$85 – $115

Hawaii Golf Industry Conference 2017

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

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The Hawaii Golf Industry Conference features a business forum for industry stakeholders to gather together to discuss and identify the major issues and challenges in the golf industry.

Attendees to the conference include major stakeholders from Hawaii’s golf industry along with leaders from partnering market segments that are either directly or indirectly impacted by the golf industry. These include, but are not limited to hotel and hospitality, visitor and tourism, real estate, resort development, transportation, public relations, and advertising industries. Amateur members of the HSGA, HSWGA, and the general golfing public are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

A number of prominent industry professionals are invited to speak and share national and global trends that are impacting the game of golf. Further, the mission of the conference is to develop collaborative solutions and action plans utilizing collective industry resources to both sustain and grow the game and industry. The conference’s beneficiary is the Aloha Section PGA Foundation, a charitable 501 (c) (3) foundation.


Ben Crenshaw

World Golf Hall of Fame member, Ben Crenshaw, has had a storied career in golf. Ben won 19 times on the PGA Tour, including our own Hawaiian Open in 1976 at Waialae CC and the 1984 and 1995 Masters. He is also one of the game’s most noted and successful authors, historians and golf course architects. Along with partner, Bill Coore, their firm has done restoration work on some of the finest courses in the country and have also built 25 championship courses throughout the United States including The Plantation Club at the Kapalua Bay Resort on Maui, Hawaii, Friars Head on Long Island and The Sand Hills Golf Club near Mullen, Nebraska. In 1992 Ben received the highest honor the USGA bestows when he received the Bob Jones Award. The award was especially meaningful for Ben since Jones has always been his idol and model in the game. Ben has also been front and center at two of the game’s most historic, inspirational and fateful moments. In 1992, Ben won the Masters, only days after serving as a pallbearer for his beloved mentor Harvey Penick and then at the 1999 Ryder Cup, where as Captain of the US team, Ben helped lead a seemingly impossible final day comeback to win the Ryder Cup. Ben now calls Hawaii his second home, having joined the beautiful Kohanaiki Golf Club on the Big Island.

Pete Bevacqua

As Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America, Peter P. Bevacqua guides the business decisions of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s 28,000 PGA Professionals. Under Bevacqua’s leadership, in 2014, the PGA designed and implemented a long-term strategic plan, focused on the Association’s two-pronged mission: to serve the PGA member and to grow the game. The plan outlines the PGA’s strategic vision and core business products. It also defines the PGA’s constant pursuit of excellence and commitment to innovation and collaboration, the teamwork and talent exhibited in its culture, and a devotion to diversity and inclusion throughout the Association’s programs and practices.

George Szigeti

Former pro surfer George Szigeti has caught plenty of rogue waves in life and business, but he’s managed to ride all of them to the top. As President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Szigeti manages the State’s tourism strategic plan and efforts to maintain a healthy balance of growth in Hawaii’s economy. With his experience and given leadership in for-profit and nonprofit community organizations, he coordinates tourism-related research, planning, promotional and outreach activities with the public and private sectors. Szigeti says his philosophy of business management is one that seeks collaboration and partnerships that support the greater good for all, instead of individual interests. It’s an approach he has honed riding the highs and lows of a three-decade business career in Hawai‘i.

Corbett Kalama

After a 31 year career with First Hawaiian Bank, Corbett Kalama currently serves as Vice-President of Real Estate Investments and Community Affairs with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. Corbett has family ties to every community in Hawaii and it’s because of those strong ties that he serves on several boards and many charitable organizations across our islands. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kamehameha Schools and President of Friend of Hawaii Charities. In his role with the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Corbett brings together a group of Hawaii business and community leaders to generate needed funding for Hawaii’s not-for-profit organizations that benefit women, children, youth, and needy programs. The success of their efforts relies primarily on the SONY OPEN IN HAWAII, a PGA TOUR event played annual at Waialae Country Club.

Sanjiv Hulugalle

Every Four Seasons has its unique features, says Sanjiv Hulugalle – and he ought to know. With over nearly two decades with the Four Seasons, Hulugalle has held management positions at more than a dozen properties, from city hotels to island resorts. But even looking back fondly, he can’t recall another destination quite like the one he is managing now. As General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hulugalle’s formula for success has never changed. Ko Olina which translates as “Place of Joy”, has become an icon resort on the west coast of Oahu attracting guests from around the world as well as the best female golfers in the world every April when the resort hosts the LPGA Lotte Championship.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Moderator: Howard Dashefsky - News Anchor, KHON TV

Pete Bevacqua - PGA of America, Chief Executive Officer

George Szigeti - President/C.E.O., Hawaii Tourism Authority
Corbett Kalama – President, Friends of Hawaii Charities
Sanjiv Hulugalle - Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina, General Manager

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM | MAKING THE TURN (BREAK)

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM | HAWAII GOLF ALLIANCE 20/20
Wesley Wailehua - PGA of America – Aloha Section, Executive Director / C.E.O.
Paul Ogawa, PGA - Hawaii State Golf Association, Executive Director
Matt Rollins - Hawaii State Junior Golf Association, Executive Director
(TBD Guest Name) - Hawaii State Women’s Golf Association, (TBD)

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | FROM TEE -2- GREEN JACKETS
Ben Crenshaw | Master’s Champion & PGA Tour Legend

1:45 PM– 2:00 PM | A HUI HOU


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions and concerns, please contact Wes Wailehua (wwailehua@pgahq.com) or the Aloha Section Office (808-593-2230).

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Complimentary parking will be available on the day of the conference. Attendees may either self park or valet. The conference will be held in the Maile Ballroom of the Kahala Hotel.

What's the refund policy?

If for some reason you are not able to attend the conference, we will process refunds seven (7) days prior to the event. Cancellations within seven (7) days of the event will not be accepted.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Dress code is Aloha Business (Aloha shirt, slacks, etc. NO jeans, shorts, slippers)

How do I receive my tickets?

Tickets will be emailed to your provided email address once you complete the online registration. Please be sure to bring a printed copy of your ticket on the day of the conference.

I am interested in a corporate sponsorship of the conference.

More information on corporate sponsorships are available online at aspga.com.

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