Mele Kalikimaka from the Hawaii Convention Center!

It’s a festive holiday season here at the Hawaii Convention Center and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This December, we welcomed attendees from AMWAY Malaysia, who were here for their 2017 AMWAY Leadership Seminar. 328 AMWAY Malaysia delegates also participated in the Honolulu Marathon’s “Start to Park 10K” run on December 10, 2017, which started at the same time and location as the full Honolulu Marathon and finishes 10 km into the marathon course at Kapiolani Park. They concluded their celebration with a Gala dinner at the Hawai‘i Convention Center the following night. This event is a special recognition for AMWAY Malaysia members and their guests after qualifying for this incentive to Hawaii. We are thrilled to have been part of their celebration.

We also held our first ever NCAA basketball event here at HCC last December 16 – 19, 2017! The 2017 Hoops in Hawai’i Holiday Classic welcomed 6 NCAA DII Men’s teams including Hawai’i Pacific University and University of Hawai’i at Hilo and 4 NCAA D3 Men’s teams along with over 1,500 athletes, coaches and supporters came out to support their teams. It was an honor to welcome Hoops in Hawaii and we look forward to more sporting events next year!

From our Ohana to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

435 guests from Amway Malaysia enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Nakata

Amway Malaysia runners ready for the Honolulu Marathon! (photo credit Amway Malaysia)

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata preparing Amway Malaysia’s dinner menu

Our General Manager, Teri Orton, welcomed delegates from IEEE Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS) 2017 during their opening session last December 13, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

Plenty to be Thankful for this November

The Holidays have arrived and we have so much to be grateful for!

We are particularly grateful for the multiple awards that we have received this month including the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Magazine. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to bring youth and amateur sports tournaments to Hawaii and the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hawaii Convention Center was also named winner of the Best Convention Center – Far West category for its architecture and technology by the Northstar Meetings Group’s 2017 Stella Awards. HCC was one seven Hawaii tourism venues to be recognized by Northstar Meetings Group.

A few highlights for November include the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Hawaiian Airlines Presents “Uncorked”. 20 of the world’s top culinary masters and 20 world-class wineries showcased their flagship wines. Our very own Chef Kevin Nakata also feature a signature dessert that everyone enjoyed. We also welcomed back the American Medical Association for their Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates and will wrap up November with a private corporate convention of one of the leading materials engineering company in the United States.

We look forward to ending the year strong with a few more exciting events next month, including a Sports FAM where we welcome multiple sports planners and directors to Hawaii so we can showcase the destination and the Hawaii Convention Center as a possible venue for their sporting event.

Below are some highlights this month.

It is an honor to be recognized as the Best Convention Center – Far West category by the 2017 Stella Awards!

We are proud to represent Hawaii in SportsEvents Magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice awards!

Over 1,000 attendees graced our Rooftop Garden to enjoy great food and amazing wine selections at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata was among the 20 chefs featured in Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s “Uncorked” event at our Rooftop

Chef Kevin Nakata’s signature dessert at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was a taro and sweet potato pie with candied furikake and ginger tapioca. Yummy!

Our versatile meeting rooms can accommodate any type of meeting or gathering. Our Oahu Room (Room 313ABC) was recently transformed into a cocktail reception for a client function.

Join Us for Sunset Mele on the Rooftop on October 28, 2017

Sunset Mele October 28, 2017

Join the Hawaii Convention Center for our next Sunset Mele on the Rooftop this October 28, 2017, sponsored by ExFuze Japan and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card and Mileage Plan.

Join us for an evening of family fun, entertainment and Hawaiian Culture. Everyone is welcome to bring low beach chairs, mats and blankets. Call 943-3025 for any inquiries.

Sunset Mele on October 28, 2017

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.

Registration Now Open for 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, Sept. 19-21

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Global Tourism Summit, presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), will be held from September 19 to 21 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Early-bird registration with flexible discounted rates are now available. You may register via www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com and choose from one of several options to attend the conference.

Sustainability is the theme of this year’s summit and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism will be a featured topic of the presentations. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions, with the collective focus on improving tourism in Hawaii and abroad.

Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:
• Individuals: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $325, a savings of $70
• Groups of 8 or More: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $300 per person, a savings of $65 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the conference)
• Student and Faculty Members: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $150
• Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 19-20: $275
• Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 20-21: $265
Information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is also available online at www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com. A complete listing of sessions, programs and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

Formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, HTA changed the name to the Global Tourism Summit to more accurately reflect Hawaii’s emergence as a leader in international travel and tourism.

Join Us For Sunset Mele On The Rooftop On July 1, 2017

Sunset Mele on the Rooftop – July 1, 2017

Join the Hawaii Convention Center for our next Sunset Mele on the Rooftop this July 1, 2017, sponsored by Honolulu Marathon. Featuring the movie “Sing”!

Join us for an evening of family fun, entertainment and Hawaiian Culture. Everyone is welcome to bring low beach chairs, mats and blankets. Call 943-3025 for any inquiries.

Sunset Mele on the Rooftop – July 1, 2017

 

Join Us For Our First Annual Mothers Day Brunch Celebration!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Hawai‘i Convention Center! Treat your Mom to a delicious Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.
Enjoy the culinary creations of Executive Chef Kevin Nakata showcasing many fresh ingredients found right here at our local farms, plus amazing entertainment from Na Hoku Hanohano awardees Kapena, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Marlene Sai; plus Da Braddahs & Friends and much more!

Enjoy complimentary welcome drinks upon arrival or pick up something sweet for mom at our Treat Street Marketplace. Take a free commemorative picture with Mom at our Photo Booth or leave a Legacy and buy a Koa Tree through our Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative or purchase a private message to honor mom, to be displayed on the big screen, during the program. Enjoy a relaxing time full of good food and entertainment, here at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Join us at the Hawai‘i Convention Center for a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day Brunch Celebration! Call 943-3025.

View Flyer and Menu.

Buy tickets here.

Hawai‘i Convention Center Is In the Game!

February was an active month for us here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. On top of our list is the launch of our new state of the art athletic courts! With new volleyball courts and basketball courts, the Hawai‘i Convention Center is the perfect venue for sports tournaments of any size. The first athletic tournament to use our Volleyball courts is the AAU Volleyball Honolulu Grand Prix held last February 17 – 20, 2017 in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1. An estimated 1,000 women athletes, ages 12 to

18, from the mainland U.S. and throughout Hawaii participated in this inaugural event and we look forward to having them back again in the future!

Another notable event in February is the return of Pola Cosmetics group. We welcomed 1,300 guests from Japan who enjoyed a morning of festivities which included an award ceremony, lunch and Hawaiian entertainment in our Kalakaua Ballrooms.

Lastly, we welcome the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography, for here for their

2017 ASLO Meeting from February 26 – March 3, 2017. This is an important meeting to address water issues and promote scientific exchange across the freshwater to marine continuum. The conference theme, “From the Mountains to the Sea” emphasizes the connectivity of our planet’s aquatic systems, and underscores the urgent need to share knowledge, insights, discoveries, and different world views

about the lakes, rivers, streams, aquifers, wetlands, and oceans that comprise our Earth’s hydrosphere. We welcome ASLO’s 2,000 attendees and wish them a productive meeting here in Hawai‘i!

 

Volleyball Courts at Hawaii Convention Center

Volleyball Courts at Hawaii Convention Center (Photo credit: Keith Uehara Photography)

AAU Volleyball Honolulu Grand Prix

AAU Volleyball Honolulu Grand Prix at the Hawaii Convention Center (photo credit: Keith Uehara Photography)

 

AAU Volleyball Honolulu Grand Prix at the Hawaii Convention Center

AAU Volleyball Honolulu Grand Prix at the Hawaii Convention Center (photo credit: Keith Uehara Photography)

New Beginnings in 2017

We wish you a Happy 2017 and may the year of the Rooster bring you good fortune and prosperity! We are excited for the possibilities this year will bring and look forward to creating new partnerships this 2017.

We began January by welcoming back repeat groups to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The IAFOR International Conference on Education 2017 (IICE Hawaii 2017) was our first event of the New Year. They had two simultaneous conferences, “East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery” held on January 5 – 7, 2017 and “Educating for Change” was held from January 8 – 10, 2017.

Another notable event was the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)’s 46th Critical Care Congress. Approximately 5,000 attendees in the critical/acute care field of the medical profession participated in the congress and we are honored to have SCCM back in Hawaii.

Lastly, we are excited to share with you a sneak preview of our state-of-the-art athletic courts. With our new volleyball, basketball, badminton and futsal courts make the Hawai‘i Convention Center is the perfect venue for sports tournaments of any size. Take a look at the photos below as our facilities team prepare to set up the courts!

More information is available on our website: https://www.meethawaii.com/convention-center/venue-information/sports/ 

New Basketball Equipment at the Hawaii Convention Center

New Basketball Equipment at the Hawaii Convention Center

New Basketball Court at the Hawaii Convention Center (real-wood flooring)

New Basketball Court at the Hawaii Convention Center (real-wood flooring)

New Basketball Equipment at the Hawaii Convention Center (high-grade plastic flooring)

New Basketball Equipment at the Hawaii Convention Center (high-grade plastic flooring)

New Volleyball Court at the Hawaii Convention Center

New Volleyball Court at the Hawaii Convention Center

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