Hawaiʻi is the largest island in the Hawaiian Island chain. It earned the moniker of “the Big Island” since it is literally twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. With diverse terrain and climates, there is an endless array of unique natural wonders, including the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa. Yet another volcano, Kilauea, is one of the world’s most active volcanos with its slow eruptions adding girth to the “Big Island” making it even bigger. Fissures, steam, slowly moving lava . . . it’s a site to see!
Volcanos are not the only scenic attractions on this island. The 13,796-foot height of Maunakea (an extinct volcano) and its location in the middle of the Pacific, allow for some of the best viewing conditions of space from the numerous high-powered research telescopes on this summit. Rainforests, waterfalls, snow-capped mountain peaks, hilly pasture land, lava fields, golf courses and tropical beaches with multiple colors of sand are also found on this island. The fascination doesn’t stop on the land. In the surrounding ocean, you can explore the sea and enjoy a myriad of water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, boating, dolphin-watching and swimming.
The host hotel for the week is the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village, located on the northwest side of the island. In 62-acres of lush vegetation, the property boasts a 4-acre lagoon, sandy beach, three swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, full-service spa and watersports galore. Boats on a meandering canal throughout the property take guests from building to building. You can also take the tram or walk the covered walkways connecting the buildings to enjoy the phenomenal artwork displayed along the route. There is something beautiful and unique to see at every turn!
Breakfast, Lunch, and Breaks
The 2018 IEEE NSREC will provide breakfasts and refreshments at breaks during the NSREC Short Course and Technical Sessions. For those attendees at the Short Course on Monday, a lunch will be provided. Additionally, a lunch will be sponsored by the Industrial Exhibit companies on Wednesday. These meals and refreshments are for registered conference attendees only. Please see the schedule for times and locations.
The Hilton has contracted The UPS Store to operate a full-service business center that can handle faxing, photocopying, computer printer access, laminating, graphic design, notary service and shipping/ receiving. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Guests can have 24-hour access for internet, computer printing and photocopying. Costs associated with the UPS Store may be paid by credit card or cash (preferred) or put on your room account (only during office hours).
Rooms for Side Meetings
Limited meeting rooms are available for use by any registered conference attendee at the Hilton on a first come, first served basis. NSREC encourages side meetings to be scheduled at times other than during technical sessions. Contact ETCic at 720-733-2003 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to make side meeting reservations before the conference. To make a side meeting room reservation during the conference, see the NSREC Registration staff in the Kona 1 Room in the Convention Center of the hotel.
Notes: You must register for the conference before a side meeting room can be reserved! All audio/visual equipment and refreshments must be coordinated directly with the hotel and are the responsibility of the attendee hosting the meeting.
Child Care Reimbursement
The 2018 Conference is offering child-care reimbursement of up to $400 per family to assist conference attendees who incur additional childcare expenses by attending the conference. This program, funded by the NPSS AdCom, will also be carried out at other NPSS Conferences during 2018. Limited funds are available, and preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers who are IEEE NPSS members. Up to five candidates will be selected.
Families where both parents are registered attendees at the conference
Parent (registered attendee) who brings child(ren) to the conference
Parent (registered attendee) who incurs additional expenses at his or her home location, above normal child-care expenses, while attending the conference.
Allowable expenses include:
Babysitting or child-care expenses at the conference location while the parent(s) attend the conference
Additional baby sitting or child-care expenses incurred in leaving a child home while parent(s) attend the conference
Transportation expenses for a child-care provider to care for child(ren) during the conference. Reimbursement is only allowed for an adult or relative that does not share your home residence.
Expenses must be documented by receipts. An expense report, accompanied by receipts, must be received by the conference finance chair within two weeks of the end of the conference (Aug. 6, 2018). If the report is not received by that date, no reimbursement will be made. All reimbursements will be made after the conference.
To apply, an attendee must register for the conference technical sessions, and then complete the application form to request reimbursement for child care. The application must be received no later than June 12, 2018. Applicants will be notified whether they qualify for these funds within two weeks after the deadline. Due to limited funding, it is possible that not all qualified applicants will be eligible for reimbursement. The application form is available on the website for the 2018 NSREC.