Carol Ignacio

Community Program Director

Carol Ignacio is Community Program Manager of Blue Zones Hawaii, and leads the Blue Zones team for the island of Hawaii.  She has over 37 years experience in the human services sector, and a strong background in community development.

Prior to joining the Blue Zones Project, Carol was Statewide Director of the Office for Social Ministry for the Catholic Diocese in Hawaii.  Known for her boundless energy, candor and determination to help the less fortunate, Carol has pioneered numerous grassroots initiatives to aid the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed and others on the fringes of society.   She is credited with opening the island of Hawaii’s first homeless shelter in Hilo, the Hawaii Island Food Bank – now know as The Food Basket, Inc. – and the “Care-A-Van” program, through which social workers and nursed in vans delivered aid to the homeless hidden away on the beaches and byways around the Big Island and Mobile Care bringing access to dental care for the poor.


February 11, 2016
Blue Zones and Beyond, Healthy Living in Hawai’i