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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IFEBP-2015

 

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!

 

Seeing Stars This August

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!

more than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe were in Hawaii for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2015 General Assembly

more than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe were in Hawaii for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2015 General Assembly

More than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe were in Hawaii for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2015 General Assembly

More than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe were in Hawaii for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) 2015 General Assembly

Flying High in July!

July brought to the Hawai‘i Convention Center a great mix of Local, International and North American meetings and conventions that kept our team quite busy! One notable event was the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). ATBC is an international association that aims to promote research, education, conservation, and communication on tropical biology. It was a pleasure to welcome over 500 international delegates!  Another popular event this month was the first Comic Con Honolulu which brought over 5,000 attendees in celebration of comics, costumes, fantasy and science fiction.

We also are very proud of our inaugural “Sunset Mele on the Rooftop” held last July 11th. Mahalo to all who came out to support our event! Our next “Sunset Mele” will be on Saturday, August 15th. We’ll see you there!

Comics and sci-fi fans gather at the very first Comic Con Honolulu!

Comics and sci-fi fans gather at the very first Comic Con Honolulu!

Comics and sci-fi fans gather at the very first Comic Con Honolulu!

Comics and sci-fi fans gather at the very first Comic Con Honolulu!

Our first ever Sunset Mele was a fun night for the whole family!

Our first ever Sunset Mele was a fun night for the whole family!

 

Our first ever Sunset Mele was a fun night for the whole family!

Our first ever Sunset Mele was a fun night for the whole family!

 

Roaring In June

Time certainly does fly. We’ve reached the halfway point of 2015 but here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, we’re just getting started!

This June, HCC welcomes two premier conventions, namely the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) 2015 Conference (June 14 to 18, 2015) and the 98th Lions Clubs International (LCI) Convention happening from June 26 to June 30, 2015. We extend our Aloha to OHMB’s 2,500 attendees as well as the 18,000 Lions delegates!

We are also excited to let you know about our new monthly entertainment series, “Sunset Mele on the Rooftop” featuring a night of FREE performances by local entertainers and fun activities for the whole family! The first event will be on July 11th with a sunset performance by up-and-coming singer-musician Josh Tatofi, followed by a moonlight screening of the popular movie “Frozen.”

Lastly, we wanted to share some photos from the 2015 Honolulu Ekiden and Music Expo that was held here at HCC (May 30) and race finish line photos from Kapi‘olani Park on May 31st. Mahalo to the Honolulu Ekiden organizers for sharing your wonderful photos!

The 98th Lions Clubs International (LCI) Convention bring  18,000 Lions delegates to Hawaii

The 98th Lions Clubs International (LCI) Convention bring 18,000 Lions delegates to Hawaii

 

Photo by Ross D. Hamamura

Photo by Ross D. Hamamura

Photo by Ross D. Hamamura

Photo by Ross D. Hamamura

 

 

Conferences, Graduations, Festivals and an Auto Show

March and April are a flurry of activity here at the Hawaii Convention Center. We kicked off March with the Honolulu Festival, followed right after by the very popular First Hawaiian International Auto Show! Not long after, Kawaii Kon, Hawai‘i’s premier Anime convention filled our building wtih Anime and comic book fans during this annual event.

This April we welcomed a variety of attendees to the Center, from young cheerleaders participating in the Aloha International Spirit Championships, to couples looking for wedding ideas at the Hawai‘i World Class Wedding Expo.  Check out the photos below!

Honolulu Festival Photos courtesy of Keith Uehara Photography

Honolulu Festival Photos courtesy of Keith Uehara Photography

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Hawai`i Convention Center Welcomes Honolulu Fashion Week

fashionweek2The first ever Honolulu Fashion Week is happening at the Hawai`i Convention Center November 6-9!  Free and open to the public, activities include runway shows, shopping, beauty, and fashion related events all weekend long.  Limited-edition clothing and accessories by local designers will also be available for purchase! For more information, visit http://www.honolulumagazine.com/HONOLULU-Fashion-Week/.

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