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North Kohala Community Resource Center, located in Hawi, Hawaii, provides local support, bridges to funding and education for projects that benefit the North Kohala community.

Welcome to NKCRC

Our Staff, Board of Directors, Volunteers and Donors make it possible for our nonprofit organization to sponsor more than 90 community projects, a few of which are pictured above. Please stop by the Kohala Welcome Center in Hawi to learn more about NKCRC’s work in the North Kohala community.

A Great Way to Love Kohala!

Welcome to the North Kohala Community Resource Center! NKCRC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2002, is located on the northern tip of Hawaii Island. Our mission is to increase the number of successful community projects that benefit North Kohala. We accomplish this mission with a program grounded in our own experience in our community.

North Kohala, a vibrant post plantation community located at the end of the road, is large in land area (133 square miles) and small in population (6,300). Our constituents are the project organizers that lead our many sponsored projects. They represent a broad range of the community, including those locally born and raised and transplants from the mainland. We build their capacity by teaching, coaching, supporting and accessing funding for these projects with a 501(c)3 fiscal umbrella. We are convinced that building the capacity of project organizers makes a big difference in our local quality of life.

NKCRC's plans for operating sustainability include establishment of an endowment fund which will enhance our ability for long-term planning.

If you are interested in donating to this important effort, please contact us at 808-889-5523, email us at, or click HERE to donate now!

Our Latest News

Dive Into Our Online Auction!

Our annual online auction is underway and it's our biggest auction yet! Brand new this year - an adventure tour with B.I.G. Skydiving right here in Kohala. We have also received an unprecedented number of art pieces, including beautiful works from Kohala artists Patrick Rankin, Julia Rooney, Charlie Corda, and Julie McCue and so many more. We're also offering four beautiful vintage Lloyd Sexton lithographs from the Mauna Kea hotel. An incredible two day hotel and golf package from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Yoshi's House at Puakea Ranch, popular restaurant certificates, a massage chair, ceiling fan... the list goes on!

The auction runs through 7 pm on Monday, May 1. It's easy to bid... just go to to preview, then sign in with just your email address.

You will receive email updates when you've been outbid - or set up a proxy bid for easy bidding. Just set your proxy bid at the highest price you're willing to bid on an item and 32auctions will automatically increase your bid by the minimum amount anytime you are outbid on that item. You're guaranteed to get the best price up to your bid maximum.

We are so grateful to the many generous businesses and individuals who have donated gifts or made cash donations for this auction. Donors are noted with each gift - please show your appreciation for their heart for Kohala by patronizing these businesses.

Now Available!
Just released and available at the Kohala Welcome Center!NKCRC is proud to announce the release of "Ranching Under the Rainbow - Monty Richards of Kahua Ranch." Featuring many never-before-published photos from the Richards family private archives, this oral history is more than the story of Monty's life, it is the story of Kohala's rich ranching history as it has been lived for generations at Kahua Ranch. Over twenty-five hours of oral history are transcribed here, all told with the well-known humor and love of the Hawaiian people that is Monty’s trademark.

This book is published by Living Journals, a sponsored project of NKCRC under project organizer and editor Faye Mitchell.

A perfect gift for anyone with an interest in Kohala's ranching history or someone who just enjoys a good story!

The book is available for $20 at the Kohala Welcome Center or at the online store on our website (shipping costs apply). Click HERE to order, or stop by the Center, Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm or Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.

NKCRC Welcomes Two New Youth Directors

Two Kohala High School students have joined the Board of Directors of North Kohala Community Resource Center as the Center enters the second year of its Youth Director Program. KHS senior Tanya Adams and junior Mary Marvelanne Clark joined the board in October. Malcolm Davis, Hawaii Preparatory Academy junior, is in his second year as a Youth Director.

The purpose of this program is to support Kohala youth by providing an introduction to the nonprofit sector through our grass roots organization. While serving on the board the youth directors learn about how the Resource Center's board and staff operate to effectively govern and manage a community organization. The youth directors attend regularly scheduled meetings, under the supervision of Director-coaches. They have the opportunity to interact with adult Directors, cast their vote on project applications and other matters, and participate in Resource Center fundraisers and other events.

Other opportunities may include attending one of the Resource Center's workshop series and making site visits to youth-oriented sponsored projects. An important outcome of this program is to "grow our own" future community leaders in Kohala by empowering our local youth.

By exploring youth representation on the Board, the Resource Center is fulfilling its ongoing mission by providing both local support and education in Kohala. Youth are often an untapped resource of energy, new ideas, and insight from a community constituency that is often not heard from. The many and varied experiences available to the youth directors will provide a tremendous experience that will encourage local youth to become community leaders and continue to work and serve in their community.

Christine Richardson Receives Ho'okele Award

The NKCRC Board of Directors is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Christine Richardson, was one of five nonprofit leaders statewide who were recognized for their commitment to making Hawai'i a better place at Hawai'i Community Foundation's 15th Annual Ho'okele Awards.

The Ho'okele Awards, created and funded in partnership with the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, pays tribute to and strengthens the leadership in the state’s nonprofit sector by providing selfless leaders with an opportunity to renew themselves in their personal and professional lives. As part of the award, Christine will receive a $10,000 grant to be used for her professional development and personal renewal.

Christine has served North Kohala for more than 22 years as a nurse and nonprofit manager. She has been the Executive Director for the North Kohala Community Resource Center since 2005.

The staff and Board of the Resource Center are proud of Christine's accomplishments and appreciate her hard work on behalf of the Center, our 90 sponsored projects, and the North Kohala community.

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Contact Us

North Kohala Community Resource Center
Based in Hawi, North Kohala, Hawaii.
Providing local support, bridges to funding and education for projects that benefit the community of North Kohala.
55-3393 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi | 1-808-889-5523