National Guard Association of the United States Wraps Up Its General Conference

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The National Guard Association of the United States General Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 20-23, 2013.

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) wraps up its 135th General Conference & Exhibition today at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

For the past four days, NGAUS members have had the opportunity to hear guest speakers from the Pentagon and Congress, learn about the state of the Army and Air Force, attend professional development workshops, check out  the exhibition featuring the latest products and services for the defense industry, as well as partake in various social events with other members.

To learn more about NGAUS, visit their website at

Hawaii Pops Kicks Off Its Season at the Hawai`i Convention Center

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Hawaii Pops Debuts at the Hawai`i Convention Center

Hawaii Pops, Hawaii’s first independent pops organization led by artistic director Matt Catingub, opened its season at the Hawai`i Convention Center on Saturday, September 14, with a classic Hollywood nightclub feel.  The first of the “Orchestra Series” featured a concert with country music superstar Jo Dee Messina, dinner, and dancing at the Center’s Ballroom.

The Orchestra Series will take place once a month until May 31, 2014.  The next show is on October 20 featuring “The Songs of Bond…James Bond” with a special guest appearance by Sheena Easton.

To see the complete concert lineup and purchase tickets, visit

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Welcome 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

asia pacific clean energy summit logoThe 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE) takes place September 9-11, running concurrently with the Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium.  All three gatherings will address the central theme of how government, business, technology, and innovative forward thinking can collaborate to ensure a secure energy future for people globally, especially those living in isolated areas.

Now in its fifth year, the Summit has undergone a remarkable transformation from a conference that was initially created to support Hawai`i companies working in clean energy, to one that is now attended predominately by companies and leaders from international markets, especially Asia and the Pacific Rim.  Event organizers say nearly 90 percent of this year’s exhibitors are from outside Hawai`i.

The Summit will feature a range of notable local, national, and international guest speakers reflecting the importance of its global focus, including:

  • Governor Neil Abercrombie, State of Hawai`i
  • Henk Rogers, Founder and Chairman, Blue Planet Foundation
  • Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon War Room
  • Tomoyo Nonaka, Chair, GAIA Initiative
  • Thomas Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, U.S. Navy

Anticipated to generate buzz among Summit attendees is the Shizuoka, Japan delegation.  Among Shizuoka’s exhibit highlights will be one of the world’s fastest electric cars and its driver, ‘Monster’ Tajima, who just nine weeks ago won the Electric Division of the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Tajima’s car goes 200 kilometers per hour – without making a sound – except for the tires contacting the road.

Hawai`i’s visitor industry will benefit from APCESE with the 1,200 attendees projected to generate $5 million in visitor spending and $487,000 in state tax revenue.

For more information about the APCESE, please visit

3rd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival

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Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

The 3rd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival continued its festivities on Sept. 7 on the Rooftop Garden at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  The evening event “Taste Our Love for the Land” showcased local ingredients, farm-to-table sourcing and cooking practices.

The Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival runs Sept. 1-9, 2013.  For more information, visit