In 1919, visionary Hilo women responded to the need for safe housing for young women, founding the YWCA of Hawaiʻi Island as part of a national and worldwide women’s movement. Over the years, the needs of women and their families have shaped the…
OUR FOUNDING PARTNERS
Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and their Founding Partners–working together to protect, preserve, and create a vibrant downtown for all to enjoy.
DIA Founding Partner. Locally owned and operated since 1996, Paradise Helicopters offers the finest helicopter tours across the Hawaiian Islands. Whether departing from Kona, Hilo or Oahu – our unique, fun and adventurous helicopter tours and charters are crafted to immerse our guests in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Hawaii – and to create memories that will last a lifetime.
DIA Founding Partner. Built exclusively as a Hawaiian Bed and Breakfast, Kulaniapia consists of 3 Asian Style buildings…The Residence, Harmony, and the Pagoda Guest House situated on 22 lush tropical acres only 15 minutes from downtown Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. So close to town, but a world apart. Enjoy multiple waterfalls and gardens to delight the senses including our name sake… 120 ft Kulaniapia Falls..!! An extensive Bamboo Garden, over 2 miles of hiking trails and vistas of unparalleled pristine beauty await you on your Big Island vacation.
DIA Founding Partner. The winery has seen many changes since it first started some 25+ years ago, but the commitment to produce unique, award-winning wines made with Aloha will always remain in the heart of Volcano Winery! Along with the signature wines which the winery was built on (Symphony Mele, Volcano Red, Guava Wine, Blush, and Macadamia Nut Honey Wine), the winery continues to grow and when it became obvious that the Pinot Noir grape was suited very well to the special cool climate in Volcano, the winery started producing small amounts (about 300 bottles) of Pinot Noir using frozen grapes from California. Now as their own vines are maturing, the winery will be able to introduce their “Estate Pinot Noir” and “Estate Cayuga White” from vines that were planted 4 to 5 years ago. Although we will have to sell these small volume produced Estate wines by the glass rather than as a part of our tastings, we hope you will join us for some Aloha and taste the uniqueness of a cayuga White or Pinot Noir wine that was grown, produced, and bottled right here at Volcano Winery!
DIA Founding Partner. “Aloha Grown is not just a business it’s a movement.” Aloha Grown was born out of the desire to make a difference in the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Hawai‘i. We use fashion and media to encourage a lifestyle, culture and mindset of sustainability. Aloha Grown’s mission is to: Support Local. Sustain the ‘Aina. Share the Aloha. Support Local. Aloha Grown carries out its firm commitment to support local businesses and organizations by featuring and promoting Big Island farmers and producers, both online and in-store. The Aloha Grown website features the unique stories of various local organizations, and their delicious lotions, cookies, coffees and jellies are sold alongside Aloha Grown merchandise in-store. Sustain the ‘Aina. Aloha Grown strives to preserve our beautiful island home because the land is what nourishes, supports, and provides for us. Buying Aloha Grown merchandise helps sustain our ‘aina with the Malama Honua Fund. Two percent of every sale goes to support local nonprofits, schools, organizations and initiatives with similar sustainability missions. Share the Aloha. Aloha Grown understands that the aloha spirit is what makes living in Hawai‘i special and unique. “Aloha” is not just a word or salutation; it’s the unspoken feeling […]
DIA Founding Partner. Mahalo (Thank you) for thinking of us in your quest to find something deliciously decadent from Hawaii. All of us at Big Island Candies are proud of our companies reputation for innovative, high-quality treats, and we work hard every day to uphold that legacy. We know that every item that leaves our shop represents the strong feelings of love and gratitude you want to sincerely express to someone special. It is our mission to meet these expectations, as we strive to capture the diverse flavors—and inspiring beauty—of Hawaii in all of our products.
DIA Founding Partners. ‘Imiloa brings together members of the Hawaiian and astronomy communities to share a common vision for the future, bringing information about the cultural and natural history of Maunakea to students, teachers, our local residents, and visitors from around the world. ‘Imiloa links to early Polynesian navigation history and knowledge of the night skies, and today’s renaissance of Hawaiian culture and wayfinding with parallel growth of astronomy and scientific developments on Hawaii Island. Since opening, ‘Imiloa has served thousands of Hawaii Island school children, as well as children from throughout the State of Hawai‘i in a number of educational programs including field trips, family workshops, after-school programs, Furlough Friday activities, robotics tournaments, and even overnight sleepover events. Detail of these educational initiatives can be found in the Bakken Reports.
DIA Founding Partners. Hawaii Forest & Trail has been exploring Hawaii since 1993. The company’s mission is to deliver guests an excellent, safe and fun learning experience, to support island communities and resources through philanthropy, sustainable business practices and a conservation ethic, and to provide a healthy, profitable, and rewarding environment for their company ‘ohana. On each and every one of their adventures, Hawaii Forest & Trail shares the splendor of Hawai‘i as part of their vision to inspire a deep connection with our natural world. Hawaii Forest & Trail is committed to keeping their tour groups small, well-outfitted and comfortable for a pleasurable day of exploration. From their initial rainforest bird walk, the Pachecos have expanded their eco-adventure offerings to include exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stargazing from Maunakea, a waterfall walk and specialized birding tours. All adventures combine a journey to a special or endangered natural setting with fascinating information about the natural and cultural resources of Hawaii, including its biology, geology, history, and Native Hawaiian culture. Hawaii Forest & Trail’s adventure tours have attracted attention from major national and international media and have been featured in Town & Country, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Islands magazine, San […]
DIA Founding Partner. We are here to share the knowledge and values of the Hawaiian people through art, by honoring the plants of the the islands, and providing a unique experience that is enhanced by teaching the symbolism of the Hawaiian name of the plant, and giving insight to other aspects of our lifestyle that will build upon the experience: all to express gratitude, appreciation, and compassion for allowing a life in this island environment along with the hosts of this culture. Sig Zane Designs is based on a strong, simple love. Our designs are wedded to a place, nature and culture, and our values are simple. Honor the land and the native culture. Celebrate excellence and beauty. And share what we know. Whether it is koa leaves on an aloha shirt or puakenikeni blossoms on a dress, every Sig Zane design is conceived and defined by these values. We hope that the layers of meaning contained in these designs will enrich your life as they do ours. We are in Hilo, on the eastern shore of the island of Hawai’i, where the cleanest air in the world blows in from the northeast, across 2,500 miles of ocean. When the […]
DIA Founding Partner. The origins of Café Pesto lay in the quaint harbor town of Kawaihae where a small take-out pizzeria that began in 1988 quickly evolved into an award winning dining establishment on the resort coast of South Kohala. Our inception coincided with the birth of Hawaii Regional Cuisine with which we became notably associated. Despite growing world-class competition on the South Kohala coast, we continue to be the benchmark for consistency, quality and innovation. Following this growth and success we sought out a more locally based market for our concept in the lush surroundings of Hilo, a city where the best of old Hawaii remained in an era otherwise forgotten. Here, turn of the century buildings – survivors of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, devastating tsunamis and economic depressions – have stood poised against the ravages of time. These timeless structures are now the foundation of what has become the renaissance of downtown Hilo. On July 10, 1992 the newly restored S. Hata building, originally constructed in 1912 by the Hata family and known as the Grande Dame of Hilo, became the new home of Cafe Pesto, Hilo Bay. With its rattan chairs, tall ceilings, brass detailed exhibition kitchen and […]
DIA Founding Partners. As true Big Island natives, we strive to capture the essence and spirit of our island in every image we shoot, from explosive volcanic action to soothing seascapes. The wonder and beauty of this tropical paradise, the same surroundings that have captivated our ‘ohana for generations, will be sure to leave a lasting impression upon you as well. Welcome to our home, as we share a part of it with you!
DIA Founding Partner. Dolphin Bay Hotel was built in 1968 by the Alexander family. Currently managed by John Alexander the hotel has 18 rooms (with an additional 6 units available for long-term stay in the Iliahi Apartments across the street). All rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen, bath and shower, cable TV, room fans, and free WIFI. Dolphin Bay Hotel does not have a pool or restaurant — but good eating is within walking distance, with swimming and evening entertainment close by. If desired, a home cooked meal may be prepared in the room. We do not cater to those people who are interested in the large multi-story luxury hotel, and all that goes with it. Instead, people who come and rent a small car and go off to the exotic points of interest by day, returning in the evening are happy here. We are more than happy to map out trips, arrange tours, advise on restaurants and any other service people may desire. We recommend several days in the Hilo area to adequately cover all there is to offer. Being so close to town and yet in such a quiet area makes us very popular with folks who come […]
DIA Founding Partner. Remodel and New Construction Plumbing • Residential, Commercial, and Underground • Water, Gas, and Waste Systems • All Hot Water Heater Installations • Pumps and Water Filters • Emergency Plumbing License Number CT-23901 Fast Response. Dependable. Reputable. Code Compliant. Family owned and operated, servicing the Big Island of Hawaii since 2002. Residential Plumbing Emery Plumbing specializes in installing new water and gas pipes for new homes and remodels. We apply John Mingo’s 35 years of experience dealing with all manner of plumbing, together with state-of-the-art methods to fix or install new plumbing fixtures, including: solar, standard and instantaneous hot water heaters. We are experts at installing gas piping. Call us today for Emergency Plumbing Service or your Dream Plumbing Project. Commercial Plumbing John Mingo has 35 years experience installing commercial remodel plumbing, new construction and service plumbing, including: multi-story buildings, hotels, condominiums, restaurants, grocery stores, medical offices, fire stations, tanks, hot water heaters, gas lines, grease traps, pumps —you name it. From redoing all the internal plumbing at Nob Hill Inn in San Francisco, to installing all the piping on a new high- rise in Papua New Guinea, to installing a Grease Trap under the parking lot […]
DIA Founding Partner. Day-Lum Properties, Inc. can help you with ALL aspects pertaining to Big Island Properties, from Rentals to Real Estate. From property management to rentals and sales no one knows East Hawaii like we do. We have been helping people find and manage their homes and business spaces since 1984. The Big Island of Hawaii is a special place that we are proud to call our home. Call us today to see how one of our friendly staff members can help you.
DIA Founding Partners. KTA Super Stores started in 1916, as a modest 500 square-foot grocery and dry goods store, by Koichi & Taniyo Taniguchi. Since then, KTA has grown to a five (5) store chain, serving the residents of Hawai‘i island. When they first opened, the couple had no idea their modest business would someday evolve into a multi-store supermarket chain, employing over 800 associates. The couple simply believed they were assisting family and friends obtain necessary grocery and household items. Early on, Koichi began taking grocery orders from Hilo families and delivered the much needed merchandise by bicycle. In time, the couple built their pick-up and delivery business to the point where they were able to afford a “real” store. By 1940, a branch store was established in downtown Hilo. This proved to be a wise decision, when the original structure the couple began with, was destroyed by the tsunami of 1946. This branch (Keawe) store was converted into a supermarket in 1953, and was later followed by the opening of the Kailua-Kona store in 1959 (relocated to its present location in 1975). Just seven (7) years later, the Puainako store was opened, followed by Keauhou in 1984, and […]
DIA Founding Partner. Over ninety years of continuous reinvestment in facilities, technology, and expertise, allows us to be your most dependable source of the basic building blocks of development in Hawaii. We represent over 2,200 lines of pro-grade lumber, building materials and tools. Plus, we ourselves manufacture to your custom specifications wood trusses, metal roofing, and pre-hung doors. For those looking to build a new home, we also offer proven house plans, building materials conveniently packaged to save you money, and the know-how to help save you time and headaches. With seven locations and the largest trucking fleets around, we have always been just around the corner from your Big Island projects. With our expanded Campbell sales office on Oahu as well as our Kauai Lumber location in Lawai, we can also easily service your projects statewide.
DIA Founding Partners. KapohoKine Adventures offers the finest Hawaii adventure tours, volcano tours, and zipline tours on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have put together some incredible tours featuring the amazing formations of the Kilauea volcano, lush rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls and the stunning natural beauty and grace found on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our company was born out of a desire to explore the natural beauty of Hawaii first-hand, and then share this knowledge with our guests. Our Hawaii adventure tours and volcano tours truly provide a unique, exciting and intimate experience that you will remember for years to come!
Specializing in Beta SP and High Definition footage of Kilauea volcano and Hawaii’s scenic beauty… Started in 1984, Tropical Visions Video, Inc. is a video production company on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are a full Beta SP production company and also offer High Definition field production. While volcano is our specialty, we also work in a variety of other realms. We produce in-house corporate videos, television segments, and documentaries. Major clients use Tropical Visions for field production, stock footage and Avid editing. Tropical Visions has numerous local, national and international clients. We have a strong background in magazine-style feature stories. Major productions include news, documentary, feature stories and reality television for national and international clients. Local productions include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitor center presentations and Mauna Loa Macadamia kiosk displays. We have more quality volcano video than anyone on the planet! Our Beta SP stock footage has been used in productions all over the world. Rate sheet reflects broadcast and non-broadcast use right and pricing. Use rights are licensed for television broadcasts, corporate, museum and stage presentations. Most recently we have assembled a new two hour High Definition volcano reel. Window time-coded screeners are available upon request. […]
DIA Founding Partners. The Hawaii Team at HomeStreet Bank HomeStreet Bank has been a local mortgage lender in Hawaii for more than 35 years. We have home loan centers on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu. Our Loan Officers are local experts ready to help you find financing solutions to build, purchase or refinance your home. Please contact or visit one of our lending centers for more info: Hilo Home Loan Center 99 Aupuni St., Suite 218 Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 854-2341 http://www.homestreet.com/hilo
DIA Founding Partner. Welcome to Lucy’s Taqueria, Hilo’s newest Mexican restaurant! Lucy’s is the little sister restaurant of Gorditos of Seattle, both family-owned and operated. At Lucy’s we try to give you a great all around experience, as well as some good food. We use the freshest ingredients from right here in our backyards to the best of our abilities, supporting our local farmers, ranchers, and fellow business owners. We serve lunch, dinner, and breakfast all day. We have a full bar, as well as eight draft beers on tap. Come in and take a look, or eat, or drink, or eat and drink…. and join the party.
DIA Founding Partner. Quality Homemade Hawaiian Food, Served in Hawaiian Portions Gourmet dining options at a price the family can afford. Whether it’s our world famous massive pancakes and kalua pork hash, or great lighter fare and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. Serving the Big Island’s favorite breakfast menu all day long, so the kids can enjoy french toast or a loco moco, while you savor one of our gourmet steak or pasta dinner specials. Creative local fresh fish specials served daily, including our incredible poke bowls. We serve beer and wine, as well as a full bar coming soon, with a limited specialty drink menu! Walk-ins welcome, and please don’t be scared of a line, we assure you won’t wait long to be seated. Eat-in or Take Out – call today to place an order. (Please make sure your are calling the right location) Logo items & Gift Cards for sale, as well as Hawaiian Style’s signature Homemade Portuguese Sausage. Read our Reviews, and find out what others love about Hawaiian Style Cafe.