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.
The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation was created in 2013 from the Estate of Laurence H. Dorcy offering grants to Hawaiian organizations whose charitable purposes are consistent with Mr. Dorcy's interests.
The Dorcy Foundation may support costs not underwritten by the Royal Hawaiian Center.
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.
SFCA may supports costs not underwritten by the Royal Hawaiian Center.