National Association of Purchasing Management meeting Jan. 11, 11 a.m., Hale Koa Hotel. Topic: The Value of the Internet and E-commerce and What it Means to You. Speaker: Scott Zommers, regional sales and development manager for Grainger.com. Cost: $20 (includes lunch), $2 parking with validation. Contact: Leigh Clark at 831-8610 by Jan. 5.
The Retail Merchants of Hawaii will hold its annual government affairs gala Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom. "If they Could See Us Now" invites legislators, government officials and retailers to discuss issues in the year ahead. Frank B. Shaner will be master of ceremonies. Fee: $55 for members; $75 for nonmembers. Registration deadline: Jan. 4. Information: Carol Pregill, 592-4200.
Engineers and Architects of Hawaiis weekly luncheon program will be Jan. 5, noon to 1 p.m. Topic: "Island Way: Thoughts on Global Competitiveness." Speaker: Carolyn K. Imamura, executive director, Pacific Basin Development Council. Fee: $7.50 members; $8.50 nonmembers (includes lunch.) Richards Street YWCA. Information: Sam Gillie: 543-4739.
Hawaii Agriculture 2001: Sustainable & Profitable Agribusiness Today. Two-day conference on variety of topics affecting sustainable agriculture, including examples of success in Hawaii. Jan. 26-27, Waiakea Villas Resort, Hilo. $125 early registration includes conference materials and meals. $150 after Jan. 19. Registration: Mae Narimatsu, UH Conference Center in Hilo, 974-7555. Information:
www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/sustainag/workshops.htm, or call Richard Bowen on Oahu 956-8419, or Paula Helfrich in Hilo at 966-5416.
The Hawaii Manufacturing Extension Project is offering a workshop for small- and medium-sized businesses Jan. 29-30 in Honolulu, and Feb. 2 on Maui. Lean 101: Principles of Manufacturing will examine some of the biggest issues facing manufacturers today, including how to cut overproduction, wait time and other inefficiences. Registration includes breakfast and lunch: $250. Employee Training Funds are available to qualified applicants. Registration: Hawaii MEPO, 536-2278. Information is also on the Web site, www.hawaiimep.org.
The Hawaii Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel. Topic: "XML: Extensible Markup Language" with Capt. John Sleggs, U.S. Air Force. Open to the public. $25 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline noon Jan. 17. No-show charge. Contact: Bill Musson, 473-1527.
The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu will hold its weekly luncheon at the Oahu Country Club Thursday. State Rep.-elect Mindy Jaffe will discuss the upcoming legislative session and her race for the seat. Guests are invited for lunch and speech. Cost: $15. Information: Ed Kemper, 524-0330.