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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. 



 R&D is requesting proposals for the visitor promotions grant award in preparation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support marketing initiatives that grow Hawai‘i Island’s visitor arrivals and expenditures, and strengthen Hawai‘i Island’s brand to sustain the visitor industry in a way that protects the assets of the island, while providing economic benefit to the island’s businesses and residents. For more information and forms, go to our Funding and Grant Resources page.

Kīlauea Eruption Recovery Information

Hawai‘i is open for business and initiated a long-term recovery process after the unprecedented 100+ day Kīlauea eruption that occurred on the Island of Hawai‘i between April and August 2018. Learn more about the eruption and long term recovery process here.

  • 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.
  • Kīlauea Status: The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) continues to closely monitor Kīlauea Volcano and will issue updates and notifications of volcanic activity if warranted.
  • Air Quality: Air quality has stabililized since the eruption paused in August 2018. However, air quality in direct proximity to recent volcanic activity, localized to a very small portion of the Lower East Rift Zone can be hazardous due to SO2-sulfur dioxide emissions. Individuals with pre-existing conditions should adjust travel plans accordingly.
  • For current traveler information and links, please visit the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Special Alert Page
  • For Kīlauea Status, review the HVO weekly update.


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


 The Hawaiian word “pono,” translated literally, means righteous. Island of Hawai‘i residents and visitors alike are asked to take the Pono Pledge, thereby committing to a more mindful approach to interacting with and preserving the spectacular natural beauty of the island.

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.”

Take the Pono Pledge

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority New President and CEO

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s board of directors unanimously confirmed the appointment of longtime tourism executive Chris Tatum as its new president and CEO.  Please attached announcement for more details.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Funding Programs in 2019

2019 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Hawaiian Culture,Natural Resources and Community Program awardees.

2018 Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Community Program awardees.


Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Reports

New Tourism Dashboard by Island - Monthly visitor industry statistics 

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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