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East Hawai‘i: 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1301, Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 961-8366 | Fax: (808) 935-1205

West Hawai‘i: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg C, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 323-4700


DIRECTOR:  Kawehi Inaba


DESCRIPTION: The mission of the department is to provide pro-active leadership, enhancing the quality of life, and sustainability of Hawai‘i Island communities through programs related to: agriculture, energy, tourism, economic development, community development, and film.

Department Program Areas


Business Development



Information Resources


Current Highlights

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West Hawai‘i Business Action Center Day

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 9:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m., a representative of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Action Center (BAC) will be at our West Hawai‘i Office to assist with the following:

  • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
    • Register a business entity, trade name, or trade mark
    • File a DCCA annual report (to stay in good standing)
    • Make changes to your business’ information on record with the DCCA
  • Department of Taxation
    • Apply for a General Excise Tax License: Hawai‘i’s basic business license
    • Update your GET license account information
    • Obtain information on how and where to file your GET returns
  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
    • Get information on how to register as an employer
  • Federal Internal Revenue Service
    • Learn how to obtain a Federal Employer ID Number (FEIN)
  • Other Licenses and Permits and Information
    • Ask about other state and county agencies that issue licenses and permits
    • Find information on other government requirements pertaining to your business/industry and other resources available to small businesses

Download the Flyer and Schedule 

The Hawai‘i County Business Resource Center

The Department of Research and Development will open the first Hawai‘i County Business Resource Centers in our Hilo and Kailua-Kona offices in November 2015. Our goal is to provide information, support, and connection to services for both existing small business owners and to anyone thinking of starting a business in Hawai‘i County.

How to Start a Business in Hawai‘i County - a new resource guide to successful business development


The Department of Research and Development’s subscription to eCivis Grants Network is available at no cost to any community-based nonprofit organization on Hawai‘i Island.

The subscription includes two modules: Grants Network and KnowledgeBase. Grants Network is an online database of federal and foundation funding. It includes links to all applicable forms and grants guidance, and includes many examples of previously funded applications. KnowledgeBase is a 24/7 grants training center that contains a valuable resource library, glossary and online tutorials.

For free access from any internet connection, please download, complete, and submit the simple one-page application for access to the Department of Research and Development. Submission instructions are included on the application form. 

Application for Access to eCivis Grants Network

Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Economic Development Grant Program Reporting Forms

Closed Funding Opportunities