May 20-22, 2022
Search and rescue
wilderness safety event
Survivorman, Les Stroud
The Hawaii SARCON was invaluable! It successfully brought together statewide SAR organizations to learn from international experts and each other.
Hawaii SARCON is an ideal setting for government, civilian and volunteer SAR organizations to come together in an educational and collaborative environment to improve the SAR system.
Hawaii SARCON had a major, positive impact on the Hawaii state SAR system by bringing together government, civilian and volunteer SAR organizations to discuss immediate and long term improvements which will inevitably save lives.
~ Kevin Cooper
U.S. Coast Guard
The Hawaii SAR CON was a great event. It allowed me to collaborate with STAT, several search and rescue teams, the US Coast Guard, Air National Guard, and Honolulu Emergency Dispatchers. It is unlikely that I would have made contact with any of these organizations without an event like this. It is helping us to coordinate SAR activities for future events.
~ Stacy Haruguchi
Assistant Director of Emergency Services
Civil Air Patrol
Sgt Edward Stankos
The SAR CON was very beneficial to the growing operations in Hawaii. As a law enforcement officer having a variety of different folks at the event was great. Not only law enforcement but also Fire Department, Coast Gaurd, and civilians who work in SAR. I think the many different angles they all come from and perspectives greatly helps this grow in a place that needs it.
~ Sgt Edward Stankos
State of Hawaii’s Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Section Special Operations Supervisor and K-9 unit
Lt. Michael Oakland
Excellent event and look forward to the joint communications.
~ Lt. Michael Oakland
State of Hawaii’s Sheriff’s Department
The event was groundbreaking! It brought ALL the different county (islands) agencies and SAR teams together for the first time ever. This allowed them to all network and come together as a state and in my experience, the Hawaiian Islands do not function as one state with regards to SAR.
~ Shay Cook
K9 California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA)
Alameda County Sheriff Search and Rescue (ALCO)
Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (MSAR)
Yosemite Search and Rescue Dog Team (YODOGS)
FEMA Oakland Task Force 4 (TF4)
The energy and enthusiasm from the staff, organizers, presenters and attendees was excellent. It was a great networking opportunity. The conference is a great start to brining these volunteers and agencies together.
~ Jeremiah Hull
Police Officer (Search K9)
Hawaii Police Department
Angela Chew Hale
Having attended many Search and Rescue conferences in the past 20 years within our State of California, I was excited to have the opportunity to come to Hawaii for their first conference. My daughter had just joined our team, so this was her first SAR event.
It was nice having a shuttle transport us to such a beautiful beachside location. I enjoyed the K-9 (Shay Cook) and swiftwater (Bill Weber) lectures. Also, the stories and information within the presentations given by Les Stroud and Fernando Moreira were very interesting.
Land Navigation with Oahu SAR was a great refresher for me and a fun exercise for my daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed being on the boat with Regan Lipinski for the side sonar demo, spotting fish and honu (turtle) was a plus. It was great fun to meet the SAR dogs from Kauai! We look forward to attending Hawaii SAR CON next year!
~ Angela Chew Hale, EMT & K-9 ‘Riggs’ and Alexandra C. Lee
Alameda County Sheriff SAR, California
I thought it was great to have all of the wonderful networking opportunities with all the other organizations on the island and from the mainland that attended.
~ Ethan Pearson-Pomerants
Oahu Search and Rescue President
Overall, the event exceeded my expectations and I look forward to next year. I loved the networking and opportunities to ask questions and communicate with other SAR teams and the agencies.
~ Becca Frager
Colorado Rockies SAR
Larimer County SAR and Alpine Rescue
Rocky Mountain National Park SAR
Southeast Oregon SAR
I recommend Hawaii SAR CON to everyone!
~ Fernando Moreira
World Wide Trackers Co
Trackers Tactical Training
Hawaii’s first Search and Rescue conference was amazing!
I was super grateful to be able to attend the conference this year. The knowledge and information taught from the experts of their respective fields was invaluable.
The networking and communication with the different SAR agencies in the state was encouraging, inspiring and helpful to serving the community better. Mahalo again Hawaii SARCon gang! You did an awesome job for your first conference.
~ Joshua Dukes
Maui Fire Department
Great, well organized and informative conference!
Awesome place to meet anyone SAR related in Hawaii
Becca’s rope class was awesome
~ Elena Pray
Hawaii SAR CON was amazing! Met many people with the same desire to help those in need and that everyone comes home. There were many moments of the weekend that stands out.
-Meeting people with amazing skills.
-Meeting Les Stroud!! Hearing his journey and that he’s active in SAR as well.
-Meeting the coordinator of the cave rescue in Thailand to rescue those kids. What it took and how he managed to do something completely new in cave rescue that brought them all home.
There were many of us from O’ahu Search and Rescue that can’t wait for the next one!
~ John Scalla
Oahu Search And Rescue
Press & Media
Thank you for joining us for this one of a kind Wilderness Awareness Community Safety event | Search and Rescue Conference on beautiful Oahu, at Kualoa Ranch (home of Jurassic Park) May 20-22, 2022!
About this event
The 2022 Wilderness Awareness Community Safety Event |Search and Rescue Conference, with Special Guest Survivorman, Les Stroud (Hawai’i SAR CON) was a huge success. It hosted a broad range of activities and trainings for both professional rescuers and community members. Trainings covered subject areas such as man tracking, sUAS use in SAR, basic and advanced rope work, lost person behavior, search management, K9 handler training for SAR, GIS software in search planning, drone mission planning and execution, wilderness first aid and more. Lectures and speakers included topics such as body forensics, resource management & mission planning, community lead search operations, lost person behavior, and problem prevention planning. Stay tuned for more to come in 2023.
Hawaii’s ONLY search and rescue conference will focus on community enriching experiences and enhancing the skills for Search and Rescue teams and volunteers.
Exploring the benefits of the latest technologies available, with specific applicability to the unique challenges of rescuing lost persons in the Hawaiian wilderness areas. This conference is designed to provide an understanding of the latest technologies and techniques used in the SAR world by showcasing various brands involved in wilderness survival accessories.
This event is a collaborative effort to bring together all Hawai’i emergency services, first responders, Coast Guard and individual county Police, Fire and Safety units, with island search and rescue teams as a means to increase the lines of communications for all involved in search and rescue.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS WILDERNESS SAFETY EVENT
Bringing the community together for a weekend of educational experiences. A designated private plot of land Kualoa Ranch’s ~4000 acres serves as the perfect backdrop for community members and visitors of Hawai’i to come together.
SEARCH and RESCUE CONFERENCE
This conference is designed to provide an understanding of the latest technologies and techniques used in the SAR world by showcasing various brands and survival accessories for the wilderness.
Basecamp Outdoor Classes | Workshops
Featuring the best and latest innovative technology solutions in SAR operations. There will be specific training in man tracking, sUAS use in SAR, community led search operations, problem prevention planning, body forensics, lost person behavior, resource management, resource mission planning, and search management.
Use of GPS/GIS is evident in SAR missions as it helps in finding the exact location of a person. It provides information for regions where little or no mapping information is available. Hawaii SAR CON will provide an opportunity to its participants to learn this amazing technology through our GPS/GIS Station.
This unique conference will provide a chance for professional rescuers and community members to have a hands-on training on drones flight, image annalysis, mission planning and execution, GIS software in search planning, and more by providing sponsors.
Marine SAR Station
Showcasing the latest techniques and products used for Side Scan, Collision Avoidance Sonars, Depth Sounders/Altimeters to optimize underwater search and recovery.
As the role of K9 resources in preserving the lives of individuals can’t be denied, this event will have teach K9 trailing and training tactics for wilderness Search and Rescue missions. K9 instructors will deliver trainings on K9 handling procedures, technics and tactics.
Ropes and knots act as lifelines in dangerous environments such as steep gradients where only rope access is possible. Hawaii SAR CON will give participants a chance to learn the basic and advanced techniques from professionals on how to use these essential tools in wilderness.
Wilderness Awareness Training
Wilderness Awareness Training will be available as well as other opportunities to learn and network with experts. Individuals are encouraged to participate in the broad range of activities and trainings for professional rescuers, wilderness enthusiast, and community members.
Prevention SAR Station
Prevention Search and Rescue programs help to educate people about safety in difficult environments. This event will provide attendees a unique and valuable chance to learn and connect with experts in prevention search and rescue from arounnd the United States.
Speakers & Instructors
Special Guest: Survivorman, Les Stroud
Les Stroud, the host and producer of the popular “Survivorman” series who sparked the multibillion-dollar Wilderness Survival TV industry, who is also launching SurvivorlanVR later this year, will be a special guest. Stroud‘s unique knowledge of wilderness survival mindset has made him a household name. He is also an instructor and special resource volunteer with Jackson Country SAR (JCSAR) in Southern Oregon. With more than 76 Producer credits and over 100 film credits he is also an author, recording artist, and musician who performs around the country. Stroud hosts the Surviving Life with Les Stroud podcast and is currently hosting Les Stroud’s Wild Harvest on PBS which explores foraging wild foods in season from local sources.
Regan is the Training Director for Marine Sonic Technology, where he Instructs Police, Fire, & Military how to Locate, Document, and Recover Criminal Evidence, Historical Artifacts, and Derelict Mines. He began his position after serving 18 years in Law Enforcement with a primary focus on Maritime Security & Investigations. In 1996 Regan joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman & Military Police Investigations. He served on many specialized teams to include SRT (Special Reaction Team), DST (Drug Suppression Team), QRF (Quick Reaction Force), but his primary function was plain clothed Investigator for crimes against people. In 2002 he left the Army and began a career with the Newport News Police Department in VA where earned the rank of Master Police Officer and was in charge of the Marine Unit & served on the Tactical Operations Unit. During his tenure he developed the Basic Marine Operations Course which was used throughout the State of VA and was bestowed many awards to include a Silver Medal of Valor & a Commendation from the United States Senate. In 2011 while still working for the Newport News Police Department he was asked to serve as a Federal Special Agent with CGIS (Coast Guard Investigative Service) in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. In 2013 Regan accepted a position with Marine Sonic Technology as the Training Director and travels all over the world training MST customers on side scan sonar & underwater imaging. MST specializes in manufacturing Side Scan Sonar Systems for Police, Fire, & Military Agencies. In 2015 he was asked to appear on the History Channel and since then he has made over 20 television appearances as a Marine Search and Survey Expert. Some of the shows consist of Hunting Hitler, JFK Declassified Tracking Oswald, Buried Knights Templar, Legends of the Deep with Celine & Fabien Cousteau, Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates, Drain The Oceans, and Unexplained & Unexplored.
Liz King is the Preventative Search and Rescue Manager for the TCSAR Foundation in Jackson, WY. She joined the Foundation in 2019 after spending the previous 11 years with NOLS teaching horsepacking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and instructor development courses. In her role with TCSAR, Liz manages the Backcountry Zero program. It is a community outreach and education initiative working to eliminate preventable backcountry deaths and life-changing injuries in the Teton region. During the winter months Liz also works as a backcountry ski guide and avalanche educator.
Dr. Katelynn Perrault
Dr. Perrault is an Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences and Chemistry at Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii.
Kate is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Forensic and Bioanalytical Chemistry. She has a synergistic research, teaching, and outreach program, mentoring numerous undergraduate students and volunteering at community events to promote the awareness of chemistry and the forensic sciences to both adults and children. Her research group uses chemistry to understand the decomposition of human and animal remains in outdoor environments, and focuses predominantly on the odor produced during decomposition. She has collaborated with several police agencies, outdoor research facilities, search and recovery groups, and volunteer organizations worldwide.
Jason Torlano – World Class Skier & Rock Climber
Jason Torlano is a former Yosemite park ranger, a US Army vet, and a volunteer Search and Rescue medic overseas with the Free Burma Rangers. He is also a 40-year resident of Yosemite National Park and has since completed 32 first ski descents, including LeConte Gully, Taft Point, Crocker Point, Clouds Rest and Dewey Point. Most notably, he made history by becoming the first skier to descend Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome, a steep vertical granite face last February. They used ropes to rappel less than 300 feet of their 4,640-foot descent. He has been rock climbing since the age of 17 and today he specializes in using ropes to work in high-altitude and dangerous settings.
For more than 35 years Fernando has trained trackers from search and rescue teams, law enforcement officers, military personnel and outdoor enthusiasts across the United States as well as in several foreign countries. He initially became interested in the art of man-tracking while serving in the Portuguese army in Angola. He has utilized his skill in tracking on a nearly daily basis since then. Fernando has also assisted law enforcement officers in finding crucial evidence in many high-profile missing persons and homicide cases across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
Search and Rescue Program Manager at U.S. Coast Guard District Fourteen in Honolulu, HI. Kevin oversees maritime and aeronautical SAR from Hawaii to Guam and as far south as Kiribati. He previously retired from active duty after 26 years of experience in maritime search and rescue as a rescue boat captain, SAR Mission Coordinator and Joint Rescue Coordination Center Chief.
Shay Cook – SAR K9 Handler
Shay has been training with K9 SAR since 1995 in Trailing, Cadaver, Wilderness Area, and more recently Disaster with FEMA. She is a member of the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA), Alameda County Sheriff Search and Rescue (ALCO), Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (MSAR), Yosemite Search and Rescue Dog Team (YODOGS), and FEMA Oakland Task Force 4 (TF4). Shay has been training dogs since 1986 and has worked with dogs in Schutzhund, guide dogs for the blind, obedience, socialization, tracking, herding, and scent detection. Shay’s professional job is as an Assistant Director at UC Davis and currently working on exploring “Scent Navigation” with other researchers. She has presented at SAREX, SAR City, and other events throughout the US and appreciates sharing what I have learned and getting feedback/perspective from others.
Gregory spent 22 years as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before retiring in December 2019. Upon completion of the FBI Academy, Greg reported to the San Antonio Division of the FBI, where he spent his entire career. Early in his career, Greg worked on squads investigating White Collar Crime, Government Fraud, and Public Corruption. He also served as the Training Agent and Active Shooter Coordinator for the San Antonio Division of the FBI. Greg spent the last several years of his career assigned to the Domestic Terrorism Squad on the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In this capacity, Greg and his squad mates investigated threats to carry out acts of violence on schools, businesses, and places of worship. Greg had several collateral duties while serving in the FBI, to include Crisis/Hostage Negotiator, Airport Liaison Agent, Campus Liaison Agent, Surveillance Pilot, and Crisis Management Coordinator. In addition, Greg served as a Team Leader for the Evidence Response Team (ERT). While serving on ERT, Greg and his team processed the crime scenes of the Active Shooter Events at Fort Hood and Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. Prior to working for the FBI, Greg was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was later commissioned in the United States Navy, where he served as a Naval Flight Officer for six years. Greg graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He has both his Private and Remote (Drone) Pilot Licenses. Greg lives in Boerne, TX with his wife Barbara. They have grown twin children, Jacob and Amelia. Greg has assisted in Search and Rescue missions in the past and most recently assisted with the search for missing hiker Samuel Martinez on the island of Kauai.
Lt Col Dana McLaughlin has been involved in Search and Rescue for over 30 years. She has a Master’s Degree in learning and brain science from MIT. She is a private pilot, retired Paramedic, and was a Mission Ready K9 handler for over a decade, including being a Type 1 Ground Pounder, NASAR FUNSAR Instructor, and a Civil Air Patrol Incident Commander. Dana has participated in hundreds of searches, and her K9s, in over 100. Dana was on the search for Steve Fossett in 2007 and worked for FEMA during the 2004 hurricane season in Florida.
Kimberlyn is an activist who champions bills in legislation which impact search and rescue efforts and missing persons. She is a victim/family advocate for Missing Persons in Hawaii and founded Maui Search and Rescue (MSAR) in 2014. She is the go-to person in Hawaii when a loved one goes missing. In addition to advocating for the missing, victims rights, and mental health issues within the community, she also serves Secretary of Maui Multicultural Advisory Committee (MMAC).
Chris started his career in 2003 as a climbing instructor and ski instructor. These experiences lead to working in cave rescues, swift water rescues and high angle rescues which have taken him all over the country for both learning and teaching opportunities. Chris currently leads STAT (Search Tech Advisory Team), based out of Hawaii that focuses on extended search management and tech integration.
Ben has been teaching Wilderness First Aid for twenty years as he continuesn his life-long passion for adventuring. With a strong educational foundation, and utilizing a broad set of skills and experience, after fifteen years of directing camps and conference centers, and completing a Masters in Tourism Management Ben created Next Adventure Company where he offers Adventure travel in Colorado and Hawaii where he is currently a Dive Instructor.
Becca has been conducting technical rope rescues with wilderness SAR teams since she first started volunteering with SAR in the Colorado Rockies in 2003. In Colorado, she volunteered for Larimer County Search and Rescue and Alpine Rescue teams, two busy SAR teams who generally see over 100 missions per year. In Colorado, Becca conducted technical rescues at popular climbing areas, backcountry peaks, and has assisted the Rocky Mountain National Park SAR team as needed. Becca moved to Oahu in 2015 and has volunteered for Oahu Search and Rescue since. Becca is part of OSAR’s high angle ropes team and has assisted with technical search and rescue operations on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Becca also volunteers with Search and Rescue in southeast Oregon. Becca serves as the team’s Director of Training and holds certificates in Technical Rescue skills which meet NFPA Standards and the ASTM ‘Advanced Rope Rescuer Endorsement’. Becca has worked as a rock climbing guide in Colorado, has used her rappelling skills to assist with invasive species removal in Hawaii, and hopes to use her skills to assist the community and the aina however she can.
Ethan has been the leader of Oahu Search and Rescue for 7 years, and focuses on Search Management, as well as assisting with teaching parts of the initial qualifications curriculum. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responser and Part 107 drone pilot.
Lt Col Stacy Haruguchi (USAF, Retired) is a former F-15E and FA-18 Weapon Systems Officer (WSO). He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the US Air Force Academy and a Masters in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Stacy has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since 2015 and participated in disaster assessment surveys, SAR missions and Urban Direction Finding missions in both Nevada and Hawaii
Bill have been a member of Alameda County’s Sheriff’s Rescue Unit since 1972, a Life Member of NASAR since the late 1970’s (Life Member # 0133). Have boated rivers throughout the Western US and rowed the Grand Canyon three times. Have also run rivers in Japan, Chile, and Africa. Was an active Guide trainer for Friends of the River in California for many years. I have presented previously at NASAR Conferences, at SAR City in Barstow CA, at SAREX which is sponsored by the State of California Office of Emergency Services, our local BATSAR (Bay Area Training for Search and Rescue) event, and several community college SAR programs as well as serving several terms as the training officer for our unit.
Lieutenant Michael Oakland is creating and running Community Relations Section at Sheriff’s Department (State of Hawaii) , which includes Peer Support, Chaplain Corps and Sheriff Reserves. He too ran the Canine Unit in the Special Operations Section and started the Canine Unit while the commander at the Airport Patrol Section at the DKI Airport which included the surrounding business district, Kalaeloa and Dillingham Airfields. He also spent time on old Rapid Reaction Force while running K9. Michael was also in the US Air Force on active duty in transportation logistics, graduate of antiterrorist tactical driving courses, Desert Shield/Storm ( multiple Sheriff command and Military roles and a Persian Gulf War Veteran).
Edward is currently canine unit sergeant in charge of Sheriff’s department (State of Hawaii) canine that are in the Special Operations Section and those K9 are dual purpose animals in that they are trained in their specific scent, E.G. Narcotics, Explosives and Currency and includes patrol work (bite control work) and some have had training in man tracking but cannot be used in SAR because they are only used for locating felons. Sgt Stankos also assisted in running a K9 unit at the airport as the Administrative Sergeant at the DKI Airport and while in the US Coast Guard worked for the First Deputy on the Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST, multiple roles in the Sheriffs’ and the Military with multiple global deployments).
Lanikoa K Dobrowolsky
First Deputy Lanikoa Dobrowolsky, has previously overseen State of Hawaii’s Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Section which includes Canine (K9 Unit) and is very familiar with tactics and has been extremely supportive of the expansion of that unit to include SAR and has been able to get the attention and interest and what appears to be support of department’s leadership. This only touches on his vast experience as he has about 30 years in the US Army as a Ranger and is now working as the counterintelligence unit’s First Sergeant (selected as Sergeant Major), set up and ran the US Coast Guards Honolulu based MSST for anti-terrorism and is familiar with combat search and rescue operations (multiple commands and roles in the Sheriffs’ and the Military as well as a Persian Gulf and Afghanistan War Veteran).
Kenison Tejada is a senior public safety advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and works with public safety agencies in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Before joining the FirstNet Authority in 2019, Kenison worked for the Honolulu Fire Department for more than 30 years. His last seven years were spent as the fire communications battalion chief; in this role, he worked to optimize communications, both emergency and non-emergency, and to coordinate statewide emergency communications.
As part of Hawaii’s emergency communications community, Kenison advocated on behalf of Hawaii public safety agencies to make new and future communications technology a high priority. His advocacy focused on three areas: 1) Hawaii’s need for a statewide migration plan to Next Generation 9-1-1, 2) Hawaii’s public safety community establishing a self-mandate to address their own needs, requirements, and use of FirstNet’s broadband system and capabilities, and 3) Detailed discussion and planning for how Hawaii will deal with federal legislation, regulations, and mandates. Kenison’s work to advance public safety communications has served as a foundational platform for his role at the FirstNet Authority.
Camp Homelani is on Oahu’s North Shore offers some of the best camping accommodations, amenities, and activities in Hawaii!
There are 6 male and female cabins that hold 14 to 20 people each. Reservations for each person is $25 plus taxes per night. You will be responsible for bedding. Tent camping is also available. The orange rentals will be reserved for speakers and sponsors.
If you choose to stay elsewhere, you are responsible for all accommodation costs off-site.
State Camping around the Ohau can be booked directly the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Online Reservation System
We encourage you to stay near the Waialua/Haleiwa area due to potential high surf. There are many potential surfing contests in the fall that would impact the traffic on the North Shore.
The Hawaii Search and Rescue Conference is an invaluable event for all parties involved in a Search and Rescue, as well as Public Safety and Military personnel, and those who are interested in expanding related skills. There are no other events of its kind in the state, and due to the increasing need of Search and Rescue, this conference is designed to raise awareness, build relationships amongst interested participants and provide an understanding of the latest technologies and techniques used in the SAR world.
We are offering tailored activations and would be honored to showcase your BRAND and ask you to partner with our `ohana (family) for this much needed educational event. Together, we can continue to assist in the continual training of those individuals who help locate missing persons.
Along with networking with others in the industry, SAR leaders and prospects there are various Branding, Partnership, and Sponsorship Options which may include:
- Showcasing your latest innovative technology solution
- Brand Experiences
- Opportunity to develop co-branded educational presentations/videos highlighting your product with conference participants
- Social media content highlighting your product in use at conference with Hawaiian backdrop
- Booth space to display product/brand at Conference
- Recognition in marketing assets
Interested in Partnering with us, please email: Partnerships@HawaiiSarCon.com
Outfitter and camping partner
Marine SAR Partner
Food and Beverage Partners
Code of Conduct
Search Tech Advisory Team (STAT) is dedicated to providing a positive, harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants include attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff. All conference attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors attending the conference are required to abide to the conference Code of Conduct policy.
All attendees and exhibitors will be required to follow published Hawaii State Laws, Kualoa Ranch and Kualoa Regional Park polices, and Hawaii SARCON Covid-19 policy, that are in effect at the time of the Conference. Failure to do so will result in being removed from the Conference with no refund.
Event Restrictions and Cancellation
By purchasing a ticket and attending the Conference, you accept all Conference regulations and restrictions, including:
The organizer reserves the right to cancel the event wholly or in part in case of an insufficient number of participants, program cancellations, organizational reasons, changes of availability of speakers, force majeure or other unforeseeable events that render the execution of the event impossible and/or not worthwhile or that would lead to the organizer incurring unreasonable expenses in executing the event. The organizer shall immediately inform participants of such changes
Should an event be cancelled by the organizer for organizational reasons or as a result of force majeure, as outlined above, the organizer will refund the event fee in full. Claims for further liabilities or damages are excluded. Participants may not assert any further claims and any such claims shall be excluded.
Subject to Change Without Notice
The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program. If necessary, changes may be made to its content, method and organization before or during the event, without notice insofar as these changes do not substantially diminish the described benefits of the event for the participant.
Location and Logistics
Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii
Kaneohe Bay, a 7,500-acre inlet, is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands, and the only bay in Hawaii with a barrier reef. Five tiny islands are anchored in the bay. The two largest are Chinaman’s Hat and Coconut Island. Coconut Island is owned by the State of Hawaii and is home to a University of Hawaii research center. But it is perhaps better known for its role in the long-standing television series, “Gilligan’s Island.”
The conference will be held at Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Ranch is home to Jurassic Park and is one of the largest attractions in the State. This ~4,000-acre billion-dollar private nature reserve located on the windward coast of O’ahu is also a working cattle ranch and farm, comprising three valleys-Hakipuu, Kualoa, and Ka’a’awa, all of which is home to the Kualoa grown agricultural efforts. This diversified agricultural operation is one of the most diverse farming operations in the state with 100% of the harvest consumed locally, helping to support a healthy food system and island community.
Kualoa Ranch, is located at 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA
Honolulu is approximately 35-45 minutes away from the conference and has readily available hotel accommodations.
Is one of our accommodation partners. With multiple properties in Honolulu area with a SUITE DEAL promo code HERE. We are directing our participants to Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel to allow easier access to the highway.
If you need camping gear, please contact our OFFICIAL CAMPING OUTFITTER PARTNER, Hawaii’s largest hiking store, ULOHA (Unkle Local Outfitter of Hawaii Adventures to make rental reservations for camping gear. They have a limited supply of two person tents for rental at $30/night and (5) one person tents at $25/night so contact them directly to reserve as they are available at a first come, firs serve basis.
CAMPING at Kualoa A & B Regional Park can be reserved 30 days prior. Click here to make your reservations.
International and Mainland Participants
Please check here for the latest COVID19 travel restrictions. Each county has their own policies for interisland resident rules.
You can use the public bus as an option. The route would be HNL (Honolulu Airport) to Kaneohe and takes approximately an hour to two hours. You will need to take Line 20, Line 60. Please double check the route as at times bus lines and times change. You will need to read all information about the size of your bags prior to riding the bus.
Age Restrictions – If you are younger than 18, you will need to sign a parental consent which is linked here.
Parking – There is ample day parking at Kualoa Ranch and Kualoa Regional Park for free.
SEARCH TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY TEAM
Search Technology Advisory Team (STAT) is a non-profit search and rescue support team based in Maui that provides support to HI based SAR teams and government agencies using the latest innovative SAR technologies and practices. STAT is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) Public Charity organization. Our EIN is 84-2747362.
GET FOUND KITS
STAT has branded a Get Found Kit for individuals to take into the wilderness with them in the event they ever get lost. ORDER your Get Found Kit HERE.