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Register for annual session by Sept. 3 to save time and money

Honolulu—Register by Sept. 3 to save time and money when planning a trip to the ADA's 150th annual session in Honolulu Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

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 10 years.

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. ADA official housing will close at 5 p.m. CST on Sept. 3.

Registration fees and continuing education course fees increase after Sept. 3 and those who register after this date will have to pick up their registration materials on-site instead of having them mailed before the meeting.

Advance registrants can secure CE course seats. Also, the ADA offers World Marketplace "My Expo" accounts on, which allow 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, recipient of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, 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.  Attendees will experience the heritage of seven South Pacific islands as they learn hula dancing, play musical instruments, make crafts including a floral lei, and more.  A stunning stage spectacular follows, featuring more than 100 performers.  A custom song honoring the ADA's 150th anniversary will conclude the evening and will be available for download after annual session.

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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