Molokai Land Trust Awarded Funding

HTA News Release

Molokai Land Trust has been awarded funding as part of $2.7 million statewide from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). The funding furthers HTA’s longstanding commitment to protecting Hawaii’s natural resources and perpetuating Hawaiian culture and will support 53 community-based programs as part of its Aloha ‘Aina ($1.35 million) and Kukulu Ola ($1.35 million) programs for fiscal year 2023-2024. 

The Molokai Land Trust was awarded $75,000 for their project entitled “integrating volunteerism to support critical habitat improvements at Anapuka.” 

“HTA’s Aloha ‘Aina and Kukulu Ola programs provide direct avenues for protecting our islands’ fragile ecosystems and strengthening our culture,” said Kalani Ka‘ana‘ana, HTA’s chief brand officer. “We are proud to continue our work in supporting community-based organizations and the many dedicated stewards and Native Hawaiian practitioners who are committed to natural resource and cultural sustainability throughout Hawaii.”

Since 2010, HTA has provided nearly $13.3 million to support 370 programs that preserve Hawaii’s natural resources and more than $12.5 million to support nearly 360 community organizations and programs that focus on perpetuating Hawaiian culture.

HTA’s Aloha ‘Aina program uplifts community organizations and projects that preserve and regenerate Hawaii’s natural resources and cultural sites. HTA’s Kukulu Ola program provides support to community groups and cultural practitioners that enhance, strengthen and perpetuate Hawaiian culture. These programs support the Natural Resources, Hawaiian Culture and Community pillars of HTA’s Strategic Plan and address the community’s priorities in each island’s Destination Management Action Plans.

HTA has partnered with the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) to administer its Aloha ‘Aina and Kukulu Ola programs in fiscal year 2023-2024. To learn more, visit

“HCF is pleased to continue our partnership with HTA on its Aloha ‘Aina and Kukulu Ola award programs as this important work aligns with our vision of ensuring thriving people and thriving place,” said Larissa Kick, HCF’s vice president of community grants and initiatives.


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