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The Hawaiʻi Cannabis Open Expo provides an opportunity for everyone to come together. But we can’t do it without your help!

We need volunteers. We need “Cannabis Ambassadors”.

What are Cannabis Ambassadors?

Ambassadors of the Hawaii Cannabis Open Expo are Cannabis are Patient-friendly. Ambassadors are compassionate and empathize with patients. Ambassadors understand the need to bring people together to raise our collective voices. Ambassadors understand the need for unity and support for patient needs.

Why Become An Event Ambassador

How to Become An Event Ambassador

What we need at the event.
If you’re assigned a specific role within your subject matter expertise, you will own that role. Presence and Interaction. Ambassadors will interact with all attendees at the event to raise the comfort level of persons in attendance. Two special networking sessions will be scheduled during the day and will feature the presence of Ambassadors. Your ability to connect people together with similar needs and interests will help raise awareness -together. “Aloha, is there anyone I can introduce you to?” “Have you met…?” should be familiar greetings heard at the event.

Kindness and Communication. Ambassadors will relay valuable information (within their subject matter expertise) to attendees including insights into current law, pending legislative efforts, education and training resources, names of certifying physicians and nurses, medical dosing, strain/condition matching and other offerings and opportunities at the event.

Ambassadors know the event. Knowing the times of classes, the instructors, onsite experts and supporters in attendance, Ambassadors are able to answer virtually any question related to the event within their area of expertise. It is your kuleana to ask questions of other Ambassadors to gain a solid understanding of the goals and opportunities leading up to and on the day of the event. For example, tradeshow exhibits, vendors, sponsors, ambassadors and other volunteers.  

We need Ambassadors to network with and between all attendees. Bringing people together to raise awareness is your primary role and should be shared with all attendees. Attendees will recognize Ambassadors by their ambassador name tags and we will strongly encourage all attendees to seek out Ambassadors for answers and event support.

Your support outside the venue. Downtown Hilo is a busy place. You’ll likely get questions off-site. On event day you are an Ambassador everywhere you go. Ambassadors help the general public find the venue and understand why their “attendance” and “supporting patients” is important to everyone eg; personal freedom, affordability, safety and the need to build a compassionate Cannabis culture and economy in the Aloha State.

What we don’t need. Ambassadors will not share information beyond their subject-matter expertise or qualifications. In other words, medical and legal advice should be prefaced in conversation with, “I’m not a Doctor or Lawyer but it is my understanding that…” in all conversations where attendees might confuse knowledge with a license or actual credentials. It is critical that we refer attendees to folks more qualified than us to answer questions in detail.


Can educators be Ambassadors?
Yes, multiple roles at the event are encouraged.

Are Ambassadors Paid?
No, being an Ambassador is voluntary. Although you’re being asked for your presence we also ask that you attend one class of your choice during the event. We will identify at the beginning of class who the Ambassadors are in the class. Other benefits of attending include; all access pass, event shirt and more.

How many Ambassadors will be at the event?

What’s the difference between a volunteer and an Ambassador?

  1. Ambassadors receive an ALL ACCESS Pass. Volunteers do not.
  2. Ambassadors are encouraged to attend a class of their choice. Volunteers
  3. Ambassadors choose their role. Volunteers are assigned roles at the event.
  4. A Volunteer will show up without applying to be an Ambassador. Volunteers are still welcome to help but may not get any of the extra perks. Again, it’s about planning.
  5. Volunteers are asked to refer all questions about the event to Ambassadors.


Become a Sponsor
Align your brand with producers, consumers and everyone involved in the Cannabis industry in Hawaii.

Become a Vendor at the Hawaii Cannabis Open Expo
Reach Cannabis consumers in time for Holiday gift buying.

Give Your Presentation at the Event
Provide expert information and share your mana’o.

About the Venue

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Innovation Center has two classrooms. We’ll be using both as well as outdoor space around the venue. The center is located at 117 Keawe Street. It’s on the corner of Keawe and Kalakaua across from Bear’s Coffee and Conscious Culture Cafe. It’s also one block up from the Ocean, mauka of the Pacific Tsunami Museum.

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