Hawaii is a destination known and loved around the world. With the meeting in Waikiki on Oahu Island, you can almost walk out of your session and onto the beach! The Hawaii Convention Center is a beautiful convention facility capturing the beauty and charm of the islands with a superior meeting and exhibition space.
Be sure to schedule time before or after the conference to visit the other islands of Hawaii which are very much less developed and offer a wide variety of different forms of Paradise! Whether your interest is volcanoes, nightlife, beaches, lush forests, sports, ocean activities or even the stars - the islands of Hawaii can provide a fantastic, memorable experience. Be sure to visit Maui, Kuaui, Hawaii, Molokai or Lanai for the experience of a lifetime.
February 2020 Honolulu, Hawaii
A lifelong scientist-entrepreneur - Jim is a leader in aquaculture technology development. He developed his first fish & shrimp farm in Haleiwa Hawaii after completing his PhD in fish genetics at UH. Jim was then recruited to be the Principal Investigator of the US Shrimp Consortium at Oceanic Institute where he first developed SPF shrimp in 1990. Following the highly successful rollout of SPF shrimp to the US industry, which resulted in a doubling of US production, Jim formed High Health Aquaculture (HHA) to commercialize SPF technology worldwide.
Over 18 years, HHA exported more than 350,000 SPF broodstock to 26 countries, developed SPF breeding stocks with four species and pioneered breeding shrimp for virus-resistance and fast growth. Jim received 9 highly competitive SBIR grants from three US agencies (NSF, USDA, DOC). In the industry Jim is called "the father of SPF shrimp" for his seminal work developing SPF shrimp. The global impact of Jim’s introduction and distribution of SPF shrimp was truly disruptive. Industry output grew from 800,000 Metric Tons in 1993 to 4 million metric tons (5x increase) by 2012. Jim’s development of the global SPF shrimp broodstock market also created a new export industry for Hawaii that is now worth over $30M per year.
In 2012, Jim sold HHA to Asia-based CP Group, the largest shrimp farming company in the world. Since selling HHA, Jim continues to consult to the industry.
Keli'i Kotubetey who was born and raised at Kawela Bay on the north shore of O'ahu and went to Kamehameha Schools, then to Whitman College to graduate with a BA in Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies. He also received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Hawai’i. He began working at He'eia fishpond when he was 22 years old and served as the organization's first fiscal manager. He is currently the assistant Executive Director as well as the Aina Momona coordinator. He is responsible for bringing awareness of the fishpond to the community while also leading the production and sales of a variety of products from the fishpond following native customs and practices.
Lilikala K. Kame?eleihiwa is a senior professor and the Gladys Brandt Chair of Comparative Polynesian Studies at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies [KCHS], in the Hawai?inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Over the years, since 1993, she has often served as the Director of Kamakakuokalani, most recently from 2014-2017.
Trained as a historian, she is an expert in Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge and Hawaiian cultural traditions, in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, and has written over 23 courses never taught anywhere else in the world, including HWST 270: Hawaiian Mythology [and in comparison with Polynesia], HWST 341: Hawaiian Genealogies [including the 100 generations of Hawaiian Ali?i], and with Nainoa Thompson the first 2 semester course on HWST 281-282: Traditional Hawaiian Navigation. Most recently she has written and taught a new course on HWST 271: Introduction to Papahulilani Hawaiian Astronomy. She has served as a long time board member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
Her articles and books include “Hawai?i-nui-akea Cousins: Ancestral Gods and Bodies of Knowledge are Treasures for the Descendants” , “Kumulipo: A Cosmogonic Guide to Decolonization and Indigenization” , Na Wahine Kapu: Sacred Hawaiian Women , He Mo?olelo Ka'ao o Kamapua'a: A Legendary Traditional of Kamapua'a, the Hawaiian Pig-God , and Native Land and Foreign Desires: Pehea La E Pono Ai? . Her website on Hawaiian Land research AVAkonohiki.org has had 377,359 hits. Annually, she takes Hawaiian Studies students to present at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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