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Contact R&D’s Tourism Specialist

The Department of Research and Development’s Tourism Program provides active leadership to strengthen and enhance Hawai‘i Island’s visitor industry. It’s efforts are directed by the by the Hawai‘i Island Tourism Roadmap

The Tourism Program supports cooperative marketing programs, community festivals and sporting events, visitor arrival and departure experiences as well as new tourism products. 


LAVA EVENT VISITOR INFORMATION: See statement from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority:


Hawai‘i is Open for Business: There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business plans.

Air Access: All flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally.

Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions throughout the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i.

Remote Location on the Island of Hawai‘i’s East Side: None of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by Kīlauea volcano except a remote area along the Lower East Rift Zone on the island of Hawaii’s east side, Kīlauea Summit and surrounding areas.

Kīlauea Summit Activity: Steam and ash outbursts from Halema‘uma‘u crater are occurring in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (approximately 40 miles away from the Lower East Rift Zone) and being monitored. This is a natural occurrence as rocks fall into the crater and magma interacts with the groundwater (water table).

Air Quality: Air quality remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai‘i is occurring can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide) and light ash fall may be present. Officials are continuing to monitor air quality.

For more information and links, please visit the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Special Alert Page at


Google “Trekker” Virtual Tours on Hawai‘i Island - This program allows virtual tours to be placed on Google Maps. For more information, click here.


I pledge to be pono (righteous) on the island of Hawai‘i. I will be mindfully seek wonder, but no wander where I do not belong. I will not defy death for breathtaking photos, or venture beyond safety. I will malama (care for) land and sea, and admire wildlife only from afar. Molten lava will mesmerize me, but I will not disrupt its flow. I will not take what is not mine, leaving lava rocks and sand as originally found. I will heed ocean conditions, never turning my back to the Pacific. When rain falls ma uka (inland), I will remain high above ground, out of rivers and streams. I will embrace the island’s aloha spirit, as it embraces me. Lawe i ka maalea i kuonoono. “Take wisdom and make it deep.”

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Funding Programs in 2019

2018 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Community Program awardees.

CLOSED: Hawaii Tourism Authority Issues Request for Proposals to Support Signature Events in Resort Areas on Maui, Kauai, Island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina on Oahu 

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2018

HTA Release (18-67)

RFP 19-11 HTA Signature Event RFP Packet 

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) offering to provide funding support for Signature Events hosted by qualified organizations specifically for resort areas on Maui, Kauai, the island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina on Oahu in 2019.

HTA-supported Signature Events are major festivals and events providing unique, world-class experiences that are designed to attract visitors from outside the state. A requirement of Signature Events is extensive national and international marketing and media exposure.

Examples of Signature Events currently supported by HTA include Aloha Festivals, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Honolulu Festival, Maui Film Festival, Koloa Plantation Days Festival and Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

“We are interested in supporting more festivals and events statewide that showcase the diversity of our islands and celebrate the qualities, traditions and heritage that makes coming to the Hawaiian Islands such a memorable experience,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA President and CEO. “We encourage individuals and organizations to review this RFP and see how they can partner with HTA on hosting a major festival or event in resort areas on Maui, Kauai, the island of Hawaii, and at Ko Olina.”

The HTA RFP program application (HTA RFP 19-11), which includes an overview, timeline, details, qualification requirements, and instructions for submitting proposals to request funding, is available on HTA’s website at

The deadline for applicants to submit proposals is Friday, November 9, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. HST.

All inquiries regarding this RFP should be sent to HTA via email at Responses will be provided accordingly.


Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Reports

The following visitor industry reports compiled by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) can be found at HTA’s Research & Reports Webpage:

National Park Visitor Statistics 

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