M.J. Kimo Keawe
1055 Kinoole Street, Ste. 105
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-3777
The Hawaii Centers for Independent Living (HCIL) is a statewide, non-profit agency dedicated to ensuring the rights of people with disabilities to live fully integrated in the community with equal opportunities and choices in life.
Independent Living Services Program Goal
Help those served to live independently in the community. By providing services and information to consumers in regards to housing, hiring of personal assistants, and gaining independent living skills, clients are able to exercise personal choice and decision making and become better advocates for themselves.
A client with a developmental disability lost his benefits due to new qualifications standards. I advocated for him with other agencies and supported him throughout a court appeal. He won the appeal and now receives 40 hours of Personal Assistant services each week, enabling him to live independently.