November 5-8, 2014
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62 Kauna'Oa Drive
Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association (APA) will be held jointly with the Japan Pancreas Society (JPS) in honor of both groups’ 45th Anniversary. This will take place at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island from November 5-8. A couple of bonus meetings to be aware of as you are planning your vacation. First, we have two pre-meetings during the day on November 5th. One is a symposium on Acute Pancreatitis, organized by Drs. Steve Pandol, Tooru Shimosegawa, Robert Sutton, and Bechien Wu. Additionally, we are collaborating with the Kenner Family Research Fund on a Summit Meeting discussing Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer. Space is limited for this event, so we would ask you to pre-register. Finally, after the close of the meeting, we are co-hosting an event with the UCLA Department of Surgery, in honor of Dr. Howard Reber’s retirement. So, make sure to plan to come Tuesday, November 4, if you are planning to attend either pre-meeting &/or stay through Sunday to attend Dr. Reber’s event.
Accompanying Person Registration
Planning to bring your spouse or a guest to the meeting? They can join the evening receptions and dinners and other meals if registered as an accompanying person. The registration fee is $100 if paid before the early registration deadline of 10/6, or $150 after. Registration can be done at once with your registration online or manually by sending in this form.
A few rooms have been opened to the public at Hapuna due to cancelations. Call the number below & make sure you let them know you are with APA so you get the $220 rate.
Hapuna Beach Prince Reservations: 1-866-PRINCE-6 and use code HJPANF or put in a request online
Mauna Kea Reservations: 1-866-PRINCE-6 and use code MJPANF
The closest airport is Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA). There are several direct flights from the west coast of the US and Canada to Kona. For those who want to rent a car, we have great rates negotiated. Shuttles and cabs are available to the hotel as well. We suggest joining with fellow conference goers to save money on the fare. Shuttles can be booked prior to your trip with speedi-shuttle.
Activities While in Hawaii
While we know you'll be busy with with the meeting, we hope you'll take some time to enjoy the island too! We are working with a local company, Chrysalis, who has worked out excellent deals on some excursions you might be interested in. We worked with them in 2009, so we know they are very helpful and know the best sightseeing options. Activities will also be with other meeting attendees and their families, so it's a great way to network outside of the conference! Additionally, Japanese speaking guides can be requested. Details and how to book can be found here.
Staying Longer in Hawaii/Visiting Other Islands
Our rates at the Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea are good 5 days before & 5 days after our meeting. If you’d like to check out some other islands, we have negotiated a rate of $199 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club for Marina Ocean View Guest rooms. Reservations can be made at 1-888-9PRINCE and mention you are with the American Pancreatic Association or book online. Additionally, we have a block of rooms reserved at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa for $220/night for ocean view and $199/night for resort view. Please call 1-808-921-4646 and ask for the PRESTIGE rates when booking.
For those flying through Honolulu, the Hawaii Prince is a great location if you plan to have an overnight layover in Honolulu. It is the first major property you reach going from the airport to Waikiki beach.
Dress code for the conference will be business casual. The Awards Dinner on Thursday, 11/6 will be slightly dressier, between business professional and cocktail attire. Most attendees will wear dresses or suits that evening.
Dining Options - Hotel
While most meals are included in the registration fee, if you are coming early or staying later at the hotel, there are many restaurants to choose from. The Hapuna has several, as does the sister property, Mauna Kea, which is a short shuttle ride away.