Twenty-three Maui County events received grants for events this year through the Hawaii Tourism Authority's County Product Enrichment Program.
"As part of our marketing efforts to perpetuate and promote authentic and unique experiences on Maui, the HTA has selected CPEP events that reflect the distinction of each island and what makes it a one-of-a-kind destination," said Mike McCartney, the authority's president and chief executive officer. "Our partnership with the County of Maui has allowed us to showcase year-round experiences exclusive to Maui County that highlight our people, place and culture for both residents and visitors to enjoy."
The grants were among 98 selected statewide. The tourism authority, together with Maui County and the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau, is working with the recipients to align their programs with the branding set forth by the HTA.
The grant program was created in 2002 as a partnership between the authority and the counties to strengthen and diversify Hawaii's tourism product and to provide quality resident and visitor experiences.
The Maui County events, organization and dates follow: Maui Pops Orchestra 2013, Maui Pops Orchestra Inc., Jan. 20, March 17, Dec. 8; Maui Open Studios 2013, Arts Education for Children's Group, Feb. 2-24; Maui Chinese New Year Festival, Tri Isle RC&D, Feb. 9; World Whale Day 2013, Pacific Whale Foundation, Feb. 16; Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, West Maui Cultural Council, Feb. 16-24; Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, AECG, April 19-21; Maui Classical Music Festival 2013, Maui Classical Music Festival, May 2-10; Three Chinese Festivals, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, May 3-5, Sept. 19-21, Nov. 12-14; Maui Matsuri, Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, May 3-11; North South East West Festival 2013, Ebb & Flow Arts, May 17-18, July 13, Aug. 3, Nov. 17; Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Ki-ho'alu Foundation, June 23; Maui Marathon, Valley Isle Road Runners, Sept. 20-22; Art Exhibitions at Kaluanui 2013, Hui No'eau, year-round; Hawaiian Music Series, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, year-round; Ka'anapali Fresh, Kaanapali Beach Resort Association, Aug. 30-Sept. 1; Pailolo Challenge - Maui to Moloka'i Canoe Race, Hawaiian Kamali'i, Sept. 14-15; Ku Mai Ka Hula 2013, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Sept. 21; Maui 'Ukulele Festival 2013, MACC, Oct. 13; Lahaina Plantation Days, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Oct. 18-19; Wailea Wine & Food Festival, Wailea Community Association, Dec. 5-8; Wailuku First Friday, Tri Isle RC&D, first Friday of each month; Theater on the Isle, Maui Community Theater dba Maui OnStage, year-round; Visual Arts Exhibition Program 2013, MACC, year-round.