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Our April 10-13, 2013 Annual Meeting will be at the fabulous, beach front, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. This world renowned ocean front resort is highly ranked by TripAdvisor.com and many other travel publications. It features spectacular scenery, highly ranked golf courses and a local, English speaking staff filled with the spirit of Aloha. You can swim with sea turtles in front of the hotel. Great snorkeling amongst colorful coral and fish is a ten minute walk from the meeting rooms and you'll see Haleakala on Maui from the beach. You will be several hours driving distance or twenty minutes by helicopter (www.bluehawaiian.com) from the very active Kilauea Volcano. You can drive to the top of 13,803' Mauna Kea, for the most memorable sunset or sunrise of your life. It might be possible to ski the Mauna Kea and to snorkel in the Pacific Ocean on the same day. You can be a paniolo for a day in nearby Waimea, home of Parker Ranch or fish for giant marlin offshore. Hawaii Forest and Trail has numerous adventures available throughout the Big Island for you at special ARES rates. We have planned a spectacular ARES Meeting with the goal of producing the most memorable academic meeting that you have ever attended.
Mauna Lani means Heavenly Mountain in Hawaiian. The resort has views of five large volcanic mountains considered sacred by the ancient Hawaiians. These include Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in the world when measured from its origins on the ocean floor, Mauna Loa, the largest mountain by volume in the world, Kohala, an eroded mountain with enormous canyons and spectacular waterfalls, Hualalai, and Haleakala on Maui. Sea turtles (Honu) make their home on the hotel's beach and dramatic coral reefs with multicolored tropical fish are yours to snorkel with at the Mauna Lani Beach Club. This is the ultimate World Class Water!!
Does the culture of Hawaii interest you ? Resident Hawaiian cultural expert, Danny Akaka, will share with you the unique history of the site of the Mauna Lani, where ancient Alii (Hawaiian royalty or nobility) had fishponds long ago. The resort has preserved these and they are full of all sorts of colorful fish. Additionally, there are ancient petroglyphs throughout the property.
If you haven't booked your room, don't wait any longer. Rooms in the $240/night price category are reserved for the PhD students attending Saturday's Doctoral Seminar. Only a few ocean view rooms @ $295/night remain available to book. The Mauna Lani has graciously added deluxe ocean view rooms to the ARES block at a discounted price of $325/night. These high floor rooms offer spectacular views from their spacious lanais. ARES attendees receive complimentary wi - fi throughout the hotel, free parking and numerous other amenities not normally included in the hotel's room rate. The Mauna Lani does not charge a resort fee. New ARES bookings at the Mauna Lani require a four night minimum although that is not long enough to experience the island of Hawaii. Many ARES Meeting attendees are staying a week or more. Click here to book your room today.
Thursday's and Friday's paper and panel sessions will run from 7:00 - noon to provide you with more opportunities to experience the Big Island. The sun sets there about 6:40. Our evening social events will begin at 5:30 with ample pupus for your enjoyment. We have lined up local entertainment for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings beginning around 6:15. John Keawe will be playing Hawaiian favorites on Wednesday. Grammy Award winner Sonny Lim and his band will play local music and offer a mini Polynesian show with Tahitian dancers and a Samoan fire twirler on Thursday. We'll dance to Da Island Boiys on Friday.
Have you ever wanted to swim with wild spinner dolphins in the open ocean ? See: www.sunlightonwater.com. The four hour morning adventure is fabulous ! Space is limited so book your trip prior to your arrival in Hawaii. Mention the words " Ohana ARES " when booking and obtain a special ARES rate of only $100/person. This trip is worth arriving early or staying an extra day, it's that exhilarating.
Photography provided by Melinda Yarling.