Tropical Fruit Conference Accepting Early Registration
With the 25th Annual Hawai’i International Tropical Fruit Conference just around the corner, event organizers are offering individuals a last minute opportunity to snatch a ticket discount of up to $50 for completing registration by Aug. 1.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel from Sept. 25-27. Two mini-conferences will take place in Hilo and on Kauai.
Originating in 1989, the event, presented by the Hawai’i Tropical Fruit Growers, promotes tropical fruit that was grown in Hawai’i. The annual event has a focus on farmers, educators, orchard managers, and proponents of sustainable agriculture.
“Back to Our Roots” is the conference theme, in celebration of its quarter century anniversary.
This year, the conference will include a variety of researchers and agro experts, including Yaz Dixzbalis of Queensland, who will give the keynote address, “Cacao, Jackfruit, Hot-Water, Trellis Wires and Their Relevance to Tropical Horticulture in Australia.”
Joining Dixzbalis, a tropical fruit horticulturist with Australai’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be Joseph Simcox, Peter Salleras, and Bob Shaffer.
Ken Love, HTFG Executive Director, says the conference will include USDA updates, Sunday tours with Tom Baldwin, networking, and fruit tasting.