O ka pā‘ai a ka i‘a, kuhi ka lima, le‘a ka hā‘awi.
With a pearl fishhook that the fish graps, one can point with the hand and give with pleasure.
A good fishhook brings in enough food for the family and to give to relatives and friends.
The fishhook represents the skills and ability to bring in the means to provide for yourself
and your family.


Alu Like, Inc. Hoʻomānea ʻŌiwi Program, Year-Round Supplemental Youth Services and Comprehensive Services for Adults, WIA Program
Main Office for Hawaiʻi Island, 32 Kinoʻole Street, Ste. 102, Hilo, HI 96720
  • Provides employment training to low-income Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Natives through Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds
  • Youth between the ages of 14 to 21 must be either deficient in basic literacy skills, a school dropout, homeless, runaway, or foster youth, pregnant or parenting, an offender, ex-offender, or individuals who require additional assistance to complete an education program or secure and hold a job
  • Adults 18 and older must be unemployed or underemployed
  • Males between 18 to 25 must register for selective service
  • Verification of ethnicity required (e.g., birth certificate, etc.)
  • Year-round services for youth and adults include:
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Career planning and counseling
  • Job readiness training
  • Work experience
  • Dropout prevention strategies
  • GED diploma attainment and literacy training
  • Educational assistance and tuition assistance
  • Employment opportunities
  • On-the-job training
  • Outreach information and referral services

Big Island Workplace Connection, Workforce Development Division (WDD)
Hilo: 1990 Kinoʻole St., Hilo, HI 96720 (808-981-2860)
Kona: 74-5565 Luhia St., Ste. C, Kailua-Kona (808-327-4770)
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Personal Career Planning Services
  • Self-service assessments that identify your skills and training needs
  • Plan development for career success
  • Training Opportunities
  • Computer skills training
  • Job skills training for in-demand occupations

Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Hilo (Main): 75 Aupuni St., Room 110, Hilo (808-974-6444)
Kona Field Office: P.O. Box 459, Captain Cook (808-323-0025)
  • Provides services to eligible people with physical or mental impairments to attain successful employment outcomes
  • To be determined eligible, individuals must have a physical or mental impairment, which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment and those who require VR services to prepare, secure, retain, or regain employment
  • Applicants who are beneficiaries or recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are presumed eligible for services
Employment Experts
Hilo: 145 Keawe St., Hilo, HI 96720 (808-933-8660)
Kona: 74-5583 Luhia St., #A11a, Kailua-Kona (808-329-9089)
  • The Employment Experts provides payroll services, temporary employment placement services, and temporary-to-hire placement services
  • Benefits offered include a weekly paycheck, medical insurance, resume-building, and vacation
  • Applications available online