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"Celebrate Good Times" 2018 Annual Convention

Come celebrate with us at the Aulani Disney Resort for HFIA's 2018 Annual Convention. This year's theme, "Celebrate Good Times," is in memory of HFIA Founder, Richard Botti. The Annual Convention is held each year to provide HFIA members with a family-friendly opportunity to share and learn from industry leaders, network, develop and strengthen business relationships, display and promote new products and enjoy time with colleagues, friends and family. 

Convention Highlights:


  • •   Keynote speaker: Greg Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Advocacy, Consumer Affairs and Member Services for the National Grocer's Association.
    Learn about crucial national trends shaping the future of the food industry, including e-commerce insights; leading consumer values; demands driving health and wellness; among others. Stay up to date on national legislative changes that could impact your business, including White House and USDA proposal to convert SNAP program into a "food box" program and NGA advocacy activities around several hot-button issues that will significantly impact business. 

  • •   Annual HFIA Business Meeting to include a comprehensive the HFIA Year in Review, 2018-19 Board of Directors Elections and a legislative update on state policy proposals that will impact your business.

  • •   Networking and product promotions/display opportunities.

  • •   Memorial Tribute Honoring Dick Botti, founder of HFIA.

  • •   Awards Dinner honouring HFIA's first ever Outstanding Community Engagement Awardees. 

  • •   "Boogie Woogie" Golf Tournament at Ko'Olina Golf Club. 

  • •   Comedy entertainment by Andy Bumatai, Hawaii-based actor and comedian.

  • •   Hospitality Room, Food Challenge, Family Picnic Games, and Bingo.
     
  • •   Ample time to enjoy the resort amenities with colleagues and family in between scheduled activities!

It is recommended to register for convention no later than April 1, 2018, to secure a room at the HFIA block rate of $272 per night (that's 50% off the season's best available rate!). Aulani will release all rooms not used in the block on May 1.

Register online for instant access to the Aulani booking site link. Upon completion of your online registration, you will receive an automated email with the link included.


Schedule of Events


 Friday, June 1

"Boogie Woogie" Golf Tournament

Ko'Olina Golf Club
 9:30a Golf Tournament Check-In Individual tee times start at 10a. Please check in 30 minutes in advance of your assigned tee time. You may request a specific tee time between 10a and 1p by emailing Mike Kaya, HFIA Golf Tournament Captain.
 10:00a First Shotgun Start 3-Person Blind Draw. Closest to the pin contest on all par 3s! 

 Friday, June 1

Celebrate Good Times, Day 1

 8:30a - 4p Registration Open/Check In Aulani Conference Center
     Check in to receive your registration badge and convention materials, including tote bag, Celebrate Good Times Convention information packet, and Aulani Disney gift cards ($50 for each fully registered adult and $35 for each fully registered teens.

 8:30a - 4p

 Aulani Resort Activities

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

 3p


 Hotel Check-In Time


 Hotel Lobby or take advantage of online check in (beginning 10-days prior and no later than 24 hrs prior to your intended check in date).

 5:30 - 6:30p

Wine Tasting by Southern Wine & Spirits 
Beer Tasting by Anheuser-Bush Sales of Hawaii

 Kipuka Lawn adjacent to Aulani Conference Center
Network with colleagues while sampling a variety of fine wine & spirits, compliments of SouthernWine & Spirits, as well as a variety of craft beers, compliments of Anheuser-Bush Sales of HawaiiRecommended attire: Casual.
    Network with colleagues while sampling a variety of fine wine & spirits, compliments of Southern Wine & Spirits. Recommended attire: Casual.

6p



 HFIA-Coca Cola "Whip it Good" 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?

 6:30 - 9p



 Chairman's Reception



Kipuka Lawn
Enjoy the company and reconnect with colleagues over a buffet style selection of meats, sushi and an assortment of pupus. 

 9 - 11:30p








 "Good Times" Hospitality Room Open







 Aulani 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, comaraderie and FUN! 

 Saturday, June 2

Celebrate Good Times, Day 2

 8 - 9a




HFIA General Membership & Board Meeting



Aulani Conference Center
Winner of the Member-Get-A-Member Campaign trip for to to Las Vegas will be announced! Also to include the HFIA Year in Review, 2018-19 Board of Directors Elections, and a legislative update on state policy proposals that may impact your business.

9 - 10a










Keynote Speaker










Greg Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Advocacy, Consumer Affairs and Member Services for the National Grocer's Association

Learn about crucial national trends shaping the future of the food industry, including e-commerce insights; leading consumer values; demands driving health and wellness; among others.

Stay up to date on national legislative changes that could impact your business, including White House and USDA proposal to convert SNAP program into a "food box" program and NGA advocacy activities around several hot-button issues that will significantly impact business.

 

 10a - 1p

"Good Times" Hospitality Room Open

 Aulani Conference Center


10:30a - 12p

"Ring my Bell" Family Picnic Games
 
Kipuka Lawn adjacent to Aulani Conference Center
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 - 6p



Wine Tasting by Young’s Market Company


Halawai Lawn
Network with colleagues while sampling a variety of fine wine, compliments of Young's Market CompanyRecommended attire: Cocktail or "Resort" Attire.

5 - 6p


Beer Tasting by Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii 

Halawai Lawn
Enjoy a variety of craft brews, compliments of Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii

 6 - 9:30p


 HFIA Awards Banquet



Halawai Lawn
Paying tribute to Richard Botti, Founder of HFIA. We are also excited to welcome back Hawaii’s own Comedian, Actor, Producer & Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Andy Bumatai!

 9:30 - 11:30p








  "Good Times" Hospitality Room Open







 Aulani 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 Saturday night for late night bingo, comaraderie and FUN!