Six Statewide Programs Awarded 2022 HTA Kūkulu Ola Funding

Jan 11, 2022

Building on its commitment to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) have announced $1,475,000 in funding to support 30 community-based programs in Hawaiʻi through HTA’s Kūkulu Ola program for 2022 – including six statewide programs.

Awardees include qualified community groups, practitioners and craftspeople committed to strengthening a broader understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture through place-based activities and engagement on each island.

“The Kūkulu Ola program allows the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority to support the important work of these organizations in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and our identity as a people, through various projects, programs and events,” said Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā, HTA Chief Brand Officer. “Investing in our communities remains a significant part of our efforts and strategic plan for fostering a better Hawaiʻi for generations to come.”

Statewide Kūkulu Ola Awardees

Hawaiʻi Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experience
Steel Guitar Festivals and Showcases

Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation
NATIVE Act Stewardship Training for Native Hawaiian Site Protection and Restoration

Ka Pā o Lonopūhā

Kāhuli Leo Leʻa
Kani Kuaola: Amplifying Livelihoods in Mele

Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo
Year of the Limu 2022

Text-based Support for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Practices in Hawaiʻi Households

Since 2010, HTA has provided $11 million in total funding to support 330 organizations and programs that preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.

HTA selected the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation to administer its Kūkulu Ola program for 2022 for its experience in working with the arts and culture sector and the organization’s collective action approach through its CHANGE Framework.

“This year’s awardees are connected by their shared approach to preserving practices and passing along knowledge to the next generation,” said Michelle Kauhane, HCF Senior Vice President of Community Grants & Initiatives. “HCF is proud to support the Kūkulu Ola program for its ability to bring together these incredible organizations who underscore the value of investing in culture, arts, and community.”

A request for proposals was issued on September 15, 2021 with submittals from applicants received by October 29, 2021.

For more information about the Kūkulu Ola program, visit