HONOLULU, Hawaï - L'Autorité du tourisme d'Hawaï (HTA), l'agence d'État pour le tourisme, en partenariat avec le Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), est heureuse d'annoncer que les candidatures au programme 2009 de HTA Kūkulu Ola - Living Hawaiian Culture (HTA LHCP) ) sera disponible en juillet. Ce programme fournit un soutien financier aux organisations pour des projets qui renforcent, soutiennent et perpétuent la culture et la communauté hawaïennes, une initiative clé du Plan stratégique du tourisme à Hawaï: 2005-2015.
“HTA continues to dedicate resources to support organizations and businesses with programs and projects that perpetuate and respectfully portray the Hawaiian culture,” said Rex Johnson, president and chief executive officer of HTA. “Our partnership with CNHA, announced in August 2007, has helped us to reach the broader Hawaiian community as shown by the increase in quality applications that we received last year.”
“HTA and CNHA’s partnership through the HTA Living Hawaiian Culture Program has touched more than 200 participants through last year’s workshops,” said Robin Danner, CNHA president and chief executive officer. “We greatly appreciate HTA’s leadership in supporting the very essence of Hawaii that makes it a top visitor destination, and we encourage organizations to learn more about this great funding opportunity.”
To assist individuals and organizations with the application process, HTA and CNHA will be holding free statewide workshops throughout the summer to provide technical assistance and training that will explain objectives of the Kūkulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program, including the application and award process. Registration forms for the workshops will be available on the HTA LHCP website at www.livinghawaiianculture.org on July 7, 2008.