Join us at the 2019 North American Skål Congress!

ALOHA! Skål Hawaii looks forward to welcoming fellow Skålleagues to the 2019 North American Skål Congress in Hawaii that will take place at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel from Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Our Congress will provide you with great opportunities for networking while experiencing all that Hawaii and the surrounding area has to offer. There will be ample opportunity to share ideas and business practices with fellow Skålleagues in both formal and informal sessions.

Our agenda includes informative and thought-provoking business sessions plus excursions around Honolulu.

Congress Highlights

  • Welcome Reception on the Edge of Waikiki

  • Traditional Hawaiian protocols

  • Seminar on the industry’s hot topic

  • Be the first to learn which chefs will be featured at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival at their launch event while dining on world-class cuisine

  • Arizona Memorial & ‘Iolani Palace Optional tours

  • Special Discounts on many Island activities

  • Pre and Post Tours available

  • Skål Aloha shirts and dresses available (optional)

  • No cocktail dresses or black tie required

  • Enjoy award-winning golf courses

  • We offer some of the best views you have ever seen from a boardroom!

Hawaii is a favored destination of travelers from around the world. Honolulu is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city and a gateway to a vast and diverse region featuring a compelling combination of natural escapes, Hawaiian heritage, ethnic diversity and a growing urban core with big city amenities like shopping, arts, and dining.  Young Skal Members will be welcome to attend the Congress Events. 

Host Hotel*

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

2250 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii

96815, USA

1 888 627-8109

*Accommodations are booked and paid directly with the hotel.  A direct link to the Hotel’s Congress booking page is available on the Registration page

Friday – Keynote Address

CULINARY TOURISM

DENISE HAYASHI YAMAGUCHI

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the CEO and Founder of the Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance (dba, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival) and the Executive Director of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation. She has more than twenty-four years of experience and has held executive positions with NCL America, Bishop Museum, Japanese Cultural Center, Hawaii Foodbank, and U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s office in Washington D.C.

Prior to founding Denise Hayashi Consulting, Yamaguchi was the Director of Community Relations for NCL America where she directed community relations strategies, particularly on the neighbor islands, for a new multi-billion dollar company entering the Hawaii market. While working at the Bishop Museum, Yamaguchi was the youngest person to be appointed to an executive position in the history of the Museum as the Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs. She has also served in various executive roles at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the Hawaii Foodbank. As a current board member on the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s board of directors, she has held various volunteer leadership roles with a number of nonprofits in the community.