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I Mua Hawai'i

I MUA HAWAI'I - Forward Together is designed for Meeting and Incentive Planners to meet with top travel suppliers from Hawai'i. 



The Northstar Meetings Group and Hawai'i Visitors & Convention Bureau will bring together buyers and sellers of meetings and events interactively and dynamically. "I MUA HAWAI'I = Forward Together," will bring Hawai'i into the offices of meeting & incentive buyers throughout the US.  It will focus on the new Hawai'i Blueprint—detailing protocols for the islands and their hospitality partners, establishing Hawai'i as a safe and healthy destination for future groups. Buyers will meet with hospitality partners to discuss future programs; 2021 and beyond. Hawai'i is ready to connect and partner with you!

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Hawai'i is layered with appeal, and the more one learns, the more clear it becomes that Hawai'i makes an ideal choice for MICE programs. First and foremost is Hawai'i's pure beauty, but more is revealed as layer upon layer continues to impress: hospitality know-how, modern infrastructure, guest activities on land, at sea and in air, historic and geographical wonders, world-class attractions and entertainment and through it all, a warm and welcoming culture that makes everyone feel welcome.

Booking an event in the next 18+ months? Join us at I Mua Hawai'i = Forward Together, Digital Trade Show!

Get to Know each of the unique islands…from, Clean & Safe certified lodging and meeting spaces, amazing outdoor venues, and easy access to the region's most popular attractions – beautiful beaches, exciting activities, extraordinary cultural experiences, learn why Hawai'i is the best place for your next event.

Meet our incredible supplier partners.

  • 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki
  • Dewitt Jones LLC
  • Fairmont Kea Lani
  • Four Seasons Resort O'ahu
  • Insider Experience DMC
  • Island of Hawai'i Visitors Bureau
  • Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • KapohoKine Adventures
  • Kaua'i Visitors Bureau
  • King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
  • Marriott Maui Collection
  • Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • MC&A
  • Meet Hawai'i
  • O'ahu Visitors Bureau
  • Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Prince Resorts Hawai'i
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones


Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. He is also one of the nation’s most sought-after keynote speakers. A master of both virtual and in-person keynotes, he combines stories from his years at National Geographic with his stunning photographs to teach both creativity and the power of vision.

Dewitt makes his home in Hawai'i on the island of Molokai. The Hawaiian culture and spirit of Aloha remind him every day of the lessons he learned at the Geographic. His philosophy of "Celebrating What's Right with the World!" has inspired and uplifted thousands.

Dewitt has long been recognized as a world class speaker. His genuine style and ability to connect with audiences make his presentations truly extraordinary.

October 15, 2020
All times shown are Pacific Standard Time

10:00 am (PST)
Take a few minutes to explore and get comfortable with the platform
10:30 am (PST)
Center Stage: Opening and Oli - Kainoa Daines, Director of Culture & Product Development – HVCB
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Kainoa Daines is currently the Director of Culture & Product Development, a newly created role he filled in 2018. In this role, Kainoa oversees all Hawaiian cultural aspects within the Visitors Bureau, for HVCB Members and manages their Warrior Marker program, statewide.  Prior to the new role, he was the Director of Sales for the Oʻahu Visitors Bureau, a subsidiary and Island Chapter of the Hawaiʻi Visitors & Convention Bureau since 2011, covering both Leisure and MCI sales.

He is also currently Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission representing the Royal Order of Kamehameha and has voluntarily chaired the King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade since 2011. 

10:45 am (PST)
Center Stage: Keynote - DeWitt Jones, “Celebrate What is Right”

Dewitt will give you a new lens with which to view your life and your work. A lens of optimism, celebration and aloha. Participants will come away with a fresh perspective on their life and work and a set of tools to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

11:30 am (PST)
11:40 am (PST)
Appointments (5 – ten-minute appointments)
12:30 pm (PST)
12:40 pm (PST)
Center Stage: Preview the “New Hawaii MCI Blueprint”

John Reyes, Meet Hawaii’s Senior Vice President and Chief MCI Sales Officer; Teri Orton, Hawaii Convention Center General Manager; Jeffery Eslinger, HVCB Senior Director Market Insights

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John Reyes, Meet Hawaii’s Senior Vice President and Chief MCI Sales Officer, joined HVCB in Feberay 2020 his roll will be to supervise HVCB's global sales and marketing efforts for both citywide and single-property MCI business.  He brings more than 30 years of hospitality-industry experience to the position, most recently serving as chief operating officer of Visit Sacramento since 2017. He also previously served as chief sales officer and executive vice president in the convention sales and services division of the San Francisco Travel Association, formerly the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Reyes eared a bachelor's of Science, Buisoness Administration from San Francisco State University, College of Business and an MBA in Buisness from Champlain College.


Jeffery Eslinger, HVCB Senior Director Market Insights, joined HVCB in 2018 as senior director of market insights. As senior director, is responsible for analyzing trends impacting tourism in Hawaii as well as all HVCB programs that support marketing, MCI, trade and membership efforts.

Eslinger has 20 years of destination research and tourism marketing experience. Prior to joining HVCB, he served as senior director of client insights with DK Shifflet, a leading full-service research and strategic marketing firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing organization in the world. There, he managed numerous destination marketing clients including Hawaii, New York City, Visit Florida, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas as well as many others.  Prior to DK Shifflet, he was the manager, customer insights and research at US Airways and director, market research at Northstar Travel Media.

He has been involved in numerous professional affiliations including the Travel and Tourism Research Association, previously serving as president and chairman of the board. He currently serves on the Destinations International Convention Sales and Services Committee.

Eslinger earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Dayton.

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Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawai‘i Convention Center, is responsible for the overall management of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, including sales and marketing, operations, finance, food and beverage, and customer service, while implementing the strategic positioning and marketing plans for the facility in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Meet Hawai‘i team.

She serves as a Board Member and Advisor on the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Center Bureau’s (HVCB) Board.

Orton majored in communications at the University of Hawai‘i and advanced her training in hospitality management through various certifications with Starwood and Hilton Hotels.

1:10 pm (PST)
1:20 pm (PST)
Appointments (5 – ten-minute appointments)
2:10 pm (PST)
Pau Hana Closing Reception

Don’t miss this special reception featuring Makana — Hawai’i’s acclaimed master of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, singer, composer and cultural ambassador.

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Born and raised in Hawai'i, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, composer and one of Hawaii's cultural ambassadors to the world.  He is considered the youngest authority on his art form, which began at age 11 studying under Hawaiian slack key guitar legend Sonny Chillingworth.  National Geographic says he is "Charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition." Makana has toured nationwide opening for Jason Mraz, and has also opened for Santana, Sting, John Legend and No Doubt just to name a few.  

He is captivating, mesmerizing, passionate and soul-piercing. And according to Esquire Magazine, he is "the greatest living player" in regards to the slack key guitar. 

3:00 pm (PST)
The networking lounge and exhibit hall will remain open for another hour for additional networking time.



Buyer Contact:

Cindy Binder

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Supplier Contact:

Sharon Freeark

Business Development Director

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Andrea Hennings

Event Director

[email protected]