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NIA’s 54th Annual Convention
April 1–4, 2009
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii

Looking Beyond The Horizon. April 1–4, 2009, Kauai, Hawaii

Evening Entertainment

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Member Orientation

Are you a new member of NIA or do you want to know more about how NIA can benefit you? At this special event, NIA will welcome and further acquaint you with the programs, educational opportunities, resources, networking events, and participation opportunities available to members. After a brief presentation from Kartik Patel, Chairman of NIA’s Membership Committee, attendees will enjoy light refreshments and beverages. Spouses are encouraged to attend. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet fellow members and see how to get the most out of your membership.

First-Timer & VIP Reception

First-time NIA Convention attendees should plan to join us for a meet-and-greet opportunity to start your convention off right. This invitation-only event is the perfect way to learn more about NIA’s Annual Convention and what you can expect over the next 4 days. Network with NIA leaders and staff as we welcome you and answer any questions you may have about the annual convention, committees, or programs that NIA offers. This hosted cocktail reception is casual and immediately precedes the Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception: Drums of Paradise Hawaiian Luau

Held in ancient times to honor kings, gods, and special guests, the luau is the most significant celebration in Hawaii and a fitting way to welcome NIA Convention attendees to Kauai. History tells us Hawaiian ancestors were great voyagers navigating the South Pacific in massive double hull canoes northward into the great Pacific Ocean. Setting out from Tahiti, they would soon find the treasure and paradise of the Pacific, a magic land where rainbows end … Hawaii! Be part of this exciting journey of rediscovery from Tahiti to Hawaii, celebrating the history, culture, and people of the land of Aloha. Relive the voyages through the pulsating, syncopated drum dances of Tahiti, feel the spirit of the ancient Hawaiian chants, and revel in the beauty and grace of the hula girls telling their stories of Kauai. Lovely hula hands tell the tales of old Hawaii and Tahitian dances of far-away ancestral lands all performed on stage under Hawaiian skies. Join in the excitement as beautiful Polynesian maidens and handsome kane dramatize the dances of their ancestors. Fall in love again to the romantic presentation of the Hawaiian Wedding and be mesmerized by the daring and skillful fire knife dance. As the evening comes to a close, guests are invited to join in and dance the tamure.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Appreciation Night: Pirates of the Pacific

Look for the skull and crossbones flag and walk the plank to a pirate’s haven! You will experience the Pirates of the Pacific while enjoying an evening of sea-faring entertainment and island-flavored food and drink. The outlaws of the oceans ruled the high seas, plundering ships and coming ashore to spend their bounty. Don’t miss this chance to join in the swashbuckling good time. A trio of nautical bandits will provide the musical backdrop for the evening. The Sol Fire Dance troop will showcase what pirates discovered on their journey to faraway islands. Taking fire to a new level, these dancers will weave fire around each other with split second accuracy, all to the rhythm of their powerful music. This all-female troop brings their feminine grace, strength, and power to a combination of traditional and current dance forms. This event promises to bring you a little closer to the life of pirates that stormed these beaches years ago – if you dare!

Dessert Hospitality Suites

Satisfy your sweet tooth at NIA’s hospitality suites. Each year, a select group of NIA’s manufacturer members generously treat convention attendees to an array of delectable desserts, and this year’s offerings are sure to satisfy any cravings. Indulge yourself on a tasty tour of every dessert-filled room and be sure to take advantage of the networking opportunities where you can connect with our hospitality suite hosts, NIA members, and industry friends.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

President’s Gala

The President’s Gala marks the conclusion of the NIA Convention and will send attendees home with fond memories of industry friends, outstanding programming, and the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. Because of the tropic setting of this year’s Convention, Hawaiian formal attire is encouraged, which includes sun dresses for the ladies and Hawaiian shirts and slacks for the men (no tuxedos please). Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a first-class meal and dancing before saying their final farewell to the Garden Island of Kauai.

The Gala will feature an awards ceremony honoring NIA’s outgoing president, Charles Schattgen, for his year of service and dedication to our association and industry. Once dinner has concluded, the local Kauai band, Pacific Sound Machine, will bring attendees to their feet with their inspired Rock ‘N Soul fusion of songs from yesterday through today. Dance the night away and say one last Aloha to your NIA friends as we wrap up another outstanding Convention.

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