Ua ola loko i ke aloha Love gives life within.
Love is imperative to one’s mental and physical welfare.

In 1956, Reverend Gerald Loweth arrived in Hawaii Island to serve as Rector of Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo. During his short time on the island, he noticed there was no support system in place for anyone struggling with alcoholism. He began recruiting people willing to help the cause and, with them, created the Big Island Committee on Alcoholism. Then, in 1964 under Reverend Loweth’s leadership, the committee acquired government funding and officially established the Big Island Substance Abuse Council.

Over the years, the organization expanded its scope of services from alcoholism counseling to a small halfway house to now being a distinguished CARF accredited program addressing substance abuse and mental health issues.

BISAC continues to inspire individuals and their families today and is now a multimillion-dollar organization with a strong commitment to serving not just Hawaiʻi County but the State of Hawaiʻi. Our services align with the ever-changing behavioral health field with a professional and caring staff who are deeply committed to delivering quality services.

To learn more about the services currently provided, please visit the Our Services page.



Integrity — Living Pono, ensuring honest, fair and ethical practices that keep our promise of helping to reclaim and enrich lives.

Nurture —Fostering relationships with staff, clients, their loved ones and our community to encourage thriving growth.

Success —Achieving, daily, a sense of health, happiness and overall well-being in all our activities.

Perseverance —Working humbly each day with dedication and patience to meet the needs of our mission.

Innovation —Committing to continuous improvement through new ideas, resourcefulness and the fostering of individual talents.

Respect —Recognizing and honoring the dignity of each and every individual.

Empowerment —Building confidence by providing resources, encouragement, guidance and support.

When you donate to the Big Island Substance Abuse Center you make a profound impact on the community

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