2016 Winter Conference
January 13-15, 2016
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Big Island, Hawaii


Thursday January 13, 2016
Friday January 15, 2016

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Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii 96738-5711  
Phone: 808-886-6789  /  877-622-3140

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Hotel Sleeping Block


UPDATE - The room block has been extended until December 23, 2015.

APP's room block expires on Friday, December 11, 2015 so please book your room early. To book your room after this date, please contact the hotel directly.  If you have any questions, please contact APP staff for assistance.

Ground Transportation:

This hotel does not provide shuttle service from Kona International Airport.
Alternate transportation: 
Speedi Shuttle or Taxi Cabs
Estimated taxi fare: $65 (one way)

If you wish to rent a car, we suggest you use a site such as Kayak to aid in your search. 

The $25/day Optional Resort Activity Passport fee includes free overnight parking.  Otherwise self parking is $18/day.

Feel free to contact APP Staff with any questions.

 Deep Sea Fishing and Golf Networking Outings:


Association of Pacific Ports
Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director
Brian Wright
, Operations Manager
Kersten Green, Administrative Asst.

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Conference Information

Please click on these links to REGISTER for the Conference and to RESERVE your hotel room.

Don't miss this chance to discover more about timely port industry issues and economic trends. Incredible speakers will inform and inspire you with informative presentations. Hear firsthand perspectives from key port industry leaders, learn what's new at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

Your companion is welcome to join APP delegates at no extra cost for meals, a special companion tour on Friday, and golf or fishing on Wednesday morning (RSVP and extra fee required).

Register today!

Conference Schedule:

Click here to download the official APP 2016 program, which includes the detailed schedule for delegates and companions.
(Updated 1/11/2016)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
6:15 am - Optional Deep Sea Fishing & Networking Outing (RSVP & Extra Fee Required)
9:00 am - Optional Golf & Networking Outing (RSVP Required)
12:00-4:30 pm - Conference Check-In/Registration 
2:30-4:30 pm - APP Executive Committee Meeting
5:00-8:15 pm - Opening Luau Dinner, Bar, and Entertainment (Delegates & Companions)

Thursday, January 14, 2016 
8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast (Delegates & Companions)
9:00-10:30 am - Plenary Sessions (Delegates)
10:30-10:45 am - Morning Networking Break
10:45-11:45 am - Plenary Sessions
12:00-1:15 pm - Lunch and Networking (Delegates)
Free Time the remainder of the day (Delegates & Companions)
Dinner on your own

Friday, January 15, 2016
8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast (Delegates & Companions)
9:00-10:30 am - Open Forum/Port Reports (Delegates)                       
9:30 am - Companions Tour - Glass Bottom Boat Tour at the Beach
10:30 - 10:45 am - Networking and Refreshments
10:45 - 11:45 am - Plenary Sessions
12:00-1:15 pm - Lunch and Networking (Delegates)
1:15-3:15 pm - Plenary Sessions 
3:15 - 3:30 pm - Networking and Refreshments
3:30 pm - APP Full Board of Directors Meeting (at least one delegate from each port
needs to attend)
4:30-6:00 pm - Free Time
6:30-8:00 pm - Dinner Buffet, Upcoming Events Preview, and Door Prizes (Delegates
& Companions)
8:00 pm - Conference Adjourns

Confirmed Speakers:

  • David Lau, Chief Civil Works Integration Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Capt. Robert Loken, Northwest Gateways Director, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Todd Chase, Principal, Economist, FCS Group
  • Shannon Kinsella, Principal, Waterfront Group Director, Reid Middleton, Inc.
  • Dr. Amarjit Singh, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Jason Ruth, Senior Project Manager, HDR Engineering
  • Monty Edberg, Director of Engineering and Project Delivery, Port of Vancouver, Washington USA
  • Winston W. Ziegler, Senior Sales Manager, Port Equipment, Liebherr Nenzing Crane Co.
  • Kathryn McDermott, Owner, Kathryn McDermott Consulting
  • Richard Mitchell, Attorney, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn  LLP
  • Patricia H. Botsford-Martin, Executive Director, Port of Skagit, Washington USA
  • Lek Friel, Container Operations Manager, Matson
  • Chip Courtright, Senior Engineer, PND Engineers, Inc.

Welcome Sunset Luau:

APP would like to welcome you Hawaiian style with a very generous sponsorship from
the Port of Stockton.

Please join us for classic Polynesian entertainment featuring live music, traditional dances of the South Pacific, and a delectable selection of contemporary and Hawaiian food with a full open bar. 

The venue will be onsite at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.

As we need to purchase the luau tickets in advance, RSVP is required.

Companion Tour:

glassbtmboat On Thursday and Friday mornings, APP Companions will be treated to a glass bottom boat tour of Anaeho'omalu Bay.

While relaxing under the shaded canopy, they will have the opportunity to view Green Sea Turtles grazing, hundreds of species of colorful tropical fish, and unique Hawaiian coral through 6 full size windows.  There will also be marine naturalists on board to answer questions.

We need to make tour reservations in advance so RSVP is required.

Conference Registration Rates:


We accept credit card payments through PayPal! 
You may also pay by cash, check, or traveler's checks.

EARLY Conference Registration Rates:
Register by December 11, 2015 to receive these great rates!
Member Rate:  $595 USD
Non-Member Rate:  $795 USD
Rates increase by $100 on December 12, 2015



Cancellations are accepted and fully refunded if made on or before December 11, 2015. 
Substitutions in personnel are accepted until January 13, 2016.

Please contact us with any questions about this policy.


Thank you to our sponsors:


Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

  • Logos on the Conference Poster & in the Conference Program
  • Recognition in all newsletters and Conference mailings prior to and after the Conference
  • Verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
  • Sponsorships of $1,500 and higher also receive podium time to say a few words to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired.

We have numerous fantastic sponsorship opportunities to choose from:


Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling us at (503) 653-5868.