Aloha & Welcome

Aloha and welcome to Hawai`i’s Creative Economy Web Site. The Creative Industries Division (CID), Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), is the State’s lead agency focused on strengthening, advocating and accelerating the growth of Hawaii’s creative clusters.

CID acts as a business advocate for Hawaii’s culture, arts, music, film, publishing, digital and new media industries, supporting initiatives, policy and infrastructure development to expand the capacity of Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs. Comprised of the Hawaii Film Office (HFO) and the Arts and Culture Development Branch (ACDB), CID’s programmatic priorities provide the basis for positioning the state as a leader in the global creative economy movement.

Through metrics and performance tracking of 13 relevant creative sectors, CID and DBEDT’s Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) defined the base, emerging, declining and transitioning sectors since from 2001, to guide the division in designing initiatives to increase sector growth. The performance of Hawaii’s creative portfolio shows the vibrancy of the sectors, positioning the state to be a leader in the global creative economy movement.