Maemae Toolkit

Maemae Toolkit

Hawaii is a special place, with a strong history and culture that today is host to a blend of cultures, activities, and experiences unique in the world. The Hawaiian Islands have captured imaginations around the world and drawn the attention of writers dating back to Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Along the way, some of those who have featured Hawaii have not always been intimately familiar with the islands. As a result, our home has often been misrepresented or inaccurately portrayed through the use of incorrect information, spelling errors, and inappropriate imagery. Authentically representing Hawaii is deeply important to the residents who call these islands home. Accordingly, it is important that the visitor industry do so with great care. 

The Maemae Toolkit is a concerted effort to address this concern as it relates to the way Hawaii is marketed as a global visitor destination. The toolkit will provide you with the essential information you need to accurately and authentically promote the Hawaiian Islands. From geographical and cultural information, to descriptions of Hawaii traditions and customs, this is your guide for basic knowledge about Hawaii.

The name of this toolkit is Maemae, which translates to cleanliness and purity in olelo Hawaii (the Hawaiian language). The word’s meaning is of particular significance to this project as it represents the idea that descriptions of and promotions relating to Hawaii should be “clean, attractive, and pure.” That is, they should be free from misrepresentations and inaccuracies.

HTA encourages everyone with an interest in the Hawaiian culture – be it learning more about the Hawaiian people, music, language, individual islands or history – to utilize the Maemae Toolkit. It is free to download and bookmark, and available to everyone.

Download the Maemae Toolkit

Additional Hawaiian Language Tools

Language is not only a major vehicle for communicating thoughts and feelings, but also a fundamental expression of culture and identity. When representing any culture in copy, it is important to respect the language by adhering to appropriate rules of spelling, diacritics, and grammar. The Hawaiian language, in particular, is perhaps the most defining aspect of its culture. Considering this, it is especially important to represent Hawai'i and its culture both accurately and sensitively in any type of marketing material.