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Hawaiian Culture a Key Focus at Global Tourism Summit, September 19-21

August 28, 2017 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email
The moral compass of Hawaii’s tourism marketing efforts – Hawaiian culture – will be a key focus of the upcoming Global Tourism Summit, with six sessions being held to share best practices and continue improving cultural authenticity throughout the industry.

Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the three-day Global Tourism Summit takes placeSeptember 19-21 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
In addition to Hawaiian culture, sessions will address eco-tourism, global marketing, technology and innovation in presentations and panel discussions. The summit’s objective is to bring businesses and individuals from all types of industries together to help improve tourism in Hawaii and abroad.
Sustainable tourism is the summit theme and perpetuating the tenets of the Hawaiian culture in all aspects of life in Hawaii is instrumental to the islands’ future success, both as a place to live and as a travel destination, according to Kalani Kaanaana, HTA director of Hawaiian cultural affairs.
“A greater appreciation and broader understanding of Hawaiian culture and the heritage of indigenous people is essential to our future, both here in Hawaii and around the world,” said Kaanaana. “Embracing this knowledge improves the integrity of how we live and care for the places we call home. We become better stewards in how we see what’s most important to our collective future.
“These Hawaiian culture sessions will be enlightening and inspiring. We have brought together key opinion leaders of the Hawaiian community to share their views on how we can improve Hawaii and tourism as we move forward. We are also excited to have cultural indigenous leaders representing Native Americans, Canada, Australia and New Zealand sharing their views on the importance of cultural sustainability for our future.”
Schedule of Hawaiian Culture Sessions
September 19
Hookipa Hawaii: Hawaiian Culture in Tourism
2:15-3:30 p.m.
Douglas Chang, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
Kainoa Daines, Oahu Visitors Bureau
Kalani Kaanaana, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Pohai Ryan, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Hawaiian culture is the foundation of Hawaii tourism. Learn how responsible governance and education help to sustain, enhance and improve tourism today.
Kulana Hiehie: Establishing Cultural Standards
3:40-4:55 p.m.
Daniel Nahoopii, SMS Research
Edward H. Hall III, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Keith Henry, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada
Kalani Kaanaana, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Understand how other native communities around the world are creating or have created criteria to ensure authentic representation of culture in tourism.
September 20
Lei Lanakila: Award-Winning Native Tourism
2:00-3:35 p.m.
Pohai Ryan, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Sherry Rupert, State of Nevada Indian Commission and American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association
Sonya Jeffrey, Ingan Tours (Australia)
Robert MacDonald, Waimarama Mori Tours (New Zealand)
Discover some of the best examples of what native people around the world are doing to elevate the economic status of their communities through tourism.
Imi Kaulike: Balancing Culture, Community, Commerce
3:45-5:00 p.m.
Kalani Kaanaana, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Corbett Kamoa Kalama, Weinberg Foundation
Charles “Manu” Boyd, Kamehameha Schools, Hookahua Cultural Vibrancy Group
Vicky Holt-Takamine, Pai Foundation
Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat, Ph.D., J.D., Honua Consulting
Get insights on cultural preservation, community participation, environmental protection and economic benefits in the visitor industry from Hawaiian community leaders.
September 21 (Continuing Education Sessions)
Opu Alii: Introduction to Chiefly Leadership
9:35-11:35 a.m.
Kainoa Horcajo, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Learn the basic concepts and components of chiefly leadership in old Hawaii, lessons that can be applied to leadership in contemporary work culture.
Inoa Aina: Understanding Hawaii Place Names
10:45-11:35 a.m.
Hiilani Shibata, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Learn to understand Hawaiian place names and their meanings, as well as traditional names for places that are rarely used today.
Registration for the Global Tourism Summit
Individuals and groups can attend the Hawaiian culture sessions by registering online for the Global Tourism Summit at
Several options are available for registration:
  • Individuals: Full Summit, September 19-21: $395
  • Groups of Eight or More: Full Summit, September 19-21: $365 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the Summit)
  • Student and Faculty Members: Full Summit, September 19-21: $150
  • Individuals, Partial Summit, September 19-20: $275
  • Individuals, Partial Summit, September 20-21: $265
Previously known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, HTA changed the name of the annual event to the Global Tourism Summit to more accurately reflect Hawaii’s emergence as a leader in international travel and tourism.

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