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.

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

Join Us In Turning Off Your Lights For Earth Hour!

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At the Hawai`i Convention Center we work hard to reduce our impact on the environment.  Check out what we are doing in our commitment to sustainability.

We are joining the World Wildlife Fund and millions of people worldwide for Earth Hour, the single largest public event to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change.

Join us in turning off your lights for Earth Hour, 8:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, March 29!  Learn more at http://www.earthhour.org/

 

 

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Hawai`i Welcomes the IUCN Delegation

Hawai`i welcomes representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature with a reception at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

Hawai`i welcomes representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature with a reception at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental and conservation organization, with representation from more than 160 countries.  A four-person delegation from IUCN is in Hawai`i this week, as the Aloha State bids host to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016.  Held every four years, this meeting aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social, and economic development.  As many as 8,000 delegates attend this meeting, representing leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies, and social organizations.

The site visit to Hawai`i begins on Hawai`i Island, with a tour of Volcanoes National Park.  From there they come to Oahu to visit Waikiki hotel properties as well as the Hawai`i Convention Center, where there is a welcome reception later that evening.  From there they are off to Kaua`i for more meetings and site inspections.

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Welcome 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

asia pacific clean energy summit logoThe 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE) takes place September 9-11, running concurrently with the Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium.  All three gatherings will address the central theme of how government, business, technology, and innovative forward thinking can collaborate to ensure a secure energy future for people globally, especially those living in isolated areas.

Now in its fifth year, the Summit has undergone a remarkable transformation from a conference that was initially created to support Hawai`i companies working in clean energy, to one that is now attended predominately by companies and leaders from international markets, especially Asia and the Pacific Rim.  Event organizers say nearly 90 percent of this year’s exhibitors are from outside Hawai`i.

The Summit will feature a range of notable local, national, and international guest speakers reflecting the importance of its global focus, including:

  • Governor Neil Abercrombie, State of Hawai`i
  • Henk Rogers, Founder and Chairman, Blue Planet Foundation
  • Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon War Room
  • Tomoyo Nonaka, Chair, GAIA Initiative
  • Thomas Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, U.S. Navy

Anticipated to generate buzz among Summit attendees is the Shizuoka, Japan delegation.  Among Shizuoka’s exhibit highlights will be one of the world’s fastest electric cars and its driver, ‘Monster’ Tajima, who just nine weeks ago won the Electric Division of the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Tajima’s car goes 200 kilometers per hour – without making a sound – except for the tires contacting the road.

Hawai`i’s visitor industry will benefit from APCESE with the 1,200 attendees projected to generate $5 million in visitor spending and $487,000 in state tax revenue.

For more information about the APCESE, please visit www.islandsconnect.com.

3rd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival

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Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

The 3rd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival continued its festivities on Sept. 7 on the Rooftop Garden at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  The evening event “Taste Our Love for the Land” showcased local ingredients, farm-to-table sourcing and cooking practices.

The Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival runs Sept. 1-9, 2013.  For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

Hawai`i Launches Efforts to Secure 2016 Global Conservation Meeting

Delegates from the Hawai`i IUCN 2012/2016 Alliance presented Hawai`i’s global conservation efforts at the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea.

The Hawai`i Convention Center, among leaders from two-dozen organizations spanning the education, government, meetings, tourism, culture, and conservation sectors, has launched efforts to secure the 2016 World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Held every four years, it is the world’s largest and most important conservation event, with an estimated 8,000 participants from 140 countries working to negotiate solutions to environmental and development challenges.

In the first of several major milestones on the road to securing the 2016 Congress, a delegation of 40 leaders from Hawai`i and the Pacific Rim traveled to the 2012 Congress in Jeju, Korea, from Sept. 6-15, 2012, to showcase the state as a premier meetings destination to the international conservation community.

Delegates from the Hawai`i IUCN 2012/2016 Alliance presented at and led workshops, knowledge cafes, and poster sessions, each providing a perspective on Hawai`i’s global conservation efforts.  In addition, Hawaiian dancers performed as part of the meeting’s formal program, and delegates hosted a Hawai`i Nature + Aloha reception, which included participation from top IUCN officials and representatives from international conservation and environmental organizations.

A delegation of 40 leaders from Hawai`i and the Pacific Rim traveled to the 2012 Congress in Jeju, Korea, from Sept. 6-15, 2012.

These efforts represent the largest collaboration to secure a Hawai`i meeting since the November 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting (APEC), including participation by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority, the University of Hawai`i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance; as well as a continuation of relationships built during APEC, including work with the U.S. Department of State, the official U.S. member of the IUCN.