Discussion of the latest laws regarding certification and truth-in-labeling of Hawai'i specialty coffees will be among topics considered at the Hawai'i Coffee Association's upcoming Seventh Annual Conference and Trade Show. The gathering, "Hawai'i's Specialty Coffee In the Global Coffee Crisis," is scheduled July 18 to 21, at the Radisson Kaua'i Beach Resort. Also planned is discussion on the marketing of specialty coffees; coffee tastings; an executive chefs' roundtable discussion; tour of Kaua'i Coffee Co., and the conference keynote address by National Coffee Association president and chief executive officer Robert Nelson. Information: Dick Petersen, (808) 937-3183 or www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org.
Future global economic trends i and how they may affect Hawai'i i will be the focus of a speech by University of Hawai'i, College of Business Administration, Dean David S. McClain to the upcoming luncheon meeting of the WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY. The organization of about 30,000 members, with chapters in 41 states and 80 countries, provides a forum to discuss changes taking place over the next 15 to 20 years, and the possible future options they present. McClain is the First Hawaiian bank Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Management at UH. The meeting is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza. Information/reservations: 225-3538.
"Architectural Design at the South Pole," will be the topic of a speech by Joe Ferraro, architect and partner with Ferraro Choi & Associates, about the firm's ongoing work at the base camp at the South Pole. He speaks to the luncheon meeting of the ENGINEERS AND ARCHITECTS OF HAWAI'I, noon to 1 p.m., Friday at the Laniakea (Richards Street) YWCA. Information: Sam Gillie, 543-4739.
Distributed energy resources i electricity generating projects, typically built and operated at the point of use, and often owned by the utility customer i will the focus of five statewide public forums sponsored by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The technology, seen as a means to lower energy costs, increase reliability and energy efficiency, and encourage greater use of renewable resources, is applicable to virtually any technology or fuel source, including renewable energy and the future promise of fuel cell possibilities. The meetings are designed to develop strategies to encourage new energy projects locally and explore ways to lessen or eliminate development barriers. The public forums are scheduled:
- Maui: 2 to 4 p.m., tomorrow, Maui County Building, 200 High St., room 629, Wailuku
- Kaua'i: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Lihu'e Civic Center, Mo'ikeha Building, 4444 Rice St., room #2
- Hilo: 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Hawai'i County Building, 25 Aupuni St., elections conference room;
- Kailua, Kona: 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i, Keahole Point (call 329-7341 for directions); and O'ahu:, 9 a.m. to noon, July 15, Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building, 235 S. Beretania St., room 204. Information: Steven Albert: (Honolulu) 587-3837
ASSOCIATION OF INVESTORS CORP. nonprofit club, meeting, 6:30 p.m., today, Honolulu community College, Apprenticeship Building (#4), Room 23B. Donation requested. Call: 836-6961.
The HAWAI'I WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER, at 1041 Nu'uanu Ave., has scheduled free volunteer orientation sessions, and free tour and orientation of the center, for tomorrow and Wednesday. Registration: 522-8136.
- 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, free orientation for prospective volunteer counselors, teachers, mentors, networking organizers and others.
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, free tour of the center, and overview of services available, including the center's business library and computer access.
A "MICRO ENTERPRISE TRAINING" class, sponsored by the Honolulu Community Action Program and free to low-income people will be offered 9 a.m. to noon, tomorrow through Thursday at the HCAP main office, 1109 Maunakea St., second floor. Topics will include business startup, loans, taxes and marketing. Call: 521-4531.
A free, four-week investment basics course will be offered 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through the rest of July in the Kailua offices of Edward Jones financial firm, 201 Hamakua Drive, A-104. Reservations: 262-1350.
"INVESTING FOR INCOME," a free seminar sponsored by Edward Jones financial firm, will be offered 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at their offices at 98-1247 Ka'ahumanu St., Suite 108A, 'Aiea. Reservations: 487-1800.
A number of local sponsors will stage a free office technology productivity conference 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Offered will be seminars, demonstrations and exhibits featuring the latest in information processing solutions from top technology vendors. Keynote speaker will be Jeff Foster, of co-sponsor Cisco Systems. Other sponsors include The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai'i, Hawai'i Technology Trade Association, Sprint Hawai'i, Xerox Hawai'i, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Paul's Cabling and Century Computers. Free; registration required: 847-9774.
The HONOLULU BUSINESS NETWORK, which offers networking opportunities for small-business owners and professionals, meets 12:01 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Restaurant Row. Call: Tracy Nakashima, 525-6028.
A seminar, "STARTING A BUSINESS IN HAWAI'I," including "business secrets" and sources of capital, will be presented 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, at the sponsoring Hawai'i Small Business Development Center Network. Presenter is center director, Laura J. Noda. The seminar is planned at 1041 Nu'uanu Ave., Suite A. Fee. Pre-registration 522-8131.
Living on a fixed income by investing in CDs and bonds will be the focus of a free Edward Jones financial firm seminar, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, at their Kailua offices, 201 Hamakua Drive, A-104. Reservations: 262-1350.
"FINANCIAL WORKSHOP FOR INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS," sponsored by Edward Jones financial firm, noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and July 18 and 19, 99-115 'Aiea Heights Drive, #254. Reservations: 487-5066.
Friday is the reservation deadline for the Public Relations Society of Hawai'i 20th Annual Koa Anvil Awards, recognizing accomplishments in the industry. The awards dinner is scheduled from 6 p.m., July 18 in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Monarch Room. Fee; non-members welcome. Semi-formal attire. RSVP: Amy Hennessey, 539-3439.
A free, one-hour financial planning seminar for women will be sponsored by Edward Jones financial firm, 10 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. July 25 at their offices at 1360 S. Beretania St., Suite 304. RSVP: 543-6034.
Business meetings of general interest are listed in the "Coming Events" column each Monday. Submit notices at least two weeks in advance. By fax: 525-6763. By mail: Coming Events, Business Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802.