Scores of Big Islanders enjoyed food, entertainment, and saw a bevy of custom vehicles and an array of arts and crafts Saturday all the while helping the developmentally disabled.
The 16th annual Arc of Kona Bazaar and Custom Car and Bike Show took over much of Konawaena School Road, as well as the Arc’s facility at the top of the road. Free to the public, all proceeds raised during the five-hour event help fund the organization’s range of programs for the disabled.
The nonprofit offers services such as assisted and independent living, therapeutic skill development, work placement and retention and adult day programs for the disabled. It operates group homes in Captain Cook and Ocean View, and a rural office in Honokaa.
The organization receives county, state, federal and United Way funds, as well as private contributions from foundations and individuals. It also receives Medicaid and private insurance company reimbursement.
Known as the Arc of Kona since 2005, the organization began in 1962 as the Kona Chapter of the Big Island Association to Help Retarded Citizens. In 1966, the name was changed to Kona Krafts and in 1970, the organization moved to its current facility, which features a workshop, nursery and other rehabilitation amenities.
For more information, to get involved or donate, visit arcofkona.org or call 323-2626.