The festival is free and open to the public. Festival production and support staff volunteer their time and resources for this event. Festival production expenses including but not limited to stipends for the professional festival entertainers, emcees, marketing and publicity, sound system and personnel, exhibit space, and performance venue are underwritten by the Royal Hawaiian Center. Miscellaneous festival production costs not covered by the Royal Hawaiian Center are supported by HIMELE through funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) provides comprehensive management of tourism for the State of Hawaii. The HTA is Hawai‘i's official source for information on tourism market research, partnership opportunities, industry news and timely updates during emergency situations.
Beginning in 2022, HTA may support costs not underwritten by the Royal Hawaiian Center.
Funding for this festival is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) promotes, perpetuates, and preserves culture and the arts in Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai‘i and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Beginning in 2021, HSFCA may support costs not underwritten by the Royal Hawaiian Center.
This festival is supported in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).