Agtourism Conference Agenda

Friday, Oct. 19
8:00 - 6:00
Keauhou Beach Hotel, Kona, HI

Conference Notes also available

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Conference Agenda
Friday, October 19, 2001, 8 am - 4 pm

Registration & coffee: 8 - 8:30 am

OPENING (8:30 am)
Dean Andrew Hashimoto, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa

Keoki Kahumoku (son of George Kahumoku), slack-key guitarist and storyteller, performing ag-related Hawaiian music and recounting "The Legend of Pua Naupaka" (Dietrich Varez's woodblock print reproduced on the workshop poster).

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Clare Callow, Massey University agricultural scientist and Director of Agritour, a private New Zealand firm that provides overseas visitors a range of opportunities to see New Zealand’s world-renowned agriculture and to experience it first hand by staying with farm families.

Ms. Callow is an engaging speaker who has made presentations throughout the Pacific region. Her keynote address. “Agtourism: The New Zealand Experience”, will include a showing of her recent short film on New Zealand agtourism. Her talk will be an opportunity for those involved in Hawaii’s developing agtourism industry to learn from and build on the New Zealand experience.

PANEL: Pacific Agtourism: Can Hawaii Compete?
· Attracting the Japanese visitor: Mamoru Yamashita (Japan Travel Bureau [JTB])
· Is there a need for foreign language publicity (websites, etc.): Charlotte Vick (Starr Seigle Communications & Vice President of Pacific Export Council, Honolulu)
· How B&Bs benefit farmers & visitors in Hawaii and the Pacific
· Marketing Kona produce to Pacific visitors

PANEL: Hawaii Agtourism Updates (mid-1999 to present)
· Baseline Survey of Hawaii Agtourism: Dr. Cathy Chan-Halbrendt, CTAHR Assoc. Dean & Director for Research & Don Martin, Director, HASS
· Farmer-Chef update: Peter Merriman, owner of Merriman's Restaurant, Hula Grill, and Bamboo Bistro
· Reports from throughout the state on all kinds of local agtourism activities since 1999

PANEL: Hawaii Agtourism Legal/Political Concerns
· Land use issues
· Environmental impact studies for agtourism?: Sierra Club representative
· Liability insurance
· Hotel, excise and other tax requirements
· Registering your B&B

Hawaii-Grown Lunch (12:30- 1:30) -- Speaker: The International "Slow Food" Movement: Food Editor of Honolulu Advertiser

PANEL: Should Hawaii "Agtourism" be mass tourism or an exploration experience?
· "The Role of Agtourism in the Tourism Industry": Chuck Gee, UH-Manoa Dean (Emeritus), of School of Travel Industry Management
· "Kickbacks" or "Commissions": Working with tour operators & hotels?
· Organized agtourism tours: The Agtour Experience

PANEL: Does Hawaii need a Hawaii Agtourism Association?
· The International Association of Ag & Rural Tourism - What it is and what it does? How an association might benefit Hawaii?
· Planning to date for a statewide agtourism association.
· What next?: "Open mike" comments and questions from the attendees, facilitated by Donna Ching, CTAHR professor and communications facilitator.
· Formation of an association? Where do we go from here?

Pau Hana (4:30 - 6:00): Takara saké tasting, Kona Brewery liliquoi beer & pupus


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