2018 Western Region Annual Meeting: The Pacific Rim Conference

28 July 2018 - 4 August 2018

The Western Region is delighted to invite our fellow IPPS members and friends from other IPPS regions to join us in Hawaii for our Annual Meeting, the "Pacific Rim Conference", in 2018. We have been able to secure excellent room rates, interesting speakers and many wonderful tour locations. A three-night, two-day pre-conference tour will begin with a reception on Saturday, July 28 at Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy all-day tours on Oahu Sunday and Monday, and a free day on Tuesday to relax on Waikiki and fly on to Kona on the Big Island. We will kick off the conference with a reception and registration at the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in the Kona Village (our conference hotel) on Tuesday evening.

July 28 - July 31, 2018  Pre-conference Tour on Oahu

July 31 - August 4, 2018  Western Region Annual Meeting in Kona on the "Big Island" of Hawaii

Please make your own hotel reservations!

Pre-Conference Tour Hotel: Ala Moana, Honolulu, Oahu, http://www.alamoanahotelhonolulu.com
Their telephone number is 1-808-955-4811. Tell them you are with the IPPS group for group discount.
(Reservations are being accepted for those who pre-registered for the pre-conference tour.)

Conference Hotel: Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Kona, Island of Hawaii, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/koacy-courtyard-king-kamehamehas-kona-beach-hotel.
Their phone number is +1 808-329-2911. Tell them you are with the IPPS group for group discount.

Please book your own flight from Honolulu to Kona
Note: If you are attending both the pre-conference tour and the conference, you will need to make arrangements to fly to Kona for the conference. Hawaii Airlines has many daily flights between Honolulu and Kona; the cost ranges between $79.99 and $149.99 depending on the time of day. https://www.hawaiianairlines.com.

Evening reception in Kona is at 6 p.m.

Note our special spouse/partner rate!
Please do a separate booking for your spouse/partner travelling with you. At MEMBERSHIP STATUS drop-down, select the 'spouse/partner' option

What are your favorite interests?
Please use the comments section on the registration page to let us know which one or two of the following areas you are most interested in: Vegetative Propagation, Tissue Culture, Plug Production, Fruit Production, Native Plants, Container Growing, or Grafting.

Interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor? Click here for more information.

To download a color brochure showing highlights of the pre-conference tour, CLICK HERE.

For a color preview of the IPPS-WR annual meeting program, CLICK HERE.

Pre-conference Tour Itinerary

July 28  Arrive in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Check-in at Ala Moana Hotel. Evening reception.

July 29-30 Pre-conference tour stops, scheduled to include:

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific(Punchbowl)

Foster Botanical Garden (Honolulu Botanical Gardens)

Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

University of Hawaii Research Facilities (anthurium and orchid breeding; native plants as ornamentals)

Queen Kapiolani Garden

Hibiscus Lady Nursery with Jill Coryell (hibiscus breeder)

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden with David Orr

Hui Ku Maoli Ola Native Plant Nursery

Frankie’s Nursery

July 31  Check-out from Ala Moana Hotel. Free time and on-your-own travel to Kona on the "Big Island" of Hawaii.



Annual Meeting Itinerary

Tuesday, July 31  Check-in** at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.  Please join us for a welcome reception in the evening.

Wednesday, August 1 - Full Day of Presentations

Presentations will focus on our four topics:

Regional Trends and Trade Throughout the Pacific Rim

Native Plant Propagation (with a technical focus that includes Hawaiian natives)

Propagation of Edibles (including tropical fruit)

Micropropagation (including floral crop production)

Presentations by speakers from Hawaii, Micronesia, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, India, China, and Canada promise to make this an informative day.

Dinner on your own. (There will be a 5:00pm optional tour of the Kona Brewing Company and dinner.)

Thursday, August 2 - All Day Cross-Island Tour

We will travel on the Saddle Road, climbing to 6632 ft. (2021m) and crossing the island to the wet-side, arriving in Hilo to start a full day of tour stops. This will be an amazing day as we travel through different climate zones and elevations, finally heading south around the end of the island and up the dry side back to Kona.


USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository - We will meet Dr. Tracie Matsumoto for a tour of the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research Unit.

Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery - Our next stop is a propagator, grower, and exporter of tropical and exotic plants. We will meet nursery manager Soon Boo and tour this award-winning, 30-year-old nursery.

Nani Mau Gardens - We will enjoy a buffet lunch and self-guided tour of this 20-acre garden with artistically landscaped displays of native and exotic tropical flowers and plants, a spectacular orchid garden, rare palms, and tropical fruit orchards.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut - After lunch, we’ll make a 3-mile drive through macadamia nut orchards to Mauna Loa processing plants and visitors’ center for a self-guided tour.

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens - We will meet Mr. Moriyasu Akatsuka for a tour of this export nursery and retail center. Established in 1974 Akatsuka Orchid is a prominent grower of Cattleya orchids, with over 500 blooming orchids on display.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitors Center - Here we will learn about this island’s amazing volcanoes. The big island has five separate volcanoes: the Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualālai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Mauna Kea rises to 13,796 feet, is the tallest mountain in the state, and is the tallest sea mountain in the world. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth in terms of volume and area covered. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses two of these volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.

Manukā State Wayside - As we make our way around the southern end of the island on our way back to Kona, we will make a brief rest stop.

Friday, August 3 - Morning Presentations and Afternoon Tours

Enjoy a continental breakfast followed by presentations. You will have two different tours in the Kona area to choose from, with both tours starting at noon.


Hawaiian Gardens - Located in the Keahole Agricultural Park just above the Kona airport, Hawaiian Gardens has the Big Island's best selection of mature trees and shrubs, supplying both wholesale and retail customers. They are also a licensed landscape contractor and have been providing installation and design services to clients for over 25 years.

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation - We tour this small premium coffee roasted and learn why Kona coffee is considered some of the finest in the world.Hawaii is the only U.S. state to grow coffee commercially, and the Kona area (about 2 miles wide and 30 miles long) is one of the world’s most ideal locations to grow coffee. The plantation is located just down the street from our next stop, the Cloud Forest Sanctuary.

Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary - We will meet Norman Bezona, the visionary, horticultural expert, and fellow IPPS member who will take us on a tour of his amazing sanctuary. You will discover what a tropical cloud forest really is; how it benefits the ecosystem, and the story of its development on the slopes of Hualalai, 3000 feet above the Kona coast.


Greenwell Farms - Situated in the heart of the Kona Coffee growing region, the legacy of Greenwell Farms began in 1850 when Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England and first set foot on the fertile soil of rural Kona. Together with his wife, Elizabeth Caroline, Henry spent the next forty years farming, ranching, and perfecting his Kona Coffee, soon exporting it to Europe and the Americas.

The Vanillerie - We will meet Guy Cellier for a tour of his vanilla farm and learn about the beauty and history of this storied spice. Guy was born and raised in South Africa. Guy had the pleasure of calling many places home before eventually settling on the Big Island. Passionate about all manner of flora, his thirty years of forestry and agricultural experience helped him grow and manage the Big Island's sustainable Eucalyptus forests of over 18 million trees. Guy now delights, local, domestic, and international visitors.

Dean's is a maturing garden amongst a forest at 2200 feet elevation on the flank of Hualalai Volcano with old growth ohi’a and hapu’u mixed with palms and other tropical delights. While this is still a younger garden when compared with many other Big Island gems, it is safe to say it will hold the interest of the most experienced palm lovers.Owner Dean Ouer is a California transplant with landscaping design experience. He moved to Hawaii about 15 years ago, subsequently retired, and now enjoys living and growing tropicals.

Saturday, August 4 - Send-off Breakfast and Networking

"Building your IPPS Pacific Rim Network“ - Todd Jones, Fourth Corner Nurseries

“The Ins-and-Outs of the WWOOF Australia Program” - Greg McPhee - "Host a WWOOF volunteer on your property and get 4-6 hours help daily in exchange for meals and accommodation.”

“IPPS Job Board: An Underutilized Resource” - Gene Blythe, Editor, IPPS-Western Region. Learn how to submit your resume or your company's job openings.

“Making the Most of the IPPS 2020 International Meeting” – Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections University of British Columbia Botanical Garden

Business Card Exchange and Goodbyes

Check-out** from Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

**NOTE: Our discounted hotel rate will also be available for 3 days prior to the conference and 3 days after the conference so that you and your family may plan for extra days of vacation on the Big Island!


We have an amazing and diverse group of speakers for the conference!


  Ken Love (Banquet Speaker)
"Everything I Would Plant If I Were 40 Years Younger, Had an Extra 100 Acres, and a Whole Bunch of Hippy Friends to Help on the Farm"

Ken is Executive Director of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers.

Greg McPhee

"A Decrepit Old Propagator Who has Found New Life By Going Back to Basics"

David Cliffe

"40 Years Spent in the Nursery Industry Trying to Containerise Everything: Successes and Failures"

David is the owner of Narromine Transplants in Narromine, Australia

Valerie Sikkema

"The Canadian Nursery Certification Program and How It Aids in Shipping Clean Plant Material"

Valerie is responsible for production planning and government certification programs for Van Belle Nursery in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Ian Duncalf
New Zealand

"Proprietary Plants: The Effects of Protected and Promoted Products in Our Market"

Ian was formerly a manager at Duncan & Davies, at one time the largest export nursery in the Southern Hemisphere.

Chad Daniel Davis


"Life Under Glass: Horticultural Operation at Gardens by the Bay"

Chad is the Deputy Director of Conservatory Operations for Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Julienne Zhu

"China Horticultural Industry: Situation and Trends"

Julienne is the is the Secretary General for the Nursery Stock Branch of the China Flower Association.

Noa Lincoln, PhD

"Traditional and Contemporary Propagation of Hawaiian Crops"

Noa is a specialist in indigenous crops and cropping systems in the Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Hawai'i.

Ethan Romanchak

"The Propagation and Production of Ohi'a Lehua (Metrosideros sp.) for Retail, Landscape, and Reforestation"

Ethan is the co-owner of Native Nursery, LLC in Kula, Hawaii.

Orville Baldos, PhD

"Developing Propagation Protocols for Native Hawaiian Plants with Potential Landscape and Indoor Uses"

Orville is an assistant researcher in Sustainable Ornamental Production at the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Nellie Sugii (left) and Timothy Kroessig (below, left)

"Germplasm Storage and Propagation for Hawaiian Plant Conservation"

Nellie Sugii is the Manager of the University of Hawai'i Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Hawaiian Rare Plant Program.  

Timothy Kroessig is a staff member in the Seed Conservation Laboratory and Rare Plant Greenhouse, both facilities of the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Rare Plant Program.

Tracie Matsumoto, PhD

"In Vitro Preservation of Subtropical and Tropical Fruit and Nut Crops"

Tracie has worked at the USDA-ARS DKI PBARC Tropical Genetic Resources and Disease Research Unit since 2002 and is currently the Research Leader.

 Andrea Kee

"Applied Research at Gardens by the Bay: Bringing a World of Plants to Singapore"

Andrea began her career at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and is currently the Deputy Director for Research and Horticulture at Gardens by the Bay.

Virendra M. Verma, PhD

"Plant Propagation and Commercial Cultivation in the Micronesian Region: Challenges and Measures for Sustainable Organic Production"

Virendra is a Researcher and Project Director at the Micronesia Plant Propagation Research Center.

Rakhi Chaturvedi, PhD

"Possibilities on Accelerating the Endogenous Production of Medicinally Useful Metabolites in Camellia sp. via Androgenesis and Haploid Plant Production in Vitro"

Rakhi is a Professor in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Associate Dean, Alumni and External Relations at the Indian Institute of Technology.

David Hancock

"The Oman Botanic Garden Project & Nursery and Overview of the Bauer Resources Project (Largest Constructed Wetlands in the World)"

David is the founder and consultant for Natural Area, an environmental service company focused on a broad range of rehabilitation, restoration, and revegetation projects.
Megan Robinson
IPPS-New Zealand Region

Megan is the 2018 IPPS-New Zealand Region Exchange Ambassador to the IPPS-Western Region. She works at Headford Propagators Ltd. in Waimate on the South Island of New Zealand.

Our conference hotel is the beautiful Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in the Kona Village. The scenery is spectacular!




Questions about the Pacific Rim Conference?  Contact Todd Jones at toddjones57@hotmail.com.


To download a brochure showing highlights of the pre-conference tour, CLICK HERE.

For a preview of the IPPS-WR annual meeting program, CLICK HERE.



Participate in the annual meeting by bringing a poster covering a research, development, or horticultural practice about plant propagation or plant production, including new plants. Posters do not have to be academic or scientific in nature, but must be non-commercial. Click here for more information and the application form. (Application submission period: April 1 to June 30, 2018).



DATES: Tuesday, July 31 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

Pacific Rim Conference: Kona, Island of Hawaii

Conference Hotel: Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Kona, Island of Hawaii, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/koacy-courtyard-king-kamehamehas-kona-beach-hotel.

Please make your accommodation reservations directly with the hotel. Their phone number is +1 808-329-2911. Tell them you are with the IPPS group for group discount.

Non-Member Price Per Person (single): $ 570.00
IPPS Members Price Per Person (single): $ 570.00
Non-Member Students Price Per Person (single): $ 460.00
IPPS Student Member Price Per Person (single): $ 460.00
IPPS Members Spouse/Partner: $ 510.00
Non-Member Spouse/Partner: $ 510.00



DATES: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

One-day attendance: Wednesday, Aug 1.

Morning and afternoon lecture sessions

Non-Member Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Members Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
Non-Member Students Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Student Member Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Members Spouse/Partner: $ 100.00
Non-Member Spouse/Partner: $ 100.00



DATES: Thursday, August 2, 2018

One day attendance: Thursday, Aug 2.

All day tour to east side of the island of Hawaii across the mile-high Saddle Road that cuts between the two large mountains on the island, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. We’ll visit nurseries in Hilo, have lunch at Nani Maua Gardens, visit Mauna Loa one of the world largest macadamia nut processors, and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Volcano, Hawaii. We’ll travel though lava flows and lots of interesting terrain as we circle the south end of the island and make our way back to Kona. 

Non-Member Price Per Person (single): $ 150.00
IPPS Members Price Per Person (single): $ 150.00
Non-Member Students Price Per Person (single): $ 150.00
IPPS Student Member Price Per Person (single): $ 150.00
IPPS Members Spouse/Partner: $ 150.00
Non-Member Spouse/Partner: $ 150.00



DATES: Friday, August 3, 2018

One day attendance: Friday, Aug 4.

Morning:  Lecture Session

Afternoon:  ½-day tour in Kona area to local nurseries, a coffee grower and Cloud Mountain topical gardens.

Non-Member Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Members Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
Non-Member Students Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Student Member Price Per Person (single): $ 100.00
IPPS Members Spouse/Partner: $ 100.00
Non-Member Spouse/Partner: $ 100.00



DATES: Friday, August 3, 2018

7p.m. Banquet and Auction

Non-Member Price Per Person (single): $ 85.00
IPPS Members Price Per Person (single): $ 85.00
Non-Member Students Price Per Person (single): $ 85.00
IPPS Student Member Price Per Person (single): $ 85.00
IPPS Members Spouse/Partner: $ 85.00
Non-Member Spouse/Partner: $ 85.00




  • Nursery Management - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Nursery Management is the leading trade publication serving wholesale nursery growers, providing the latest production, marketing, and business management tips to help growers increase their profits.

    Visit Website
  • Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Fall Creek Farm & Nursery focuses on cultivating exceptional blueberry plants, building strong relationships, and providing responsive customer service in order to build A World with Better Blueberries(TM).

    Visit Website
  • Carlton Plants - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Carlton Plants is a wholesale grower of quality bareroot trees, shrubs, and rootstocks for over 125 years. The value built into their products is experienced by their customers through quality, consistency, and performance.

    Visit Website
  • OBC Northwest, Inc. - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    OBC Northwest, Inc. is strongly placed as one of the leaders in the Pacific Northwest for quality horticultural supplies. The goal of every person at OBC Northwest is total customer satisfaction.

    Visit Website
  • Harrell's - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    One of the largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides in the U.S., and a producer of custom blended fertilizers (including Polyon), specialty liquids, and wetting agents.

    Visit Website
  • Blackmore Company / Ellepot USA - PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Blackmore is a leading supplier of equipment, plastic trays, eco-friendly and fully degradable Ellepots for landscaping and propagation, and other products to the commercial horticulture industry.

    Visit Website
  • Proptek - GOLD SPONSOR

    Proptek is a leader in the design and manufacture of propagation trays and containers, supplying commercial nurseries and growers with cost-effective propagation products.

    Visit Website
  • Berger - GOLD SPONSOR

    Berger is a worldwide leader in the production of first-quality growing media. For over 50 years, Berger's team of specialists uses a client-focused approach that meets the specific needs of its customers' crops.

    Visit Website

    OHP provides technology-based pesticide solutions, supplying high quality pest control products and services to the greenhouse and nursery production industry through a network of leading distribution partners throughout the United States.

    Visit Website
  • Native Plants Journal - BRONZE SPONSOR

    Native Plants Journal provides practical information about planting and growing North American (Canada, Mexico, and U.S.) native plants for conservation, restoration, reforestation, landscaping, highway corridors, and related uses.

    Visit Website
  • BioSafe Systems - BRONZE SPONSOR

    BioSafe Systems, a family-owned manufacturer of biodegradable disease-control products that do not negatively impact the health and safety of people and the environment.

    Visit Website

    The Dramm Corporation manufactures and distributes a complete line of professional greenhouse tools and equipment for nursery and greenhouse growers throughout the world.

    Visit Website
  • T.O. Plastics - BRONZE SPONSOR

    T.O. Plastics is a market leader in the horticultural industry, supplying a proprietary line of plastic horticultural growing containers and innovative custom products that improve the growing process and growers&rsquo bottom line.

    Visit Website
  • Stuewe & Sons, Inc. - BRONZE SPONSOR

    Stuewe and Sons offer a complete line of nursery containers for tree seedling production. having spent over thirty years researching new products for the reforestation and tree seedling nursery industries.

    Visit Website