Updated: December 6, 2023
As part of its destination management kuleana to reinvest funding back into the community, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority announced its support of seven festivals and events occurring this spring on Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i.
“Guided by our Strategic Plan and community-based Destination Management Action Plans for each island, we aim to enhance our community’s well-being by supporting local festivals and events,” said Caroline Anderson, HTA’s Director of Planning who oversees the DMAP process. “We know how integral these programs are to the fabric of the community and are pleased to support the many organizers, volunteers and community members who put them on for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
A Request for Proposals will be issued in the coming weeks for HTA’s 2023 Community Enrichment Program to support community-based festivals, events and projects occurring throughout the state from May to December 2023.
Through a procurement process administered by the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau, the following Hawai‘i Island festivals and events are being awarded funding support from HTA. This advances residents’ directive in the Hawai‘i Island DMAP for the industry to “invest in community-based programs that enhance the quality of life for our communities” and “uplift approaches to tourism that are reflective of Hawai‘i Island and its different communities.”
- 2023 Merrie Monarch Festival Broadcast, April 12-15, 2023
- Kōkua Kailua Spring Concert, April 15, 2023
- Cacao Education & Culinary Exploration – Big Island Chocolate Festival: Indulge Your Senses 2023, April 28-29, 2023
Through a procurement process administered by the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau, the following Kaua‘i festivals and events are being awarded funding support from HTA. This supports the Kaua‘i DMAP in which residents called for the industry to “invest in Hawaiian cultural programs and identify funding sources that enhance the visitor experience and connect both tourism and communities,” and also “support activities like kanikapila songfests featuring Hawai‘i’s music and musicians.”
- Story of HUI in The Park, February 18 – March 28, 2023
- Waimea Town Celebration, February 18-25, 2023
- E Kanikapila Kākou 2023, February 20 – March 27, 2023
- Hanapēpē: Our Hawaiian Sense of Place, April 20-23, 2023