PRiMO Conference

About the Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each year, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans.

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The diverse group of attendees includes heads of state, representatives from business, nonprofits, and environmental groups, and concerned citizens. Topics range from water quality to disaster management and economic sustainability. This diversity and collaborative focus is what makes PRiMO work. People and organizations must work together if communities are to become more resilient. The action plans must be far reaching if Pacific Island natural resources, quality of life, infrastructure, homes, economic framework, and citizen health and safety are to be preserved. This is a tall task that requires inhabitants of the region to work and learn together. PRiMO provides that opportunity.

PRiMO conferences offer at least 25 different sessions, many led by distinguished leaders and innovators. Field trips and preconference training sessions provide opportunities to increase professional skills and gain firsthand knowledge about active hazard-reduction activities. Participants return to their organizations with new skills, information, ideas, contacts, partners, and perspectives. They leave better equipped to find the creative solutions today's coastal hazard challenges require.

Each conference has a community resilience-focused theme. Attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract, for it is through sharing with one another that we all become stronger!

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2020 Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) 2020 Conference
March 10 to 13, 2020
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

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2020 Theme: Building a Resilient Pacific

Pacific Islands are not only connected by our ocean geography, ocean resources, and cultures, but also by our shared risks. The impacts of typhoons, tsunamis, rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, and ocean acidification are both local and regional. PRiMO’s 2020 conference is meant to strengthen collective action toward building resilience across the region. We will reflect on our individual and collective ability to recover from and cope with recent impacts. We will explore solutions to better prepare for future events in ways that leverage advances in science and technology and that reflect the culture and values of the Pacific.

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2020 Call for Proposals

Call for Session Proposals now closed

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Registration Open

Early Bird (through February 1, 2020) Regular
Training (Tuesday, March 10) Free with RSVP Free with RSVP
One day (Wednesday March 11 or Thursday March 12) $225 $250
Half day (Friday March 13) $100 $125
Full registration (March 10 to 13) $495 $595

Registering for Trainings: Pre-conference trainings on Tuesday, March 10 are free and open to conference attendees and the general public, but participants must RSVP with the training’s host organization no later than February 28, 2020.

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Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

A room block for the 2020 PRiMO Conference has been secured at the Ala Moana Hotel, located just across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center. A number of their Waikiki Tower rooms are being held for us at the government rate of $177 per night (plus taxes).

The room block cut-off date is Friday, February 7, 2020. Room requests after the cut-off date are not guaranteed, but the hotel will extend the group rate if there is availability. Please note that the conference is during “Spring Break” and the hotel will fill up quickly.

To book your room, please click below.


Cancellation Policy: No later than 72 hours prior to the date of your arrival. Any cancellations made within the 72 hours will be assessed a one night room and tax penalty.

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2020 Schedule-In-Brief

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
  8:00am - 5:00pm Pre-Conference Training & Workshops
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
  8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
  9:00am - 10:00am Opening Protocol, Plenary & Keynote
  10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own
  1:30pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  3:30pm - 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  5:00pm - 7:00pm Reception
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
  8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
  9:00am - 10:00am Plenary & Keynote
  10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  12:00pm - 1:30pm Awards Lunch
  1:30pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  3:30pm - 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions
Friday, March 13th, 2020
  8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
  9:00am - 10:00am Plenary and Keynote Speaker
  10:30am - 12:00pm General Session
  12:00pm - 12:30pm Closing Protocol
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