Ka Huina 2023 Event Award


The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) has been awarded a $50,000 contract from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) to hold NaHHA’s annual event, “Ka Huina.”

The contract comes as one of several announced contracts from HTA to support statewide community projects, festivals, and events as part of its Signature Events and Community Enrichment programs in 2023.

We mahalo HTA for recognizing “Ka Huina,” NaHHA’s signature annual event, as an important space for sharing cultural knowledge and best practices while showcasing discussions among thought leaders. “Ka Huina” refers to an intersection or nexus between community, culture, tourism and sustainability – all relative and timely experiences in today’s Hawaiʻi.

Literally translated, “Ka Huina” refers to an intersection or nexus. This term serves as the central theme to this event, which explores the nexus in Hawaiʻi of community, culture, tourism and sustainability. Our collective success in preserving the Hawaiʻi we love for future generations is dependent upon our ability to navigate this intersection.

“The festivals and events being supported by our Signature Events and Community Enrichment programs are integral to Hawaiʻi’s multi-cultural community and contribute to a stronger, diversified economy,” said John De Fries, HTA’s president and CEO. “By providing funding assistance to these programs on each island, we are vigorously supporting our kamaʻāina – cultural practitioners, musicians, artists, athletes, production staff, nonprofit groups, and volunteers – who are sharing meaningful experiences with residents and visitors alike.”

The Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) Oʻahu chapter, the Oʻahu Visitors Bureau, will administer NaHHA’s HTA contract. The date for “Ka Huina” will be released soon. To learn more about “Ka Huina” visit www.nahha.com/kahuina.

The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) was founded in 1997 by Sen. Kenneth Brown and Dr. George Kanahele, two iconic Hawaiian leaders who understood the implications, opportunities and impacts that Hawaiʻi’s largest industry was having on the people of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian culture, local ways and our state’s natural and cultural resources.

Inspired by a shared vision of Hawaiʻi, Brown and Kanahele co-founded NaHHA to shape the future of Hawaiʻi tourism by utilizing Hawaiian cultural values as the foundation for business development and leadership. NaHHA promotes Hawaiian culture, values, and traditions in the workplace through consultation and education, and supports those who advance this mission. Learn more about NaHHA at www.nahha.com.