Hawaii’s warm and sunny weather makes it an ideal location for amateur and professional sports events, especially during the cold winter months on the Mainland.
Is there potential to grow sports events as a component of Hawaii’s economy? What do Mainland sports organizations look for in selecting a venue for their events? How do “local” sports events market to a national and international audience? What is the connection between sports events and tourism?
Dr. Jim Barahal is President/CEO of the Honolulu Marathon Association, a position he has held since 1987. He founded The Hapalua - Hawaii's Half Marathon in 2012, and was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a physician and a founder of DOC Hawaii, which provides telemedicine for Hawaii residents and visitors.
Jodi Wilmott is General Manager for the World Surf League with a focus on Hawaii and Tahiti. She has worked on more than 200 major international professional surfing events, traveling to more than a dozen countries and working with private industry and local governments. Professional surfing and the global surf industry have been a constant throughout her life.