Keep it Hawai‘i

The “Keep It Hawai‘i” program was created by the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau in 1990 to formally recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who year-round work to maintain and preserve our unique Hawaiian culture and share the Aloha spirit. It is an awards ceremony that celebrates the winning entries and programs that were executed during the previous year.

Why “Keep It Hawai‘i?”

Each of us daily plays a significant role in preserving, protecting and enhancing what makes the Islands special, and what contributes to Hawai‘i being recognized as one of the world’s leading destinations.

In our commitment to “Keep It Hawai‘i”, we also are dedicated to working together on behalf of
visitors and residents alike. Hawai‘i is unique and is a place of dreams!

Remember, we’re in this together.

The Islands of Aloha are magical. And the “Keep It Hawai‘i” program is all about sharing the magic, diversity, and beauty with visitors and residents alike.

Hawai‘i is a destination many have always dreamed about; a special place for a wedding, reunion, or just to “get away”; a chance, for a moment in time, to be part of an experience that’s far from the ordinary. When we share Aloha, we not only make dreams come true, we make friends for life!

In the daily rush, it’s easy for each of us to lose sight of what makes these islands so unique. Sharing our gifts helps us appreciate the place we are fortunate to call home and reminds us to Live Aloha!

Who “Keeps It Hawai‘i?”

The “Keep It Hawai‘i” program is open to any business, organization or individual – no matter what size – that has some impact on the visitor industry. Hotels and restaurants are obvious examples, but artists, retailers, tour operators, small businesses, cruise ships, attractions, activities and just about anybody with ties to the industry are encouraged to participate.

What Can I Do?

Being part of the “Keep It Hawai‘i” program can be as simple as a smile or the sharing of a lei, or as complex as creating a luau or preserving an artifact. By sharing the Aloha of our Islands in all ways, a part of your business helps keep our heritage alive. That makes you eligible for this program, but more importantly, it makes you very special!

What is the Award?

The prestigious Kahili Award is the ultimate symbol of both business sense and respect for our heritage. Only one recipient will be selected per category. In the case of numerous outstanding entries, Certificates of Merit will be awarded in addition to the Kahili Award. And the one entry that stands out high above the rest, will be recognized as the Best of Show.

Who Makes the Decisions?

Visitor industry volunteers and past recipients of “Keep It Hawai‘i” Awards will do the actual judging. Each category will be judged by peers within the same specific category, those with a knowledge of what it takes to operate your business.

I Want to Participate, Or I Know Someone Who Should.

To enter the competition or nominate someone for a Kahili Award, simply fill out an entry application form. If you are entering more than one category, separate entry forms are required for each and must specifically identify and describe the relevance for that category. Multiple entries are permitted; however, each must be sent individually with all materials pertaining to each entry in a single, self-contained package. Previous Kahili Award winners cannot be re-entered.

There is no charge to enter. However, any entries submitted and accepted past Friday, January 30, 2004 will be subject to a late processing fee of $50.

Return of Entries

In the past, entries were returned to entrant’s upon request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. However, due to the volume of entries received, entry materials are non-returnable. Please do not submit original materials with your entries.

When Are the Deadlines:

Call for Entries
Friday, January 30, 2004

Completed entries must be submitted by Friday, January 30, 2004, and delivered before end of business day to:

Mr. Martin Schiller
The Schiller Agency
233 Merchant Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813-2927.