Whale Day Among Events Funded by Tourism Grants
By Sonia Isotov
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority has selected 23 events on Maui to receive funding under its County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP) for 2013.
This year, the HTA is funding Kā‘ānapali Fresh, Lahaina Plantation Days, and 3rd Maui Open Studios among others, in an attempt to provide more diversity to Hawaii’s tourism profile for Maui County.
“As part of our marketing efforts to perpetuate and promote authentic and unique experiences on Maui, the HTA has selected CPEP events that reflect the distinction of each island and what makes it a one-of-a-kind destination,” said Mike McCartney, president and chief executive officer of the HTA, in a written statement.
“Our partnership with the County of Maui has allowed us to showcase year-round experiences exclusive to Maui County that highlight our people, place and culture for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”
In line with the HTA’s strategic plan to support Hawaii’s community programs and events, CPEP aims to provide visitors with unique experiences throughout the Hawaiian islands. The HTA, together with the County of Maui and the Maui Visitors Bureau, is working with the recipients to align their programs with the branding set forth by the HTA.
CPEP was created in 2002 as a partnership between the HTA and the counties to strengthen and diversify Hawaii’s tourism product and provide quality resident and visitor experiences.
In partnership with the City and County of Honolulu, and the counties of Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i, 98 events are to receive funding across the state, according to the HTA.
Through the program, the four counties receive HTA funding and other resources for tourism product enrichment activities to support projects in the niche areas of agritourism, cultural tourism, ecotourism, edutourism, health and wellness tourism, sports, and technotourism in their respective counties.
The following events and programs on Maui will be funding through the CPEP program in 2013:
|Maui Pops Orchestra 2013||Maui Pops Orchestra, Inc.||Jan. 20, Mar. 17, Dec. 8|
|3rd Maui Open Studios 2013||AECG||Feb. 2-24|
|14th Maui Chinese New Year Festival||Tri Isle RC&D||Feb. 9|
|World Whale Day 2013||Pacific Whale Fnd.||Feb. 16|
|Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational||West Maui Cultural Council||Feb. 16-24|
|5th Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival||AECG||April 19-21|
|Maui Classical Music Festival 2013||Maui Classical Music Festival||May 2-10|
|Three Chinese Festivals||The Lahaina Restoration Fnd.||May 3-5, Sept. 19-21, Nov. 12-14|
|13th Maui Matsuri||Japanese Cultural Society of Maui||May 3-11|
|North South East West Festival 2013||Ebb & Flow Arts||May 17-18, July 13, Aug. 3, Nov. 17|
|22nd Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival||Kī-hō‘alu Foundation, Inc.||
|43rd Maui Marathon||Valley Isle Road Runners, Inc.||Sept. 20-22|
|Art Exhibitions at Kaluanui 2013||Hui No‘eau||Year round|
|Hawaiian Music Series||The Lahaina Restoration Fnd.||Year round|
|Kā‘ānapali Fresh||KBRA||Aug. 30-Sept. 1|
|Pailolo Challenge – Maui to Moloka‘i Canoe Race||Hawaiian Kamali‘i, Inc.||Sept. 14-15|
|Kū Mai Ka Hula 2013||MACC||Sept. 21|
|Maui ‘Ukulele Festival 2013||MACC||Oct. 13|
|Lahaina Plantation Days||The Lahaina Restoration Fnd.||Oct. 18-19|
|Wailea Wine & Food Festival||Wailea Community Assn.||Dec. 5-8|
|Wailuku First Friday||Tri Isle RC&D||First Friday of the month|
|Theater on the Isle||MCT dba Maui OnStage||Year round|
|Visual Arts Exhibition Program 2013||MACC||Year round|