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.

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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: 

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

Three New Cultural Exhibits Unveiled at Hawaii Convention Center

Kī Hō‘alu: Honoring The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition

Kī Hō‘alu: Honoring The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition

Ma Kai – To the Sea – Seaward

Ma Kai – To the Sea – Seaward

‘Ahu‘ula o Kekūhaupi‘o

Artwork honors history of slack key guitar, surfing, and Chief Kekūhaupi‘o

The Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC), the state’s largest meetings facility with a $2.5 million collection of local artwork, today unveiled three new exhibits celebrating the history of kī hō‘alu (or slack key guitar), the legendary sport of surfing, and Hawai‘i’s high chief Kekūhaupi‘o during a special blessing and ceremony this evening on the Center’s third floor concourse. More than 100 cultural, business and hospitality industry leaders attended the event.

Presented by AEG Facilities, the sponsorship of the new exhibits is part of HCC’s ongoing commitment to perpetuating Hawaiian culture as the management company of the Center. The investment ensures Hawaiian culture, history and heritage remains the focus and foundation of Hawai‘i storytelling and ensures an understanding of what makes places like the Hawaiian Islands and HCC so extraordinary is passed on to others. The initiative is also supported by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, and the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

“When the Hawai‘i Convention Center opened in 1998, not only was it designed to be a world- class meetings destination, it was also designed with a Hawai‘i ‘sense of place’ in mind,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “Bringing the outside natural environment in is evident in its architectural design. However, one thing AEG Facilities and our staff are most proud of is the fact that this Center also boasts an impressive collection of local art thanks to our partnership with the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and its ‘Art in Public Places’ program.”

The three new exhibits debuted on September 27, 2016:

Kī Hō‘alu: Honoring The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition

This exhibit was presented earlier this year at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles as part of Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of Hawai‘i’s music, hula and culture. The GRAMMY Museum, in partnership with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts and Outrigger Enterprises Group, presented the exhibit exploring one of the world’s greatest acoustic guitar traditions. With a history that dates back to the 1800s when the Spanish and Mexican cowboys came to Hawai‘i with their guitars, the unique sound of slack key comes from the resonance of the tunings and techniques that mimic the yodels and falsettos rooted in ancient chants that are common in Hawaiian singing. Through artifacts and historical instruments that trace the history of this Hawaiian music tradition, the Museum’s tribute to the slack key guitar served as the official kickoff of the Mele Mei 2016 celebration in Hawai‘i. It now returns home to Hawai‘i. Click here for more information.

Ma Kai – To the Sea – Seaward

This exhibit is a visual display of the importance of the Hawaiian sport of surfing, which has introduced the Hawaiian culture and Aloha spirit to the world. From Waikīkī, Mākaha and the North Shore, Hawaiian surfers brought their surfboards, culture and lifestyle to the coast of California and in doing so, often this became the first interaction between a Hawaiian and someone from the continent. This story is captured and shared in this exhibit by Allan Seymour of Classic Surf featuring a collection of four rare and vintage surfboards, surfing photos, original oil paintings, and surf memorabilia. Items on display include Duke Kahanamoku’s redwood surfboard circa 1920s, George Downing’s Mākaha Gun balsawood surfboard circa 1950s, Gerry Lope’s Pipeline Mini-Gun surfboard circa 1970s, Wade Koniakowsky’s original oil painting of Duke Kahanamoku, and much more. Click here for more information.

‘Ahu‘ula o Kekūhaupi‘o

This exhibit honors one the most influential and probably least known chiefs in Hawaiian history. Kekūhaupi‘o was said to be a master of Hawaiian martial arts, first serving as Kamehameha the Great’s combat instructor before becoming his loyal bodyguard, fearless warrior, and trusted advisor. In honor of Kekūhaupi‘o’s role in Hawaiian history, the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative commissioned master feather worker Rick San Nicolas in 2016 to create a replica of the cloak and helmet worn by the chief. In ancient times, feather cloaks and capes were symbols of power and social standing in Hawaiian culture. Only high-ranking chiefs or warriors of great ability were entitled to wear these exceptional garments. The bright, velvet-like feathers came from tropical honeycreepers. Red feathers mainly from the ‘i‘iwi and ‘apapane. Yellow feathers mainly from the ‘ō‘ō and mamo. Although the color red was associated with chiefs and the gods, yellow became the most prized color owing to the scarcity of the feathers. Click here for more information.

“These exhibits add a lot of depth to the already impressive art experience here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and really builds upon an engaging narrative that honors the best of what Hawai‘i is all about including our traditions, history and heritage, and celebrating the native Hawaiian culture,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president for AEG Facilities. “After seeing these incredible new exhibits, I’m confident even more locals and visitors alike will be drawn to explore these beautiful exhibits further when coming to HCC for meetings, conventions and events.”

In addition to its support of the arts, AEG Facilities and HCC is also partnering with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative on the island of Hawai‘i to create the “Hawai‘i Convention Center Legacy Forest” on the slopes of Maunakea. HCC has committed to planting one million koa trees to give back to the land and help offset the carbon footprint of travelers coming to the islands for meetings and conventions.

All HCC art exhibits are free, self-guided and open to the public daily during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports,
entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development, AEG 1Earth, AEG Encore and AEG Creative to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) and BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas). Among the roster of world class convention centers and other facilities managed by the division are the Los Angeles Convention Center, Hawai’i Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Qatar National Convention Center, Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman), Sydney International Conception, Exhibition, and Entertainment District, Cairns Convention Center and Darwin Conventions Centre. Other venues include Oracle Arena and Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, Calif.), MercedesBenz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil), Allianz Parque (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ülker Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden) and the. For more information, please visit

Special note to media: HTA recognizes the use of the ‘okina [‘] or glottal stop, one of the eight consonants of the (modern) Hawaiian language; and the kahakō [ā] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as Lāna‘i). However, HTA respects the individual use of these markings for names of organizations and businesses.

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

Lots to Cheer about this June!

The fun continues in June as we welcome more local and global events this month. We have a great mix of athletic, educational and scientific meetings that will surely fill our building with lots of energy and cheer.

Speaking of cheer, among our featured events in June was the inaugural Global Dance + Cheer Games last June 10 – 12, 2016. Showcasing aspiring Cheer + Dance talent from around the world, the Global Dance + Cheer Games 2016 was an exclusive invitation-only competition inspired by the global need to showcase studio dance and non-Worlds’ cheer divisions at a prestigious International event. This unique, world-first competition was an unforgettable experience for all the 1,000 plus teams and attendees from all over the world.

Soon after is another sports-related event, the 1st Annual Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic. The Aloha Region is part of USA Volleyball and represents all volleyball players from Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa. A projected 1,000 attendees (including the athletes and the public) will get to enjoy this inaugural volleyball tournament from June 16 – 18, 2016.

Lastly, we welcome the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) on June 19 – 25, 2016. Held every four years ICRS is the primary international meeting on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations.


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Global Dance + Cheer Games 2016

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Aloha BMT Tandem Meetings 2016!

This February, the Hawaii Convention Center welcomed 4,000 clinicians, laboratory technicians, investigators, clinical research professionals, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, and allied health professionals for the 2016 BMT Tandem Meetings from February 18 – 22, 2016. It is the combined annual meeting of the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT).

They previously met in 2006 and 2011 and we are honored to welcome them again for the 3rd time in Hawaii!






Welcome to 2016!

January 2016 kicked off with a first-time conference, the inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Education 2016 (IICE Hawaii 2016) from January 9 -11, 2016. The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is an independent think tank committed to the deeper understanding of contemporary geo-political transformation, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region. This 3-day conference will act as a center for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in education.

We are also looking forward to all our upcoming events this year. From popular annual events like the Honolulu Festival, the First Hawaiian International Auto Show and Amazing Comic Con to first-time conventions to Hawai‘i such as the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress and the International Coral Reef Symposium, 2016 is bound to be another exciting year!