HONOLULU -- Rex
Johnson, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA),
presented the 2005 Koa and Kahili Awards at the 14th annual Keep It
Hawaii Recognition Awards.
The winners were
chosen because of their efforts to bridge relationships among
Hawaiian cultural promoters, tourism representatives and the
community, thus providing visitors and residents with opportunities
to experience the true culture of Hawaii, Johnson said.
presented in two categories: business and individual.
In the business
category, winners included the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
for its Historic Tours and its Turtle Independence Day Celebration;
the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, for its Celebration of the Arts
festival; and the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for its Kalakaua
Orchid, Four Seasons Maui and Old Lahaina Luau were honored, as
In the individual
category, falsetto singer and Hawaiian musician Auntie Genoa Keawe
won the He Kuleana Ke Aloha Award, as did Winona Desha Beamer, Mary
Louise Kekuewa, the Merrie Monarch Festival, the Prince Lot Hula
Festivals and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
A special award
went to Ken Robert Emerson of Kauai, a slack-key guitarist and one
of the musicians who played on the first Hawaiian album to win a
Grammy award in the newly created category of Hawaiian
The Bishop Museum
took home a pair of awards for publications they put out in the
last year promoting Hawaiian heritage.
was honored for its support and sponsorship of the Aloha
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].