Hawaii Hemp Conference Scheduled in Hilo

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“Let’s Talk Hemp Hawaii” keynote host Doug Fine. Courtesy photo.

The 8th annual Hemp History Week runs from June 5 to 11 nationwide with over 150 events taking place across the U.S., including on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

The inaugural Hawaii Hemp Conference will convene at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Saturday, June 10, for a full day of the “Let’s Talk Hemp Hawaii Speaker and Panel Series” and a mini-expo featuring a wide assortment of industrial, nutritional and nutraceutical products made from industrial hemp.

The mini-expo will feature products and services from over 20 companies, both from Hawai‘i and from the mainland, takes place is the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lobby, and is free to the public.

There’s something for everyone who has an interest in learning more about what industrial hemp is, what it is not, and what it can do to make the world a better place.


“Let’s Talk Hemp Hawaii” brings together an expert group of individuals advocating and playing a role in the national and local hemp movements.

Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Gabbard, Russell E. Ruderman and Cynthia Thielen will all contribute to the conference programming.

Local farmers, entrepreneurs and educators include Vincent Mina, Professor Qing X. Li, Lelle, Bobby Pahia, Steve Sakala, James Simpliciana, Greg Smith, Gabriel Howearth, Drake Weinert and Rev. Kalikolehua Kanaele.

Mainlanders making the trip feature keynote host Doug Fine, WAFBA Event Producer Morris Beegle, CBDRx and Functional Remedies Ambassador Preston Whitfield and Rick Trojan, captain of The Hemp Road Trip.


Also speaking are PureHemp Technology founder Ed Lehrburger, Dani Billings from Nature’s Root, James Novak from Hemp Solutions, Janel Ralph from Palmetto Harmony, Margaret McKenzie from Salt Creek Hemp Company and Bill Billings from Colorado Hemp Project.

A complete conference schedule and speaker listing can be found online.

Fine, hemp farmer, best-selling author of Hemp Bound and First Legal Harvest, recently said, “The return of hemp is proving to be a pivotal moment in humanity’s food security and climate change mitigation project: this conference exists to help Hawai‘i come on board. Imagine Hawai‘i making its own auto parts, batteries and road components—all from island-grown bio-materials like hemp. We’ll talk about how to take this from dream to reality.”

Other realities to be covered include legislative and regulatory hurdles; how to farm hemp in Hawaii; planting, harvesting and processing equipment needed to succeed; seeds, clones and genetics compatible with a tropical climate; and the myriad of product possibilities that can come from a crop which will restore and replenish Hawai‘i’s soil and waterways.


Tickets for the “Let’s Talk Hemp Hawaii Speaker and Panel Series” are on sale with an additional $50 off ALOHA code discount until Wednesday, June 7.

Hawaii Hemp Conference is produced by Colorado Hemp Company and presented by Functional Remedies,” where hemp science meets true health to create a superior cannabinoid oil and a more vibrant you.”

Additional sponsors and partners include Nature’s Root, Hemp Solutions, Hoban Law Group, Colorado Hemp Project, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Farmers Union United, Hemp Business Journal, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp History Week, Source Hemp and Lelle Vie.

The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located at 71 Banyan Drive in Hilo.

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