Hawai`i Convention Center Awarded $80,000 Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Air Quality System Fans

The Hawai`i Convention Center recently completed another major effort to enhance the conservation of Hawai`i’s natural resources and reduce its impact on the environment.

The Center installed new variable frequency drives (VFDs) to loading dock area fans to ensure optimum air quality.  A VFD improves efficiency by adjusting motor speed to more closely match output requirements, which typically results in energy savings.  The installation was supported by a $79,781 rebate from Hawai`i Energy, the energy efficiency and conservation program for Hawai`i, Honolulu, and Maui counties, and will result in an energy savings of nearly 445,000 kilowatt hours annually.

The Center’s previous rebates and awards for energy-saving measures have totaled nearly $350,000 for projects including lighting upgrades and a new jockey chiller.  When it opened in 1998, the Center was also awarded Hawaiian Electric Company’s Energy Project of the Year for its efficient design.

Hawai`i Convention Center Receives 14th Consecutive Prime Site Award

The Hawai`i Convention Center has received its 14th consecutive Prime Site Award from Facilities & Destinations magazine.

Prime Site Awards are decided by meetings and conventions industry leaders directly involved with site selection, including promoters, booking agents, and event planners.  Voting is based on convenience of location, facility attractiveness and maintenance, professionalism of staff, cuisine, and technological capabilities.

Facilities & Destinations magazine, a monthly publication for professional planners of meetings, entertainment, and special events, described Hawai`i as “An ideal place for an international meeting of political, cultural, and business significance,” and noted the significance of hosting APEC’s 21 member economies, which drew an estimated 20,000 visitors to Honolulu in November 2011.

The magazine also highlighted the Center’s high-value global marketing strategies, which include custom-designed collateral and the multi-language microsites to assist organizations in building international attendance.

American Association of Orthodontists 112th Annual Session Exceeds Expectations for International Attendance and Sold-Out Post-Conference Meetings

Photo Courtesy of American Association of Orthodontists.

Seamless setup?  Check.  Flawless shuttle service and security?  Check.  Zero complaints from attendees?  Check.  All provided with plenty of aloha?  Absolutely.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) drew nearly 14,000 attendees from around the world during its 112th Annual Session, held at the Center from May 4-8, 2012, which was followed by sold-out post-conference meetings on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai.  The AAO last held its annual conference in Hawai`i in 2003.

“This is one of the smoothest meetings we have ever hosted,” said Michael Rogers, DDS, AAO president.  “We received zero complaints during the meeting, which is remarkable, and had stellar service on all levels, ranging from food and beverage, to security, to early meeting room and exhibit set up.”

Nearly 3,800 attendees – representing a third of the meeting’s total attendance – traveled from more than 70 countries, topping initial estimates, as well as international turnout at last year’s annual conference in Chicago.  Delegates traveled from around the Pacific Rim, including China, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The meeting featured more than 160 lectures from world-class experts, who addressed research and clinical topics related to today’s top orthodontic treatment trends, dilemmas, technologies, and scientific advances.

In addition to the meeting at the Center, the AAO hosted four post-conference sessions on Oahu’s North Shore, and on the islands of Maui and Kauai.  All sessions sold out, drawing nearly 600 attendees total for classes focusing on orthodontic specialty topics, and exceeding room blocks at every host hotel.

Half a million pounds of exhibit freight was shipped to the Center from the mainland for state-of-the-art displays by more than 300 companies offering orthodontic products and services at the Annual Session Exhibit Hall.

Founded in 1900, the AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization.  Visit www.aaomembers.org or www.MyLifeMySmile.org for more information.

Huikala: To Be Unconditionally Tolerant and Forgiving of Others

Our HCC Hawaiian Value of the Month is Huikala.

To possess and practice the value of Huikala means we agree to be unconditionally tolerant and forgiving of others.  When this statement is broken apart, three words, unconditional, tolerant, and forgiving stand out.  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, unconditional means “not subject to condition or limitation, not dependent on or subjected to conditioning or learning.”  The word tolerant means “to endure, to put up with, to bear, done without prohibition or hindrance,” and the word forgiving means “to give up resentment of or claim to, to grant relief.”  Put together, we are agreeing to put up with our fellow workers and associates in a way that is not tied to anything they must do and, should they falter, we will grant them relief.

In our daily lives we all have chances to be givers of Huikala and receivers of Huikala.  As a giver, we realize and accept the fact that people make mistakes.  When they do, by not being too hard on them, it fosters an environment of cooperation and enables us to correct situations and move on.  As a receiver of Huikala, by knowing that others aren’t going to be angry and upset with us for making mistakes, it makes it easier to accept responsibility, helps eliminate “finger pointing” and helps to more clearly define standards and procedures.

In my mind, the true responsibility of Huikala clearly lies with the receiver.  When things don’t go quite as well as planned, don’t be afraid to raise your hand and admit that you’ve done wrong.  You should be open and willing to do whatever you can to help correct the situation and above all, LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.  If you fail to learn and progress, you fail other values like Kinaoleto strive for perfection and Kuleanato carry out your responsibility in order to achieve excellence for the organization.

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