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Conventions & Tours

Why Attend Convention?

NOA Summer and Annual Conventions are the perfect opportunity to interact with colleagues and friends in the onion business. Valuable experiences can be gleaned from educational presentations, industry related discussions, and local tours of agriculture or other interests.

Come and enjoy time with your peers!
The NOA Officers, Meetings Committee, and Staff look forward to seeing you at a convention soon!

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2018 Annual Convention

Maui, Hawaii

The National Onion Association’s 105th Year Anniversary Annual Convention will be held in Maui, Hawaii. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is ideally located on Beautiful Maui, voted Best Island in the World by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Maui, Hawaii is an incredibly popular destination.

Rooms are exceptionally tight!! Due to this situation, please contact David Holgerson, Group Reservations Supervisor, directly at 1-808-875-1234 Ext. 3166 or email: Unable to reserve a room due to availability? Contact Sharla (NOA office: 1-970-353-5895 / to request placement on the waiting list. If and when a room becomes available, it will be assigned per the waiting list.

Main Convention Dates
November 28 - December 2, 2018

Grand Wailea - Waldorf Astoria Resort

3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Hawaii 96753

Notes of Importance
Group rates apply to active NOA member companies, their employees, and immediate family. Full NOA Convention Registrations will be required for each room reservation (
some exceptions apply).

Convention sign-up now available, see below.

Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing them via normal hospitality industry practices while being aware there are definite stipulations and taxes that apply.

Room Type and Rates

Grand Wailea is accepting early reservations starting December 19th, 2017. Please read ALL the details regarding group rates, early room bookings, and NOA Convention registration requirements.

Terrace Rooms - $180.00/night
Deluxe Garden Rooms - $200.00/night
Ocean View Rooms - $225.00/night
Deluxe Ocean Rooms - $250.00/night

[Single/Double: Children 17 and younger no charge when sharing room with parents utilizing existing bedding.]

Additional Fees Apply:

  • Reduced daily resort charge with many inclusions at $15.00 per room (plus tax).
  • Porterage ($12.50 per person/per room check-in & check-out service).
  • Room attendant ($3.00 per room or $6.00 per suite per day).
  • Valet parking ($15.00 per night, plus tax).

Group Rates honored November 24 thru December 3, 2018, based on availability.
Requests for up to three-day pre and post stays honored on space available and best available rate basis.

"Conventions don't cost, they pay!"

A very smart man who knew his onions!

Two Ways to Register

To Register by Mail

Open the PDF brochure. Fill out and print the registration form. Mail your payment and completed form to the NOA office.

To Register Online

Use the link below to fill-out the online registration form and submit a payment via credit card. This link will take you to a secure site while you complete the transaction.

Platinum Convention Sponsors

A Very Special Thank You These Sponsors!

  • 2016 - Peru

  • 2016 - Peru

  • NOA international tour group South Africa 2012

    2012 - South Africa

International Tours

Onions Around the World

A most unique feature of the NOA is their international excursions. By hosting these tours, NOA has given producers a global view of onion farms and packing facilities, seed development operations, and horticulture experiment stations across the world. Every tour has offered insights to the domestic and export markets and opportunities to interact with local businesses on location and at social events as part of the schedule.

Previous Tour Dates & Locations

2016 - Peru & Panama
2012 - South Africa
2006 - Netherlands & Spain*
2002 - Brazil, Argentina & Chile
1995 - Australia & New Zealand

*Paris, France optional pre-tour

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Sheet Pan-Style Buddha Bowls

Roasted vegetables combine with quinoa and savory, slightly sweet tahini sauce to make the perfect bow of yum.

Featured Member Benefit
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Special Rental Car Rates for Members

Taxi and Shuttle Transfers also available from the airport. Check the registration brochure for details.

Book Rooms by Nov. 7th 2018!
Rooms are exceptionally tight!!
Please contact David Holgerson, Group Res. Supervisor, directly.
1-808-875-1234 Ext. 3166 or

Air Travel

Kahului Airport is located three miles east of the town of Kahului and just 16 miles (25 minutes) from Grand Wailea Resort. It is the primary airport on Maui.

See below for airport transfer information.

Ground Transportation

Speedi Shuttle Reservations are required:
877-242-5777 or Cost is approximately
$23.33 for one person,
$46.66 for two persons, and $93.32 for four persons.

Taxi: Airport to Hotel fare is approx. Uber: Airport to Hotel fare is approx. $57 one-way; up to 4 persons. $39 one-way, up to 4 persons (including accessibility-equipped) vehicles.

All major rental car companies available.
Remember to use your NOA Member Savings Card!

Convention Dates & Locations



July 18-21
Bakersfield, Calif.
Marriott Convention Cntr

July 24-27
Madison, Wisconson

2018 Annual


Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd
Maui, Hawaii
Grand Wailea Resort

Dec. 4 - 7
Marco Island, Florida
dates and location tentative

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