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Special events and other activities


Opening Reception

There will be an opening reception from 6.30 - 8.30 pm on Sunday evening April 2, in the hotel. The reception is free for participants; your registration packet will contain 2 drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine, or soft drinks during this timeframe. Guest tickets are $30 each, and may be reserved on the online registration form. Please provide the name of your guest so that a badge may be prepared for them.

Food Services

The following information outlines the food and beverage covered by your registration fee:

  • A daily continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. will be served outside the Paniolo Conference Rooms. Daily morning coffee breaks will also be served here.
  • A daily lunch, with the exception of Wednesday, will be served on the Paniolo Ocean Terrace.
  • A daily afternoon break, with the exception of Wednesday, will be served outside the Paniolo Conference Rooms.

IMPORTANT: Your symposium nametag contained in your registration packet is your "ticket" for all items on the buffet.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at 6.30 pm, Thursday, April 6, in the hotel. The cost is $30 for a registered participant, $60 for an adult guest and $30 for a child guest under 13. Please use the online registration form to provide the names of all diners, so that badges may be prepared for them.

Mauna Kea Observatories Visit

The conference hotel is situated about 40 miles by road from Mauna Kea Observatories. Because of the rigors of altitude and the fact that car rental companies do not allow you to take regular vehicles up the mountain we are offering special tours of the observatories that may be booked by participants and their guests using the online registration form. The tours are being offered on the Saturdays immediately preceding and following the conference (April 1 and April 8 2006).

The Mauna Kea tour (weather permitting) will include a rest and acclimatization stop at the Hale Pohaku mid-level site, where lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Four-wheel drive vehicles will then proceed up to the summit, where we will visit several observatories. The summit can be cold, wet and windy, so a jacket, good walking shoes (no sandals or high heels), a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip-balm are recommended.

The trip is not available for anyone below the age of 16, and is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, or other medical conditions that may be aggravated by high altitude. Please check with your doctor before selecting this event.

The cost is $120 per person; if your trip has to be canceled because of weather conditions, your payment will be refunded.

Update March 17th: Bookings for Mauna Kea Observatories visits now CLOSED

Other Local Activities

For extensive listings of activities on the Island of Hawaii and throughout the State see:


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