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


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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.

Research and Development Management


Please refer to the County’s Kīlauea Eruption Recovery web site for current recovery information and links to online resources.


 Current Highlights

  • NEW: The increase demand for corn and other grains for international trade and conversion into ethanol and bio-disel in the United State has caused dramtic rise in the price of feed to livestock production. Feed cost can be reduced by replacing some of the high-priced grains with local agricultural by-products.  For more information see Publication LM-34 and The Analysis of Agricultural By-Products to be used as Animal Feeds on Hawai‘i Island Poster 
  • NEW: Transportation Solutions VISTA Opening. Work the the County of Hawai‘i to improve transportation mobility options, renewable energy sources, costs, and emissions. This is a one-year, full-time service opportunity with great benefits! See flyer for details.
  • HILO PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM. Through a partnership with preservation funders, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has established a new gant program to support preservation and beautification project in historic Downtown Hilo on Hawai‘i Island. The overall goal is to support projects that improve the appearance and longevity of Hilo’s historic waterfront and downtown area.  The inaugural grant cycle opens on June 1, 2019 and grant applications are due August 5, 2019.  For more information and to apply for the grant, visit Historic Hawai‘i Foundation website.
  • CLOSED: INNOVATION GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020. R&D is requesting proposals for innovation grant awards in preparation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support research, programs, or projects that advance innovation in economic development, tourism, agriculture, creative economy, energy, and sustainable development in Hawai‘i County. For more information and forms, go to our Funding and Grant Resources page. 
  • CLOSED: HAWAI‘I ISLAND VISITOR PROMOTIONS GRANT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020. R&D is requesting proposals for the visitor promotions grant award in preparation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support marketing initiatives that grow Hawai‘i Island’s visitor arrivals and expenditures, and strengthen Hawai‘i Island’s brand to sustain the visitor industry in a way that protects the assets of the island, while providing economic benefit to the island’s businesses and residents. For more information and forms, go to our Funding and Grant Resources page.
  • Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau and Hawai‘i County Announce Pono Pledge. The Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau (IHVB) and County of Hawai‘i have partnered to launch the “Pono Pledge,” a new public information campaign aimed to at educating and encouraging residents and visitors to be safe, responsible and respectful to each other and the environment while enjoying the bounty of the island of Hawai‘i.  See full pledge on the Tourism page. For more information, please see the attached news release.
  • County of Hawai‘i Data Portal created by The Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawai‘i (UHERO)
  • GrantStation Hawai‘i County organizations and residents are invited to apply for access to the Department of R&D’s GrantStation subscription. Submit an Application for Access online.
  • DCCA Hilo Business Action Center Day Schedule
  • DCCA West Hawai‘i Business Action Center Day Schedule
  • 2016-2020 Hawai‘i County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 
  • Hawai‘i Island Tourism Road Map, 2016
  • 2015  Hawai‘i County Data Book
  • How to Start a Business in Hawai‘i County - a resource guide to successful business development
  • R&D Economic Development Grant for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Award List
  • R&D Innovation Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Award List


Hawai‘i County Wins National Climate Protection Award - Press Release



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