Standing Together For A Better World
The countdown is on and we are excited to finally recognize our nation’s future leaders with an event that connects the best with the best. This amazing event rewards our valedictorians with a fun-filled week of meeting their future career opportunities, activities and participating in a community project to give back to our world.

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THE MOST COVETED HIGH SCHOOL

VALEDICTORIAN EVENT EVER

The High School Valedictorian Forum has been created to recognize and honor our country’s smartest high school students. This event not only recognizes their achievement in academics, it also will give them the keys to open the doors to their future careers. Our valedictorians will not only have the honor of addressing their classmates at commencement… they will also be honored with a seven night, all-expenses-paid trip to Honolulu, Hawaii.

VALEDICTORIAN AND FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES BY STATE
State Valedictorians Fortune1000
Alabama 175 3
Alaska 57 0
Arkansas 125 8
Arizona 150 18
California 650 106
Colorado 140 23
Connecticut 75 24
Delaware 20 3
DC 15 5
Florida 325 39
Georgia 175 30
Hawaii 35 3
Idaho 65 4
Illinois 275 64
Indiana 180 17
Iowa 150 6
Kansas 125 5
State Valedictorians Fortune1000
Kentucky 100 7
Louisiana 140 3
Maine 75 1
Maryland 110 12
Massachusetts 140 34
Michigan 275 28
Minnesota 180 24
Mississippi 110 1
Missouri 180 21
Montana 55 0
Nebraska 110 8
Nevada 55 9
New Hampshire 45 2
New Jersey 180 27
New Mexico 70 0
New York 400 91
North Carolina 190 28
State Valedictorians Fortune1000
North Dakota 65 1
Ohio 295 50
Oklahoma 180 13
Oregon 125 6
Pennsylvania 275 41
Rhode island 30 7
South Dakota 55 0
South Carolina 100 4
Tennessee 138 14
Texas 525 82
Utah 50 4
Vermont 25 0
Virginia 150 34
Washington 160 16
West Virginia 55 0
Wisconsin 160 25
Wyoming 53 0
VALEDICTORIAN
  • The richest person in the world was a high school valedictorian – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
  • 64% of High School Valedictorians are Female
  • 13% of the total number of High School Valedictorians are born outside of America
  • 68% of High School Valedictorians graduate from grad schools
  • 42% have business related careers
  • 18% have medical related careers
  • 2% have or had politicalcareers
  • 0% of High School Valedictorians are in professional sports
FAMOUS HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIANS
speaker
Jeff Bezos

CEO, Amazon

speaker
Conan O'Brien

Late Night TV Host

speaker
Alicia Keys

Top Singer/Producer

speaker
Natalie Portman

Actress

VALEDICTORIAN EVENT SCHEDULE

Arrival From Mainland

Hotel Check in

Free Time

Flights will arrive throughout the day from the mainland to the Honolulu International Airport. Each valedictorian will be greeted with a fresh flower lei by our airport staff and escorted to their vehicle provided by Roberts Hawaii. They will be transported to their assigned Waikiki resort and be met by Destination Hawaii travel staff and team leaders. Each will be presented with a welcome backpack filled with other Hawaiian gifts and detailed event information as they go through the check-in process.

All valedictorians will check into some of the island’s finest resorts. Two valedictorians will share a room with two separate beds and will be served a full breakfast buffet each morning commencing July 13 through 18, 2020.

Each valedictorian arriving early on Sunday will have time to explore some of the beautiful attractions Waikiki Beach has to offer, such as, the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head Crater and the most famous beach in the world. A prepaid debit card will be issued to the valedictorians to use as payment for any non-hosted meals that are not included in the weekly events. There are a wide variety of restaurants in Waikiki to satisfy all tastes… from Hawaiian food to MacDonalds.

Breakfast Buffet

Island Tours

Welcome Event

Daily buffet style breakfast will be served at each hotel to include:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Beverages

After breakfast, the group will have a few hours of leisure time with their team leaders to settle into the Hawaiian environment of sun, sand, blue skies and refreshing trade winds. The group can also explore the nearby educational attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.

All of the valedictorians will attend an opening evening program with their peers, postgraduate colleges and universities and representatives from the Fortune 1000.

    Features of the welcoming ceremony will include:

  • Opening Presentation
  • Guest Speakers
  • Awards
  • Comedians
  • Concert To Include The Best Of Traditional Hawaiian Entertainment To The Contemporary Style Of The Islands

Breakfast Buffet

Forum Commences

Waikiki Dining Experience

Fashion Night

Daily buffet style breakfast will be served at each hotel to include:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Beverages

The forum will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center. Valedictorians will have the opportunity to interact with the HR representatives from the Fortune 1000 and postgraduate colleges and universities. This will be an invaluable opportunity for them to network and get an in-depth picture of what is available to them in the near future, from internship programs to part-time employment. Lunch will be served at the center.

There are many restaurants in Waikiki that the group can enjoy, from Hawaiian style, Asian, American, Mexican, European cuisine and more. This evening’s dinner will be paid with their debit card that will be provided to them.

Fashion Night” will highlight some of the most prominent island and mainland USA designers as well as top models from for both areas. The island’s best DJ will mix it up with today's music, beauty and fashion.

Breakfast Buffet

Forum Concludes

Waikiki Dining Experience

Jazz Concert

Daily buffet style breakfast will be served at each hotel to include:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Beverages

On this day, valedictorians will have another opportunity to mingle with the Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, top colleges and universities. They will need their 2020 HSVF backpacks to bring home collateral material such as brochures and business cards to keep in touch with their contacts of interest.

The valedictorians will have this evening to use their debit cards to adventure around Waikiki to dine at an exotic venue or maybe play it safe at Burger King. Either way, they will have fun dining with their new friends. Networking with other high achievers from all over the nation and Hawaii will be a tremendous experience in itself.

At “Jazz Night Under The Hawaiian Stars” is where our valedictorians will experience some of the best contemporary jazz artists and their talents. These artists will introduce them to today’s popular jazz styles, giving them an evening to remember.

Breakfast Buffet

Life’s A Beach Day

Polynesian Cultural Center

Daily buffet breakfast will be provided at each of the resorts:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Beverages

One half of the group will attend the ”Life’s A Beach” day on Waikiki Beach while the other half of the group will venture off to the north shore of Oahu to the Polynesian Cultural Center. The beach event will include activities like surfing lessons, stand up paddling lessons, outrigger canoe paddling and wave riding, Hawaiian catamaran cruises, Hawaiian throw net lessons, Hawaiian floral lei making, Hawaiian tattoo artists (the type that will wash off!), Hawaiian henna tattoo artists, photo booths, volleyball tournament and much more.

The other half of the group will enjoy Hawaii’s most popular attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Center. It is a feast for the senses. A lush retreat into the past, it captures the music, dance, and culture of six Pacific island cultures: Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Hawaii. All guests will also truly enjoy the authentic luau dinner and a Polynesian show that boasts a cast of over 150 performers.

Breakfast Buffet

Life’s A Beach

Polynesian Cultural Center

Daily buffet breakfast will be provided at each of the resorts:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Beverages

Today we flip the groups on the activities. One half of the group will attend the ”Life’s A Beach” day on Waikiki Beach while the other half of the group will venture off to the north shore of Oahu to the Polynesian Cultural Center. The beach event will include activities like surfing lessons, stand up paddling lessons, outrigger canoe paddling and wave riding, Hawaiian catamaran cruises, Hawaiian throw net lessons, Hawaiian floral lei making, Hawaiian tattoo artists (the type that will wash off!), Hawaiian henna tattoo artists, photo booths, volleyball tournament and much more.

And once again, the other half of the group will enjoy Hawaii’s most popular attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Center. It is a feast for the senses. A lush retreat into the past, it captures the music, dance, and culture of six Pacific island cultures: Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Hawaii. All guests will also truly enjoy the authentic luau dinner and a Polynesian show that boasts a cast of over 150 performers.

Breakfast Buffet

Let’s Volunteer

Celebrity Concert

Daily buffet breakfast will be provided at each of the resorts:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Beverages

On this special day the valedictorians will spend the morning volunteering their time and hearts to Hawaii. They will provide community services such as helping the homeless and do a clean-up project in Waikiki, working in both private, public companies and government agencies. This will be their way of giving back to the world and showing the state of Hawaii their appreciation for hosting a most memorable and life changing experience.

An amazing farewell concert will be held on the final evening for the valedictorians. All the students will enjoy an evening of entertainment by the island’s best entertainers. In addition, one of the most popular R&B artists in the world will close this very special event. This night promises to be the highlight of the entire program and a lasting memory for our future leaders.

Hotel Check Out

Departures to Mainland

Valedictorians will be transported to the airport via shuttle buses by Roberts Hawaii ground transportation. Flights will depart all day from the Honolulu International Airport to the gateway cities on the mainland. Valedictorians will be greeted by airport staff to ensure their departure and arrival back to their home cities go smoothly.

Daily buffet breakfast will be provided at each of the resorts:

  • Breakfast Meats
  • Eggs
  • Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins, Bagels
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Beverages

Congratulations once again to all of the valedictorians!
Hui Hou!.... Until we meet again!

BUSINESSES AND COLLEGE EVENT EXHIBITOR’S EVENT SCHEDULE

Features:

  • Thousands of High School Valedictorians

  • The Nation’s Fortune 1000 Companies & More

  • 350 Top Global Colleges & Universities

  • Booth Set Up At The Hawaii Convention Center

  • Top Contemporary Jazz Concert

  • Celebrity Valedictorians, Guest Speakers, Politicians and Notable Dignitaries

  • Famous Entertainers

Opening Ceremony

The Forum Starts

Features:

  • Fortune 1000 Companies, Colleges And Universities/ Valedictorian Forum
  • Six Hours Of Exhibiting At The Hawaii Convention Center
  • Videos Featuring Career Opportunities
  • Luncheon At The Hawaii Convention Center With Students
  • Break-Out Rooms For Private Meetings With The Valedictorians And Exhibitors
  • Fashion Show By World Renowned Model/ Businesswoman/ Past Valedictorian

Agenda:

  • Fortune 1000 Companies Assembled With More Than 350 Top Global Colleges & Universities

  • Interaction With The Valedictorians, Corporate And Educational Exhibitors

  • Luncheon At The Hawaii Convention Center With The Students

  • Videos Featuring Career Opportunities

  • Break-Out Rooms For Private Meetings With The Valedictorians And Exhibitors

Day 2 of the Forum

Human Resources Conference

Agenda For HR Exhibitors Luncheon/ Meeting At The Sheraton Waikiki:

  • Recruiting

  • Leadership

  • Labor Pool

  • Strategy

  • Hiring Outlook

  • Globalization

After a few days of meetings with some of our nation’s brightest high school graduates, it’s time for the exhibitors to enjoy a night of relaxation under the Hawaiian moon! We have created, in appreciation for our exhibitors who will greatly add to the success of this first annual HSVF, a private event to include amazing Hawaiian cultural artisans, a sumptuous luau dinner and a Polynesian show highlighting a variety of cultures and lifestyles through dance and song.

Mahalo from all of us to all of you!

Farewell Night and Thank You To The Sponsors

CELEBRITY VALEDICTORIANS ATTENDING
speaker
ALICIA KEYS
Musician
speaker
CINDY CRAWFORD
Model
speaker
BEN STEIN
Actor, Writer, Commentator
Celebrity Valedictorians Attending
David Benoit
Celebrity Valedictorians Attending
Pat Metheny
Celebrity Valedictorians Attending
Rippingtons
Celebrity Valedictorians Attending
Yellow Jackets
Event And Transportation

As the premier destination management company in Hawaii, Destination Hawaii has partnered with the finest companies in the islands...from the fresh "ALOHA" lei that is presented at the airport to the finest resorts in all of Hawaii. We bring exclusivity to your program by being able to open the doors to the most exclusive venues that no one else can do or offer services that no one else can provide at their high level of service.

Destination Hawaii has selected Roberts Hawaii for all transportation needs. Roberts Hawaii has the largest fleet of vehicles on each island and provides the highest level of service from airport arrival and departure transfers to shuttles throughout the island.

In 1929, Hawaiian Airlines started its first flights to the neighbor islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines tied all of the islands together to bring the citizens and families of all the islands closer. Now, Hawaiian Airlines brings visitors to all of the islands from the mainland USA, Australia, Japan, Samoa, New Zealand and other parts of the world and are expanding their reach on a monthly basis.

Event Planning Partners

Destination Hawaii is responsible for coordinating the forum events, airline travel, resort arrangements, activities and transportation.

Dawn Mukai

Scott Mukai

We pride ourselves in always going the "extra mile" to insure that our valued clients have our one-on-one approach in receiving the finest and most complete range of destination management services.
Mahalo, Scott and Dawn Mukai

AWARD WINNING CHEFS

ISLAND TOURS

EXQUISITE DECOR

PRE, DURING, POST EVENTS

Arranging an event of this magnitude requires access to all of the right resources and being able to coordinate them. That is why Destination Hawaii was selected to develop and implement all of the land logistics. They bring more than 31 years’ experience in destination management services and a full understanding and knowledge of all the islands in Hawaii.

They rely on their staff and team leaders to insure that the 2020 HSVF event will be a very memorable experience for the 2020 valedictorians, the Fortune 1000, educational institutions and special guests. This event will be a future enriching moment for all those involved and will positively impact our world.

CUSTOM THEMES

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

ISLAND PERFORMERS

LODGING

AIRLINE PARTNERS
American Airlines
United Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Delta Airlines
Alaska Airlines
GROUND TRANSPORTATION
TOUR PARTNERS
Hotel Resources
These are some of Waikiki Beach’s finest resorts that will be providing sleeping accommodations for all participants.
Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Alohilani Resort
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Princess Kaiulani Resort
Lexidome Group
Social Network Partners
Club Valedictorian

Club Valedictorian is a social network consisting of former high school valedictorians. This network allows these individuals to connect with each other by skills, careers and other set parameters. The app is currently in the process of locating valedictorians from 1980 to current. The app will be launched in March 2020.

Mobile Kong

Mobile Kong is an app developed for small businesses around the country. These businesses located in your communities now have a platform where they can connect with customers in and outside of their community. It also allows them to promote special discount offerings at any moment, enabling them to generate quick sales. These businesses play an important role in fundraising for the valedictorians in their community to participate in the 2020 HSVF event in Hawaii.

StudentXChange

The StudentXChange Network is a mobile app developed for all high school students only. This app will manage many issues and challenges that students face on a daily basis. Some of the features include: jobs, tutoring, entertainment, sports, college preparation and much more. Best of all… only high school students can gain access to the content.

VALEDICTORIAN GALLERY
valedictorian
Chevy Chase
valedictorian
Mare Winningham
valedictorian
Cindy Crawford
valedictorian
America Ferrera
valedictorian
Troian Bellisario
valedictorian
Emmylou Harris
valedictorian
Jody Foster
valedictorian
Tiffani Thiessen
valedictorian
David Duchovny
valedictorian
Weird Al Yankovic
valedictorian
Ben Stein
valedictorian
Cody Simpson