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 O.co 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 aegworldwide.com.

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.

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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!

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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!

 

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New Building Upgrades: HCC’s Refreshed Look

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!

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With our new furniture, our guests can have a more comfortable environment to meet and work while in the Center.

New comfortable furniture at HCC.

New comfortable furniture at HCC.

 

Plenty to Be Thankful For This November

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!

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Anime Matsuri Hawai‘ promo banner from Exhibit Hall 1 (facing Kalākaua Ave.) Photo by Kealoha Chang

  Anime Matsuri Hawai‘ promo banner from Exhibit Hall 1 (facing Kalākaua Ave.) Photo by Kealoha Chang

Science, Culture, Chopsticks and Wine

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”.

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Photo Courtesy of JTB Hawaii. On October 7th, a special Mikagura Performance was held at our Liliu Theater 310. This is a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance and was performed by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. They also collaborated with world famous Halau O Kekuhi and Friends from the Big Island who also performed during this event, showcasing similarities between Shinto and Hula in their performances.

Photo Courtesy of JTB Hawaii. On October 7th, a special Mikagura Performance was held at our Liliu Theater 310. This is a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance and was performed by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. They also collaborated with world famous Halau O Kekuhi and Friends from the Big Island who also performed during this event, showcasing similarities between Shinto and Hula in their performances.

Mikagura Performance – Photo Courtesy of JTB Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

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NACAC – 2015-Fall-National-College-Fair

NACAC - 2015-Fall-National-College-Fair

NACAC – 2015-Fall-National-College-Fair

Food, Wine and an Amazing Comic Convention

Hawaiian Airlines presents "Corks and Forks Pacific Coast" Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2015 (photo by Aaron Ichiki)

Hawaiian Airlines presents “Corks and Forks Pacific Coast” Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2015 (photo by Aaron Ichiki)

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!

7,000 – 10,000 comic book fans gathered for the very first Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Convention!

7,000 – 10,000 comic book fans gathered for the very first Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Convention!