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2019 HFIA Annual Convention

"Straight Outta Hawaii"


This year's HFIA Convention is all about honoring the "local kine" roots that make Hawaii so special – a business environment unlike anywhere else. Join us at the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina for HFIA's "Straight Outta Hawaii" 2019 Convention – a membership networking and education event that's Straight Outta HFIA Chairman, Toby Taniguchi's Big Island roots (President & COO, KTA Super Stores)  and his family's 100-year legacy in establishing and growing their small corner store into a hugely successful and well-loved landmark grocery chain on the Big Island.  

HFIA's Annual Convention is unlike any other business networking event you've experienced, offering members (and potential members) 2.5 days of camaraderie, celebration and fun times in honor of the unique business environment found only here in Hawaii. During the business/education portion of our event, we will also reflect on some of the challenges that lie ahead which HFIA and its members must prepare for to ensure a thriving, local food economy for many more generations to come. 


2019 Convention Platinum & Gold Sponsors
Schedule of Events


Friday, May 31

Straight Outta Hawaii, Day 1

8:30a - 4p

Registration Open & Free Time for Aulani Resort Activities

Aulani Conference Center
Registration materials distributed include: Name-badge; tote bags for stocking up on donated products for your enjoyment during "Local Kine" Hospitality Room open hours; Straight Outta Hawaii Convention guide; and your Aulani Disney gift cards ($50 for each fully registered adult and $35 for each fully registered teens), which can be used at any Aulani resort restaurant or shop.

We hope you take this free time to enjoy the resort amenities with family and colleagues.


Shoots den! Golf Tournament


Ko Olina Golf Club
3-Person Blind Draw. Closest to the pin contest on all par 3s! 
Individual tee times start at 10:00 a.m.  
Please check in 30 minutes in advance of your assigned tee time. 

Hotel Check/In


5:30 - 9p

Chairman, Toby Taniguchi
 Welcome Reception





Kipuka Lawn adjacent to Aulani Conference Center
Recommended attire: Casual

Connect with colleagues and "come grind." Includes buffet spread of select, local-style pupus, bbq meats, sushi and an assortment of sweets. 

Also Featuring:
Wine Tasting by: SouthernWine & Spirits – Taste a variety of fine wines and discover new brands to add to your collection. 
Beer Tasting by: Anheuser-Bush Sales of Hawaii – Try out featured craft beers and brands distributed by Anheuser-Bush.


HFIA-Coca Cola "Mo Betta" Food Challenge

Kipuka Lawn 
You be the judge as contestants battle it out by attempting to create the most creatively delicious dishes from a set of pre-determined ingredients. Who will win this year? 

 9 - 11:30p

"Eazy-Duz-It" Hospitality Room Open & After Hours Mixer



Conference Center
The Hospitality Room is an "after hours" social hub, providing fully registered guests with access to an assortment of complimentary snacks and beverages, including hot dogs, pizza, saimin, chips, crackers, and much more. The Hospitality room also provides companies with an opportunity for promoting new products and brand exposure. If your company is interested in donating products to the hospitality room, please contact us

Join us in the Hospitality Room on Friday night for late night bingo, Camaraderie and FUN! 

Saturday, June 1

Straight Outta Hawaii, Day 2

 8 - 9a

HFIA General Membership & Board Meeting

Aulani Conference Center
Agenda highlights: HFIA Year in Review, 2018-19 Board of Directors Elections, and a legislative update on state policy proposals that may impact your business.
9 - 9:15a


Guest Presentation

Cultivating Leadership – Development Tool - Cherie Phipps, Director, Retail Management Certificate


9:15 - 10a

Industry Panel

Mitigating Risk in the Event of Disaster: A look at the Vulnerability and Resilience of Hawaii’s Food Supply Chain

With an estimated 90% of Hawaii’s food supply dependent on mainland imports, Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents, as well as the additional 240,000 visitors in the state on any given day, are particularly vulnerable to experiencing the effects of significant food insecurity in the event of a major disaster. Without a large warehousing system in the state that is prepared to quickly meet surges in demand, the companies who make up Hawaii’s long and complex food supply chain are left to define their own disaster preparedness and response plans to help ensure enough food is available to consumers, should a natural disaster or global event result in the closure of Hawaii's ports.

Industry leaders and government experts will provide insight into just how resilient Hawaii’s food supply chain is in the event of a natural disaster. Participants will touch on the following topics:

  • What risk mitigation and relief/response plans do Hawaii's shipping companies, retailers, non-profits and public agencies have in place to help mitigate the risk of food supply disruption? 
  • What role do supply chain companies have in the statewide disaster response plan? 
  • What are the potential gaps in cross-sector coordination, logistics, sourcing and knowledge management? 
  • What opportunities are there to help bridge those gaps? What can we learn from other states and U.S. territories, such as North Carolina Carolina and Puerto Rico? 

Moderator: Jennifer Walter, Preparedness Branch Chief, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Panelists: Ron Mizutani, President & CEO, Hawaii Foodbank; Keith Kiyotoki, Sales & Marketing Manager, Young Brothers; Rep. from the National Preparedness Division – FEMA Region IX (TBA); Chris Hamlin, Sr. VP, Pasha Hawaii; Vic Angoco - Matson; Maxine Parker, Director of Grocery, Foodland; Kelvin Shigemura, Vice President, Armstrong Produce

10a - 1p

Hospitality Room Open

 Aulani Conference Center

10:30a - 12p

"Go-fo-Broke" Family Picnic Games

Kipuka Lawn
Bring the kids! Games and prizes for the whole family. 

12 - 5p

Lunch and Resort Activities (on your own)

 Free time on your own to enjoy the resort amenities with family and colleagues.

5 - 9p

HFIA Awards Banquet




Halawai Lawn
Recommended attire: Cocktail/Evening.
Please Note: This evening function is on a manicured grass lawn. Plan footwear accordingly. 

Wine Tasting
by Young's Market Company
Recipient of the HFIA Chairman's Award: Bonny Amemiya, aio, LLC.
Recipient of the HFIA Legislator of the Year Award: Senator Glenn Wakai

Featured Entertainer
Augie T.,
Local comedian, actor, producer, radio host and Na Hoku Hapohano Award Winner. 


 9:30 - 11:30p

"Eazy-Duz-It" Hospitality Room Open & After Hours Mixer

 Aulani Conference Center