Kulia i ka nu’u
Strive to reach the highest

Since 1954, The Arc of Hilo has been providing people with disabilities the help they need to lead productive, community-driven lives. Since day one, we have believed that people with disabilities deserve the same rights as everyone else and should be able to live, work, and play happily and healthily. We were the only non-profit of our kind for decades and led this movement on the Hawaiian Islands. What was once a strong mission and small operation has now grown into the largest employer for people with disabilities throughout Hawaii County. We hope that you will be inspired by our mission and help youth and adults with disabilities continue to thrive here in Hawaii.

Arc of Hilo Serving Hawaii Island's People with Disabilities since 1954

Support Our Ohana


Help our mission and volunteer your time to assist our clients with day-to-day tasks, service projects, events or advocacy.


Every bit helps! Donate money, non-cash items, supplies or equipment. Leave a Living Legacy or become a business partner.

Hire Us

Commercial Laundry, Landscaping & Janitorial Services

We are staffed by individuals with disabilities. Services for businesses and personal clients.

Reservations Center

Event Center reservations, commercial kitchen rental, party rentals (tables, chairs, tents), and even fresh produce from our Farm!

The Arc of Hilo provides a range of community support services, including Adult Day Care, Personal Assistance, Supported Employment and Vocational Training, and support in navigating the social services system.

adult day health

Adult Day Program

An individualized program for training, socialization, and recreation.


Personal Assistance

One-on-one assistance in gaining access to community resources such as recreational, social, spiritual and educational opportunities.


Low Income Housing

Housing opportunities to low income people with disabilities who are capable of independent living.

Nolan’s Personal Attendant aide helps support him outside work

Supported Employment

Vocational training and support for people with developmental and other disabilities to work at private and governmental locations.

youth employment

Youth Career Exploration

We work with minors with disabilities to explore vocational training in preparation for graduation