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Posted on: July 30, 2014

Free Workshop Offered on HTA Grants

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WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawai‘i – A free workshop on the three Product Enrichment programs offered by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) will be held Wednesday, August 6 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at UH Maui College, Kalama Building, Room 103. The workshop is open to the public and is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) in partnership with HTA and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Attendance at the workshop is not required to apply for HTA grants.

The County of Maui is currently soliciting proposals for tourism programs on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i for calendar year 2015 under HTA’s County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP). CPEP grants are intended to diversify and enrich Hawai‘i’s tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based attractions and experiences related to the niches of agriculture, culture, education, nature, health and wellness, sports and technology.

Examples of CPEP programs supported in 2014 include: Talk Story on the Land, a series of interpreted hikes lead by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust; annual events such as Maui ‘Ukulele Festival, Lahaina Plantation Days and Ka`anapali Fresh – a culinary celebration of local agriculture; and the Pailolo Challenge Canoe Race from Maui to Molokai. Ongoing activities feature Wailuku First Fridays and cultural arts exhibitions at Hui No‘eau.

CPEP Request for Proposals (RFP) forms and application packets are available online at www.mauicounty.gov/CPEP. They are also available at the OED office located in Wailuku at One Main Plaza, Suite 305. Deadline for all CPEP proposals to be received by OED is September 19, 2014.

For more information on CPEP programs, contact Cheryl Sterling, HTA Programs Specialist, at 270-7997.

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