Big Island Deaf Resources

American Sign Language Class (updated Jan 19 2018)


Deaf Chat Coffee 

Every 2nd Saturday of each month from 6 PM to 9 PM
Starbucks Coffee, 111 E Puainako St, Hilo HI 96720
Hosted by Jessie Needham -
Resource: website Deaf Chat Coffee (Sept 2016)


Resource: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Hawai'i Interpreting Services
Hawaii Department of Human Services Interpreting Information


For help with employment, providing general caseload counselors who do job training and job placement for persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Contact DVR (The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation).
Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation (DVR)
Hawaii Branch
75 Aupuni St., Room 110
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-974-6444 (V/TTY)

Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation (DVR)
Kona Section (Field Office)
P.O. Box 459
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Phone: 808-323-0025 (V/TTY)

For help with independent living skills, reading mail, help getting other services, there is an agency you can contact - Aloha Independent Living Hawaii. 
Aloha Independent Living Hawaii
1055 Kinoóle Street, Unit 202
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-339-7297
Aloha Independent Living Hawaii - Big Island

For (online) classes, workshops, and events, contact the CSC (Comprehensive Service Center).
Comprehensive Service Center for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind (CSC)
(808) 284-4382 (Voice/text)
(808) 447-2044 (Videophone)
Comprehensive Service Center (CSC) for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind

For Advocacy and other support, contact ASAD (the Aloha State Association of the Deaf).
Aloha State Association of the Deaf (ASAD)
Aloha State Association of the Deaf

For offering Deaf and hard of Hearing individuals comprehensive mental health treatment, sensitive to the culture and communication needs of the Deaf community. Staff includes professionals who are fluent in American Sign Language. 
Deaf Mental Health Services, Inc.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker: Roxsanne M. Tomita, LCSW
P.O. Box 413, Paáuilo, HI 96776
Phone voice/ text: 808-372-3984

For the Big Island Deaf Club, contact Linda Sykora ( ) 

For communication access, contact Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB).
Disability and Communication Access Board

For disability rights, contact advocate of Hawaii Disability Rights Center   , Carol  Young VP (808) - 791 - 5039

This list is being provided free of charge by ASL users with Aloha! Changes or additions can be sent to the blog owner. (Updated Dec 2017)


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