HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency for tourism, in partnership with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), is pleased to announce that applications for HTA’s 2009 Kūkulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program (HTA LHCP) will be available in July. This program provides funding support to organizations for projects that strengthen, support and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and community, a key initiative of the Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan: 2005-2015.
“HTA continues to dedicate resources to support organizations and businesses with programs and projects that perpetuate and respectfully portray the Hawaiian culture,” said Rex Johnson, president and chief executive officer of HTA. “Our partnership with CNHA, announced in August 2007, has helped us to reach the broader Hawaiian community as shown by the increase in quality applications that we received last year.”
“HTA and CNHA’s partnership through the HTA Living Hawaiian Culture Program has touched more than 200 participants through last year’s workshops,” said Robin Danner, CNHA president and chief executive officer. “We greatly appreciate HTA’s leadership in supporting the very essence of Hawaii that makes it a top visitor destination, and we encourage organizations to learn more about this great funding opportunity.”
To assist individuals and organizations with the application process, HTA and CNHA will be holding free statewide workshops throughout the summer to provide technical assistance and training that will explain objectives of the Kūkulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program, including the application and award process. Registration forms for the workshops will be available on the HTA LHCP website at www.livinghawaiianculture.org on July 7, 2008.