Let’s Get (Geo) Physical!

The summer season is in full swing and so are the events here at the Hawaii Convention Center. The 2018 Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting kicked off the month of June. This conference provides a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public. AOGS 2018 marks the first time the Society has met in the United States. Hawaii provided the perfect backdrop for their meeting and helped increase their attendance numbers to 3,600 – making this their largest meeting to date.

Following AOGS 2018 were a series of sporting events that welcomed close to 2,500 athletes and their families combined back to the Hawaii Convention Center. Check out our photos below for images from the Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2018 and the 2018 Pacific Rim Basketball Championship along with more photos from our recent events this month.Aloha AOGS! HCC General Manager presents a commemorative canoe paddle to Prof. Ben Chao, president of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

All smiles from the AOGS 2018 planning committee The NASA Hyperwall was a great draw during the AOGS 2018 Exhibits in our Kalakaua Ballroom

HCC General Manager Teri Orton presents our One Million Trees reforestation initiative during the Experience Aloha Business Exchange luncheon

Attendees of the recent Experience Aloha Business Exchange received a tree planted in their nameA private event held at HCC converted our Lobby area into a fun space for arcade and family activities

We also welcome back Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2018!

The Pacific Rim Championships (Jam on It) were also recently held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls

Highlights From Our First Sunset Mele and Night Market!

Missed our first Sunset Mele and Night Market last April 20th? Here’s some of the highlights. See you on our next one!

Sunset Mele and Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks.

Interested in sponsorship or vendor opportunities? Please email Michellee Phelps, Communications & Special Events Manager at mphelps@hccaeg.com

Science and Research Meets Mele and Celebration

From citywide conventions to school graduations to rooftop gatherings, the Hawaii Convention Center welcomed many important meetings and fun events in May. The month started off with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting. ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Their Hawaii meeting saw a total of 11,466 attendees which had exceeded their initial forecast. Organizers report that is the second-best attended meeting since they moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mele Mei, a celebration of Hawai’i’s music, hula and culture is also in full swing this month. Music and hula events are held at various venues statewide and the Hawaii Convention Center is proud to be a part of this wonderful celebration. A popular event held during Mele Mei is the annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Presented by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), the Nā Hōkū’s honors the achievements of excellence of Hawaii’s recording artists. It is one of the biggest annual entertainment events in Hawai‘i.

Closing the month of May was another citywide convention, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 2018 AAPD Annual Session. AAPD is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. While initially forecasting 3,000, they welcomed close to 6,000 attendees for their 71st Annual Session.

For more updates, check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

Pacific Edge Magazine’s recently launched their Summer 2018 issue where they honored Hawaii’s Women in Business. Our very own General Manager, Teri Orton, is featured in the cover along with Wendy Shewalter and Loretta Yajima.

Celebrating the launch of Pacific Edge Magazine’s Summer 2018 issue at our Rooftop Garden.Executive Chef Kevin Nakata’s homemade pork and lotus root sliders.Got a sweet tooth? Our dessert table always has something for everyone.After the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on May 19th, guests came down to room 317 to unwind and enjoy the afterparty. Music filled the night as the drinks flowed.For the past three years, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has installed a Hawaiian music themed exhibit at the Center in conjunction with the Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards. This year’s exhibit is “Music of Waikīkī – The Legendary Homes of Hawaiian Music”. Located on the third level, the exhibit showcases items from entertainers that headlined some of Waikīkī’s famous showrooms and venues.ARVO 2018 Expo in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.Aloha American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)!The Hawai‘i Convention Center is a proud recepient of the Hawai‘i Green Business Program for venues. The state’s Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally, culturally and socially responsible manner.

A Vision of Great Events in April

The month of April saw a combination of popular events and a few citywide conventions. Notable mentions include the First Hawaiian International Auto Show which always draws a large crowd every year. More than 40,000 guests stopped by this 3-day show to view over 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks all in one place.

We also welcomed the 2018 AACSB International Conference & Annual Meeting (ICAM) last April 22-24. Organized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), ICAM 2018 is their largest event and brought together 1500 of the world’s top business academics and collaborators for 3 days of world-class networking opportunities and learning new best practices to acquiring a global perspective of the current state of business education.

Wrapping up our month is the ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. From April 29 to May 3rd, approximately 10,500 international basic and clinical researchers will share the latest breakthroughs in vision research. They will engage with their colleagues right here at HCC as they work to advance their science and expand its support within our communities and governments.

Lastly, we also held our very own Signature Event, the Sunset Mele and Night Market last April 20th. This free community event featured a great entertainment lineup and awesome food options from our very own Executive Chef Kevin Nakata and other local food vendors. We also showcased the Academy Award winning film Coco in our Liliu Theater 310 and welcomed over 50 local vendors in our night market.

Check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

 

Step into the Exhibit Hall! Cool slipper decals during the 2018 ICAM Conference.

We are ready to welcome the ARVO 2018 Meeting here at the Hawaii Convention Center!

The First Hawaiian International Auto Show in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls showcased over 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks all in one place!

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata appeared on KHON 2’s Wake Up 2Day morning show to share what he’s cooking up for our Sunset Mele and Night Market

Chef Kevin’s street tacos showcased during Sunset Mele and Night Market. Chorizo Tacos and Moroccan Grilled Vegetable Tacos!

Streetlight Cadence serenade the crowd at Sunset Mele and Night Market (4-20-18)

Feature Film showing in Theater 310

 

Sunset Mele’s Night Market area along the hallway outside of rooms 302 to 309 at our 3rd Level.

HCC participated in Earth Day activities during Sunset Mele and Night Market (4-20-18)

Join us for Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20th!

Join Us For Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20, 2018

Sunset Mele and Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks.

Interested in sponsorship or vendor opportunities? Please email Michellee Phelps, Communications & Special Events Manager at mphelps@hccaeg.com

Next Event:

Friday, April 20, 2018

4:00 pm-9:00 pm

Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle.​

Hawai‘i Convention Center, Mauka Side of Level 3 (Near the Charlot Courtyard and Lili΄u Theater 310)

Celebrate Earth Day at Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20 with local eco-conscious partners and activities.

Support local vendors and artisans at our Pop-up Marketplace.

Pau Hana in our lounge with local eats, drinks and live entertainment.

Entertainment Schedule (Room 306)

4:00 pm Evan Khay and Keilana

Evan Khay

Keilana

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00 pm Streetlight Cadence

Streetlight Cadence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00 pm Ku Ha’Aheo and Kekaniwai

KuHa’aheo

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 pm Kawika Kahiapo

Kawika Kahiapo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00 pm Alx Kawakami and Blayne Asing

Alx Kawakami

Blayne Asing

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00 pm Feature Movie, Disney Pixar’s COCO in the Lili΄u Theater 310.

Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Sunset Mele Feature Movie: Coco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:30pm-8pm Earth Day Terrarium and Mini Animal Sculpture Workshop (Room 307B)

Sunset Mele Earth Day Terrarium Workshop

In this workshop students of all ages will first be given a brief overview of plant adaptation and evolution.   Afterwards they will learn how to create their own terrariums using large mason jars, soil, stones, and succulent plants.  Upon completion, students will learn the fundamentals of sculpture and create small animal figurines made of air-dry clay to accompany their terrariums.  Space is limited, cost $25.

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Support 50 local partners and vendors participating in our Pop-Up Marketplace.

Click here to view full list of Pop-up Marketplace vendors

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“March Madness”: Sports, Arts, Culture, Banquets and a Comic Con

The Hawaii Convention Center welcomed close to 20 events and saw over 40,000 attendees come through our facility this month of March. Popular annual events such as anime comic convention, Kawaii Kon, and the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival were back in our Exhibit Halls and 3rd level meeting rooms in early March.

We also hosted a few first-time events including the inaugural Yokohama B-Corsairs Friendship Basketball Tournament 2018 and the Beijing Calligraphy and Danqing Cultural Exchange 2018, an art exhibition featuring a numerous selection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

Lastly, we are also excited to welcome our new Hawaii Convention Center Customer Advisory Board (CAB). Comprised of senior association executives and meeting professionals our CAB is designed as a strategic think tank and client forum where they can share their experiences and perspectives to help HCC better serve the needs of key citywide meeting and convention planners, attendees and stakeholders. Our CAB members will be back for a 2nd meeting this October.

Check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

It was another successful year for the Honolulu Festival! Hawaii’s premier cultural event, this year’s theme was “Harmony over the Ocean, Journey to Peace”

During it’s 3-day event, the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival featured exhibitors and performers from various countries and regions get together and give dance performances and traditional art demonstrations.

Welcome to Hawaii Yokohama B-Corsairs! This is a first-time basketball friendship tournament between the Yokohama B-Corsairs teams from Japan and local basketball teams.

Shaka! All smiles from the organizing committee and representatives from Yokohama B Corsairs, Hawaii Convention Center and Hawaii Tourism Japan.

Kawaii Kon, Hawaii’s largest Anime convention brought in more than 12,000 attendees to the Hawaii Convention Center last March 2-4, 2018.

Chinese paintings and calligraphy were on display in Room 315 last March 23 – 25th for the Beijing Calligraphy and Danqing Cultural Exchange 2018.

A peek inside our Customer Advisory Board meeting last March 8th

Strawberry Lilikoi, Li Hing Mui Pineapple, Blueberry Kalamansi, Coconut Hibiscus, Lehua Honey Bacon donuts were on our menu this month!

Sweet treats from our Kitchen! Some of the wonderful desserts that were served during a welcome reception.

Over 4,000 attendees enjoyed a lovely banquet in our Exhibit Hall. This was one of the largest dinner functions we’ve served, featuring a combination of buffet and plated meals. Shout out to our great team for making it happen!

Join us for Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20th! This is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks. Click on the image for more info.

Serving Up Great Events This February

With 2018 in full swing, the month of February proved to be a productive month for the Hawaii Convention Center team. We welcomed a number of repeat local conventions including the Pacific Water Conference and Athletic Championships Honolulu, an annual dance and cheer event.

Another sporting event back with us is the AAU Volleyball Hawaii Grand Prix 2018. They are among the various sporting events that will return to HCC this year. HCC secured agreements with three national sports organizations to host futsal (indoor soccer), basketball and volleyball tournaments played on the Center’s new sports courts, starting this year.

Lastly, we are excited to welcome distinguished guests from Rotary International and the American Dental Association (ADA) for site inspections and an opportunity to showcase our Food and Beverage and our famous Aloha Spirit. We look forward to welcoming ADA back later this year for their 2018 Annual Meeting.

Below are some highlights this month.

Another great volleyball event in the books with AU Volleyball Hawaii Grand Prix 2018.

HCC General Manager, Teri Orton, was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). Teri was recognized for her leadership within the hospitality industry, community and the HLTA’s Women in Lodging & Tourism committee. Congratulations Teri!

HCC was also honored to welcome back the Japan Education Fair 2018. Hawaii students spend a day meeting representatives from Japanese schools and learn about opportunities for studying in Japan

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata puts the finishing touches on his signature dishes during the welcome reception for Rotary International.

A Great Start to the New Year

We at the Hawaii Convention Center are excited for all the exciting events and projects to come in 2018. This year, we hit a milestone as we celebrate our 20th year anniversary and we look forward to another great year of partnership with the Global Marketing Team!

We kicked off January with the Sony Open Gala Dinner last January 11, 2018. Held in our Exhibit Halls 1 and 2, the Gala dinner featured creations from renowned chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi and an up-close-and-personal mini concert by a Diana Ross. Each January the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The 2018 tournament marked the 20th anniversary of Sony’s title sponsorship and the 11th time the Gala Dinner was held at HCC since 2000.

We also welcomed back the Hawaii Dental Association Convention. Recognized as the best dental convention in the Pacific, this convention’s 3000 attendees come each year to view the latest dental products, and get updates related to services and technology of the industry while earning annual credits.

Lastly, we are gearing up for our first sporting event this year with the AAU Champions League Hawai‘i Qualifier on January 27, 2018. We look forward to welcoming their volleyball teams, coaches and families as they enjoy a great sporting event at the Hawaii Convention Center!

Below are some highlights this month.

This year’s Sony Open Gala Dinner welcomed 1,000 attendees who enjoyed a night of great food and first-class entertainment!

The Hawaii Dental Association Convention was back again this month! Utilizing our 3rd floor meeting rooms, the attendees got the opportunity to view the latest dental products, and get updates on services and technology from their industry.

We are excited on the launch of our new Interactive 3D Floor Plan and Map! Visitors can browse through each level and click on each meeting room to view photos and room specs! Click on the image to visit the map.

Women in Lodging & Tourism Honors HCC GM

The Hawaii Convention Center/AEG General Manager Teri Orton was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). The annual hospitality industry award goes to a woman with outstanding leadership in her profession and community.

HCC GM Teri Orton named Woman of the Year by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter,

Orton was recognized for her leadership within the hospitality industry, community and the HLTA’s Women in Lodging & Tourism committee.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Women in Lodging & Tourism and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and I am thrilled that the industry has seen the fruits of our efforts,” said Teri Orton, Hawaii Convention Center general manager. “This recognition would not have been possible without the help of my hard-working team who truly exemplifies how business and Aloha meet.”

“Teri is truly deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to see her recognized as ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Hawaii chapter of Women in Lodging & Tourism,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. “As a result of her dedication and leadership, she and the entire Hawaii Convention Center team have accomplished so much in the four years that AEG Facilities has managed the (Hawaii) convention center, and it’s great to see her recognized for all of her efforts.”

The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) is a statewide organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, other lodging entities, suppliers, and related firms and individuals. HLTA is dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s visitor industry through education, political action, and membership benefits, and raising awareness about its contributions to communities throughout the state.

To view the latest issue of Hawaii Hospitality Magazine featuring Orton, click here.

Hawaii Convention Center Legacy Forest

 

Photo credit: Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has led the permanent reforestation of more than 340,000 endemic trees on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Convention Center has committed to planting 1 million native trees across the state. Join us as we support these vital reforestation efforts. With a few clicks, you can sponsor a Legacy Tree, track its development, and help Hawaii grow a brighter future.

We invite you to sponsor your own Hawaiian Legacy Tree. Planted on the Hāmākua Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i, your koa tree gift will perpetuate for years and grow to over 50 feet in its natural environment

Walk the ancient trails and feel the connection. Plant your ʻohana (family) tree in Hawaii and become a part of the rich history of this special place.

Visit http://onemillion.legacytrees.org/ to make a donation.