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EVENTS 

 

Legends of Hawaii Luau - Closing Dinner & Show

$110 per person – Must register in advance

Friday, September 22, 2017 

Starts at 5:30 pm in Kamehameha Court

Experience the most popular Luau on Hawaii Island - Legends of Hawaii, which brings to life the ancestral song (mele) and dance (hula) that retell the epic stories of Hawaii and her remarkable people.

Under a magical Hawaiian night-sky and swaying palms, the Big Island Luau features exotic dance, music and entertainment for the whole family with hula & fire dancers and a lavish Hawaiian buffet.

 

5K Fun Run/Walk

$25 per person – Must register in advance

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Must register in advance 

 

Administrative Working Group Breakfast

$40 per person – Must register in advance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 8 - 10 a.m.

This is a venue for department heads, department chairs, and anyone else involved in horticulture administration in the public sector to join together and discuss current issues. We will discuss topics relevant for academic horticulture programs in the U.S. and share information about best practices from our institutions.

 

Featured Speaker Luncheon: Dr. John Purcell

Sponsored by the Industry Division

$40 per person – Must register in advance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12 - 2 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. John Purcell

Global Vegetables R&D Lead, Hawaii Business Lead, Vice President and Distinguished Science Fellow at Monsanto

Click here to learn more about Dr. John Purcell.

 

Student Activity: Snorkeling

$25 per person – Must register in advance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 2:30 - 4:30

A Paradise Within a Paradise: situated on a rugged stretch of Big Island lava coastline, Hilton Waikoloa Village features a unique, ocean-fed lagoon with its own white sand beach. Come and hang out with other students.  Explore an undercover world while snorkeling, and see colorful reef fish and green sea turtles (or honu in Hawaiian).  

Snorkeling gear provided.

 

Featured Speaker Luncheon: Dr. Stephen Weller

Trials, Tribulations and Lessons Learned Over 30 Years of International Horticulture Research

Sponsored by the International Division

$40 per person – Must register in advance

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12 - 2 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Weller

Professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, Purdue University

Click here to learn more about Dr. Stephen Weller.

 

Pi Alpha Xi Luncheon

$40 per person – Must register in advance

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12 - 2 p.m.

 

Featured Speakers Luncheon: Dr. Kelvin Sewake & Mr. Eric Tanouye

Sponsored by the Extension Division

$40 per person – Must register in advance

Friday, September 22, 2017, 12 - 2 p.m.

Speakers:

Dr. Kelvin Sewake

Interim Associate Dean & Associate Director for Cooperative Extension Service, University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

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Mr. Eric Tanouye

Greenpoint Nurseries, Inc.

 


 

PROFESSIONAL TOURS

Nurseries and Gardens Of the Big Island

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

$149 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 20 people

Does not include lunch

This tour will visit two nurseries and one botanical garden.  One nursery specializes in bamboo production and according to owners have learned by doing.  Self-described as low-tech, Quindembo Bamboo promises to give a glimpse into simply growing beautiful and divserse bamboo, Hawaiian style.  Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery has a diverse array of products including Anthurium, bromeliads, foliage plants, flowering plants, vines, Plumeria, food and medicinal plants, and Hawaiian natives.  Additionally, we will visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, which has a plant database including 1,762 unique accessions, with 488 Genera from 94 families.  The garden is a member of APGA. 

For more information click here.

 

Experience Tropical Fruits and Propagation Practices on the Big Island of Hawaii

Monday, September 18, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

 $155 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 20 people only

Includes lunch

This tour will allow you to taste and get familiar with tropical fruits and experience propagation practices on the big island of Hawaii. Highlights of this tour include the National Clonal Germplasm Repository with approximately 1,000 accessions of tropical fruits, nuts, beverages, and ornamentals, the Waiakea Research Station with an arboretum of tropical fruits, and the Wailea Agricultural Groups, the largest fresh Hawaiian Heart of Palm grower in America.

For more information, click here.

 

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Monday, September 18, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

$99 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 20 people

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists, and nature lovers from around the world. The Garden's collection of tropical plants is international in scope. Over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, are found in this one-of-a-kind garden.

The 40-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting tradewinds and blessed with fertile volcanic soil. Throughout this garden valley, nature trails meander through a true tropical rainforest, crossing bubbling streams, passing several beautiful waterfalls and the exciting ocean vistas along the rugged Pacific coast.

For more information click here.

 

Behind the Scenes at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

$10 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 30 people

This tour will be conducted completely on site at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The tour will include insights of the horticultural operations of the resort. Some focal points will include the 2 award-winning golf courses, beachfront landscaping, and discussion of the flora/fauna/guest interaction at Waikoloa Village.

For more information click here.

  

Gardens of the Big Island

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

$159 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 20 people

Spend a day sampling Hawaii’s plants and gardens! We’ll start with coffee, of course! Beginning at Greenwell Farms, we’ll learn of the “farm to cup” process while sampling some of their Kona. After a brief rest at the black sand beach, we’ll experience a behind-the-scenes orchid production tour. We’ll have time to do a little plant shopping before we leave Akutsuka Orchids, headed to the beautiful Queen Lili`uokalani Garden in Hilo. At this park, we’ll enjoy fishponds and rock gardens. Our last stop will be at the ‘Imiloa Native Hawaiian Garden to catch a glimpse of Hawaii’s native ecosystem. Hope you’ll join us! Garden tour price includes transportation, lunch, and admission fees.

 

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Discovering the Jewels of the Crown: Small Specialty Crops Farm Tour

Friday, September 22, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

$ 189 per person – advance registration is required

Limited to 20 people

As the sugarcane industry continues its transition into Hawaii’s history, exciting and unusual specialty crops have been growing to fill the void left in the state’s rich agricultural heritage. Hawaii’s diverse climate continues to attract new generations of farmers and philosophies that are producing artisanal crops such as the Ali’i mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii), tea (Camellia sinensis) and vanilla (V. planifolia). By the end of the day, participants will become familiar with both environmental and economic challenges faced by small specialty crop farms on the Big Island and be able to bring home some uniquely grown and processed gourmet produce as souvenirs.

 

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SIGHTSEEING TOURS

 

Full Day Volcano Tour

$88 per person - Must register in advance 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sold out.  Email nmahdavian@ashs.org to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation

Just as it was for Mark Twain, over a century ago, this is truly the experience of a lifetime! Spend the day at Volcanoes National Park. This adventure tour will allow you to hike the Iliahi or Devastation Trails, and experience the Jagger Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, and Halemaumau Crater!  The scenic drive from the hotel will make stops at the Nani Mau Gardens, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.

For more information, click here

 

Hamakua Valleys & Waterfalls Tour

$57 per person - Must register in advance 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This tour showcases the amazing Hamakua Heritage Coastal region with its diverse scenery; from 400ft waterfalls to bridges crossing deep cleft valleys, each with entirely different vegetation patterns in wild variety. Highlights of this tour include the Akaka Falls and Waipio Valley Lookout.

For more information, click here.

 

Kona Joe’s Coffee & Vanilla Farm Tour

$105 per person - Must register in advance 

Limited to 24 people

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Joe Alban is your average Joe. He traveled to Hawaii, fell in love with his wife, met a wild dolphin, and planted a coffee garden. Now he makes the richest, most progressive Kona Coffee on the islands. Visit the world’s trellised coffee plantation and learn the legendary story of how Joe became Kona Joe.  Then travel to Hawaiian Vanilla Farm for a tour and a vanilla-infused lunch at the first and only commercial vanilla operation in the US.

For more information, click here

 

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