HILO, Hawaii — Hawaiian-grown, premium-quality tropical foliage and flowers offer the “Aloha Advantage”: a beautiful, picturesque piece of paradise that live longer and require less overall maintenance and replacement costs, according to a press release
The Hawaii Export Nursery Association (HENA) offers a unique opportunity to experience the Aloha Advantage and see firsthand why nothing compares to the vast array of Hawaiian-grown, premium-quality foliage and flowers at their 2018 Hawaii MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo, according to the release. In addition, applications are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Aloha Plantscape Awards, honoring plantscapers who best utilize Hawaiian grown material.
Hawaii MIDPAC Conference
The Hawaii MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo will take place July 26-28, 2018 at the luxurious Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii. MIDPAC’s intimate conference provides multiple opportunities to meet new growers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, retailers, and plantscapers, according to the release. Attendees network with leading industry professionals and key decision-makers representing the entire tropical plant supply chain throughout North America.
Industry specialists provide invaluable insight through engaging conference sessions on horticultural marketing strategies, as well as the latest industry and design trends, according to the release. In addition to the speaker conference, MIDPAC events also include a guided bus tour of four Hawaii nurseries, a Welcome Cocktail Party, Networking Dinner Reception, and Aloha Breakfast.
Pre-register by July 11, 2018 to receive discounted conference registration rates and secure an exclusive $189 nightly hotel rate. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel also offers amazing complimentary on-site activities for the family, such as: Hula Dancing Lessons, Turtle and Shark Feeding Excursions, and Ancient Hawaiian Petroglyph Walks.
For more information, visit https://hena.org/hawaii-midpac-horticultural-conference-expo/
Aloha Plantscape Awards
HENA is also excited to announce the 2018 Aloha Plantscape Awards, which commends the plantscape community for exemplary use of Hawaiian grown tropical potted foliage in design and installation. The deadline to enter is June 1, 2018, and the winner will receive a free trip to Hawaii to attend the 2018 Hawaii MIDPAC Conference & Expo.
Plantscape designers and installers who utilize Hawaiian-grown potted foliage are highly encouraged to enter. Plant installation entries do not need to be 100% Hawaiian plants. To enter to win and view photos of previous award winners, including Gary Cramer, director of horticulture at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas and Emma Galvez of Ambius for San Francisco’s The Palace Hotel, visit https://hena.org/aloha-plantscape-awards/