit website.

Hui Mālama Ola Nā 'Ōiwi (HMONO) Kōkua Hali Specialty Transportation Program 
HILO: 1438 Kilauea Ave Hilo, HI 96720    (808-969-9220)
KAILUA-KONA: HI 96740    (808-323-3618)
KA'U: Pahoa, HI 96778    (808-929-9700)
PAHOA: HI 96778    (808-965-5521)
WAIMEA: HI 96743    (808-885-0489)
  • HMONO is a non-profit community health education service dedicated to improving Hawai'i County's health.
  • Free transportation assistance available to registered clients with limited mobility to get them to and from physician, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, social service, and non-emergency health-related appointments
  • Clients are required to have a scheduled appointment to an existing health care provider or facility-not to be used for walk-in appointments
  • Transportation assistance is available Monday through Friday by appointment only
  • Free for registered clients
  • To apply:
    • Must complete registration form
    • Transportation must be scheduled 3 business days before health appointment.

For more information, please contact HMONO via phone, email, or visit website.

The Island of Hawai'i YMCA 
300 W Lanikaula St Hilo, HI 96720 
  • YMCA offers a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and our community through programs that foster moral growth and build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
  • Offers holistic programming where youth have fun while they learn to make new friends, develop good values, build new skills, and grow self-confidence
  • Opportunities for the entire family to enjoy together and learn about healthly living
  • Programs and activies that foster giving and social responsibility
  • Amenities include group exercise classes, high quality equipment, fitness assessments, swimming pools, various courts for playing ball, personal trainers, and much more
  • Financial Assistance available
  • Programs and services are open to children, teens, women and men of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds.

For more information, please contact The Island of Hawai'i YMCA via phone, email, or visit website.


Certificate of Age (for 16 & 17 year old minors)
HILO: 75 Aupuni St Rm.108 Hilo, HI 96720
WEST HAWAI'I: 81-990 Halekii St Rm.2087 Kealakekua, HI 96750

  • There are no restrictions on hours except when the minor is required to be in school
  • To apply:
    • Apply Online;
    • Must submit one valid proof of age (driver's license, State of Hawai'i ID, court record, birth certificate, immigration record (alien card, visa), or Military ID
  • Upon review and approval of application, a Certificate of Age will be emailed.
  • Certificate of Age is valid only when accompanied by an approved proof of age document, which are both presented to the employer at time of hire.

For more information, please contact Child Labor Office via phone or visit website.

Certified Copy of Birth Certificate: Department of Health Office of Health Status Monitoring
HILO: 75 Aupuni St #201 Hilo, HI 96720
KAILUA-KONA: 79-1015 Haukapila St Kealakekua, HI 96750
KAMUELA: 67-5189 Kamamalu St Kamuela, HI 96743

  • There are 3 ways to apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate:
    • Apply Online (Available for birth, civil union, and marriage certificates)
    • Apply in person
    • Apply by mail
  • $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
  • Credit card, cashier's check, certified check, or money order payments are accepted. Personal checks will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit website.

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 St Hilo, HI 96720    (808-961-2222)
KONA: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740    (808-323-4800)
KA'U: Na'alehu Police Station, 95-5355 Mamalahoa Hwy Na'alehu, HI 96772     (808-854-7214)
PAHOA: Pahoa Police Station, 15-2615 Kea'au-Pahoa Rd Pahoa, HI 96778     (808-965-2721)
WAIMEA: Waimea Center, 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ste 1-A Kamuela, HI 96743    (808-323-4800)

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 before submitting it to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with payment
  • 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.)

For more information, please contact DMV via phone, email, or visit website

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: 1404 Kilauea Avenue Hilo, HI 96720    (808-933-0339)
KONA: 75-5591 Palani Rd, Suite 3004 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740    (808-327-4970)

  • 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

For more information, please visit website.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) Card
HILO: Wailoa Plaza, Suite 20-CDE, 399 Hualani St Hilo, HI 96720
KONA: 75-1000 Henry St #205 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740  

  • Free photo ID card that confirms Hawaiian Ancestry to apply for OHA programs such as loans, grants, and scholarships
  • To Apply:
    • Must submit (can submit in-person, mail, or e-mail) completed and signed application form
      • If applicant is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form
    • Photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate stating Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage
      • If the birth certificate does not indicate Hawaiian through biological parents then additional documentation is required
    • Photocopy of a photo ID of the applicant
      • If a minor applicant does not have a photo ID, a copy of the photo ID of the parent or legal guardian who signed the application form is required
    • Color photograph, which will be used on the OHA card
      • Walk in applicants may have their photo taken and all photocopies made in office
  • Renewal of ancestry verification is required every five years

For more information, please contact OHA via phone, email, or visit website.

Register for Kamehameha Schools' (KS) Ho'oulu Hawaiian Data Center
HILO: 1266 Kamehameha Ave #A5-A6 Hilo, HI 96720    (808-935-0116)
KAILUA-KONA: 78-6831Ali'i Dr #239 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740    (808-322-5400)
KEA'AU: 16-714 Volcano Rd Keaau, HI 96749    (808-982-0100)   


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 _______

Register for Selective Service
N.I. TOLL-FREE: 1-888-665-1825


  • Young men 18 through 25 years of age are required to register with Selective Service System (SSS)
  • Ways to Register:
    • Register online;
    • Register at any United States Post Office;
    • Register by completing and mailing the reminder mail-back card directly to Selective Service System. Selective Service sends this card to many men around the time they turn 18 years old;
    • Check "Register Me" on box #22 on the FAFSA application and the Department of Education will furnish Selective Service with the information
    • Register with a high school staff member or teacher who is an appointed Selective Service Registrar.
  • Young men that do not register by their 26th birthday will not be eligible for any Federal benefits and jobs

For more information, please contact SSS via phone, email, or visit website.

Register to Vote
25 Aupuni St Rm.1502 Hilo, HI 96720
N.I. TOLL-FREE: 1-800-442-8683

  • You must register with the Office of Elections before you can exercise your right to vote
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen;
    • Must be a resident of the State of Hawai'i;
    • Must be at least 18 years of age (Law allows 16 year olds to pre-register to vote, but must be 18 years old by election day to vote)
  • Ways to Register:
    • Register online. You must have a current Hawaiʻi Driver’s License or Hawaiʻi State ID card and Social Security number to complete an application online;
    • Mail your completed Wikiwiki Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee Application to your Clerk's Office
    • Visit the Office of Elections or your Clerk's Office to submit an application in person
  • Applications available online and the following locations:
    • Office of Elections;
    • Clerk's Offices
    • State Libraries
    • U.S. Post Offices
    • State Agencies
    • Satelilite City Halls

For more information, please contact Office of Elections via phone, email, or website

Social Security Card: Social Security Administration (SSA)
Prince Kuhio Plaza Mall, 111 E. Puainako St #710 Hilo, HI 96720
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-772-1213

  • You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services, but you don't often need to show your Social Security card.
  • Free
  • To Apply:
    • Must show proof of US citizenship and age (birth certificate)
    • Must show proof of identity (picture ID)
    • Submit completed application form (SS-5)

For more information, please contact SSA via phone or visit website.

State Identification (ID) - Hawai'i Department of Finance: Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division
HILO: 349 Kapiʻolani St Hilo, HI 96720    (808-961-2222)
KONA: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740    (808-323-4800)
KA'U: Na'alehu Police Station, 95-5355 Mamalahoa Hwy Na'alehu, HI 96772     (808-854-7214)

  • Anyone applying for an original or renewal of their Hawaii State Identification (ID) Card must present documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and proof of principal residence address in person at any of the Driver License locations
  • Cost is $40 cash for an eight year ID; $5 cash for one year ID; $6 for a duplicate ID (to replace lost, stolen, or damaged cards)
  • To Apply:
    • Must submit a completed application;
    • Must provide a certified copy of birth certificate;
    • Must provide original (non-laminated) social security card;
    • Must provide two documents verifying proof of principal (residential) address (e.g., pay stubs, bank statement, utility bill, W-2, etc.)

For more information, please contact the Licensing Division via phone, email, or visit website.

Hawai'i State Department of Health (DOH) Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program
HILO: 75 Aupuni St #201 Hilo, HI 96720    (808-974-6025)
KONA: 79-1015 Haukapila St Rm.104B Kealakekua, HI 96750    (808-322-1500)
WAIMEA: 67-5189 Kamamalu St Kamuela, HI 96743    (808-887-8114)

  • The mission of the TB Control Program is to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in the state by providing effective prevention, detection, treatment, and educational services
  • For persons needing a single TST:
    • The entire process takes a minimum of 2 calendar days
    • After your TST is administered, you must return to the same DOH TB testing location within 48-72 hours to have your TST read.
  • For persons needing a two-step TST:
    • The entire process takes a minimum of 9 calendar days and you will receive a total of two TST's.
    • If your first TST is negative, a second TST is administered 1-3 weeks later
  • Please bring a form of picture ID to the DOH TB testing location
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • To save time, fill out the TB Registration Form and bring it with you.

For more information, please visit website.