Impact

supporting success in life

Since 1964, the Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives. The Vocational Training Po‘okela program teaches clients the value of having a vision, setting goals and the steps needed to accomplish those goals.

“Every aspect of treatment is specifically designed to help client’s get the tools necessary to navigate a different path than the one they are currently on. Healing of mind, body, heart and soul ensure success in the community.” Raquel Chang, LMFT Chief Clinical Officer

The Food Truck provides hands on job training for BISAC clients, giving them the skills and the confidence needed to later succeed in the job market and in life.

The Culinary Arts program helps me learn new skills that will possibly help me get a job in the future. I have a chance at having a good, successful life.

Thanks BISAC for the opportunity for this last chance to change my life, put hope in my soul and someone that believes in me when I couldn’t believe in myself.

Every meal you purchase gives someone hope. Every meal you purchase helps our community
be stronger and healthier. Every meal you purchase makes a difference.

True Story

can motivate someone

Willie Leong

Culinary Vocational Trainer

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime, I have a chance to combine both passions of mine into one Job!”

It is a rare situation for someone like me, and the past that I’ve come from, to have such an opportunity as I would call it, “kill 2 birds with one stone.” Let me start off by saying I have been clean and sober since 12/25/1997, prior to that I struggled with addiction, which stemmed from a lot more than just being a drug addict. There were a lot of underlying issues that had to be dealt with before my life could move forward and become a positive contributor in our beautiful home we call Hawai‘i.

I have been in the food and beverage Industry since 1987 and have had extensive training working hands in some very successful restaurants: Tahitian Lanai, Horatio’s, Matteo’s, Auntie Pasto’s, to name a few. I worked my way from the bottom as a dishwasher, food runner, prep cook, line cook, kitchen manager, and Sous Chef.

I bring passion, creativity and love for food to every plate I put my hands on. We will use only the freshest ingredients and combine flavors and tastes that Hilo has not seen in a food truck. My goal as the Culinary Vocational Trainer 1st and foremost is to ensure we give our clients the chance and skills that I was given as a young man, scared and afraid to go out into the real world and face the everyday challenges that life will throw at us clean and sober. 2nd to take the Big Island Fusion Food Truck around Hilo and create dishes that will not only represent our culture but incorporate all the experience and knowledge I have gained in the past and put it on every plate that we serve.

My goal is to bring exceptional food to the streets of Hilo while infusing all our local ingredients and the passion for cooking that’s burning inside my heart to all of you.

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