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WEDA Goes To Hawaii

Aerial view of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the venue for the annual WEDA meeting, to be held August 25 through 28.

Aerial view of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the venue for the annual WEDA meeting, to be held August 25 through 28.

Larry Patella, left, and Bob Wetta at the closing ceremony of the 2012 meeting, announcing the venue for this year’s event.

Larry Patella, left, and Bob Wetta at the closing ceremony of the 2012 meeting, announcing the venue for this year’s event.

Plans are proceeding for the Western Dredging Association’s (WEDA) 33rd Annual Western Hemisphere Conference and the Texas A & M 44th Annual Dredging Seminar - entitled So That Ships May Pass. The joined events will be held in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort on August 25 through 28.

“This Dredging Conference, we are certain, is a conference that will be attractive to anyone who is interested in dredging, marine engineering and construction, and the enhancement of the marine environment,” said Larry Patella, WEDA executive director. “Included in this professional group are dredgers, engineers, academicians, environmentalist and many others throughout the world dredging community.”

The event includes three days of technical presentations and adjacent exhibits.

Patella has arranged a pre-conference tour of the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor on August 25.

“There, attendees will be transported to the morning of December 7, 1941,” said Patella. “At the memorial you will view a film of the attack and browse through the historic artifacts on display, followed by a tour of some of Hawaii’s most historic sites. A post-conference tour to other Hawaiian Islands is being explored,” he said.
The 21st Annual George Watts Open Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 25 at the Koolina Golf Course.

Conference room rates, good from August 22 through 31, 2013 are $190 per night for a standard room. Government rate is $177 per night. The phone number for reservations is: 800-445-8667. Email Larry Patella at WEDA@comcast.net for the link for online reservations. The link is also on the IDR website - www.dredgemag.com, in the News and Updates section.

Patella has arranged for the hotel conference rates to be good for three days before and three days after the conference, giving attendees the opportunity to tour the area on their own. The hotel address is 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815.

Patella has negotiated discounts with both United and Delta Airlines for the event.

To book a United flight online, go to www.united.com and enter Offer Code ZPDR909700 in the Offer Code box when searching for flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, present Agreement Code 909700 and Z Code ZPDR.

To book a discounted flight on Delta, go to www.delta.com, select Meeting Event Code and enter NMFHJ in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Delta phone reservations may be made through 800-328-1111 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. central daylight time.

For additional information please contact WEDA Executive Offices at WEDA@Comcast.net or 360-750-0209.

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