2015 Hawaii State Association of Counties Annual Conference
June 24-26, Makena Beach & Golf Resort
1. Great educational sessions!
The Conference will bring together an exciting array of speakers and panelists to address timely and relevant topics for civic and business leaders in Hawaii.
There will be panel discussions on land use and infrastructure issues counties are facing today. We are also featuring case studies on renewable energy and sustainable development.
Experts in the tech world will also share best practices and tools to keep your organization current with social media, open data and your overall online presence.
Your attendance and participation will help the counties move Hawaii forward in a roundtable discussion on key issues facing both state and county legislators.
2. Mobile tours!Did you sign up for a mobile tour? Seats are limited so sign-up now!
Mom-and-Pop Food Tour (Central Maui) – $50
Hop on the bus and wind your way to Wailuku and Kahului for small-kine food offerings at Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe (cream horns), Tasty Crust Restaurant (banana pancakes and spare ribs), Four Sisters Bakery (butter rolls), Takamiya Market (poke) and Tasaka Guri Guri Shop (guri guri, of course!).
These small food businesses are stalwarts of the local scene. Of course, you’ll get to sample their best products! And you may even get to chat with the owners. What makes these businesses unique? How do they outlast trends?
Maui Ag Tour (Upcountry) – $40
Visit Upcountry Maui and enjoy panoramic views and refreshing mountain air. Explore two farms leading the industry with innovative agricultural techniques.
Waipoli Hydroponic Greens
Pacific Produce, Inc. is best known for its Waipoli Hydroponic Greens. Founded in 1997 by partners Geoff Haines and Paul Singleton, the operation utilizes the “nutrient film technique” and produces up to 15,000 pounds of produce per week of specialty lettuces.
This business was established in 1979 and provides a variety of potted flowers and landscaping plants for the construction trade. The 27-acre nursery facility has a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled Dutch greenhouse. Its irrigation and fertilizer system are also controlled electronically. Water in the greenhouse is recycled multiple times.
3. You can test drive an electric vehicle!
Tesla Model S 70D is an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 250-mile range at 65 mph. You can drive one at #HSAC2015. You just need to sign up.
Since 2011, partners from Japan and Hawaii have been collaborating on the JUMPSmartMaui demonstration project to develop and test technologies for optimizing renewable energy use. Maui is home to an ever-increasing number of electric vehicles – with the Nissan Leaf setting the trend.
4. Entertainment by Elvis and Willie K
Relive the excitement of Elvis in Hawaii at the Meet and Greet with Councilmembers reception on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m., with award-winning performer Darren Lee.
And at the Conference dinner reception on June 25, Na Hoku Hanohano awardee Willie K. will rock the night away!
5. $169 base room rate at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
We’ve secured a base room rate of $169 per night at the beautiful Makena Beach & Golf Resort for the duration of the Conference and the weekend after the Conference (until June 28). Consider bringing your family and prolonging your stay.
6. Build lasting relationships
Most important, #HSAC2015 is a great opportunity to meet the leaders of the community, learn from fellow conferees and strengthen the bonds among the counties. Counties matter!
See you at the conference!
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For more information, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at (808) 870-8047 or YukiLei.Sugimura@gmail.com.