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(Wed., Sept. 1, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is now accepting applications from Oahu nonprofit organizations for the County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP).


CPEP is a collaborative effort between the City & County of Honolulu and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to help diversify and enrich Hawaii’s tourism products and strengthen Hawaii’s brand message throughout the community by developing and enhancing community-based events, experiences, and projects related to the niches of agriculture, culture, education, nature, health and wellness, and technology.


“CPEP grants have supported some Oahu’s signature festivals and events, as well as provided crucial funding for smaller community-based events,” Caldwell said. “Events supported by the CPEP enhance the visitor experience by providing a wide mix of events to choose from, highlighting subjects such as local culture, agriculture, and health and wellness events. This helps strengthen our economy by providing opportunities for local vendors, suppliers and entertainers at these events” 


The various new objectives and criteria for programs seeking funding in 2011 are discussed in the application packets, which are available at, via E-mail, or at the address listed below.  The deadline to apply and submit a proposal for the 2011 CPEP is October 11, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.


A free workshop will be offered to provide detailed information on CPEP, including the proposal solicitation and award processes.  Attendance at the workshops is recommended but is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal.  Application packets will also be distributed at the workshops.


The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Mayor’s Conference Room

530 South King Street, Room #306

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813




Contact: Tofi Mika Jr., Economic Development Analyst, 768-4502