DFK International Annual Conference - Oahu 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Welcome to the DFK International Annual Conference 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Our American affiliates, DFK/USA (www.dfkusa.com) extend a special welcome to DFK members across the world. Oahu, home to Hawaii's capital, Honolulu is rich with both American and Polynesian history and culture.


Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the capital and largest city of the state of Hawaii. It is the center of government, transportation, and commerce for the state; home to a population of nearly one million people in the metro area (80% of the state's population) and Hawaii's best known tourist destination, Waikiki Beach. In 2015, Honolulu was ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States.

The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan near the city on December 7, 1941.

The Waikiki neighborhood is its center for dining, nightlife and shopping, famed for its iconic crescent beach backed by palms and high-rise hotels, with volcanic Diamond Head crater looming in the distance

Beyond he fast-paced city of Honolulu and the glorious white-sand of Waikiki beach, natural beauty can be found in the Oahu mountain ranges of Koolau and Waianae. Some great hikes are just a short drive into the mountains from Waikiki. A little further away, secluded white sand beaches, funky beach towns, pounding winter surf on the North Shore (think of the opening scene of the 1970s show Hawaii Five-O).

Oahu is known to the Hawaiians as the gathering place and so makes a fitting location for the DFK International annual conference.


The DFK International Annual Conference will take place at the Moana Surfrider from Tuesday 11 July to Friday 14 July 2017.  This website contains information about the conference and includes a link to the conference booking system through which you will be able to register for the conference.  It also has the link to book accommodation at the Moana Surfrider, and the alternative accommodations the Sheraton Princess Kauilani.  You should find the site easy to navigate via the tabs at the top of the page, but if you do not find everything you need, please email: Maureen Dillmore, DFK/USA Director of Meetings (mdillmore@dfkusa.com).

If you will attend with an accompanying person, you should register your accompanying person as part of your own booking by adding their details at the bottom of the PERSONAL INFO PAGE and by using the group booking facility under the registration booking tab GUESTS & EVENTS and adding the ACCOMPANYING PERSON(S). 


To register, click on the Register Now button on the top right hand side of this website. After you have completed the on-line registration form, you will receive an automatic confirmation by email which you should bring with you on-site as your record of the activities you will attend.  

If you do not receive this confirmation email, then you will have to register again. You can log back into the registration site to modify your registration, however, if you need to change anything after the registration site has closed, (which will be near to the date of the conference), please contact: Maureen Dillmore (mdillmore@dfkusa.com) who will make the necessary changes for you.


Taking into consideration varying budgets, we booked two hotels this year, The Moana Surfrider, where conference sessions and activities will be held, and the Sheraton Princess Kauilana, which is directly across the street from the Moana. 

At the Moana, we have three room categories available, and only a small block of rooms at the Sheraton, so to ensure the hotel and room category of your choice, we urge you to make your hotel arrangements ASAP.

July is a particularly busy month in Honolulu, so some room categories on certain dates are already sold out. Please click on this link: HOTEL INFO or the tab above which contains the Hotel Information and the link to the on-line hotel booking form for further information.  

Please note that hotel rates are listed in $ USD and all other conference charges are posted in £ sterling.


We have revised format for this year’s conference to start the Welcome Reception on the evening of Tuesday, July 11, to allow delegates ample arrival time before the conference kicks off.

The conference sessions start on Wednesday 12 July with the Day 1 Business sessions in the morning with opportunities for optional group tours or golf in the afternoon and groups social activities in the evening.  Day 2 will include business sessions in the morning and a group tour to Pearl Harbor in the afternoon, with the gala dinner on Thursday evening.  The business session on Friday morning, 14 July, will incorporate the DFK International Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the conference will close after this session.

In addition to the main conference business sessions, there will be a number of optional meetings and seminars including an optional Tax Seminar (am and pm sessions) and an Accounting & Assurance Seminar (pm session) on Tuesday 11 July.

Also, there will be in-person meetings of various DFK International committees during the course of the week and the chairs of the various committees will be making contact with committee members directly to confirm the final details of these meetings. 

Click on this link: PROGRAMME/ AGENDA or the tab above for details on the conference timing and agenda.


As always, there is a full range of activities available in the social programme and the conference culminates in the Gala Dinner & Dance on Friday evening in the hotel. This will leave you with the weekend to take advantage of what the beautiful Hawaiian Islands have to offer.  

Click on this link: SOCIAL ACTIVITIES or the tab above for further details.


The DFK International Conference is sold to delegates as a package and it will not be possible to offer refunds to delegates that opt out of the core elements, which include the Welcome Reception and Dinner; the 3 half-day business sessions; the Pearl Harbor tour; the informal group dinner; and the Gala Dinner.  Optional activities, including the tax and A&A seminars, optional tours, the Francophone meeting and the golf tournament, are not part of the core conference and are charged for separately.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, refunds to delegates who need to cancel will only be provided to the extent to which DFKI is able to recover costs from suppliers.

You should be aware that if you book an optional tour and fail to show up or make a late cancellation, you may be charged for that tour. We are obliged to do this because all group tours/activities have to be pre-booked and paid for in advance by DFK International.  Minimum numbers are applicable to some tours and if we do not reach that minimum number, we reserve the right to cancel the activity before we go on-site.  In this instance, you will be pre-notified and will receive a full refund.

Click on this link: FEES or the tab above for further details.


If you need assistance on-site regarding the conference, DFKI staff can be contacted via email and will be located onsite from Sunday 9 July until the end of the conference on Friday 14 July.  For anybody not staying at the Moana Surfrider, you can collect your delegate conference bag at the Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening from the DFKI Staff or email Maureen Dillmore (mdillmore@dfkusa.com) for earlier pick-up at the Moana. 

Please forward the link to this conference website to the other partners in your firm as well as your spouse and other guests. If you need any further information or help please contact the DFK International Executive Staff. 

For all queries relating to the DFK International Honolulu 2017 conference registration, activities, logistics including changes/cancellations to your registration, please contact: 
Maureen Dillmore
DFK/USA Director of Meetings;
Email: mdillmore@dfkusa.com;
Telephone: US +1 571-232-5472

For all queries relating to the agenda and business sessions, please contact:
Martin Sharp
DFK International Executive Director;
Email: msharp@dfk.com;
Telephone: UK +44 (0) 207 436 6722

For all queries relating to conference payments, please contact:
Therese Grant
DFK International Accounts;
Email: tgrant@dfk.com;
Telephone: UK +44 (0) 207 436 6722

For all queries relating to DFK membership and general communications, please contact:
Zoe Daniel
DFK International Membership Executive;
Email: zdaniel@dfk.com;
Telephone: UK +44 (0) 207 436 6722

Page content last updated on 10 March 2017


Contact Details

Payment Instructions

  • Your online registration will be validated upon notification of bank transfer or receipt of cheque for payment of the indicated delegate fees.

    Please send your cheque to:
    DFK International
    Room 120, Temple Chambers
    Temple Avenue
    London EC4Y 0HP
    United Kingdom


    Proceed with a bank transfer with the following reference 'DFK INTL HAWAII 2017' to:
    DFK International
    HSBC Account no. 22707098
    Sort Code 40 14 03
    IBAN GB35MIDL40140322707098

    Any questions or queries should be addressed to:

    Maureen Dillmore, DFK/USA Director of Meetings; Email: mdillmore@dfkusa.com 
    or telephone: +01 571 232 5472 (US) 

    Martin Sharp, DFK International Executive Director; Email: msharp@dfk.com or telephone +44 7436 6722 (UK)

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