“Welcome to NSREC 2018 on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and to the Hilton Waikoloa Village, the host hotel. You may never need or want to leave the hotel property, but if you do there’s a diverse growing island to explore. The conference committee has developed a social program with two companion events and the Wednesday social designed to give you a glimpse of the Big Island and the Hawaiian culture. We sincerely hope you relax and enjoy paradise. Aloha!”
Keith Avery AFRL Local Arrangements Chair
Active Lava Flows - Photograph by Stephen Alvarez National Geographic Society
Welcome to the Island of Hawaiʻi: The Island of Hawaiʻi, also known as the Big Island, is the youngest, largest, and still growing, island in the archipelago containing 66% of the island chain land mass and only 13% of the population. The island is built from 5 separate volcanoes, Kohala (now extinct), Maunakea (dormant), Hualālai (active), Mauna Loa (active) and Kīlauea (active), that erupted sequentially over the past 5 million years and continue to grow the island each year.
The island was discovered about 1500 years ago by Polynesian explorers followed by Tahitian explorers about 500 years later. History indicates that the Tahitians weren’t particularly nice to the Polynesians. It wasn’t until 1778 that the European influence began with Captain James Cook. The islands were unified under one ruler, King Kamehameha, in 1795. In the early 1800s Christian missionaries arrived, soon followed by Western traders and whalers. Along with them came diseases that reduced the native population form 300,000 to 70,000. Today, the Hawaiian culture is a mixture of the many groups who settled here over the years.
Hawaiʻi is also known for its vast array of climate zones contained in one relatively small area. While the number of climate zones on the Island of Hawaiʻi is subject to interpretation (is it 4 out of 5, 10 out of 14, 8 out of 13), travel the island and you will experience several in a short period of time. You can also go from sea level to 13,800 ft. (4,205 m) at the peak of Maunakea in relatively little time.
The conference committee has designed a social program that will provide you a flavor of Hawaiʻi. The Volcano trip on Tuesday covers the geologic aspects of the Island, including the desert-like area of Waikoloa, the rainforest area surrounding the volcano and the dynamic activity in the Kīluea caldera. The history and lifestyle are highlighted when visiting a coffee plantation and Kailua-Kona on Thursday. And the Sunset Luau (originally called an aha’aina or gathering meal) on Wednesday gives you a look at the cultural influences on the Big Island.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village resides in the Kohala region of the island. This area is known for the stark contrast of black lava, green golf courses, white sand beaches and blue ocean waters. Just steps from the resort is the Puakō Petroglyph Archeological Preserve where you can see lava rock carvings from 1000 to 1800 A.D. Also part of this region is the Waimea upcountry, also known as paniolo or cowboy country, with vast green pastures and livestock. There are five more regions to explore. One highlight of the Hāmākua Coast is Waipi’o Valley, the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I and home to the islands tallest (1300 ft.) waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls. Next as you make your way around the island is the Hilo region featuring Akaka Falls and Kahuna falls as well as the town of Hilo. Continue on to the Puna region where you’ll find Kalapana, a town mostly devoured in 1990 by Kīlauea’s lava flow. Now it is more known for viewing the lava flow. It’s also home to Volcano Village, a hidden gem in the rainforest on a volcano. As you make your way further south you enter the Kau region. Home to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka Lae (south point) the southern-most point on the island. As you make your way around the bottom of the island you head north to the Kona region. Here you will find the famous Kona coffee plantations, Kealakekua Bay where James Cook first landed and of course Kailua-Kona with many shops. There are many historical sites in this area.
Typical summertime weather in the Kailua-Kona area is tropical as you might expect. With around 13 hours of sunlight each day and temperatures in the upper 80’s it can feel quite warm. Lows are typically in the low 70’s and winds are generally light at an average of 4 miles per hour. If you venture to some of the higher elevations be prepared for cooler temperatures. And if you travel to the opposite side of the island, you will want to bring along a jacket in case of rain. While July is typically one of the drier months on the island, showers are not uncommon in some of the wetter regions. Join us for a week, or more if you’re lucky, in paradise. Experience the Hawaiian culture, cuisine, history and beauty of the Big Island.
Sunday, July 15 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Registration Welcome Reception
Join your colleagues for a reception and light snacks at the Lagoon Lanai area located near the Convention Center rooms. (Location M7 on your resort map.) This reception is open to all Short Course and Technical Session attendees and their registered guests as a great opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. NSREC attendee or guest badges are required for entrance to the Registration Reception. The conference registration desk is open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to obtain your badges.
Tuesday, July 17 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Volcano Tour Alternative – Waipi’o Valley/Waterfalls
Note: Tour is Sold Out. To get on the waiting list, please contact ETCic
Volcano Update To all of you who signed up for the Volcano Tour, thank you. This would have been an incredible chance to view one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. “Active” being a key word in this case. Pele (the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes) has decided to expand the island of Hawaiʻi and in this desire, there have been many side effects. One key item relevant to us is the earthquakes and debris from Halema‘uma‘u, the Kilauea summit crater, and the destruction that has caused. The actual lava flow is several miles from the park and would not have had an impact on our tour. However, due to the drainage of the lava from the caldera and the subsequent eruptions, the park remains closed and the Jagger Museum/overlook has been damaged. Due to this untimely series of events, we will have to cancel the volcano tour.
The committee has put together another tour that will be a very nice alternative. Waipi’o Valley/Waterfall Tour
The bus will depart the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel from the lower lobby at 7AM, just as before. The tour will include several interesting locations and sights around the big island.
Waipi’o Travel north through the Waimea upcountry, also known as paniolo or cowboy country, with vast green pastures and livestock. The tour will stop along the Hāmākua Coast at Waipiʻo Valley overlook. The Waipiʻo (curved water) Valley is the largest of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains and is also known as the Valley of the Kings. Once home to many early Hawaiian rulers, many buried in caves in the valley walls, after several tsunamis and floods, it is now mostly Taro fields. Waipiʻo is a spectacular site with 2000 ft. high walls, waterfalls and river that empties into the ocean via a black sand beach.
ʻAkaka Falls Here you will find an enjoyable self‐guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free‐falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream‐eroded gorge. The 0.4‐mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion. The trailhead is located just off the parking lot. The paved route, which includes multiple stairs in places (not wheelchair accessible), makes an ‘easy to follow’ loop offering stunning viewpoints of the two waterfalls. To view ‘Akaka Falls only, take the path to the left (south) from the first junction. The waterfall view is just a short walk down the path.
Rainbow Falls Rainbow Falls is part of the Wailuku River State Park. Easily accessible and usually full of visitors, the 80‐foot Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist on many mornings. Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui. There is no easier access to a waterfall than this one.
Nani Mau Gardens Nani Mau (“forever beautiful” in Hawaiian) Gardens will make you forget about most anything. This tranquil setting and spectacular gardens really fits its name. Nani Mau Gardens showcases 22 acres of artistically landscaped displays of native and exotic tropical flowers and plants, a spectacular orchid garden, rare palms and tropical fruit orchards. A bountiful buffet lunch is included, along with some time to enjoy the garden area.
Nani Mau Gardens
Hilo Farmers Market Fruits, veggies, flowers, crafts, you can find it all at the Hilo Farmers Market. Browse around and pick up a snack for the ride back to Waikoloa or a nice gift for those special people in your life.
King Kamehameha Statue The King Kamehameha Statue stands proudly near downtown Hilo in the Wailoa River State Park. It is one of four statues of King Kamehameha I. The other three are located in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii, in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu, and in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.
King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, who was born 1758 or 1737 or 1738 (there is some debate as to the precise year of his birth) and who died in 1819, was one of the most beloved of Hawaii's heroes. Kamehameha I was the one who conquered the Hawaiian Islands, unified them and established the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Even during times of intense Western influence, his government managed to maintain peace and the traditional values. He developed alliances with the major Pacific colonial powers and by doing so preserved Hawaii's independence.
Kamehameha's full Hawaiian name is Kalani Paiea Wohi o Kaleikini Keali'ikui Kamehameha o 'Iolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kunuiakea.
King Kamehameha Statue
Important Notes About this Tour
Travel along the saddle road on the return trip will reach an altitude of 6,765 ft. above sea level. For those who are sensitive to rapid changes in elevation, this may be an issue. Also, it tends to be a little cooler and a little wetter on the Hilo side of the island so a light rain jacket might be a good thing to bring on the bus.
Finally, for those with breathing problems, be aware that in and around Hilo, there have been a few days of “vog” over the last couple of months. “Vog” is ash from the volcano mixed with volcanic gases ‐‐ these fumes can be hazardous to your health. They are carried in the wind current so depending on which way the winds are going, there may be slight air quality issues in a portion of the area that this tour will visit.
Visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women are especially at risk and should avoid being in areas where fumes persist. We will monitor this as best we can the day of the tour but we have not heard of any major issues in the Hilo area.
Tuesday, July 17 5:30 to 7:00 PM Kohala and Grand Promenade
Industrial Exhibits Reception
Join us for the 2018 Industrial Exhibits Reception hosted by your NSREC exhibitors. NSREC attendees and their registered guests are invited to the Kohala Ballroom and Grand Promenade to visit the booths, enjoy some refreshments and participate in a raffle. All attendees and registered guests must show their badges in order to enter the NSREC Industrial Exhibits.
Wednesday, July 18 7:00 - 8:15 AM
IEEE Young Professionals Breakfast
A special breakfast will be held in the Kona 4 room of the Hilton Waikoloa Village for IEEE member attendees who are Young Professionals (https://yp.ieee.org/, https://www.facebook.com/ieeeyp). This is an excellent opportunity for newer industry members to informally discuss radiation effects and to become better acquainted.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Ray Ladbury, who will be presenting an entertaining talk entitled “A Roundtrip Journey Off The Career Track: Having a Successful Career Despite Your Best Efforts.”
Dr. Ladbury was born and raised in Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in physics from Colorado State University and with a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Colorado. After graduating with his doctorate, Dr. Ladbury served in the Savannah region of Togo, West Africa as a Peace Corps Science Teacher Trainer. After returning to the United States, he taught physics, math and science pedagogy in Kentucky’s Appalachian region at Pikeville College and worked as an editor at Physics Today Magazine.
Dr. Ray Ladbury has served as a radiation physicist in the Radiation Effects and Analysis Group (REAG) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center since January 2000. He has served as lead radiation engineer for many NASA programs and missions, including the James Webb Space Telescope, SWIFT, Landsat-8, the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) programs. Within the REAG, Dr. Ladbury’s research has centered on the radiation testing and qualification of complex devices for spacecraft applications and the use of statistical models in radiation hardness assurance. He has authored or co-authored over 70 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and three short courses on various aspects of radiation hardness assurance. In addition, Dr. Ladbury has also authored two dozen popularized articles on cutting-edge physics research. Dr. Ladbury is the lead for the Radiation Community of Practice under the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Avionics discipline capability and served on the recent National Academy study of U.S. radiation effects testing infrastructure. Ray started work in radiation hardness assurance at Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo, CA and then moved to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He lives in Mt. Airy, MD with his wife, Michelle.
In addition, the Young Professionals breakfast will include individuals representing IEEE, the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Radiation Effects Steering Group, and various NSREC committees for discussions on how to become involved in IEEE NPSS activities. For more information, contact Anthony Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Tickets are required so check the box for this breakfast when you register for the conference.
Wednesday, July 18 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Sunset Luau at the Marriott
Note: Tour is Sold Out. To get on the waiting list, please contact ETCic
Photo courtesy of the Marriott Waikoloa
It wouldn’t be a Hawaiian Social with a luau. In ancient Hawaiʻi, men and woman ate their meals apart. Commoners and women of all ranks were also forbidden by the ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. This all changed in 1819, when King Kamehameha II abolished the traditional religious practices. A feast where the King ate with women was the symbolic act which ended the Hawaiian religious tabus, and the luau was born.
The Sunset Luau at The Waikoloa Beach Marriott is not just a feast but an experience of the music, art and dance of Polynesia. An ancient chant welcomes all to witness the opening of the imu, the underground pit where a whole pig has been cooking all day. Following dinner journey to Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawaiʻi and Samoa through the songs and dance of these Pacific cultures. The Samoan fire dance is a spellbinding finale!
It is a spectacular sight against the dazzling backdrop of the picturesque sunsets over ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay.
Tickets are not included in the conference registration so be sure to purchase them with your registration. SPACE IS LIMITED so buy your tickets early!!
The Marriott is a short, 15-20 minute walk from the Hilton lobby. For those who prefer not to walk, a shuttle will be available on the lower lobby area to transport attendees between the Hilton and the Marriott.
Photo courtesy of the Marriott Waikoloa
9Thursday, July 14 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Kona Coffee Living History Farm & Kailua-Kona Shopping
Note: Tour is Sold Out. To get on the waiting list, please contact ETCic
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. Living history gives visitors an opportunity to experience history “brought to life” by costumed interpreters who demonstrate traditional crafts, agricultural activities, and the everyday tasks of people from the past. “Talk story” along the way with the farm’s living history interpreters and discover the story behind Kona’s gourmet crop. Taste the coffee fresh from the farm and take some home to your friends.
Living History Farm
From the farm it is a short bus ride to Kailua-Kona, a lively seaside town in the heart of the sunny Kona Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village and a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, Kailua Village is now a destination for comfortable accommodations, great shopping, dining and learning about Hawaiʻi’s rich culture.
From Travel Graphics International
Stroll down the main road of Aliʻi Drive and you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. Make sure to check out the Farmers Market. But look closer and you’ll also discover some very important Hawaiʻi Island historic spots. Huliheʻe Palace and the Mokuaikaua Church are both located right on Aliʻi Drive. King Kamehameha I spent his later years living at Kamakahonu Bay near Kailua Pier until his passing in 1819. The Ahuʻena Heiau is a temple on the register of National Historic Landmarks.
Kona Farmers’ Market
You will leave the hotel at 8:00 AM from the Lower Lobby level for the drive to the Living History Farm. You’ll have about an hour to visit the farms three areas and sample some coffee. They also have coffee to purchase. At about 10:30 AM, you’ll depart the farm and head to the Kailua-Kona area where you can enjoy lunch (on your own), sightseeing and shopping for about three hours. The buses will leave at 3 PM; arriving back at the Hilton around 4:00 PM.
Thursday, July 19 Noon to 1:30 PM
Women in Engineering Lunch
A special lunch will be held in the Kona 4 room in the Hilton conference area for Women in Engineering and is sponsored by the IEEE NPSS society. This event is open to all attendees who are interested in discussing women’s issues in engineering and other related career fields. This lunch will also include a short talk from a prominent guest speaker. For more information, please contact Kay Chesnut, email@example.com.
Note: Tickets are required so check the box for this lunch when you register for the conference.
Kim Binsted received her BSc in Physics at McGill (1991), and her PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Her thesis topic was the computational modeling and generation of punning riddles, and her program, JAPE (Joke Analysis and Production Engine), generated puns such as “What do you call aMartian who drinks beer? An ale-ien!”. She then went to Japan, where she conducted research at Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories on human-computer interfaces, and then started a company, I-Chara KK, which developed social software agents for mobile phones. In 2002, she joined the faculty of the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii, where she does research on artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and long-duration human space exploration. In 2015, she received a MS in Planetary Geology, for attempting to characterize the deuterium-hydrogen ratio in the primitive Earth mantle.
Kim is a co-investigator at the UH-NASA Astrobiology Institute, which formed in late 2003. She was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Ames Research Center in 2003 and 2004, where she worked on sub-vocal speech recognition technology in the Neuroengineering Lab. She was Chief Scientist on the FMARS 2007 Long Duration Mission, a four-month Mars exploration analogue on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. In 2009, she spent her sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), working on the CSA’s planetary analogues program. She is now the principal investigator for the NASA-funded HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) program, which conducts long-duration space exploration simulations at an isolated habitat on Mauna Loa. She is spending the summers of 2016 and 2017 in Russia on a Fulbright Award.
Kim’s hobbies include flying, diving, kayaking, cooking and improvisational comedy.
Aerobics and Stretching
Dave Bushmire, our nationally certified fitness instructor, will be inserting a thirty minute full body stretching session to his aerobics class. The class will begin with thirty minutes of low impact aerobics followed by a stretching session designed to increase your flexibility and range of motion, decrease joint pain, back pain and chance of falling, while reducing stress, depression and fatigue. You will learn a set of stretches that can be done daily to enjoy an active and happy life style.
As in prior conferences, the classes will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Ocean View Terrace located at the west end of the Ocean Towers. See location O10 on your resort map.
Participation: All participants in the NSREC activities must be conference attendees, registered guests of a conference attendee, registered exhibitors or registered guests of an exhibitor. Any children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times; no children will be allowed to attend any function without this adult supervision.
Cancellation: To encourage advance registration for conference social activities, NSREC will refund all activity fees for conference attendees and/or their companions who, for any reason, are unable to attend the conference as long as that notice is provided as follows. If your plans change after your Activities Registration form is submitted, simply request a refund by notifying ETCic via fax (720-733-2046) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than June 22.
Wheelchairs and Strollers: Both wheelchairs and strollers can be stored in the luggage compartment of the buses but please note that you must provide your own personnel to push these devices. Also be aware that not all areas of the companion events are wheelchair and stroller friendly.