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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

Economic Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

The Department of Research and Development is soliciting proposals for economic development grant awards in preparation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support sustainable economic development in agriculture, business development, energy, film, STEM, and tourism.

Sealed proposals must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, Friday, April 22, 2016, in either of two County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development locations. In Hilo, deliver to 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720. in Kona, deliver to 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building C (Second Floor,) Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740. The deadline noted above is not a post mark date. Proposals must be received by the County by the above referenced deadline at eather of the locations described above. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant unopened.

Solicitation for Proposals (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF)

Application Forms:

 Public Information Sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - West Hawai‘i Civic Center Community Hale Building G
  • Friday, February 19, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Aging and Disability Resource Center Training Room, 1005 Kinoole Street, Hilo



To Operate a Mobile Food Vending Stand Via a Lease At Kailua-Kona Mobile Food Vending Zone

(Kuakini Highway), Kailua-Kona, County of Hawai‘i

Applications are available to participate in the County of Hawai‘i’s Mobile Food Vending Pilot Program in Kailua-Kona. Applications are available by email request at Responses are to be submitted prior to 4:30 p.m. HST, February 2, 2016. At that time a list of qualified vendors will be established. Vendors may continue to submit applications after the deadline and be considered for any additional open spaces.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Vivian Landrum, Project Manager at (808) 936-9843.

R. KAWEHI INABA, Director of Research and Development

Application Materials

Application for Mobile Food Stand Permit

Mobile Food Stand Rules

Mobile Food Vendor Zone


Download Flyer Here

Two Days Only! 

The Consulate’s Mobile Team will conduct the following consular services:

  • Passport Renewal  (fee $60.00, cash only)
  • Acceptance of Applications for: Notary Services; Authentication of Documents; Reports of Birth and Marriage; Dual Citizenship
  • Administer the oath of allegiance for qualified dual citizenship applicants at 3:00 p.m. on February 20 and 10:00am on February 21, 2016. (Applicants should submit their applications for dual citizenship before February 8, 2016 to the Consulate to qualify for oath taking).  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the oath taking ceremony!
  • Answer our kababayans’ questions and concerns on matters relative to Consular services.


  • February 20, 2016 (Saturday) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • February 21, 2016 (Sunday) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: County of Hawai‘i, Aupuni Center Conference Room at 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo

Important Notice: Please bring your latest Passport, two copies of passport page with personal data and photograph, and two copies of Alien Card (front and back).

Appointments highly recommended!

For appointments and/or additional information, please contact: Tulpe Day, Telephone Number 961-8220

County of Hawai‘i Monthly Economic Statistics for 2015

County of Hawai‘i Local Economic Indicators as of December, 2015

West Hawai‘i Business Action Center Day

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, 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 (download the Flyer and Schedule):

  • 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


The Hawai‘i County Business Resource Center

The Department of Research and Development opened 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