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Annual session in Hawaii awaits

Still time to make travel plans

Honolulu—It's not too late to plan a trip to this Pacific paradise, where dentists from around the globe will gather Sept. 30-Oct. 4 to celebrate the ADA's sesquicentennial during the annual session.

The ADA expects to welcome some 24,000 total attendees to Honolulu, including 7,000 dentists. The 2009 meeting is expected to draw the highest percentage of dental professionals at an annual session in more than ten years.

Although registration fees increased after Sept. 3, registration, course and special event fees are still affordable and there are many CE choices available. Registrants should allow some extra time to pick up registration materials on-site at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Call or log on to the ADA's One Source for assistance in registration, housing and travel accommodations at or 1-800-974-2925 (toll-free, U.S. only) or 1-847-996-5876. The ADA housing deadline has passed but many Waikiki hotels still have availability.

Annual session goers can also create a "My Expo" ADA World Marketplace account on The account allows users to search for exhibitors by name or by product category, save a list of exhibitors they'd like to visit and print a custom map of the exhibit floor with preferred exhibitors and their booth numbers.

The Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Sidney Poitier on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, at the Waikiki Shell. The Distinguished Speaker Series has been underwritten in part by the ADA Foundation through a donation from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC Inc.

On Friday night, Oct. 2, the Waikiki Shell will be transformed into a showplace for Polynesian culture, crafts and entertainment for an ADA exclusive special event, An Evening Under the Stars. More than 100 performers will take the stage in a stunning stage spectacular.

Beyond the Hawaii Convention Center, the beauty and attractions of the Hawaiian Islands await. There is still time to register for post-session continuing education courses Oct. 6 and 7. Locations and topics include Maui (mini implants), Hawaii's Big Island (digital photography) and Kauai (the Invisalign system). Marriott resorts on each island are offering reduced ADA rates for post-session registrants or attendees taking extended vacations.

Great shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities, including nearly 30 ADA tours—from ocean activities to sightseeing to dining cruises—showcase the best of Hawaii's pastimes and scenery.

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