Business / In Brief • Apr. 17, 2013

Dicus to be speaker at potluck

To celebrate the end of tax season, Maui Business Brainstormers and Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce are hosting a potluck dinner featuring music, entertainment and guest speakers – including Hawaii News Now’s Howard Dicus.

The “Monster Meet-up” party will go from 5 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm in Lahaina.

Dicus will be coming from Oahu to serve as the keynote speaker. Writer and radio personality Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez will serve as master of ceremonies. Blackburn-Rodriguez is a former host of the “Maui Breakfast Club” radio show.

Music will be provided by The Hawaiian Serenaders and Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr.

Each guest is asked to bring a potluck dish to share, a beverage and a $5 contribution. The event is open to members of both groups and their guests with RSVP.

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Tourism authority awards grants

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority is awarding $1.4 million in grants to support cultural and natural resource programs run by 40 groups across the state.

The grants will support projects like removing invasive plants in the Kokee and Alakai regions of Kauai and creating a Honolulu Zoo exhibit on what Hawaii looked like before humans first arrived.

The Hula Preservation Society and organizers of a traveling exhibit on Kalaupapa are among the cultural groups receiving grants.

Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney says it’s important to support programs that protect and perpetuate Hawaii’s people and culture.

He says the grants allow the agency to use tourism dollars to support community-led initiatives that also create authentic experiences for visitors.

The agency announced the grants last week.