Close to $1.5 million of Hawaii Tourism and HCF Funds Will Support Hawaiian Cultural Programs in 2022

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

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 Kukulu Ola program allows the Hawaii 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 Ka‘anā‘anā, HTA Chief Brand Officer. “Investing in our communities remains a significant part of our efforts and strategic plan for fostering a better Hawaii for generations to come.”

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

HTA selected the Hawaii Community Foundation to administer its Kukulu 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 Kukulu 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 Kukulu Ola program, click here.

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