By Jeff Yamauchi
Ka Lā staff writer
If one had doubts about Hawai’i being able to pull off a world stage event like the IUCN World Conservation Congress, they were quickly dispelled with the opening ceremony. There were no real hitches getting a record 9,000 participants into the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Everyone in audience were spellbound with the opening performances and ceremonies. Many of the speeches were inspiring, even with the absence of President Obama. Later that evening a reception at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, guests and participants were treated to delicious regional food catered by well=noted restaurants. The evening was highlighted with a concert by Jack Johnson who is not only a famous musician but a strong advocate of the environment and the arts. He finished out a momentous and memorable opening to this global and vital event.
For a video of the event go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqhFHtMLR4o