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Hawaii Tourism Authority gives $1.4M in grants

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:21 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2013

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.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Money well spent. Mahalo
on April 16,2013 | 06:43AM
MANDA wrote:
that's our taxpayer money! Why is it given to an agency to give out at its own discretion? Total lack of public input & transparency.
on April 16,2013 | 07:35AM
ShibaiDakine wrote:
Once again Honolulu's not-so-great metropolitan newspaper omits any reference to the source document and, by appearance, has cherry-picked those who have the most curb appeal. A quick visit to HTA's website lists the recipients, but with no dollar amount. This is yet another example of how the paper tilts the pinball machine to favor the outcome and how transparency is thwarted by government agencies. It should not take a 12 year overhaul of a government wide IT infrastructure to have the administrators of fully functional websites like HTA's to post a simple PDF document containing said information. If Abs really means what he is saying he should have HTA's CEO Mike McCartney on the phone discussing the need for transparency and accountability by HTA. As for the recipients, once again we see how the taxpayer dollars filter down into the non-profit underworld where there is little or any accounting of the products and services delivered and the quantifiable benefits derived from the taxpayer's investment. If anyone knows otherwise please enlighten us with a source for public consumption.
on April 16,2013 | 09:23AM
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