Hawai’i website receives HTA grant to promote health and wellness on the Garden Isle

Hawai’i Health Guide.com, an on-line directory to personal, community and environmental health and wellness resources, has received a $10,000 matching product enrichment grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to design and promote a new website featuring the Health and Wellness resources of the Garden Island. The site is located at http://www.KauaiHealthGuide.com.

The goal of Kauai Health Guide is to provide an easy way for Garden Island resident and visitors (before and during their trips) to find health and wellness resources through an accurate, attractive online guide available 24/7 worldwide.

This is the first year that the Hawai’i Tourism Authority authorized individual counties to select specific projects that benefit each island.

“We are honored to receive HTA support for the Kauai Health Guide project and to have the HawaiiHealthGuide.com statewide project recognized as a valuable asset to the island, state and worldwide community.

We see the integration of each island Health Guide into the statewide guide as essential and are pleased that the Kaua’i County is the first to recognize and support this part of the statewide vision,” says Project Director Michael Saiz.

‘We are happy to say the majority of the HTA funds for development of KauaiHealthGuide.com are being spent on Kauai.

We have made a conscious choice to support the local economy whenever possible, and are excited to work with Kauai’s knowledgeable local writers and talented web designers.”

“There are many businesses, health practitioners and community service providers as well as healthy lifestyle activities, products, and accommodation providers on Kaua’i who will benefit from this project.

We think the on-line directory and forthcoming events calendar will be valuable in supporting the community and will be useful to both residents and visitors alike.”

Many of Kaua’i’s healing arts practitioners, such as those offering lomi-lomi massage are world-renowned but may seem like hidden treasures in the islands.

Visitors who may be here only for a few days or week can find it challenging to locate the practitioners, products or unique retreats in the short time they are actually on Kaua’i.

KauaiHealthGuide.com will provide an easy, promptly updated source of information for these visitors as well as Kauai residents.

It will be simple to add a business, product or service to be included in the on-line directory from the website’s homepage at http://www.hawaiihealthguide.com. Basic listings will be available for free.

Descriptive text and image listings are featured more prominently, and along with sponsorship of the event calendar, will provide revenue for the site.

Visitors to the website can explore resource connections in 10 categories:

Hawaiian Experience, Health Food, Markets & Restaurants, Fitness and Activities, Healing Modalities and Techniques, Health Practitioners and Organizations, Physicians Directory, Natural Products, Accommodations, Educational & Spiritual Resources, Environmental & Community Services.

KauaiHealthGuide.com will include access to a searchable inter-active events calendar of community and health events contributed by community members.

The site will also contain County of Kaua’i information and resources. In addition, an e-mail newsletter about Kaua’i health and wellness activities and events is being planned.

KauaiHealthGuide.com draws on the expertise of Kaua’i-based companies WasabiWeb.net and Nomad Media.

Other Hawaii web design and high tech firms include Guide.net, Strange Pill Design, envisionIT.net, giddymachine.com

Both the Hawai’i Health Guide.com and Kaua’i Health Guide.com projects are under the direction of research and development manager Michael Saiz, who brings over 20 years of computer and graphic arts experience in the fitness and sports industries and environmental activist groups here in Hawai’i.

Katherine Fisher, Content and Community Coordinator, was previously a computer technology enrichment teacher at Island School for 10 years.

She contributes experience with technology, education, health, environmental awareness, arts and many years of community involvement on Kaua’i.

“We welcome community input as a key component in supporting the Garden Island’s needs. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to be included in the directory either by going directly on-line to http://www.HawaiiHealthGuide.com to add a listing, or by contacting HawaiiHealthGuide.com at mailto:info@hawaiihealthguide.com or calling (808) 637-7728.

Kauai Health Guide.com is expected to go on-line in the summer of 2003.

It will also be accessible through the statewide resource, which is now on-line at http://www.kauaihealthguide.com or call (808) 638-8688.

Project Coordinator: Michael Saiz, Content and Community Coordinator: Katherine Fisher

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