The Hawaii Export Nursery Association is excited to announce the 2018 Hawaii MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo from Thursday, July 26, 2018, to Saturday, July 28, 2018. More event and location details will be forthcoming shortly!

2017 Hawaii MIDPAC Events
Thursday, August 3, 2017

8:00AM-5:00PM | Cut Flower / Potted Foliage & Orchid Nursery Tours

On this guided tour, air-conditioned buses will pick you up at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and drive you to the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii to visit Cut Flower Nurseries or Potted Foliage & Orchid Nurseries. You will have the opportunity to see the extensive array of Hawaiian plants available for sale and network with local Hawaii growers!

Cut Flower Nursery Tour:  Green Point Nurseries, Hilo, Hawaii; Orchid Plantation, Pahoa, Hawaii; Pacific Floral Exchange, Keaau, Hawaii

Potted Foliage & Orchid Nursery Tour: California & Hawaii Foliage Growers, Papaikou, Hawaii; Hawaiian Tropicals Direct, Pahoa, Hawaii; Panaewa Foliage, Hilo, Hawaii

Lunch will be provided.

6:30PM-10:00PM | MIDPAC Welcome Cocktail Party

On your first evening in Hawaii, feast upon delicious Hawaiian Pupus (appetizers) and network with Hawaii Growers, MIDPAC Conference Speakers, and other industry professionals!

Pupu Menu: Coconut Crusted Macadamia Nut Shrimp Skewers with Mango Remoulade; Prosciutto di San Daniele, Arugula, & Parmigiano Reggiano Crostini; Kalua Pork Spring Rolls; Waimea Tomato Bruschetta with Avocado; Ahi Poke in a Crispy Won Ton Cornucopia; Mongolian Glazed Beef Sticks with Green Onions; Korean Chicken Wings; Macadamia Nut Brie Wonton with Mango Chutney; Vegetarian Summer Rolls with Thai Dipping Sauce

Friday, August 4, 2017

8:00AM-5:00PM | MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo

Experience spectacular plant and flower installations firsthand while learning about the latest industry trends from MIDPAC’s dynamic conference speakers! Then, peruse the engaging Exhibition Center and enjoy a Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

Conference Sessions:

Holly Heider Chapple, How to Run a Successful Wedding Flower Business
Keynote Speaker Gerry Leider, The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry
Jeff Marcus,
Bringing New Palms to Commercial Cultivation
Brian Parker,
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
The Next Generation Panel: From Farmers to Businessmen

Breakfast Menu: Kona Coffee; Assorted Fresh Fruit Juice; Milk; Seasonal Fruit; Banana Bread; Breakfast Pastries; Homemade Sweet Butter; Cereals

Lunch Menu: Freshly Brewed Iced Tea; Seasonal & Tropical Fruit Cocktail; Creamy Pesto Romaine Salad with Chipotle Croutons & Parma Ham; Pickled Beet Salad with Local Goat Cheese & Macadamia Nuts; Purple Sweet Potato Salad; Charcuterie Board of Smoked Ham & Turkey Breast with Grilled & Chilled Market Vegetables; Cheese Board of American, Swiss, & Cheddar; Bread Tray of White and Multi Grain Wheat; Crisp Potato Chips; Fruit Tarts; Freshly Baked Cookies

6:30PM-10:00PM | Networking Dinner Reception

Network with other Industry Professionals while enjoying a delicious gourmet buffet dinner and live Hawaiian entertainment, including performances by a Local Hawaii Band, Hula Dancers, and Taiko Drummers.  You’re welcome to join in and learn the basics of Hula!

Dinner Menu: Sliced Tomato & Maui Onion Salad with Fresh Basil; Waimea Green Garden Salad; Bay Shrimp Salad; Tofu and Bean Sprout Salad; Island Style Potato Salad; Oriental Slaw; Pasta Salad; Local Style Poke; Chef-Carved Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish & Au Jus; Poha Glazed Pork Loin; Huli Huli Chicken; Sauteed Fresh Island Catch with Macadamia Nut Butter & Capers; Garden Fresh Vegetables; Roasted Potatoes; Steamed Rice; Freshly Baked Rolls; Haupia; Macadamia Nut Pie; Coconut Cream Pie; Chocolate Decadent Cake; Key Lime Pie

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8:00AM-10:00AM | Aloha Breakfast

Say your farewells to the other Conference Attendees over a Buffet Breakfast and enjoy a live flower presentation by two floral designers!

Holly Heider Chapple and Hitomi Gilliam, Tropical Nouveau Weddings – The Softer Side of Hawaiian Tropicals

Breakfast Menu: Kona Coffee; Assorted Fresh Fruit Juices; Soy Milk; Skim Milk; Yogurt Bar; Homemade Granola; Portuguese Sausage; Honey Cured Ham; Punaluu French Toast with Maple & Coconut Syrup; Eggs Benedict; Steamed White Rice; Seasonal Fruit; Cereals; Banana Bread; Breakfast Pastries; Homemade Sweet Butter

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Reservations

The Exclusive MIDPAC $179 Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Rates expired on 7/17/2017.

To book your Mauna Lani Bay Hotel room reservations, please contact the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel directly at (808) 885-6622 for the best room rates and most up to date availability.

You can also book your Mauna Lani Bay Hotel reservation at the link below.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Location

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is located 23 miles away from Kona International Airport (KOA), a leisurely 30-minute drive to the resort.

For private shuttle service from Kona International Airport to the resort, please contact the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel at (808) 881-7911 or e-mail to make arrangements.

Rental cars are also available at both the Kona International Airport and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

Included Hotel Amenities & Activities

(Available to those who secured HENA’s exclusive discounted MIDPAC Hotel Rates)

  • Exclusive Discounted $15.00 Daily Resort Fee (Normally $30.00 / day)
  • One Car Valet or Self-Parking
  • Basic In-Room Internet
  • One Double Beach Cabana per day
  • Hula Lessons, Hawaiian Weaving Classes, Ukulele Lessons, & Floral Lei Making Classes
  • Historic Tours of Ancient Hawaiian Petroglyphs
  • Educational Fish and Turtle Feeding Tours
  • Bicycles to Explore the Resort
  • Daily Snorkel Equipment up to (4) Hours
  • Access to the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Center
  • Two Bottles of Water Daily
  • Local and Toll Free Calls Domestic or International Long Distance Calls – 30 Minutes Daily
  • Mauna Lani Spa – $20 Discount on (1) Spa Treatment Per Day
  • Makana Gift Shop – 20% Discount on selected items
  • Bay Terrace Restaurant and Ocean Bar & Grill – 10% Food Discount
  • Mauna Lani Golf Shop – 10% Discount on Retail Merchandise & Golf Lessons
  • Hulakai @ The Shops at Mauna Lani – 20% Discount for (1) Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental (One coupon per stay)
  • Hulakai @ The Shops at Mauna Lani – 20% Discount for (1) Kayak Rental (One coupon per stay)
  • Mauna Lani Sea Adventures – 15% Discount for Sunset or Snorkel Sails on the Winona (Sails are subject to a 10 passenger minimum)
2017 Conference Sessions & Speaker Biographies
The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry

The horticulture industry has seen drastic changes throughout the years.  From the burgeoning businesses of the 1960’s and 70’s, to the conglomerates of today, where is our industry going?  And how can the past teach us how to further succeed and grow?  Gain insight from one of our industry’s leaders!

GERRY LEIDER, VICE CHAIRMAN OF AMBIUS, received a Bachelors in Accounting from Loyola University in 1965, and on the day of graduation was drafted into the Vietnam War.  Upon returning from Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, he initially had no intention of joining the family horticultural business but quickly realized that there was a need for plant rentals and no one was fulfilling the market.  Therefore, in 1969, Gerry began his career in horticulture by forming one of the first, if not the very first, interior landscape companies in the United States, Tropical Plant Rentals. Over the next 20 years, Gerry expanded the business from a single location in Chicago, Illinois to twelve operations in ten states.  Additionally, Gerry owned Michaels Nursery and Farms in Boynton Beach, Florida, one of the first nurseries in South Florida to supply foliage to the interior landscape industry. He also operated greenhouses growing seasonal potted plants in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Waller, Texas and founded TPR Products / Primescape selling hard goods for the interior landscape industry.  In 1988, Gerry sold a portion of his business to Rentokil and continued to expand and evolve Rentokil into Ambius, the largest interior landscape company in North America, with more than 50 markets throughout the US and Canada. Throughout Gerry’s prestigious career, he has acquired over 200 businesses, sold ten, received numerous awards, and continues to remain dedicated to the horticultural industry and its promotion.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Learn about today’s customers versus yesterday’s suppliers, with an in-depth conversation on customers’ needs and expectations versus growers’ and suppliers’ responsiveness.

BRIAN PARKER, SENIOR LIVE GOODS MERCHANT AT THE HOME DEPOT, began his 36 year horticultural career in 1981 as a part time seasonal garden employee for Kmart in Columbia, Missouri.  In 1984, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, majoring in Consumer Affairs. Over his career, Brian has filled the role of Retail Operations Specialist for Farmland Industries, Regional Horticulture Buyer for Builder Square Home Improvement, Horticulture Buyer for Wal-Mart Inc., and for the last 10 years, as Live Goods Merchant with The Home Depot. In his current position as Senior Merchant for The Home Depot, Brian has direct responsibilities for live good sales and purchases within Southern California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. He currently supervises all live good sales and purchases within the Western Division for The Home Depot as well as serving as New Genetics Captain nationwide.

Bringing New Palms to Commercial Cultivation

Do your customers continually request plants that are new, different, unique?  Take an active role in discovering new commercially viable plants!  Learn about exotic palms found throughout the world with the potential for commercial cultivation and start the conversation with conference attendees encompassing the entire supply chain to bring these plants to cultivated fruition.

JEFF MARCUS, PALM EXPERT, has traveled the world in pursuit of finding and preserving exotic palms.  He formed Floribunda Palms & Exotics in Kurtistown, Hawaii 30 years ago and propagates over 400 species of palms for export both domestically and internationally.  He and his wife, Suchin, also curate a 6 acre “Palm Botanical Lifeboat” with over 850 species of palms planted for seed conservation and scientific study.  His travels to discover and preserve exotic palms in danger of extinction due to habitat destruction have led him to Madagascar, Southeast Asia, South Pacific Islands, and Brazil, to name a few.  Jeff hopes his active role in the distribution of exotic palm seeds will help save these endangered species.

The Next Generation: From Farmers to Businessmen

A panel of “Next Generation” nurserymen from different sectors of the ornamental horticulture supply chain will discuss their perspective on where the industry is going and what innovations they brought to their companies as second to fifth generation nurserymen.

STEVEN COLLINS, EVERGREEN NURSERY, coming from a long line of nurserymen, never showed much interest in the family trade growing up. It wasn’t until working as a cashier one summer and becoming familiar with the plants that Steven realized he had a knack for it and actually enjoyed it. Over the past ten years, Steven has filled various roles within his family business, Evergreen Nursery, a wholesale landscaping company, including inside and outside sales, sales manager, production manager, and now is the acting general manager / COO. Since his involvement, the company has erected multiple automated greenhouses and implemented new and improved production and distribution processes. Steven spends his days riding rough shot over the company’s five locations in sunny San Diego, continually trying to streamline processes and maintain a fast paced yet enjoyable work environment for the company’s 175 employees.

ELI GOLDMAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF SUNBORNE NURSERY, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996 and spent the next 12 years working for biotech companies in R&D. However in 2008, Eli finally “saw the light” and joined his family’s business, Sunborne Nursery, a wholesale plant distributor in San Francisco, California. While other nurseries declined during the Great Recession, Eli’s strong background in operations management and analytics actually helped Sunborne Nursery grow and expand into new products and markets.  Today, he works closely with his father, Dan Goldman, managing the day to day operations and implementing the company’s vision. Eli has also held positions on both the Plantscape Industry Alliance Board and PIA NextGen Leader Group.

ZACHARY HERRILL, FOUNDER OF ROOTS LIVING DECOR AND COO OF UPG, grew up in the plant business, playing in the greenhouse as a child late into the night while his parents finished loading trucks. With aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, Zachary studied business at Florida Atlantic University. However, following a motocross accident, he decided to take time off from his studies and travel the world.  Zachary’s travels led him to a small pottery company in Thailand that inspired him to start Roots Living Décor in 2012, a pottery and seedling importer. Today, he runs Roots Living Décor and is also the COO of United Plant Growers, a Southern California based big box plant distributor, owned by his parents, Ken and Linda Herrill.  Over the last four years, Zachary has helped streamline and modernize UPG’s operations, resulting in a sales growth of 50%. He looks forward to growing the company and developing new and innovative ways to produce and distribute plants across the United States.

ASHLEY STOCKDALE, KOHALA NURSERY, always knew she would join the family business but was encouraged to first find her own path before joining the fold.  After graduating from the University of Southern California with a business degree in 2007, Ashley pursued a career in construction management building luxury venues on the Las Vegas Strip and commercial buildings in Shanghai, China. In 2014, Ashley left construction and joined her mother, Dawn Kitagawa, at Kohala Nursery, the largest ornamental horticulture nursery in Hawaii. Ashley has represented the Hawaii foliage industry as a delegate on multiple trade missions to the Mainland US and Canada and is an active member of HENA’s MIDPAC Committee.  She is dedicated to increasing the strength of the Hawaii horticulture industry and preserving the legacy of her grandfather, Tamo Kitagawa, founder of Kohala Nursery and “godfather of the Hawaii foliage industry”.

Tropical Nouveau Weddings – The Softer Side of Hawaiian Tropicals

Learn how to use an exciting mixture of tropical and temperate flowers in wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and décor for a soft, romantic, gardeny look popular with brides today. Hitomi Gilliam will present examples of Tropical Nouveau Weddings, and Holly Chapple will perform a live flower demonstration.

How to Run a Successful Wedding Flower Business

Learn from Holly Heider Chapple on how to develop a marketing strategy, including social media, to influence the new generation of brides and their flower needs.

HOLLY HEIDER CHAPPLE, OWNER OF HOLLY HEIDER CHAPPLE FLOWERS, founded her wedding and event floral design business 24 years ago. Holly Heider Chapple Flowers primarily focused on weddings and events in the Washington DC area, as well as luxury destination weddings. Over the years, the brand continued to grow and gain international recognition through Holly’s involvement in social media and her blog, The Full Bouquet. In 2010, Holly founded The Chapel Designers, which is an international collective of wedding and event floral designers. The organization educates, supports, and mentors creatives while encouraging the authenticity of each designer. Holly hosts the Chapel Designers workshops throughout the US and internationally and has taught her signature style of design in Moscow, Australia, China and London.

HITOMI GILLIAM, AIFD, is an internationally recognized floral artist who has guest-designed throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Singapore, Australia, & Colombia. She was a Silver & Gold Medal winner of Great American Design Competition in 1986 and 1987 and served 6 years on the AIFD Membership Review Committee and their Education Committee. In 1998, Hitomi became one of only eight people to receive AIFD’s coveted ‘Design Influence Award’. As an educator, Hitomi presents numerous programs throughout North America as a Teleflora Education Specialist, as well as conducting her own DESIGN358 workshops. She is also the 2006 recipient of American Horticultural Society’s ‘Frances Jones Poetker Award’ for excellence in floriculture education.

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