There will be a great batch of speakers at this event and they are paying my travel there. It should be a great experience.
I lived on the island of Oahu for 15 months in 1973-74 while in the Air Force. I spent alot of time in the water while living in Hawaii and was lucky I never drowned when body surfing in the big waves on the north shore.
Hawaii has been a U.S. military colony and a corporate agri-business plantation for many years. But the independence movement there has been strong for a long time and appears to be growing. Here is a video from the movement.