2014 Annual Spring Conference: Celebrating HDA’s 75th Anniversary

Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u — “Strive to Reach the Highest”

SAVE THE DATE: May 2, 2014 – 7:15 am to 4:00pm
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Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i's Highest Peak

Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i’s Highest Peak

Our conference theme this year, Kūlia is the Hawaiian word for “Strive”, as in “Strive to Reach the Highest”.  This exemplifies HDA’s 75th Anniversary mission to recognize our past kupuna (accomplishments) and to strive for future professional achievements. We look towards our highest peak, Mauna Kea, as a source of inspiration. Hawai‘i’s Mauna Kea rises an astonishing 33,476 feet (10,203 meters) from the depths of the Pacific Ocean floor, and measured from base to peak, it is the tallest mountain on earth. The summit of Mauna Kea is called Puu Wekiu and it is at an elevation of 13,796 feet (4,205 meters), making it the highest point of land in the Pacific Basin.


Register early so you don’t miss out on this special celebration year!

It begins with YOU. As dietitians, we positively impact those around us every day of our lives. To truly help others, we first need to take care of ourselves. From the moment you arrive to moment you leave, you will be engaged – mind, body, and heart. In cultivating healthfulness throughout the day, you will be refreshed, recharged, and ready to continue affecting change in those around you. Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u – Strive to reach YOUR highest!

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals, explore new products at vendor exhibits, acquire new knowledge and skills and bid on goods and services at our Silent Auction. RD/Ns can earn up to 6 CPEUs.

We offer an exciting line-up of topics and speakers from both the US mainland and our community:

Keynote Speaker: Dr Glenna McCollum, MPH, RDN – 2013-2014 President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u — “Strive to reach the highest” — It begins with you!

  • Co-facilitators: Ruby Hayasaka RD, MS, MA – 2014 CPI Chairperson and  Michael Tengan, BA, NASM-CPT, CES, WLS, NSCA-CPT

Feeding the World – The Role of Sustainability and Biotechnology with the Global Agricultural Landscape
International Food Information Council

  • Moderator: Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA (food communications perspective)
  • Speakers: Alan McHughen, PhD (science perspective), Jennifer Schmidt, MS, RD (farmer perspective) and Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA (RD/clinician perspective)

Nutrition and the Media

  • Speaker: Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN

Understanding the use of Coding/Billing Terminology
Learn the basics of billing and coding for nutrition services with focus on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Coding/ ICD10

  • Speaker: Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD

Children’s Healthy Living Project: Building a Pacific Way to Wellness

  • Speaker: Rachel Novotny, PhD, RDN, LD with panelists – Marie Kainoa Fialkowski, PhD, RDN; Jodi Leslie, DrPH, RDN; Treena Delormier, PhD, RDN; and Reynolette Ettienne, PhD, RDN

Online registration is open. Seating is limited! Click here to register.

If available, speaker biographies are viewable by clicking on individual phototgraphs.

Speaker Photo Gallery