A Festive Month of December

The holidays are in full swing here at the Hawaii Convention Center!  We began the month of December with a host of holiday parties and celebrations by local business such as First Hawaiian Bank and as well as private companies who availed of our Holiday Paina Menu.

We also took this time to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a series of banquets on December 5th  and 7th honoring the World War II veterans.

Of course, December would not be complete without the annual Honolulu Marathon Expo held last Dec 8 to 10, 2016. The Expo is free and open to the public, welcoming close to 30,000 attendees annually. Marathon participants also come here to pick up their race day packets and get a chance to shop for official merchandise and explore various vendors.

Lastly, we wrapped up the 2016 event calendar with our very own Sunset Mele on the Rooftop. It was a fun night for the whole family, featuring local vendors and entertainers, picture taking with Santa Claus and the screening of the movie ‘Finding Dory’. What a great way to celebrate the holidays as we look forward to an even better 2017!

From ‘Ohana to yours, we wish you all Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)!

 

Feeling the Holiday Spirit at HCC

Feeling the Holiday Spirit at HCC

 

Fighting Two Wars: Japanese American Veterans Tribute

Fighting Two Wars: Japanese American Veterans Tribute

A Month of Science, Arts and Culture This October

October has proven to be another productive month here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. We began with PRiME 2016, the largest, most significant research conference in the world. Held every 4 years, this international gathering is the joint effort of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), The Electrochemical Society of Japan (ECSJ), and The Korean Electrochemical Society (KECS). Much of the research being discussed here supports efforts advancing the scientific discipline involved with the renewable energy, biomedical, water sanitation, communications, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.

PRiME 2016 Highlights

PRiME 2016 Highlights

Following PRiME 2016 is a series of exciting local events ranging from the Amazing Hawaii Comic Convention, to Chopsticks and Wine to our very own Sunset Mele on the Rooftop which featured great local artists, a Halloween costume contest and the screening of the feature film Transylvania 2.

We end the month with the much anticipated Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, featuring world class chefs showcasing their menu creations! Our very own Chef Kevin Nakata also participated!

HCC's-own-Chef-Kevin-Nakata-at-the-2016-Hawaii-Food-and-Wine-Festival

HCC’s-own-Chef-Kevin-Nakata-at-the-2016-Hawaii-Food-and-Wine-Festival

Lastly, we also recently unveiled three new cultural exhibits which are now on display at our 3rd level so the next time you are at HCC, feel free to stop by and check it out!

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3-New-Cultural-Artworks-at-HCC

Registration for 2016 Hawai’i Tourism Conference Extended by Demand

HeaderDue to significant demand after the registration deadline, we have extended registration for the 2016 Hawai’i Tourism Conference until the start of the conference on 9/26!

Tracks include: Culture – Environment – Education – Visitor Experience – Media & Technology – Marketing – Lodging – China and Japan Business Development.

Don’t miss a full week of collaboration and networking on industry-leading vision, best practices and solutions, plus:

– An expanded global summit track with headliners including MLS star & Galaxy President Chris Klein and Clippers President Gillian Zucker in our sports marketing session; travel TV celebrities Adam Richman hosting Roy Yamaguchi and a list of culinary tourism leaders, and Don Wildman hosting session on local experiences and customized travel; founder of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism Louis D’Amore, and a list of high-profile industry executives.

– the 2016 Tourism Legacy Awards honoring Hawai’i’s Gifts to the World, this year featuring surfing

– The Village Square – An iconic centerpiece to a new collaborative format & layout, with Exhibitors, an #HTClive Social Media Studio, Tech Hub, Immersive 360 VR experiences, a Showcase of Hawai’i’s signature events & festivals, Demos & Workshops

– AM Aloha Activities and Evening ‘Ohana Time sessions at host hotels

– Live entertainment throughout the week including a special performance by Willie K on Friday.

Register for the full week at a discount or choose the days that best suit your interests. Reserve your limited spot today at www.hawaiitourismconference.com.

$375 full conference
$250 two days
$185 single day

Don’t forget to check out our discount hotel accommodations and inter-island airfare being offered through our partners OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS and ISLAND AIR. Details available on the website.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Hawaiian Culture Being Showcased at the Hawai‘i Tourism Conference, Sept. 26-30

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10 Sessions – the Most Ever – to Address How Hawaiian Culture is Transforming, Strengthening the Hawai‘i Experience

The Native Hawaiian culture and how its legacy continues to strengthen the experience of living in and visiting the Hawaiian Islands in modern times, will be a major point of emphasis at the 2016 Hawai‘i Tourism Conference, Sept. 26-30 (www.hawaiitourismconference.com).

Under the theme Transforming Tourism Together, the conference is being presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) and hosted at the world-class Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā, HTA director of Hawaiian cultural affairs, noted that in keeping with the theme’s spirit, there are 10 conference sessions – the most ever – focused on how the Native Hawaiian culture is transforming the way people experience the Hawai‘i of today (schedule below).

“Anyone who is committed to seeing the host culture of these islands thrive within the broad scope of Hawai‘i tourism will be interested in the topics being discussed,” said Ka‘anā‘anā. “The sessions will be inspirational, educational and reinforce our cultural connections to the state’s largest industry.”

Ka‘anā‘anā added that the Native Hawaiian culture is at the foundation of everything HTA does in promoting the Hawai‘i travel experience. “The cultural traditions of the Native Hawaiian people are what makes our islands such a desirable and welcoming destination to travelers worldwide.”

Altogether, the conference will feature 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics important to the future of travel and the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to Hawaiian culture, other topics being addressed include the environment, climate change, technology, global marketing, and LGBT travel.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.hawaiitourismconference.com. Discounts are available for groups, educators and students. Optional island tours are available on the pre-conference opening day, Sept. 26.

Schedule of Hawaiian Culture Sessions

Sept. 27
Hawaiian Culture in Retail
9:45 – 11:15 a.m., Room 313
Moderator: Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Speakers: Maile Meyer, Na Mea Hawai‘i
Kapono‘ai Molitau, Native Intelligence
Monte McComber, Royal Hawaiian Center
Description: Hear unique success stories from Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs on triumphs and challenges in the retail sector, with a focus on international consumers and the expanding marketplace

From Family Lands to Landmark Destinations
2:30 – 3:45 p.m., Room 311
Moderator: Pohai Ryan, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Speakers: John Morgan, Kualoa Ranch
Lani Weigert, Hawai‘i AgriTourism
Matt Yamashita, Sons of Hālawa
Pilipo Solatorio, Sons of Hālawa
Description: The evolution of Hawai‘i’s ‘ohana farms into sustainable tourism practices is a unique legacy. Learn how to overcome challenges particular to keeping a property viable while
turning them into destination opportunities.

Museums, Monuments and Mansions: The Transformation of Hawaiian History into Destination Attractions
4:00 – 5:15 p.m., Room 312
Moderator: Kainoa Daines, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau
Speakers: Albert “Chucky Boy” Chock, Kaua‘i Museum
Mahealani Bernal, Queen Emma Summer Palace
Sunshine Chip, Hulihe‘e Palace
Description: Learn about the process and community support that set a model for transforming historic properties into Hawaiian cultural cornerstones.

Sept. 28
Sharing Mo‘olelo of Resorts
9:45 – 11:15 a.m., Room 313
Moderator: Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Hyatt Regency of Waikiki
Speakers: Daniel Kaniela Akaka, Mauna Lani Resort
Clifford Naeole, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Kahulu De Santos, Aulani, A Disney Resort
Description: The importance of embodying and honoring the Hawaiian sense of place in creating exceptional visitor experiences.

Cultural Heritage Tourism and Native Peoples
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 316
Moderator: Pohai Ryan, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Speakers: Edward Hall, AIANTA/BIA
Aimee D. Awonohopay, AIANTA
Maurice Manawatu, Maori Tours Kaikouru
Description: Collaborate on the growing interest in cultural heritage tourism and native communities, and how to share it with the world.

Aloha Today and Beyond
1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Room 312
Moderator: State Senator Brickwood Galuteria
Speakers: Peter Apo, OHA Trustee
John De Fries, County of Hawai‘i, Office of Economic Development
Description: This session examines the vision of Dr. George Kanahele and the role of Hawaiian culture in the tourism sector. The second portion of the session will attempt to define the
next generation of aloha by John De Fries.

Kūkākūkā: A Talk Story with Hawai‘i’s Cultural Specialists
3:00 – 3:45 p.m., Room 312
Moderator: Kainoa Daines, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau
Speakers: All Participants
Description: This session will give participants a unique opportunity to talk story and share their successes, challenges and emerging trends for cultural resources at Hawai‘i’s resorts and retail operations.

A Hawaiian Worldview: Practical Applications in Business
3:45 – 5:30 p.m., Room 312
Moderator: Doug Chang, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
Speakers: Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Hawaiian Airlines
Corbett Kalama, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Gordon Umi Kai, Avis/Budget
Description: Explores strategies for creating systemic change in the visitor industry that promote Hawaiian values.

‘Imi Noi‘i: Hawaiian Research and Resources for Today’s Hawaiian Cultural Resource Specialist
4:45 – 5:30 p.m., Room 312
Moderator: Hi‘ilani Shibata, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
Speakers: Puakea Nogelmeier, Awaiaulu
DeSoto Brown, Bishop Museum
Cy Bridges, Kumu Hula
Description: Explores the essential resources of Hawaiian ‘ike, or knowledge, to access and utilize these materials.

About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being
attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai‘i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability
of tourism’s success.

For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

HTA Media Contacts:

Charlene Chan
Director of Communications
Hawaii Tourism Authority
(808) 973-2272 (o)
(808) 781-7733 (m)
Charlene@gohta.net

Patrick Dugan
Senior Vice President
Anthology Marketing Group
(808) 539-3411 (o)
(808) 741-2712 (m)
Patrick.Dugan@AnthologyGroup.com

Tourism Conference Focusing on Hawai‘i’s Travel Future, Sept. 26-30

2016 Hawaii Tourism Conference

2016 Hawaii Tourism Conference

Nationally recognized speakers, new marketing initiatives and new strategies to reach the global travelers of tomorrow highlight the 2016 Hawai‘i Tourism Conference, Sept. 26-30 (www.hawaiitourismconference.com).

Presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) and hosted at the world-class Hawai‘i Convention Center, the conference theme captures its focus: Transforming Tourism Together.

Although Hawai‘i is on track for a fifth consecutive year of record-setting visitor arrivals and spending, HTA President and CEO George D. Szigeti notes the conference’s primary objective is planning for Hawaii’s travel future.

“Global travel and the interests of consumers are evolving and Hawai‘i is adapting to how we reach them, especially millennials,” said Szigeti. “The tourism conference will combine the greatness of our islands, our host Hawaiian culture and natural beauty, with new strategies and insights on how to keep Hawai‘i foremost in the minds of travelers.”

An impressive roster of speakers and panelists has been secured from markets internationally and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, all to collaborate on how tourism, Hawai‘i’s most important industry, can remain vibrant and successful in 2017 and beyond.

On Sept. 27, internationally renowned photographer Steve Uzzell will present the keynote address at the opening general session.

Later that day, surfing – one of Hawai‘i’s gifts to the world – and two of its modern-day legends, Buffalo Keaulana and George Downing, will be honored at the Legacy Awards Luncheon.

The day will also feature a Global Student Debate, in which local, national and international students will compete in a public forum debate on issues faced by tourism worldwide.

On Sept. 28, Don Wildman, the popular Travel Channel host, will serve as moderator for the general session, Immerse Yourself in Culture, Live Like a Local.

Later that day, Noah Tratt, global senior vice president of Expedia, will offer his insight in the general session, Flatter Than Ever: Defining the New Global Marketplace and Relating to Change.

On Sept. 29, Wildman will moderate the general session, Customized Travel and the Optimal Customer Experience: The Choice to Vacation Exactly How You Want with the Service You Deserve. It will feature Tom Merchant, CEO of Black Tomato, and Nick Hall, CEO of Digital Tourism Think Tank.

On Sept. 30, the general session, From Farmer’s Market to Market Square: The Global Guide to Culinary Tourism, will have Adam Richman of the Food Network serving as moderator, and be highlighted by two of the nation’s most celebrated chefs, Jonathan Waxman and Roy Yamaguchi.

Also that day, the advice of Gillian Zucker, president of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Chris Klein, president of the Los Angeles Galaxy, will be showcased in the general session, Game On: Sports as a Global Marketing Platform.

The conference will conclude with a general session Aloha Farewell Luncheon featuring a special presentation about the upcoming 75th anniversary commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack at Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II.

There will also be 60 concurrent sessions throughout the conference addressing a wide range of topics important to the future of travel and Hawai‘i, including culture, the environment, LGBT travel, climate change, technology, and global marketing.

New marketing campaigns will be unveiled to support Hawai‘i tourism, with travel agencies and marketing partners from around the world in attendance. HTA will unveil its new virtual reality marketing for the Hawaiian Islands, introduce the next phase of its GoHawaii mobile app, and present a sneak peek of its new GoHawai‘i website that debuts next year.

The GoHawai‘i mobile app is free and can be downloaded in the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes Store. It is offered in English, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

To register for the conference, visit www.hawaiitourismconference.com. The deadline is September 15.

Discounts are available for groups, educators and students. Optional island tours are available on the pre-conference opening day, Sept. 26.

About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai‘i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.

For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

HTA Media Contacts:

Charlene Chan

Director of Communications

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

808-973-2272 (o)

808-781-7733 (m)

Charlene@gohta.net

Patrick Dugan

Senior Vice President

Anthology Marketing Group

808-539-3411 (o)

808-741-2712 (m)

Patrick.Dugan@AnthologyGroup.com

 

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Aloha 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress!

Aloha and Welcome to all the delegates attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016!

Held once every 4 years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center

An Awesome Month of August

Time really does fly! As we near the end of summer, our upcoming events are just heating up!

Among our notable events this month was the Japan-US International Symposium for Ocean Conservation in Hawaii held last August 22, 2016 at our Liliu Theater. Faced with various problems such as global warming, pollution, overfishing and inappropriate development of the marine environment, Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan and wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council and wife of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, led the discussion of possible solutions at this symposium. It was a significant dialog that will aim to keep our oceans beautiful for generations to come.

Lastly, in keeping with the very relevant theme of conservation, the local host committee and organizers of the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress have already begun their preparations for the upcoming Congress. We are excited to welcome an estimated 8,000 attendees from September 1 to 10, 2016 and look forward to the resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues that will be discussed.

Japan-US International Symposium for Ocean Conservation in Hawaii

Our Liliu Theater 310 was the site of the Japan-US International Symposium for Ocean Conservation in Hawaii

Dinner Function in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

We recently held a large dinner function at our Exhibit Hall for a large Japanese corporation.