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Antique Japanese saki bottle
TUTORIALS / PRACTICUMS
The purpose of the International Beachcombing Conference is to expand your beachcomber knowledge base and comber networks. IBC offers a multitude of opportunities to learn more about the beachcomb experience including tips, techniques, origins of treasures, and the critical importance of context. Tutors and field trip leaders are recognized specialists in their fields, award-winning coastal authors, and/or long-time beachcombers. As invaluable resource people, they happily share their knowledge and expertise with all IBCers (and have fun, too!).
THURSDAY/FRIDAY FIELD TRIPS
** Easy **
MEDITATION HEAVEN: Kona-side (olivine, fish ponds, turtles, swimming)
LITTLE BEACH: Kona-side (shells, drift seeds, swimming)
HISTORY HEAVEN: South Kohala (Pre-contact Hawai'i to Post-Contact Settlements)
** Moderate **
ANCIENT TRAILS & Petroglyphs: Kona-side (Temps. can be hot. Shells, swimming)
** Difficult **
PLANTATION ALLEY: Hamakua Side (hilly, rocky shoreline, Pottery shards, sea glass)
COVE COMBING: Kona-Side (Temps. can be hot; rugged terrain. Shells, drift seeds.)
Morning Preview: Hawaii’s 1st Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival
Ancient Waipio Valley Beach Excursion (6-7 hrs)
Hilo-Side: Active Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Tsunamis (8 hrs.)
Circle North: Ancient Sites and Remote Valleys (6 hrs)
Best Local Products of the Golden Triangle (5-6 hrs)
ARTS & TECH WORKSHOPS
Create beautiful wrapped bracelet and necklace charms from sea glass & shells.
Hammer your initials or favorite beach word into a lovely gold or silver wrist bangle.
Bring a bedside table memory stick home with these hand-made mementos.
GEO-BEACH TRACKING using GOOGLE EARTH
Learn techniques to discover good beachcombing sites wherever you are.
Field Trips are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Some activities are limited to a specific number of participants so to avoid disappointment, register early. And please note, if an activity does not receive its minimum numbers, it might be cancelled.
Saturday field trips/workshops (5/14) are longer because they will be the main activity that day. Each field trip includes a museum, scenic or historical site, and (sometimes) nearby beaches to comb. Museum fees are pre-paid by IBC. Transportation to field trips is car-pooled, with riders chipping in for gas.
Because some Field Trips involve slippery slopes or rocky terrain, we have ranked them as EASY, MODERATE and DIFFICULT. If you are not in shape and/or have problems walking (bad knees or hips) or with balance (neuropathy), please select EASY Field trips. We don’t want anyone getting hurt or jeopardizing the beachcomb expedition for others. Please don’t leave it up to our discretion to determine if you are physically capable of certain hikes.
Please note: Finding beach treasure in Hawai’i can be a challenge. Some days are great. Other days are not so great. In other words, there is NO Guarantee you will find treasures on the beach during your foray here, which is why we provide all participants with Goody Bags and have the Beach Treasure Swap Table. These ensure that no one goes home empty-handed.
Overview of Big Island Beachcombing
Hawaii's Volcanic Landscape
Beach Clues of Ancient Hawaiians
Ni'ihau Shell Lei
Grains of Sand from Across the World
Rare & Exotic: Santa Cruz Sea Glass
Sea Glass Genres
Beach Expeditions: Spanish Shipwrecks and Petroglyphs of the PNW