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 a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
This program is also supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts.