HONOLULU (AP), In an effort to preserve natural areas, and to increase the involvement of Native Hawaiians in the tourism industry, the Hawaii Tourism Authority awarded grants to several local environmental-cultural organizations.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, after cutting grants last year due a tight budget, the agency recently granted more than $3,000,000 through its Kukulu Ola grant and Aloha Aina grant.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority has partnered with the Hawaii Community Foundation to distribute money to more than a dozen organisations.
Some of the projects funded by the funding include the construction of a Hawaiian Hale, or house, on Oahu Trust Lands, the restoration and maintenance of a traditional fishpond on Maui, and the commissioning and installation of a mural depicting the powerful Native Wahine, the Hawaiian word meaning woman, on Kauai.
The tourism authority is promoting Hawaii as a destination where people can enjoy more sustainable forms of tourism that place an emphasis on local and Indigenous culture and the preservation or restoration of natural areas.
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