In order to maximize our efforts to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture, all events in Hawai‘i are free and open to the public. Funding for these events comes from awards, grants, and monetary and in-kind donations.
Support for HIMELE's festivals and educational programs comes from many sources including:
These resort properties and tourism destinations have provided in-kind and event funding:
Event funding and support is provided by the following:
HIMELE is a participant in Foodland's annual Give Aloha program. During the month of September, you can donate any amount at checkout to HIMELE by specifying our identification number 78858. Individual donation amounts of up to $249 will receive an additional amount donated by Foodland (estimated at approximately 10%). Please consider HIMELE when checking out at Foodland.
You, too, can support and help our efforts. Your contribution may be tax-deductible and will go a long way to support and perpetuate music education. If you'd like to help, you can make your cash donation by downloading our HIMELE Donation Form and mail the completed form with your designated donation to the address specified on the form. For your convenience, we also offer the convenience of PayPal so you can contribute using your credit card — even if you don't have a PayPal account. All PayPal donations are processed using HIMELE's PayPal account. Simply click on the downward arrow (∨) to select the amount you wish to donate and click on the "Donate" button.
Your kokua is sincerely appreciated. Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences is designated as a 501(c)(3) corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 170 and qualifies for tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522. Consult your tax accountant for your individual situation, and thank you in advance for your support!
Note: If you use your PayPal account to donate, you will be automatically returned to this website after your donation is processed. If you do not use your PayPal account, selecting the "Return to HIMELE" option will return you to this website.
While some of HIMELE's funding comes from grants, HIMELE also relies on financial contributions from businesses and individuals who believe in HIMELE's mission. HIMELE appreciates the help it receives from its supporters.
Supporters of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase and contributors to the Showcas'es "tip jar"are acknowledged separately. Major donors for each HIMELE-produced event are also listed on each event's respective website. Please see the page footer below for links to each website.
HIMELE appreciates the merchandies and other support of its programs from the following:
Breezy Ridge® Instruments, Ltd., and John Pearse® Strings
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kona Steel Guitar Festival