Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Social Program

Aloha Everyone!

I am PJ Walters, and as Social Program Chair, I invite you to join in on the fun events planned for the Photovoltaics conference.  One goal of this conference is to build relationships on a social as well as professional level enhancing our Photovoltaic Specialist Community. 

Throughout the week, there are social events related to the conference, also daily sightseeing tours and organized activities.  Please join in all or as many events as you wish, creating memorable enjoyment among our community of Photovoltaic Specialists, families, and friends.

Details of our social events schedule are to follow.  Bear in mind, I have negotiated the lowest group rates. Please take advantage of these and notice the early-bird special bonus savings.  All the tours, events, and receptions are family friendly. We have MC&A Inc. arranging the transportation & tours for us, so click on the given links for their website to register for the tours and conference banquet.

It has been a pleasure to assist the organization of the social itinerary.  I look forward to meeting up with you for the 2010 conference, having a wonderful time spent on the historic and beautiful island of Oahu.

Mahalo nui loa!
PJ Walters


Please use the general conference registration form to signup for any of the social program events listed below. You can access the general registration form via the online conference system.

Social Program

Alll Week

Festivities Room
Available Daily

Because we are special, we have a dedicated space at the hotel to rendezvous, socialize, and be merry. This is Kahili 2 in the Kalia Tower. Start each morning here with a complimetary continental breakfast. Companions are encouraged to make full use of this room.

Scuba Diving
You are going to be in Hawaii – be bold, be adventurous! We have already hooked you up with discounted surf lessons, now let’s go SCUBA diving! We have found a great Dive shop to work with, Ocean Concepts, and have negotiated a great price for a two-tank, two-location boat dive ($90 plus tax, $25 plus tax for equipment rental) that includes free round trip transportation form the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Even if you have never dived before, they have programs that can get you in the water. The offer is good from 16 to 28 June, so come early and stay late! Click here for more info and call 1-800-808-3483 to book. You must mention our code – PVSC2010 – and at least one of the divers has to show a PVSC badge. If you are early and have not yet gotten your badge, ask them to Email [email protected] and [email protected] for confirmation.

Saturday, June 19th

Polynesian Cultural Center
From @11am to @10:30pm

We are planning a full day to evening trip to the PCC scheduled on Saturday, June 19, 2010 before the conference officially begins.  The PCC is an absolutely wonderful location that immerses you in the cultures from across the South Pacific including Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and Old Hawaii. The Center is staffed with natives from these places that are students at Brigham Young University on Oahu.  The trip includes the IMAX film "The Coral Reef" telling the story of how reefs are formed, as well as steps being taken to preserve them and the “Rainbows of Paradise” pageant of long canoes. The evening culminates with a sumptuous luau dinner buffet.  Remember to bring your camera!

Please meet in the Festivities Room (Kahili 2 in the Kalia Tower) at 11 AM and then we will
move to the busses from there.

Early Bird Special (payment received before May 24, 2010)
$135 per adult
$ 95 children 5-16 years old

Price of tour after May 24, 2010
$165 per adult
$125 children 5-16 years old 

Sunday, June 20th

Welcome Reception at the Hilton
From 6pm-8pm

As part of our incentives to stay at the conference hotel, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, will host a reception Sunday evening for conference attendees, and their families & companions staying at the Hilton.  The reception will be in the Rainbow VIP Lounge in the Rainbow Tower overlooking the Hilton Lagoon.  Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be served.  Your conference name badge and your hotel room key will be your admittance to this event.

Monday, June 21

Stars and Stripes Tour
From 8am-2pm

On Monday, we will spend our morning at Pearl Harbor learning the history of “…a date which will live in infamy...”Franklin D. Roosevelt.  This is an essential experience when visiting Oahu. We will be given exclusive guided tours of the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.  These historic vessels mark the beginning and end of WWII. On our return, we will enjoy a driving tour of Chinatown and stop at the renowned Indigo restaurant for Lunch.  Indigo offers a delectable buffet lunch that is another must do in Oahu.  Remember your camera.

Please meet in the Festivities Room (Kahili 2 in the Kalia Tower) at 7 AM. This will give us a chance to get a quick bite to eat and cup of coffee and then move to the busses.

Early Bird Special (payment received before May 24, 2010)
$70 per adult
$60 children 5-11 years old

Price of tour after May 24, 2010
$100 per adult
$ 90 children 5-16 years old

Monday Evening, June 21

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
From 6pm-8pm

Monday evening, the Exhibitors will host a reception in the Exhibit Hall within the Convention Center to mark the opening of the Exhibits.  Refreshing beverages and good food will be served.  Join us in the Exhibit Hall to view the latest developments in the PV Industry and find the companies giving away the best swag. 

Tuesday, June 22

Dole Plantation Tour
From 9am-1pm

Do pineapples grow on trees?  Join us on this half-day trip to find out.  The Dole Plantation offers acres of pineapples, a garden maze, train tour, a restaurant and general store perfect for gathering all the souvenirs and goodies you will want to bring back to the mainland.  Experience for yourself, how amazingly sweet the air smells at the pineapple plantation. 

Please meet in the Festivities Room (Kahili 2 in the Kalia Tower) at 8:30 AM and we will move to the busses from there.

Early Bird Special (payment received before May 24, 2010)
$47 per ticket

Price of tour after May 24, 2010
$57 per ticket

Tuesday Evening, June 22

Cherry Award Reception
From 6pm-8pm

Each year, the conference hosts a reception to celebrate the Cherry Award winner.  We will hold this reception on the Lagoon Lawn at the Hilton which is a gorgeous location with a great view of the sunset!  Open bar and light fare will be served.  Your conference badge will be your ticket to this event.

Wednesday, June 23

Grand Island Circle Tour
From 9am-4pm

On Wednesday, we will embark on a full day trip around the island stopping at several places to provide an overall experience of Oahu.  Going counterclockwise from the Hilton, we will visit the Pali Lookout, the Byodo Temple and then stop at Turtle Bay for lunch.  After lunch, we will tour the North Shore including Sunset Beach, Waimea Falls Park, and Halewia town where we will visit the North Shore Surf Museum. Dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. There is a minimal paved walk to the waterfall.  Remember to bring your camera and bottled water.

Please meet in the Festivities Room (Kahili 2 in the Kalia Tower) at 8:30 AM and we will move to the busses from there.

Early Bird Special (payment received before May 24, 2010)
$90 per ticket

Price of tour after May 24, 2010
$120 per ticket

Thursday, June 24

Surf Lessons
What trip to Hawaii is complete without surfing?  We will have an special group surf lesson for our conference.  We will meet in the Companion Room Thursday morning at 10AM, and we will move as a group from there to the beach.  You will pay for this at the time of the lesson, and we are presently negotiating the final price.  Check back for more details.  Please register now to indicate your intention to join us.

Thursday Evening, June 24

Conference Banquet at ‘Iolani Palace
From 6pm-10pm


You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime conference banquet.  The ‘Iolani Palace is simply beautiful, and is the only royal residence in the United States.  The palace was home to the last monarchs of Hawaii from 1882- 1893. Tours of the palace will be given upon arrival.  The Hawaiian Trio will provide entertainment for the evening.  There will be open bar, and the food by Chef Glenn Chu, owner of the exciting Indigo Restaurant is phenomenal.  

Early Bird Special (payment received before May 24, 2010)
$50 per adult
$25 for students
$20 children 5-16 years old

Price after May 24, 2010
$60 per adult
$35 for students
$30 children 5-16 years old

Friday, June 25

Morning Yoga on Waikiki
Imagine the peace and tranquility of sunrise on beautiful Waikiki Beach.  A perfect setting for morning yoga.  We have arranged for a group yoga session for our conference on Friday morning.  This will be complimentary for our attendees. We are making final arrangements, so please check back for final details on time and location.  Please register now to indicate your intention to join us.