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HTA Issues Request for Proposals to Support Signature Events in Resort Areas on Maui, Kauai, Island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina on Oahu

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) offering to provide funding support for Signature Events hosted by qualified organizations specifically for resort areas on Maui, Kauai, the island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina on Oahu in 2019.

HTA-supported Signature Events are major festivals and events providing unique, world-class experiences that are designed to attract visitors from outside the state. A requirement of Signature Events is extensive national and international marketing and media exposure.

Examples of Signature Events currently supported by HTA include Aloha Festivals, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Honolulu Festival, Maui Film Festival, Koloa Plantation Days Festival and Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

“We are interested in supporting more festivals and events statewide that showcase the diversity of our islands and celebrate the qualities, traditions and heritage that makes coming to the Hawaiian Islands such a memorable experience,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA President and CEO. “We encourage individuals and organizations to review this RFP and see how they can partner with HTA on hosting a major festival or event in resort areas on Maui, Kauai, the island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina.”

The HTA RFP program application (HTA RFP 19-11), which includes an overview, timeline, details, qualification requirements, and instructions for submitting proposals to request funding, is available on HTA’s website at

The deadline for applicants to submit proposals is Friday, November 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. HST.
All inquiries regarding this RFP should be sent to HTA via email at [email protected]. Responses will be provided accordingly.


About the Hawaii Tourism Authority
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawaii’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawaii, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawaii’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.

For more information about HTA, please visit Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

Media Contacts:

Charlene Chan
Director of Communications
Hawaii Tourism Authority
808-973-2272 (o)
808-781-7733 (m)
[email protected]

Patrick Dugan
Anthology Marketing Group
(808) 539-3411 (o)
(808) 741-2712 (m)
[email protected]