Honolulu, Hawaii Annual Conference

Finding the “Real Hawaii” through History, Arts, Culture, and Food

Sharing Hawaii’s History, Arts, Culture & Food with the MICE/Business Events Market

The IFWTWA 2013 Annual Conference was spent discovering the real Hawaii through history, arts, culture and food.  Our members stayed at the incredible Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort where they were welcomed with a sunset pupu party with executive chef Vigilla.  In the evening they enjoyed a dessert party at The Modern Honolulu .

The first day was spent  discovering all the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (affectionately referred to as “The First Lady of Waikiki”) has to offer.  The “Honolulu Special Places” tour explored the Royal Places of Hawaii and Hawaii’s Vibrant Arts.

The Outrigger Hotel Sunset Pupu Party educated members about the international family business that started in Waikiki.

The weekend provided an adventure of learning, discovering the local history and food that Hawaii has to offer.  From the Bishop Museum to the farm to table initiatives in the Punalu’u  agricultural lands, to introducing the group to the “Kamehameha Schools Ag Initiatives” also in Punalu’u the group was fascinated and engaged with the activities.   In the evening, the group was treated to an Ocean Vodka Maui Sunset Party at the Outrigger Canoe ClubRobert Larsen of Sonoma County, CA, Rodney Strong Vineyards provided the wines.

At a Rodney Strong Dinner, our writers and Associate Members sat ocean front at Duke’s Waikiki at the edge of the Pacific. We enjoyed premium wines introduced by Mr Larson of Rodney Strong Vineyards who also expertly paired them with Duke’s executive chef’s menu.

Completing the roundup of educational sessions was the cultural presentations by native Hawaiian Hospitality Association NaHHA where the group received a real sense of time and place of the real Hawaii.

Thank you to all of our hosts for welcoming our organization and for showing us a real Hawaiian experience.

Post Conference: Two press trips on Big Island and one press trip on Maui.

Writers and Associate Members in Attendance: (click on name to view writer profile): Nina AfricanoAnne Banas, Kim Chapman, Marc d’Entremont, Carolyn Delafrange, Jo Duncan, Gail Gerson Witte, Susan Gough Henry, Melinda Hammond, Andrew Harris, Brenda HillMaralyn Hill, Norm Hill, M’Liss Hinshaw, Phillis Hinz, Graeme Kimlo, Linda Kissam, Robert Larsen, Lamont Mackay, Gigi Ragland, Jessica Lani Rich, Mandy RoweLance Seeto, Sherrie Wilkolaski, Kurt WinnerMichelle Winner.

Slide show of the event.

MEDIA LINKS (this is a partial list as more outlets are being added as they become available):


Slick Stay: The Modern Honolulu, The Modern Honolulu’s salad of grains – Riverside Culinary Travel, We’re not drinking…we’re learning!, Moana Surfrider’s Grilled Pacific Salmon with Hearts of Palm over Buckwheat Soba, Best Oahu Activity, Oahus Kualoa Ranch is a Treasure, Kualoa Ranch in OahuOrganic Ocean Vodka – Almost too Good to be True , The Hilton Hawaiian Village Fronts Healing Waters, Taro is the heart of Hawaii’s agricultural future, Pure Spirits – Maui’s Ocean Vodka Lemon Lavender Blossom, Hawaii’s Fungal Jungle, Oahu: Another Award for Chef Wayne Hirabayashi at The Kahal, Why It’s Not So Easy to Become a Celebrity Chef, Farm and ocean to table on the Big Island of Hawaii, “For Enlightened Beans” : Buddha’s Cup Kona Coffee, Anne Banas of Smarter Travel Talks About Her First Impressions Of Hawaii, Peach Boy Dessert Honolulu, The Ocean Vodka Fright Night Martini, Chef Mavro is Five Diamond Hawaii Regional Cuisine , Immigrant fruits, a tale of Hawaii grown coffee and chocolate, Hawaii as a grilled crab cake with oyster mushrooms and mango pineapple salsa, Kona coffee crème with salted chocolate caramel macadamia nut sauce , IFWTWA 2013 Hawaii Conference: Finding the Real Hawaii, The Kamehameha Schools revive the Hawaiian ahupua’a system,Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite, Your Hawaii Exploration Begins at Bishop Museum, Holuakoa Gardens and Café personifies Hawaiian respect for the ‘aina , Four Ocean Vodka Holiday Cocktails, The Moana Surfrider Hotel of Waikiki, Hawaii—Elegance for the Ages, Honolulu and the Big Island, Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Hawaiian Godfather of Poké, Really Hot: Bishop Museum’s Working Volcano, What’s SUP at the Kahala?, The Lei in Hawaii is More Than Flowers.

Print & Digital Magazines:

Old Fashioned Cracked Seed With Aloha, Hawaiian Cuisine (Part I), Hawaiian Cuisine: One Man’s Passion – Sam Choy (Part II), Hawaiian Cuisine:  Nutrition in Ancient Culture (Part III), Hawaiian Cuisine (Part IV) – Farm to Table Movement, Hamakua Mushroom Poke Salad, Hawaii-APP, Hawaii-DN, RV Lifestyle – Hanging Loose & Touring Hawaii (pg. 46), Your Hawaii Exploration Begins at Bishop Museum, The Moana Surfrider Hotel of Waikiki, Hawaii—Elegance for the Ages, Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite, Chef Mavro is Five Diamond Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Talking Story with Executive Chef Tylun Pang of Ko.


Hawaiian Food and Restaurant Special,Vacation Station Magazine


Segment One: Hawaii Food Tours’Chef Matthew Gray
Segment Two: Jeffrey Vigilla, executive chef of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu
Segment Three: Celebrity Chef Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s, Honolulu
Segment Four: Chuck Furuya, Master Sommelier and partner in DK Restaurants, Honolulu
Segment Five: Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, The Big Island, Hawaii
Segment Six: Les Apoliona, Land Asset Manager, Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools of Hawaii

Photos & Video:

Old Fashioned Cracked Seed With Aloha (Kurt Winner photos)

“For Enlightened Beans” : Buddha’s Cup Kona Coffee (Kurt Winner photos)

Buddha's Cup, Hōlualoa, Hawaii

Hamakua Mushroom Poke Salad Photo by Kurt Winner

Hamakua Mushroom "poke" is the highlight of this refreshing salad

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