Honolulu, Hawai‘i October 9-12

Main Program

All Tutorials on October 9 will take place at the beautiful East-West Center, which was established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.

Programming on October 10–12 will take place at the main conference hotel, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. This beach-front resort is walking distance to the Welcome Reception and adjacent to Kapiolani Park and the stunning Diamond Head State Monument and crater.

Welcome Reception—Waikīkī Aquarium


You’ll receive a warm (and fishy!) welcome to Hawaii and EPIC2018 on Tuesday, October 9 at our opening reception at the Waikīkī Aquarium. Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa since 1919, the Waikīkī Aquarium is on the shoreline of Waikīkī Beach, a 12 minute walk from the conference hotel through Kapi’olani Park. The Aquarium – second oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens.

Conference Dinner—Starlight Luau


Waikiki’s only outdoor Luau features traditional music, Hula kahiko performers, acrobatic fire dancers and authentic Hawaiian food using locally sourced ingredients. In addition to networking and relaxing with your fabulous EPIC community, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a pineapple toss, conch shell blowing challenge, and hula lessons. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

The conference dinner requires a separate ticket—modify your registration to purchase one now. Ticket sales close July 31.