Mahalo for Making Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi a Success!


On behalf of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA), we would like to send a special mahalo to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, the Royal Hawaiian Center, and all our partners and sponsors who made the Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi Weekend 2024 event on February 3 and 4 possible.

Our purpose in creating Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi Weekend was to bring our Native Hawaiian community into Waikīkī to engage and educate through cultural practice, to develop economic stability and financial empowerment among Native Hawaiians, and to provide opportunities to reinforce and strengthen Native Hawaiian connection to ʻohana, moʻomeheu and ʻāina.

This programing is a prime example of how tourism works when Indigenous people benefit from the model, exercising circular economy methodology and exercising regenerative tourism. It was an opportunity to live by the objectives of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole to provide opportunities for education, to exercise cultural heritage pride, and to advance the socio-economic conditions of Native Hawaiians.

Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi Weekend took place at Helumoa, on aliʻi trust lands in the heart of Waikīkī, which was an additional honor. Our aliʻi always meant for us to be a part of the innovations of the Western world, and to engage with malihini and kamaʻāina was something our aliʻi wanted us to be part of.

At this event, elements of past and present met so respectively. Our founders, Dr. George Kanahele and Sen. Kenny Brown, would have been very proud to see our visitors and kamaʻāina return to Waikīkī and to have “safe space” opportunities to engage with culture. They were big advocates of that! NaHHA was able to mālama our people through this programming and thus, the visitor also found benefit in the space we created.

We hope that OHA will consider collaborating again when Hoʻokipa Hawaiʻi Weekend returns in 2025. A save-the-date is coming soon!

Mahalo nui to the community members who attended, the cultural practitioners and Native Hawaiian small businesses who participated, the many vendors in our community who helped us make this vision a reality, and to our partners and sponsors who believed in the goals of what we set out to accomplish. Mahalo nui for the many hands who have made our first annual event such a huge success! Your aloha continues to be with us, and our aloha is always with you! Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo from Team NaHHA.

Event partners and sponsors included: OHA, the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, Royal Hawaiian Center, JSS By Design, First Hawaiian Bank, Kualoa Ranch, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Waimea Valley, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, NMG Network, Kyo-ya Management, Outrigger Resorts & Hotels, Kaimana Beach Hotel, ʻAlohilani Resort, Hyatt Regency Waikīkī, Designed With Aloha, PAU Vodka, The Kālaimoku Group, Nakeʻu Awai Designs, The Gay Agenda Collective, and ʻŌiwi TV.

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