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2006 Hawaiian Culture Awards

In May of 2006, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced the fourteen recipients of their 2006 Hawaiian Culture Program Awards.

2006 Hawaiian Culture Award Recipients

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
PROJECT: Makahiki Program
DESCRIPTION: An effort to formally recognize the Hawaiian Makahiki season. The program will include research with cultural practitioners and native Hawaiian organizations about Makahiki, establishment of a working group to develop an annual event, and other educational activities.

Hawaii Island Economic Development Board
PROJECT: The Hawaiian Music Conference Series
DESCRIPTION: A series of conferences about the music of Hawaii featuring professional and master Hawaiian music makers. The conferences will have workshops where masters will share their techniques and ideas about what makes a song Hawaiian, and information about writing, publishing, protecting and copy writing music.

Hawaii Theater Center
PROJECT: Hawaiian Performing Arts Program
DESCRIPTION: A program to perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula and to nurture the Hawaiian music industry. Performances will take place at the Hawaii Theatre Center.

Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association
PROJECT: Sailing Canoe Program
DESCRIPTION: This program offers activities (e.g., clinics, educational activities, and Hawaiian sailing canoe races) for visitors and residents throughout the State.

Hui Makua o Kawaiahao (no Web site)
PROJECT: E Malama I Ke Kai Ocean Festival
DESCRIPTION: An annual ocean awareness festival scheduled for June 2006 at Kapiolani Park on Oahu to promote public awareness of caring for the ocean and its surrounding environment and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.

Cultural Learning Center at Kaala
PROJECT: E Ao Mai Ka Aina: Lessons Learned from the Land
DESCRIPTIOIN: Cultural Learning Program brings visitors and residents (including Hawaii youth) to Kaala Farm’s Cultural Learning Center in Waianae Valley for educational experiences focusing on Hawaiian culture and traditions.

PROJECT: Hawaiian Cultural Practices Institute and Incubator for Practitioners.
DESCRIPTION: This project supports training programs for cultural practitioners on topics including history, genealogy and chant.

Kauai Museum Association
PROJECT: 26th Annual May Day Lei Contest scheduled to be held on Kauai in May 2006.

Kona Historical Society
PROJECT: Kona Heritage Ranch - Oral Histories of Paniolo.
DESCRIPTION: This project includes production of video and audio documentation of oral histories which will serve as the foundation for creating programs to showcase Hawaiian paniolo at the Kona Heritage Ranch.

Na Pali Coast Ohana
PROJECT: E Kukulu I Ka PaePae
DESCRIPTION: Restoration of Stone Wall and Halau at Na Pali State Park. This project supports efforts to manage the natural and cultural resource of Na Pali State Park through the rebuilding of the stone walls and a halau along the visitor trail.

Pai Foundation
PROJECT: 4th Annual Hapa Haole Hula Festival.
DESCRIPTION: This event brings musicians, dancers and scholars together to showcase the music and dance of this Hawaiian genre.

Pasifika Foundation Hawaii
PROJECT: Development of Community Based Host-Visitor Program and Tourism Model
DESCRIPTION: This project includes the development of a Hawaii model for a community based host-visitor program by sharing information and bringing together tourism representatives and experts in indigenous tourism initiatives from Hawaii and the Pacific region.

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council
PROJECT: Halawa Farms -Restoration of Taro and Tour Program
DESCRIPTION: This project supports the integration of agri-tourism and cultural tourism activities as part of the Halawa Valley tour.

PROJECT: Kokokahi Cultural Learning Center
DESCRIPTION: This project supports the planning and development of Kokokahi Cultural Learning Center on Oahu as a place where the Hawaiian culture can be lived and practiced daily.

The above award recipients were selected with guidance from the following members of HTA's Hawaiian Cultural Program Advisory Council:

Peter Apo, Director
Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association

Brother Noland Conjugacion
Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner

Walter Jamieson, Dean
University of Hawaii at Manoa
School of Travel Industry Management

Robbie Kaholokula
County of Kauai Tourism

Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui
President and Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Kapuuwailani Lindsey
President and CEO
Pono, LLC

Kai Markell, Policy Advocate,
Native Rights, Land and Culture
Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Senior Manager
Hawaiian Air, Community and Government

Ramsay Taum
UH School of Travel Industry Management
Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association

Mike White, General Manager,
Kaanapali Beach Hotel

The 2006 HTA Hawaiian Culture award winners were selected based on criteria designed to address the goals and objectives identified in the Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan: 2005-2015 for the HTA's Hawaiian Culture initiative.

The objectives included: strengthening the relationship between the visitor industry and the Hawaiian community, nurturing the Hawaiian culture by creating visitor experiences, activities and marketing programs that are respectful and accurate; and supporting Hawaiian programs and cultural practitioners, craftsmen, musicians, and other artists that preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. Through HTA’s Hawaiian Culture Program, one-to-one matching funds were provided to business and organizations that honor and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and community.

"Our Hawaiian Culture Program not only supports efforts to preserve and sustain the Hawaiian culture, but is also intended to build partnerships and increase collaboration between Hawaii’s visitor industry and the Native Hawaiian community," said Rex Johnson, HTA president and chief executive officer. "Through this initiative, we are proud to support programs and activities that provide both our visitors and residents with the opportunity to experience our unique host culture, history and our way of life. Those are the attributes that set Hawaii apart from all other places."

The Hawaii Tourism Authority was created in 1998 to promote and sustain Hawaii's visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to manage the growth of Hawaii's visitor industry in a manner consistent with economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, and community interests.

See also
- About the Keep It Hawaii Awards
- About the Hawaii Tourism Authority
- Other Hawaii Tourism Organizations

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