Aloha from Beautiful Hawai’i!
PerCom 2017 is going to take place on the Island of Hawai’I (a.k.a. The Big Island), at a location selected specifically for the PerCom Community.
Hawai’i – A Quick Overview:
Hawai’i officially became the 50 th state of the U.S. in 1959. It is one of the smallest states, and it is the only state made up entirely of islands. The islands were formed by volcanoes and the shifting Earth, thus the islands are essentially the tops of volcanoes with the southernmost island’s (Big Island) volcano being still active. The name Hawai’i came for Hawai’iloa, a legendary figure from Hawai’ian myth. He is said to have discovered the islands.
Hawai’i is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawai’i is the only U.S. state not located in the Americas. The state does not observe daylight saving time.
The state comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are—in order from northwest to southeast : Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lāna’i, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawai’i. The Island of Hawai’i is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawai’i Island”.
Hawai’is diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawai’is culture is strongly influenced by North American and Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawai’ian culture. Hawai’i has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
Hawai’i is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the fifty U.S. states. It is the only state with an Asian plurality. The states coastline is about 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth longest in the U.S. after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida and California.
The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is located in Keauhou Bay on the Island of Hawai’i. This hotel is truly worth considering for a “family vacation”.
As a guest of PerCom 2017, you and your family members will be entertained by daily complimentary classes in Lei making, Hula lessons and Ukulele Classes. You will have the opportunity to see manta rays rising up over the ocean and listen to an education talk on Manta Rays.
The Resort has on its premises, an authentic ancient Hawai’ian fishing village, Heiau Kaukulaelae. This ancient village was once the playground and home to Hawai’i’s Kings and Queens. As a PerCom attendee, registered at this hotel, you will be able to experience a complimentary weekly tour of this on-site historic village. Your “resort” fees are complimentary for you. This includes internet in your room, unlimited use of resort bicycles, and golf clubs.
You will have complimentary access to the Kailua-Kona Trolley which will take you to beaches, shopping centers, cliffs over-looking the ocean as well as numerous tourist attractions. See a complete list of complimentary amenities and services at the “Room Reservation link.”
Additionally, you are able to receive the low “PerCom” room rate 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference.
Please note: To be guaranteed a room at the low room price, consider making your room reservation prior to Feb 16, 2017. After this date room reservations will be on a “space available basis.” Keep in mind this is “Spring Break.”
The banquet this year will provide to you an authentic Hawai’ian Luau including Hawai’ian dishes and live entertainment.
The closest airport to the venue is the Kona International Airport, which is 20 minutes south of the Resort.
For more detailed information about your upcoming stay – and to find the answer to every possible question you might have – from what time does the sun set to how much will a taxi cost from the airport? Use this link:
Below you will find some links to videos providing you an up close view of the beautiful Keauhou
Bay and the Sheraton Kona: