After careful consideration, the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance and Foundation have decided to host this year’s Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference as a virtual event. This decision was made primarily to exercise an abundance of caution in consideration of the uncertainty around the impacts and threats of the COVID-19 virus. While they certainly hope that by late summer they will not be working under strict physical separation policies, they also recognize that the number and geographic distribution of their conference attendees make an in-person event particularly high-risk. Importantly, they see this shift as an opportunity to innovate and grow their tool kit. The conservation community has long recognized the need to apply lower-carbon technology to their efforts and they hope that their experience this year will help everyone learn new approaches to professional development, knowledge sharing and building, networking, and communication within our field.