HONOLULU -The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu, and the Counties of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai, have selected 98 events and programs statewide to receive funding under its County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP) for 2013.
“The events selected for this year’s CPEP are a reflection of the many things that make the Hawaiian Islands a one-of-a-kind destination,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “Our partnership with the four counties has allowed us to showcase year-round experiences unique to each of the Hawaiian Islands that highlight our people, place and culture for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”
In line with the HTA’s Strategic Plan to support Hawaii’s community programs and events, CPEP aims to provide visitors with unique experiences throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The HTA, together with the four counties and their visitors’ bureaus, is working with the recipients to align with the branding of their respective island, set forth by the HTA.
CPEP was created in 2002 as a partnership between the HTA and the counties to strengthen and diversify Hawaii’s tourism product and provide a quality visitor experience. Through the program, the four counties receive HTA funding and other resources for tourism product enrichment activities to support projects in the niche areas of agritourism, cultural tourism, ecotourism, edutourism, health and wellness tourism, sports, and technotourism in their respective counties.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is a state agency established by law in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry and tourism economy in the state of Hawaii. As the state’s tourism authority, its mission is to strategically manage tourism to optimize benefits for Hawaii, integrating the interests of visitors, the community and visitor industry. Through the implementation of the statewide Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan and HTA’s own strategic plan, the authority works to direct Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with our economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires and visitor industry needs. For more information on the HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
To view the full list of awardees, click here.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa’s next “County on Your Corner” will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Maui Mall near the tower located at the main entrance.
“It is important to connect with people face to face,” says Arakawa. “‘County on Your Corner,’ which is scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for myself and members of my Cabinet to interact with the community on the issues that are of most importance to them.”
Joining Arakawa at this “County on Your Corner” event will be various members of Mayor Arakawa’s Cabinet including Managing Director Keith Regan and Housing & Human Concerns’ Deputy Director Jan Shishido, as well as Councilmember Don Couch.
WASHINGTON – Today Senator John Kerry was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz praised the confirmation of Senator Kerry as Secretary of State and for his leadership in clean energy that will make a mark in history.
“Senator John Kerry is a tireless leader and public servant with decades of foreign policy experience, and I can’t think of a better person to represent our country as Secretary of State. His leadership in addressing climate change and making it an issue of national security will no doubt leave a mark in history. Hawai’i will continue to be a test bed for clean energy nationally and internationally.”
Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.
If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii’s North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazaré.
When McNamara set that record in 2011, he was accompanied by fellow big-wave surfers Andrew Cotton and Alastair Mennie and at the time Mennie said that the conditions were “perfect” for McNamara whom he described as “inspiring”.
“Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves,” Mennie said. “Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60ft and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90ft. The jet ski was the best place to see him riding the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. Most people would be scared but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer.”
WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Senator Brian Schatz urges Congress to act now and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is common sense legislation that would require women to be paid the same as men for the same job. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is the first piece of legislation signed by President Obama during his first term and takes steps towards eliminating pay discrimination on the basis of gender.
“Today marks the anniversary of a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women all over the country are entitled to the same rights as men in the workplace. It is an economic imperative that we take further steps to ensure that every woman is paid the same as a man for the exact same job. I applaud President Obama for taking steps to eliminate pay discrimination during his first term, but we must do more.
“Fair is fair, and equal pay for equal work is a common sense concept. It’s time for my colleagues in Congress to enter the 21st century and support the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women can bring home full paychecks to support their families. We must put politics aside and do what is right for every middle-class family in this country.”
EVENTS: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI, and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. tonight.
A High Surf Warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: A large northwest swell will impact most north and west shores of the smaller islands today. The swell will be decreasing through the day. Wave heights are forecast to be 20-25 feet today, diminishing gradually.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK, AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH. BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
EXPECT OCEAN WATER OCCASIONALLY SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALLY IMPACT HARBORS MAKING NAVIGATING THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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