HAWAII— The 28th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 20-23 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City on Oahu and continues with five gatherings on the neighbor islands. Dates run consecutively September 25-29 with mini-conferences moving to Kauai, Molokai, Maui and in both Kona and Hilo.

Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the multi-day conference is presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public.

The 2018 conference is titled “Bringing It All Together” and offers a lineup of visiting researchers and agro experts sharing information and breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Peter Salleras will do the keynote presentation, “Growing, Packaging and Marketing Fruit in Australia-How We Can Up Our Quality in Hawaii.”

HTFG Executive Director Ken Love says the conference will provide research and legislative updates on numerous commodities from a host of Hawaii facilities and agencies, plus a talk on “Producing Clonal Rootstocks for Avocados.” Breakout sessions will focus on post-harvest technology, value-added food innovation, sustainable farming systems and select commodities like chocolate, vanilla and black pepper.

Registration forms and fee schedule are available at or by contacting Love at or Mark Suiso at Those registering before August 1 enjoy a $50 discount.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

Marking its 29th year, HTFG was incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii. It is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion;