HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that 162 community programs and events statewide are receiving financial support in 2016. Altogether, HTA is providing $3.3 million in funding to support organizations in three areas essential to perpetuating Hawaii’s sense of community, natural environment and native culture:
• Ninety-four (94) community-based projects and events are receiving HTA support through the County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP) in partnership with the four counties, City and County of Honolulu, County of Maui, County of Kauai, and County of Hawaii.
• Thirty-three (33) environment-based programs are receiving HTA support through Natural Resources Community-Based Program (NRCBP) in partnership with the Hawaii Community Foundation.
• Thirty-five (35) cultural-based programs are receiving HTA support through the Kukulu Ola: Living Hawaiian Culture Program (LHCP).
“Each community is vital at creating memorable experiences for our residents and visitors, and we are proud to support organizations that enrich and strengthen Hawaii through our programs,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “These funds help enhance communities-based projects and events, perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, and preserve Hawaii’s pristine natural resources.”
Through the CPEP, Hawaii’s four counties receive HTA funding and other resources for tourism product development activities to support projects, festivals and events in the niche areas of cultural tourism, eco-tourism, agri-tourism, edu-tourism, health and wellness tourism, sports and techno-tourism in their respective counties. The CPEP was created in 2002 as a partnership between HTA and the four counties to strengthen and diversify Hawaii’s tourism product and provide quality resident and visitor experiences.
HTA’s Natural Resources Program supports efforts that manage, improve and protect Hawaii’s natural environment and areas utilized by residents and visitors through the Community-Based Natural Resources Program. The program was established in 2002 to respect, enhance and maintain Hawaii’s unique natural resources and environment.
HTA’s Kukulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program provides support to Hawaiian programs and cultural practitioners, craftsmen, musicians and other artists perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. The program was established to nurture a greater appreciation of the Hawaiian culture by creating visitor experiences, activities and programs that are respectful and accurate.