Mission statement: Braiding the voices of Hilo – moving forward together.

The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association (DIA) is staffed by a 12-person volunteer Board of Directors. Our work is funded by donations, membership dues, grants, and special events. DIA has six committees, each chaired by a member of the DIA Board, to address different projects in our downtown: Beautification, Events, Membership, Marketing, Planning and Government Affairs, and Safety.

Want to get involved? Have talent you can share or a particular area of interest?

Our Committees would love to have your involvement! DIA implements cooperative actions with state and county agencies and other community groups. Issues we address include: public safety and security (vagrancy, theft, graffiti), public works projects (tree trimming, signage, parking, traffic), and beautification projects (planter boxes, landscape programs, banners/flags). In addition to representing the interests of downtown, DIA works actively to create and advertise events such as monthly First Fridays and Black and White Night, and to market Hilo as a destination for locals and visitors alike. Hilo is a unique place, and downtown is the heart of Hilo. DIA invites you to experience aloha… the culture, the activities, and the people of east Hawaii.

Mahalo nui,
Hilo Downtown Improvement Association

DIA is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization supported through its dues paying members, grants, and through fees collected from special events.