Tomorrow the Hawaii Aerospace Summit will kick off at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium in Honolulu, HI, and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 5. This year’s summit coincides with Aerospace in Hawaii Week, in tandem with World Space Week celebrated by over seventy countries worldwide during the first week of October.

Representatives from the government, education and business sectors of the State of Hawaii will convene with aerospace and commercial companies from around the country to discuss the expansion and diversification of Hawaii’s economy and position in the global aerospace industry. PISCES Program Manager, Rodrigo Romo, will attend to share the organization’s current work in aerospace technology and workforce development.

Hawaii’s Moon/Mars-like terrain, strategic location in the mid-Pacific, resident scientific and engineering expertise, and multinational ties with space -faring nations through out the Asia-Pacific region all provide unique opportunities to put Hawaii at the forefront of aerospace development.

The summit will be held at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium, 415 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.capitol-779x486t

Attendees to include:

• Governor David Y. Ige
• Senator Will Espero
• Representative John Mizuno
• Dr. Michael Bruno, Vice Chancellor – UH Manoa
• Mike Jones, Science Advisor – U.S. PACOM
• Henk Rogers, Chairman – Blue Planet Foundation
• Jeanne Skog, President and CEO – Maui Economic Development Board
• Capt. Vincent Johnson, Commanding Officer – Pacific Missile Range Facility
• Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Chairman – OCEANIT
• Dr. Luke Flynn, Director – Hawaii Space Grant Consortium
• Dr. Shauna Tonkin, Director of Education – Pacific Aviation Museum
• Jacqui Hoover, Executive Director – Hawaii Island Economic Development Board
• Dr. Robert McLaren, Associate Director – Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
• Tristan Bassingthwaighte, Mars Habitat Crew – HI-SEAS, U.H. Manoa
• Gen. Craig Campbell, CEO – Alaska Aerospace Corporation
• Dr. Dan Rasky, Director – NASA Space Portal/Ames Research Center
• Terrence Pagaduan, International Partnerships Chief – NASA Ames
• Other local and national leaders from the aerospace industry