2023 Districts VIII & IX Annual District Meeting

At the Intersection of Science and Advocacy

Maui, Hawaii | Sep 28-30, 2023


Make plans to join friends and colleagues at the 2023 Districts VIII & IX Annual District Meeting! Don’t miss the chance to network and connect in person while learning from leading experts in the field from September 28 to 30 in Maui, Hawaii, at the Grand Wailea.

This year’s meeting theme is At the Intersection of Science and Advocacy and will feature sessions focused on navigating the difficult situations facing obstetrician–gynecologists and their patients during these challenging times, inclusivity, trauma-informed care, and poster sessions showcasing the work being done by our future leaders. All of this will take place in front of a backdrop of mountains and manicured gardens with koi ponds. We’ll even have a sunrise yoga session overlooking the beach! The 2023 Districts VIII & IX Annual District Meeting was designed specifically to give you the opportunity and time to network and learn from leaders around the country, so be sure to secure your spot.

Meeting Considerations

  • Do not travel to West Maui or any area affected by the recent wildfires.
  • Learn about your destination. Research norms and customs of Hawaiian culture before your arrival.
  • Reduce your individual water consumption. Consider asking that your towels, sheets, and any additional bath linen not be turned over during your stay; using the refillable water bottles provided to you in your room; not using laundry services during your stay; and reducing your overall water consumption in your room.
  • Tip service workers and staff members. Tipping hotel staff and those who assist you during your stay is a phenomenal way to show appreciation, say thanks, and support them during this difficult time.
  • Eat and shop locally. Support small businesses by eating at a local restaurant or shopping for snacks at a local store; purchase souvenirs from a local vendor or farmers market; and check out our member-only Engage community for curated lists of local restaurants, businesses, and farmers markets.
  • Volunteer. If you have a free morning or an extra day in your itinerary, we strongly encourage you to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities available to you. Our planning committee has done research and curated several group and individual options for those looking to pitch in and help out; please check out our Engage community for volunteer opportunities and sign-up sheets.
  • Donate. Consider donating to the Maui Strong Fund at our table outside the general session. Each donation gets you a ticket to our fundraising event.

Meeting Venue

Grand Wailea Maui
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, HI 96753
(808) 875-1234

Overflow Hotel

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriot, Maui 
3700 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
(877) 622-3140

We have received a great number of individuals looking to attend the Annual District Meeting this year and have reached capacity at our host hotel, the Grand Wailea Maui. We have secured a small room block next door at the Wailea Beach Resort. The Wailea Beach Resort is a short walk to Grand Wailea and easily accessible via connector bridge. If you are still in need of a room for the meeting, please book your hotel room online now.

Planning Committee

District VIII

Judith Kimelman, MD, FACOG

Chair Elect
Ilana B. Addis, MD, MPH, FACOG

Young Physician
Kevin Saiki, MD, FACOG

Young Physician
Laura Sienas, MD

Junior Fellow Chair
Milady Isabel Banegas Echeverria, MD

Junior Fellow Vice Chair
Olivia H. Manayan, MD, MPH

CCME Representative
Katherine Glaser, MD, FACOG

District IX

Kelly McCue, MD, FACOG

Chair Elect
John McHugh, MD, FACOG

Program Chairs
Toni Marengo, MD
Minako Watabe, MD, MSc, FACOG
Juliana Melo, MD, MSCS

Chair of Activities and Community Engagement
Diana Ha, MD

Junior Fellow Chair
Diana Ha, MD

Junior Fellow Vice Chair
Tali Pomerantz, MD

Young Physician
Nicole Economou, MD, FACOG

CCME Representative
Mikio Nihira, MD, FACOG

ACOG Staff 

District VIII Project Manager
Taylor Pender

District IX Project Manager
Carmen McCormick, MA

CME Program Manager
Christina A. Brooks