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.
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.
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!
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!
We are excited to share all the wonderful upgrades that we have added to the Hawai‘i Convention Center this year! From comfortable furniture in our public areas to new table linens for our events, HCC is looking much more refreshed and and creates a more comfortable work environment for attendees while on break or waiting in between breakout session.
Among our noticeable upgrades include 150 comfortable cushioned furniture that bring in the “ocean” theme to our building. The blue cushions blend well with our existing building colors as our Director of Operations, Ms. Jennifer Nakayama shares, “We have the ‘āina in our greens and browns, and we wanted to reflect the Hawaiian aspect of the ocean as well to tie it all together.”
For our guest’s added convenience, we now also provide two (2) charging locker stations at the 3rd level where event attendees can charge their phones and tablets securely. We also recently upgraded our event and banquet linens and added ambient Airstar lighting to our inventory for nighttime functions in the Rooftop. So the next time you’re at HCC, be sure to check out and enjoy our new furniture and watch out for more upgrades to come!
We entered another eventful month this November which kicked off with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)’s 61st Annual Employee Benefits Conference from Nov. 8-11, 2015. A tradition since the 1970’s, IFEBP continues to host the conference in Hawaii every five years. The conference welcomed more than 6,000 attendees, staff, sponsors, exhibitors and board and committee members to the state of Hawai‘i and it has been a pleasure working with them again. We look forward to their return in the next 5 years!
Soon after, we hosted a variety of other great events such as the AIA CSI Pacific Building Trade Expo, Honolulu Fashion Week, International Waikīkī Hula Conference and our very own Sunset Mele on the Rooftop. We are truly thankful for all the wonderful events that have graced our building this month!
Lastly, we are looking forward to Anime Matsuri Hawai‘i which will be held from November 27 – 29, 2015. The 3-day “matsuri” (festival) will be full of many exciting panels, workshops, contests and events. If you are in town next month, please do check it out!
From a Japanese folk dance (Mikagura Performance) to popular local events to major scientific conventions, we’ve got it all this October! The 14th Annual Chopsticks & Wine “Hocus Pocus Magic of the Vines” was recently held at our Ballrooms last October 8th. Chopsticks and Wine is an annual benefit for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
Next up was a joint meeting for the 68th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference/9th International Conference on Reactive Plasmas/33rd Symposium on Plasma Processing from October 12-16, 2015. They are followed quickly by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)’s 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting from October 16 – 21, 2015.
We also had the NACAC – 2015 Fall National College Fair. This year year, over 5,000 parents and students attended seeking information about colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions. The fairs allow the institutions to meet and discuss all aspects of their curriculum: admission procedures, financial aid opportunities and more!
We will wrap up October with the 2015 62nd American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting which is the premier educational event for those involved in neuromuscular (NM) and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.
Last but not the least; HCC celebrates Halloween with our monthly Sunset Mele on the Rooftop on Saturday, October 31st. It will be a safe, fun and free evening for the entire family with Trick or Treating, Costume Contests, a Haunted House and our featured movie, “Maleficent”.
Our team hit the ground running again this September with an array of conventions and public events here at the Hawaii Convention Center. We kicked off this month with the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) last September 2 – 5, 2015 which brought 1,500 international scientists, clinicians and practitioners specializing in advanced imaging to the state.
Next was the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival (HFWF)’s “Corks & Forks Pacific Coast” event last September 12th (presented by Hawaiian Airlines). The sold-out crowd got to sample dishes from 19 featured chefs and 20 of the most coveted red wines from the Pacific Coast, along with white wine, cocktails and beer. Barely a week after HFWF concluded, HCC jumped right back into action with the 3-day Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Convention on September 18 – 20th. About 10,000 cosplayers, gamers and super fans gathered at HCC to engage with fellow fans and meet their favorite comic book creators including Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld.
We wrap up September with one more convention of about 1700 delegates and exhibitors combined. There’s never a dull moment at HCC and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
August brought us yet another busy month of conferences, banquets and fun public events. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2015 General Assembly held earlier this month brought more than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe to Hawaii. The 11-day convention was one of the largest professional astronomy conferences in IAU’s history and we are honored that Hawai‘i was selected to host this conference.
We are also looking forward to the upcoming Hawaii Food and Wine Festival where our Rooftop Garden will be the venue for “Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks Pacific Coast” on September 12th. 20 celebrity chefs will feature their dishes created with Hawaii’s local produce. There will also be tastings of craft cocktails, specialty beers and white wines. Looking forward to this wonderful event!