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Annual session events celebrate ADA's 150th anniversary

Honolulu—The famed Waikiki Shell will host two unique annual session special events celebrating the ADA's sesquicentennial. The Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series will kick off annual session Wednesday evening, Sept. 30. The entertainment will begin as the doors open at 4:45 p.m. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the general session will explore the birth of the American Dental Association in Niagara Falls, N.Y., 150 years ago and celebrate the achievements of dentists past and present, including Dr. Robert Kinsaul of Phenix City, Ala., the ADA Humanitarian Award winner.

Then, Academy Award-winning actor, writer, director and diplomat Sidney Poitier will grace the ADA Distinguished Speaker Series stage.

Mr. Poitier will share the story of his life, from his childhood to his pioneering cinematic career, and discuss the importance of diversity and the humanitarian causes that most deeply concern him.

The ADA Distinguished Speaker Series is underwritten in part by the ADA Foundation through a grant from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, a division of McNEIL-PPC Inc.

The opening session is free to all registered attendees, but a ticket is required for entry. Registered attendees can request a free ticket through the ADA's online registration system. Shuttle transportation from ADA official hotels will be provided.

The celebration continues on Friday, Oct. 2, as the Waikiki Shell is transformed into a showplace for Polynesian culture, crafts and entertainment.

Experience aloha as the ADA welcomes guests for An Evening Under the Stars. Those attending will be able to experience the heritage of seven islands of the South Pacific—including Hawaii, Marquesas, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa and Fiji—through hands-on interactive learning and entertainment. Guests can try out hula dancing, play musical instruments, make crafts and leis, enjoy storytelling and more.

From the moment the doors open at 6:45 p.m., guests can enjoy true Island entertainment, including Hawaiian slack key guitar music and a performance by Taiko (Japanese drumming) artist Kenny Endo.

Guests with cameras may take advantage of an abundance of opportunities to photograph the evening's unique performers in action.

Tasty Hawaiian tidbits, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase as those attending can enjoy the entertainment, participate in hands-on activities and interact with native island villagers.

Guests will enjoy a special Polynesian

Extravaganza stage show, featuring the songs, dance and pageantry of the seven featured island nations. A specially commissioned finale will celebrate the ADA's 150th anniversary.
Ticket prices include transportation to and from all ADA official hotels, live entertainment, lei greeting, one complimentary specialty drink and soft drinks.

Tickets are $89 for Orchestra chairs; $79 for Terrace chairs; $69 for Upper Terrace chairs; $55 for Lawn seating; and $30 for Lawn seating for children under 12. For more information or to register for annual session and special events, log on to