Continuing its reinvestment in Hawaiʻi’s communities, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced it is awarding $2.9 million in funding to support 86 community-based projects, festivals and events through its Community Enrichment program for 2022 – including 13 statewide programs.
Recipients include nonprofit organizations that are supporting quality experiences created by the communities to be shared with residents and visitors. The Community Enrichment program supports an array of festivals, events and programs in the areas of agriculture, culture, culinary, nature, education, health and wellness, sports, and voluntourism.
Statewide Community Enrichment Awardees
BEHawaii, Make Music Hawaiʻi 2022
Curating Multiple Music Events Statewide
Epic Sports Foundation
Molokaʻi 2 Oʻahu Paddleboard World Championships
Hawaiʻi Ag and Culinary Alliance dba Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival
Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival
Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation, Localicious Hawaiʻi
Connecting Visitors to Our Local Food Producers
Hawaiʻi International Film Festival
42nd Annual Hawaiʻi International Film Festival
Kauaʻi and Oʻahu Boogie Boarding Events
1st Annual International Bodyboarding Corporation Junior Pro (Oʻahu)
4th Annual Garden Island Boogie Board Classic (Kauaʻi)
14th Annual Hubb’s Keiki Fest (Oʻahu)
Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society
Queen Liliʻuokalani Keiki Hula Festival: Film
Volunteer Week Hawaiʻi 2022
Kī Hōʻalu Foundation
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festivals (HSKGF)
31st Annual HSKGF – Maui Style
40th Annual HSKGF – Waikīkī Style
25th Annual HSKGF – Kona Style
30th Annual HSKFG – Kauaʻi Style
King Kamehameha Celebration
2022 Statewide King Kamehameha Celebrations
Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai
Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai 2022 – Annual Molokaʻi to Oʻahu Canoe Race
Purple Maiʻa Foundation
Hawaiʻi FoundHer Experience
University of Hawaiʻi
Asia Pacific Dance Festival
“Our Community Enrichment program enables the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority to serve as the connecting point between tourism and meaningful economic diversification by reinvesting in these community-based experiences spanning various industries,” said Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā, HTA’s Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to support the efforts of our residents in their communities, as these festivals and events are an integral part of Hawaiʻi’s lifestyle and multi-cultural brand.”
The Community Enrichment program is a part of HTA’s commitment toward Mālama Kuʻu Home (caring for my beloved home) and the Community pillar of its 2025 Strategic Plan. Since 2017, HTA has invested over $3.8 million to support more than 200 community projects and events.
HTA partnered with the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and the Island Chapters to administer its Community Enrichment program for 2022. A request for proposals was issued on September 27, 2021 with submittals from applicants received by November 5, 2021. Proposals were reviewed thoroughly by a committee on each island comprised of representatives from the respective Island Chapter, County, and HTA.
“The Community Enrichment Program supports events and programming organized and implemented by members of our own Hawaiʻi communities,” said John Monahan, HVCB’s President and CEO. “From a hospitality standpoint, these events not only provide our visitors with authentic and meaningful experiences, but also create opportunities for the community to participate in actively shaping Hawaiʻi’s visitor industry. It is a privilege to support these local events that bring people together in celebration of our islands’ diverseculture.”
For more information about the Community Enrichment program, visit: www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/what-we-do/hta-programs/community-enrichment/.