Awards

The Hawai`i Convention Center is blessed to receive a continued stream of awards for just about every aspect of convention management! Please stay updated on our blog announcements, by following the Awards category. Meanwhile, here is a short history of some of our favorite awards and recognition.

  • 2018 Woman of the Year (Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter)
    Hawaii Convention Center 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
  • Winner of the 2017 Stella Awards for Best Convention Center in the Far West Region.  The Stella Awards recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs, and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.
  • 2017 and 2018 Winner of SportsEvents Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award
  • Winner of 18 consecutive Prime Site Awards (Facilities & Destinations Magazine, 1999-2016)
  • Hawai‘i Green Business Program Award Commendation 2016 – The Hawai‘i Convention Center was recognized for environmental stewardship by the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i.  HCC achieved the highest level of Ma’o Hau Hele, venues leading the way in sustainability.
  • Green Event Award – 2015 – 2016, 2015 Hawai‘i Tourism Conference – The Hawai‘i Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
  • Green Event Award – 2012-2014, Hawai`i Build & Buy Green Conference (The Hawai`i Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai`i Department of Health, and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i)
  • Best Convention Host Award (Premier Traveler magazine, 2012)
  • Distinctive Achievement Award – Recognizes the top five U.S. convention centers for excellence in meetings assistance and service (Association Convention & Facilities magazine, 2012)
  • Inner Circle Award in the category of Top Convention Centers – Recognition for Excellence in Quality and Service in the Meetings and Hospitality Industry (Association Meetings magazine, 2006, 2010)
  • Best in Business Travel award in the category of Best Conference or Convention Center/City (Business Traveler magazine, 2009-2011)
  • Voted the most beautiful convention center in the world by The International Association of Exhibition Management (IAEE)
  • Tour de Trash – Certificate of Merit – City & County of Honolulu, U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2007 City Livability Award for Outstanding Achievement (2007)
  • Betty Crocker Landscape Award – Professional Gardens Award of Excellence – Rooftop Terrace Garden – Scenic Hawai`i, Inc. (2007)
  • Editor’s Choice Recognition – Facilitiesonline.com, The #1 Source for Professional Planners of Conventions, Meetings, Entertainment & Special Events (2006)
  • Best Use of Nature in Design – Tradeshow Week Magazine (2003)
  • AIA Design Award – Award of Excellence and the Mayor’s Choice Award – Honolulu Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA). This Award of Excellence is the highest level of recognition for projects that exemplify superior architectural design on all levels of analysis. (2001)
  • Ten Most Innovative Architectural Projects of the 1990s –Building Industry Magazine.  Hawai`i Convention Center judged number one in a survey of Hawai`i architectural projects. (1999)
  • Energy Efficiency Award: Energy Project of the Year – Hawaiian Electric Company (1998)
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