It took many people of differing strengths to make North Kohala Community Resource Center the healthy organization that it is today. It took one person’s leadership to recognize that building on these strengths would sustain NKCRC’s relevance to the community for a long time to come.

North Kohala Community Resource Center’s Founder and Director, Bob Martin, has led the creation and development of an organization that has kept the heart of the community in mind at all times. With years of hard work, thought and insight, he has ensured that NKCRC has been grown from the community, not imposed upon the community.

Bob’s ability to see that it takes people of diverse opinions to form a well-balanced Board has established NKCRC as a unique and valuable organization for the North Kohala community. In his words, “In a nutshell, we needed people who could work constructively together, who loved North Kohala and would keep that focus foremost in our work, and who were already credible organizers with proven track records.”

With Bob’s leadership, as well as that of other founding directors: Nani Svendsen, Bill Graham, Corey Causey, Gino Amar, Fran Woollard, Desiree Yamamoto, Dennis Matsuda, and Lani Bowman, the North Kohala Community Resource Center was incorporated in the State of Hawaii as a nonprofit on February 13, 2002.

Today, with its current Board of Directors, NKCRC continues to set a standard for authentic community self-reliance by which other communities can be inspired and remains “A Great Way to Love Kohala.”

If you would like to read more about the founding history of NKCRC, please see Bob Martin’s…