Join Friends and Colleagues in Indian Wells

CLCA 2022 Annual Convention

Connect! Learn! Grow! (And golf!)

Join friends and colleagues in beautiful Indian Wells November 9-12 for CLCA’s 2022 Annual Convention. Indian Wells and adjacent Palm Springs are a desert oasis known for their clear blue skies, pristine golf courses, amazing shopping district and mid-century modern architecture. The city first became a haven for Hollywood celebrities in the 1920s, attracted by the area’s dry climate and beautiful scenery. Come grow with us!


Plan on joining us at the Recognition Luncheon as we honor our green industry leaders. At the General Membership Meeting, help grow the future of your professional association. Take advantage of formal and casual opportunities to share ideas and war stories with friends and future friends.

“I always find a sense of community whenever CLCA gets together – whether meeting someone for the first time or old friends, there is always a large feeling of comradery.”

– Feedback from a previous CLCA Convention


Need better clients? In their Marketing to Attract your A-Client presentation, the experts from Intrigue Media will show you how to get higher quality leads and better outcomes, resulting in fewer tire-kickers and more ideal clients.

Looking for inspiration for low-water usage landscapes? Plan on joining curator Paul Sturwold, ASLA, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Here’s what the influential Condé Nast Traveler said in their listing of the 10 Best Zoos in the U.S.: “Seeing the animals here feels a little like stepping onto the set of The Lion King. The desert animals roam free with little inhibition, while visitors can roam the 50 gardens of 1,400 different plant and animal species in what’s undoubtedly the best desert-themed zoo in America.”

Afterwards, all are invited to the SiteOne Showroom Premier & Happy Hour. Plan on catching up with old friends and making new ones.

“The convention and all involved did an excellent job! The education was amazing! I learned so much that I can put to work when I get back to the office Monday! It just kept going until the final day!”

– Feedback from CLCA’s last convention


The Trophy Awards dinner and ceremony will amaze you with a display of excellence in California landscaping.

“The Trophy Awards were fun. Very vibrant energy. What a great show.”

– Feedback from a previous CLCA Convention


And, of course, there will be golf.

“Say the following as if you were an over-caffeinated soccer announcer: Goooooollllllllllllllffffffffffffffff!”

– Feedback from a previous CLCA Convention

And, of course …

Don’t forget all that Hawaii has to offer!

Come grow with us!

Maui's Kaanapali Beach at twilight


Subject to change


Wednesday, Nov. 9
2 – 6 p.m.
Registration Open
Special thanks to Special thanks to SiteOne Landscape Supply
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Special thanks to
Thursday, Nov. 10
7 a.m. – Noon
Registration Open
Special thanks to Special thanks to Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
8 – 11 a.m.
Educational Program:
Marketing to Attract Your A-Client
Intrigue Media
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Educational Tour: Behind-the-scenes tour of the Living Desert Zoo and Garden.
Includes admittance and transportation by deluxe coach. Before returning to the hotel, we’ll stop by the SiteOne Showroom Premier & Happy Hour
4 – 6 p.m.
SiteOne Showroom Premier & Happy Hour.
Off-site. Transportation on your own.
Special thanks to Special thanks to SiteOne Landscape Supply
Friday, Nov. 11
7 a.m. – Noon
Registration Open
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Associate Members Meeting
9 – 11 a.m.
General Membership Meeting
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Recognition Luncheon
Recognition Luncheon’s Click Connections brought to you by
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Registration Open
6 – 7 p.m.
Trophy Awards Reception
Special thanks to
Special thanks to Smith Pipe & Supply
7 – 10 p.m.
Trophy Awards Dinner and Ceremony
Join us for a celebration of excellence in landscaping.
Saturday, Nov. 12
8 a.m. shotgun start
Associate Member/LEAF Golf Tournament
Indian Wells Golf Resort
Special thanks to our Associate Member/LEAF Golf Tournament Sponsors

Special thanks to Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Special thanks to Landscape Contractors Insurance Services

Special thanks to SiteOne Landscape Supply

Special thanks to Smith Pipe & Supply

Convention wear courtesy of
Convention coffee breaks courtesy of Special thanks to Landscape Contractors Insurance Services
Convention coffee breaks courtesy of
Special thanks to Smith Pipe & Supply
Schedule subject to change.

General Membership Meeting

9-11 a.m., November 5, 2021
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI

All members are invited to attend the 2021 General Membership Meeting.

President Paul Hansen will update attendees on the state of the association, and then open the floor to questions and input from members of the audience. Voting will follow.

Who May Attend?

All CLCA members are invited to attend the General Membership Meeting. One representative from each Regular and Associate member company may vote, as can each Life member.

If you would like to attend the General Membership Meeting but are unable to attend the convention, please contact Micheyl Barnett at CLCA HQ, (916) 830-2780.


President: Megan Rios
President-Elect: Evan Moffitt, CLT
Director of Education: Lindsay Ono, QWEL
Director of Legislation: Jay Martinez, RQP, CCPI, QWEL
Director Membership: Eric Santos, CLT
Read statements (PDF) >


No amendments to the bylaws have been proposed.


The grounds of the Western Maui Resort and Spa

This year’s convention educational offerings focus on practical information you can immediately put to use to benefit your business.

Exploration of Organic Landscaping and Environmental Safeguards

7:30 – 8:15 a.m., Thursday, November 4

You may not have a pristine coral reef that needs protecting, but you probably have – or want to have – lucrative commercial or residential clients who are demanding eco-friendly landscaping. Restoration horticulturist Duane Sparkman will share practical knowledge you can immediately put to work.

Behind the Scenes Walking Tour of Westin Maui Resort & Spa

8:30 – 9:15 a.m., Thursday, November 4

Next up is a walking tour of the resort’s grounds, where Duane — who also serves as the resort’s Chief Engineer — will share the steps his crews take to keep the grounds lush and eco-friendly.

Kipuka Olowalu Tour

9:15 a.m. – noon, Thursday, November 4

Hop on the bus and join us as we travel back in time to the Hawaii before Western contact. At Kipuka Olowalu, we’ll learn what Hawaiians did 400 to 600 years ago, along with modern organic farming techniques. There will be plenty of inspiration for California clients.

Note: Bring sturdy walking shoes.

Pu’u Mahoe

1 – 7 p.m., Thursday, November 4

Want to see historic Hawaii horticulture up close and personal? Want to see where a Hawaiian horticulturist goes when they want to enjoy Hawaiian horticulture? Our guided tour of Pu’u Mahoe is the adventure for you.

Notes: The land here is steep and can wear you out. Bring sturdy walking shoes. To cover the costs of the two-hour (one-way) van ride, the fee for this optional event is $99. Space is extremely limited, so early registration is strongly recommended.

Pu’u Mahoe tour brought to you by

About Our Presenter

CLCA is excited to be joined by Duane Sparkman, an industry veteran restoration horticulturist.

He is a trained arborist and chemical applicator and currently works for the Westin Maui Resort and Spa as their Chief Engineer.

He describes his life goals as “slowly changing the methodology of landscape maintenance. Looking for truly sustainable models are a priority.”

As the Organic Landscape Consultant for the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, he helps homeowners and landowners change to organic landscape practices.

Duane is also working with a South Maui developer on a 25-acre neighborhood that will be completely coral reef safe with their requirements for organic landscape practices.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Maui Cultural Lands, a nonprofit Hawaiian cultural land restoration group. They are working together on a 74-acre Hawaiian cultural center in Olowalu, Maui called Kipuka Olowalu. Here, they teach Hawaiian culture along with sustainable organic landscape and organic farming practices.

“Let us work together to make the landscape a healthier and safer place.”

Duane, in his own words:

“When I was 19 years old, going to college at The University of Texas in Austin and working on my astrophysics degree, I had a chance to move to Maui. I sold everything I owned and bought a one-way airplane ticket and didn’t return to Texas for 13 years. I worked my way up to become part owner of a large landscape company that maintained 65 acres of resorts along the beautiful coastlines of Maui.

“I also spent countless hours of volunteer work in the mountains and valleys of Maui, removing invasive species and planting endangered species. I eventually had an opportunity to work for Haleakala National Park as a Scientific Biological Technician. This is where my landscape view changed. If I never need to fertilize the forests, why do I need to fertilize urban landscapes?

“I spent the next six years changing an entire 12-acre oceanfront resort to organic landscape practices. Since that successful transition, I have been to all the Hawaiian Islands helping the municipalities and schools change to organic landscape practices in the parks and playing fields. This was in partnership with Beyond Pesticides out of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to reduce our chemical inputs and liability of exposures.

“Let us work together to make the landscape a healthier and safer place.”

Hotel & Travel

Convention 2021 hotel

Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Reservations: (808) 921-4651

$280 a night (plus tax/resort fee) run of house room (based on availability)
CLCA’s online reservations are sold out. To book a room, please call group reservations at (808) 921-4651.

Our host hotel is set in one of the world’s most desirable places mere steps from the stunning Pacific Ocean and against verdant volcanic mountains, with countless opportunities for adventure and rejuvenation. If offers an abundance of on-property activities and features five on-site dining options. MORE >>

NOTE: CLCA’s room block is for the exclusive use of CLCA convention attendees. Any reservation holder who is not registered to attend CLCA’s Annual Convention may find their hotel reservation cancelled.

Getting There

There are two airports in Maui. The larger airport is Kahului Airport (OGG). It is the only airport you can use to fly between Maui and the mainland. Kahului Airport is a 45-minute drive to the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. Ten airlines fly into Kahului Airport.

Kapalua Airport (JHM) is a smaller airport located in West Maui. It operates only during daylight hours and is for inter-island flights only. Flights from the mainland or international do not fly directly into Kapalua Airport.

Ground Transportation

It’s a 45-minute drive from the Kahului airport to the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. The Hawaii Tourism Authority maintains a list of Maui transportation options.

    • Speedi Shuttle
      One way shuttle to Lahaina / Ka’anapali hotels: $62.20 for one person or $70.90 for two. Reservations required. (808) 772-5700
    • Maui Pleasant Taxi
      Approximately $120 to Lahaina / Ka’anapali hotels. (808) 344-4661
    • Roberts Airport Shuttle Hawaii
      Shared transfer. Approximately $70 to Lahaina / Ka’anapali hotels. (808) 439-88001
    • The Western Maui Resort & Spa Transportation Services
      The Western Maui Resort & Spa offers private car service. (808) 661-2113
      Up to five people in SUV: $242.14.
      12 or 15 person Mercedes: $382.04.
    • Rental Cars
      Several car rental companies operate at Kahului airport. Reservations strongly recommended. ADA accessible vehicles available. MORE >>
    • U-Haul
      NOTE: CLCA’s contacts in Hawaii note that the rental car shortage is diminishing. Nonetheless, they do encourage advance reservations, under the theory of better safe than stranded.


A Hawaiian golf course

Ka’anapali Royal Course at Ka’anapali Golf Course
2290 Ka’anapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI
Proceeds benefit LEAF scholarships
Single Player: $199
Golf Club Rental: $40
Includes green fees, shared cart, range balls and boxed lunch.
Save $7 and preorder your clubs for the tournament. Onsite club rental is $47 and not guaranteed.
Foursome: $1,156
Includes hole sponsorship and golf club rentals
Hole sponsorship: $200
Cancellations must be received by October 18, 2021 to qualify for a refund. A $50 fee will be deducted.

Tee up with friends & colleagues at the Associate Member/LEAF Golf Tournament

8 a.m. shotgun start, Saturday, November 6, 2021

Welcome to Kā’anapali, the sacred lands once called home to the Royal Chiefs of Maui. Breathtaking views from the course’s sloping vistas reveal the islands of Lanai and Molokai in the distance. The tropical tradewinds will keep you cool during your round, and the rainbows you will see remind you that our home is a special place.

“The Royal Course provides plenty of challenge, great conditions, stunning views, and most importantly, is a lot of fun. It is one of the best on Maui.”

– Golf is Mental Blog

As you journey through the Royal Course, notice the historical plaques on each tee, sharing our history and stories of Kā’anapali. The course will take you Makai (oceanside) and then bring you into the West Maui Mountain foothills (Mauka) with stunning panoramic views.

Come experience a gem.

Special thanks to our Associate Member/LEAF Golf Tournament Sponsors

Special thanks to Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Special thanks to Landscape Contractors Insurance Services

Special thanks to SiteOne Landscape Supply

Special thanks to Smith Pipe & Supply

Out & About in Maui

Adventure sign with beach background

Adventure awaits you in Maui, whether you define wildlife as this or that.

Luau hawaiian fire dancers
What’s a Hawaiian adventure without a luau?
If you want fire dancers with your meal, look for a Polynesian luau, such as the highly regarded Feast at Lele Luau or the Westin Maui Resort and Spa’s own Wailele Luau.
The Old Lahaina Luau strives to present an authentic Hawaiian experience, where diners can taste, feel and smell luau traditions that have been held generation after generation.
While the menus at each luau vary somewhat, all offer the same basic traditional foods including pua’a kalua (roasted pig) cooked all day in an underground imu which is opened as part of the evening’s entertainment.
Hawaiian Pork And Beans
In answer to the question of “Where to eat and drink in one of the most beautiful places on earth?”, the influential Eater website lists what they call “23 essential Maui restaurants.” A concise cross section of options defines this list: A handful of tourist destinations worthy of their popularity, a few locals’ hangouts for variations on traditional Hawaiian fare and a requisite pit stop for pineapple-macadamia nut pie.
The popular Pride of Maui website also offers a list of top restaurants.
More convenient: Whalers Village features 10 restaurants, all right next door to the Westin Maui Resort and Spa.
Pro Tip: CLCA Events Manager Micheyl Barnett recommends the Honokowai Okazuya & Deli in nearby Lahaina. It’s where the locals eat.
rint Hawaiian Shirts On A Retail Rack
Good news for those whose idea of a good time includes shopping. Whalers Village features 10 restaurants, 77 stores and more, all right next door to the Westin Maui Resort and Spa.
Further afield, a convenient shuttle can whisk you away to scenic downtown Lahaina. The West Maui Shopping Express makes stops at Whalers Village, the Wharf Cinema Center, Hilo Hattie (the store of Hawaii), the Lahaina Cannery Mall and the Lahaina-Kaʻanapali Sugar Cane Train (expected to re-open by November).
Woman Cycling On Lava Field On Hawaii
Those seeking adventure on the road less travelled are in luck. If you want to go on your own, mopeds and bicycles are available for rent.
Cruiser Phil’s and Bike Maui offer more structured guided bicycle tours, ranging from the sedate to hair-raising downhills on a twisty mountain road.
Humpback Whale Jumping Out Of The Water
November is the start of Hawaii’s whale-watching season, and Makena State Park is reported to offer amazing views. Highly recommended: Watch from atop Puʻu Olai, a 360-foot-tall dormant volcanic cinder cone in the center of the park.
The more remote Wai Anapanapa State Park features an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. It offers an excellent view of a large seabird colony and a natural stone arch. Other features include a native hala forest, heiau (religious temple), sea stacks, blow holes and a small black sand beach.
Jeep on road trip to Hana
The Road to Hana is one of Maui’s most famous adventures. It’s 64 miles long through a lush tropical rainforest, with 59 bridges and 620 curves. Scenic turnouts abound, including one for Wailua Falls near the Seven Sacred Pools in Oheʻo. You can drive yourself or join one of dozens of guided tours.
If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, other tours that caught our eye include:
  • A working pineapple plantation.
  • The Hali’imaile Distilling Company, which produces handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits
  • The Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure, which offers an undersea adventure without the hassle of scuba gear.
  • Helicopter tours of the world’s largest sea cliffs and Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls.
  • A “farm to bar” tour of the Ku’ia Estates Chocolate Factory in Lahaina, the largest chocolate factory in the state of Hawaii. This tour includes hands-on fruit harvesting and finishes with an exclusive nine-piece tasting of award-winning chocolates.
  • CLCA’s very own up close and personal tour of historic Hawaii horticulture. Want to see where a Hawaiian horticulturist goes when they want to enjoy Hawaiian horticulture? Our guided tour of Pu’u Mahoe is the adventure for you!
Boy running with flying kite along surf edge
Maui has a history of stellar opportunities for sand castle building, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking and long walks on the beach.
They also have a history with kites. “With more windy days than you can shake your board at, it’s no wonder that Maui tops out at one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world,” the website kiterr notes. Recommended for kite fliers: The breathtaking views and favorable offshore breezes at Kanaha Beach Park.
Love Maui written on beach
Do you have recommendations regarding restaurants or adventures CLCA members should experience while in Hawaii? Places to go or things to enjoy? Email us at

Fine Print

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Please contact CLCA Events Manager Micheyl Barnett at (916) 830-2780.


Full payment must be received with your registration and is required for admittance to the convention.


Cancellations must be received by October 18, 2022 to qualify for a refund. A $50 fee will be deducted. All cancellations should be made in writing to:

Micheyl Barnett, Events Manager
California Landscape Contractors Association
1491 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815

Consent to be Photographed

In an effort to show how much fun green industry professionals have at CLCA events, we are planning on sharing images taken in public places at the 2022 Annual Convention on social media. Images may also be shared with CLCA chapters and used to market future CLCA events.

By registering for the convention, you consent to these terms of use.

Anti-Trust Guidelines

Violations of federal anti-trust laws are considered a felony. Individual and corporate violations may be punished by fines and by jail sentences.

Trade associations such as CLCA, which by their very nature involve interaction among competitors and/or suppliers and customers, are subject to close scrutiny for anti-trust violations. Therefore, members, leadership and staff must be careful to keep their activities within the prescribed bounds, both in appearance and in actual fact.

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