Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc.(HIAC) opened its doors in 1976 as an adult day center at the Kaumana Baptist Church. Hawaii County Office of Aging was the inspiration and support behind the opening, through a national mandate to begin adult day care centers around the nation to deter the premature institutionalization of elders, which was on the increase.
In 1981, HIAC incorporated as the Hilo Adult Day Care Aid Center, Inc. and received their 501 (c) (3) federally exempt non profit status in 1982. Additionally, the agency moved into its current location, the old Hilo Memorial Hospital. In the 1987, HIAC started the Kona Adult Day Center (which later became independent), in 1988, started the Senior Helpers in-home care program, Caregiver Connection, and opened Hale Kupuna, a small group home, and rebranded to the overall agency name to Hawaii Island Adult Care, along with the day care program name of Hilo Adult Day Center. Throughout the years, the agency has worked extensively with various programs for elder care with state and county agencies and with other eldercare service providers in the community.
Recent history includes opening the Honomu Adult Day Center in July 2010. In March 2014 HIAC achieved accreditation for adult day services from CARF International. Also, HIAC is currently involved in a capital campaign for a new building for the Hilo Adult Day Center in collaboration with the Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation. The building will be located at the new Mohouli Senior Housing complex. On March 6, 2017 groundbreaking took place and the building has begun!!!
Mission and Goals
HIAC's mission is “to provide quality care for elders and challenged adults, and support for their families on the island of Hawaii”. HIAC provides day care for frail elders, cognitively impaired and challenged adults; thus giving them the opportunity to remain living in their own homes, preventing premature institutionalization and providing independence, dignity and self-worth. An additional focus is providing needed respite and/or the opportunity to continue employment for caregivers and families.