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Hawaii Tourism Authority: How to balance business and care for our islands

HONOLULU (KHON2) – In recent years, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has directed its efforts toward a new model of regenerative tourism and is actively working with the Hawaii visitor community and industry to Malama Ku’u Homeor “taking care of our beloved home”.

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This commitment is evident in the community-focused programs and initiatives it supports.

For example, Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings.

So I would like to introduce the president of the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings, Noah Ha’alilo Soloman. Thank you very much for your time. I know you do a lot of important work when it comes to music. So if you don’t mind sharing with us, what do you do and how does HTA’s reinvestment in the community contribute to your work?

“So Kilin Reece and I are involved with the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings, as you said, and we’re basically a resource created for anyone in the world, in Hawai’i or in- beyond, can interact with Mele Hawai’i and the rich history it brings to us,” Soloman said.

“And it’s basically research portals to reconsider Hawaiian music as a primary source, a written record, a documentation that really informs where Hawaiian music is now and where it’s going and I think it’s a public resource that , I hope, can benefit everyone,” Soloman said.

That said, do you think visitors have a role to play in cultural stewardship then, and if so, how can they contribute?

“Well, what we’re really trying to do is refocus and reclaim the narrative in an authentic and meaningful way about Hawaiian music and the support of visitors and their attention and awareness plays a huge role in that. regard,” Soloman said.

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“So we absolutely welcome their involvement and knowing who we are and what we do. Getting involved is really important and everyone can find more information on our website, kcpstrings.com. You can do volunteering, we absolutely welcome volunteers and we also warmly appreciate donations on our website,” added Soloman.