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TOURS & EVENTS

Optional Conference Ticketed Events 

We'll be updating this site as more events get scheduled.  Please keep checking this page for latest updates.

(Details are subject to change)

 

 EVENTS

 

Golf Tournament

$135 per person - Must register in advance 

Monday, September 18, 2017 

Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  Meet in Hotel lobby at 7:45 for transportation to golf course.

Bring your competitive edge to Waikoloa Kings' Course, for a golf tournament with your collogues.  Designed by former British Open Champions Tom Weikopf and Jay Morrish, the Kings' Course offers golfers the best of two worlds; golf in an island paradise, on a course that more closely resembles a layout along the coast of Scotland.  With stunning views of the towering volcanoes of the Big Island framed by palm trees and vibrant flowers, you'll have no trouble remembering that you are golfing in paradise.  The 7,000-plus yard links-style course snakes over and around an ancient lava flow and is best known for its wide undulating fairway, multiple tee placements and challenging pot bunkers.

Waikoloa Golf has Nike Covert and Nike Vapor Fly woods and irons available for rent.

Rental fee: $45.

Please make your own rental arrangement by contacting Becky Ryan at the Waikoloa Beach & Kings' Course at 808-886-5172 or bryan@waikoloaland.com.

 

5K Fun Run/Walk

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.

 

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.

 

Closing Dinner and Legends of Hawaii Luau

$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.

 

PROFESSIONAL TOURS

(Please keep checking this page for latest updates.  More tours will be added shortly) 

  

Nurseries and Gardens Of the Big Island

Sunday, September 17, 2017

$129 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

$145 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.

 

Behind the Scenes at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Monday, September 18, 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.

 

Essence of Tropical Horticulture: Hawai’ian Niche Crop

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Limited to 20 people

$189 per person – advance registration is required

Includes lunch.

Does not include dinner. 

From the remarkable tropical pitcher plants proudly showing magnificent traps and orchids with vibrant and gorgeous flowers, the Island of Hawai’i is any horticulturist’s paradise. But Hawai’i has more to offer than breathtaking exotic ornamentals. Be charmed by the serene and tranquil surroundings of tea and kava plantings, while learning about Hawai’ian indigenous medicines. Enjoy a bowl of kava with local people then grab dinner at Uncles Awa Bar and Farmers Market.

For more information click here.

 

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

 

Full Day Volcano Tour

$88 per person - Must register in advance 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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

 

Kona Historical Tour

$45 per person - Must register in advance 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Make a trip back in time to Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – an ancient Hawaiian village of refuge for kapu (law) breakers. Tour highlights include stops at the Painted Church, Kailua and the Royal Kona coffee factory.

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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