2022 Hōʻihi Grant Program Awardees

2023 Prince Lot Hula Festival

46th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, July 2023, Moanalua Gardens Foundation.  PC: Kai Markell

NHO:  ʻAoʻao o Nā Loko Iʻa o Maui

Project:  Kōʻieʻie Fishpond Visitor Engagement Program

Description:  Program will showcase the Hawaiian cultural practice of uhau humu pōhaku (dry-stack masonry) and educate visitors about the cultural and historical significance of Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond. 

POC:  Joylynn Paman 

NHO:  Hanalei River Heritage Foundation

Project:  I Mana Ka ‘Āina Visitor Engagement Program

Description:  Program will develop a bilingual (Hawaiian & English) traditional knowledge driven historical interpretive educational program for visitors and community, based on Native Hawaiians who farmed, fished, and were natural resource practitioners in Uhauʻiole ʻili and Wailua ʻAhupuaʻa in traditional times.

POC:  Kamealoha Smith 

NHO:  Hiʻipaka LLC

Project:  Hōʻihi no Waimea

Description:  Project will engage visitors in interactive cultural activities such as lei making, coconut weaving, lauhala weaving, wood work, hale building, kukui nut uses, ‘ukulele lessons, kapa making, rope making, and poi pounding.

POC:  Richard Pezzulo 

NHO:  Moanalua Garden Foundation Inc.

Project:  46th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Description:  The hula festival will bring 14 new and returning halau hula throughout Hawai‘i invited to perform at ‘Iolani Palace (or Kaʻakako Makai). The 2023 festival will combine live in-person hula performances, cultural demonstrations, food trucks, a craft fair, and a virtual two-hour television program.

POC:  Pauline Worsham 

NHO:  Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association

Project:  Festival Event Engagement Program for Visitors & Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners

Description:  To bring a new kind of event to Waikīkī, one in which Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners and their intellectual, spiritual and embodied indigenous knowledge is forefronted in a facilitated and respectful manner that allows visitors and locals to engage more deeply with indigenous meanings of the land and cultural traditions of malama ʻāina and kuleana.

POC:  Mālia Sanders

NHO:  PAʻI Foundation

Project:  Nānā I Ke Kumu: Look to the Source

Description:  To educate and engage tourists to Hawaiʻi on the history and cultural traditions, principles and values of the Native Hawaiian people and the natural and cultural resources vital to the perpetuation of these traditions.

POC:  Vicky Holt-Takamine 

NHO:  Waiʻanae Economic Development Council 

Project:  E Mau Ke Aʻo: Sustaining the Cultural Practitioner

Description:  This program will specifically focus on the creation of new businesses for cultural practitioners; new access to markets; adoption of new business models, including digital learning and in-person experiences; increased demand for workers; and increased marketing efforts, content creation, and training.

POC:  Nainoa Logan


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