HTA Announces Kūkulu Ola and Aloha ʻĀina Programs


The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced funding opportunities for its Kūkulu Ola and Aloha ʻĀina programs. The funding is for qualified organizations and programs that will perpetuate Hawaiian culture and preserve Hawaiʻi’s natural resources in fiscal year 2023-2024.

The programs are a part of HTA’s commitment to Mālama Kuʻu Home (caring for my beloved home) and the interacting pillars of its 2025 Strategic Plan.

“These programs are direct ways to reinvest in our people and place by supporting the work of various community organizations across the Hawaiian Islands,” said Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā, HTA’s Chief Brand Officer. “Investments in a thriving, living Hawaiian culture and the protection of our precious natural environment are investments worth making.”

The Kūkulu Ola program provides support to awardees that enhance, strengthen and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through genuine experiences for residents and visitors alike. The Aloha ʻĀina program provides support to community entities with an emphasis on ʻāina-kānaka (land-human) relationships and knowledge that manage, preserve and regenerate Hawaiʻi’s natural resources and environment.

HTA is partnering with Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) to administer funding for its Kūkulu Ola and Aloha ʻĀina programs.

A virtual information session for interested applicants will be offered via Zoom on May 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For those unable to join live, a session recording will be posted at

All inquiries about the funding opportunities should be directed to Kehau Meyer at

Kūkulu Ola and Aloha Āina Programs

Deadline for funding proposals to HCF for either of the two programs is May 24, 2023 at 4 p.m. HST.

Interested applicants should visit: