“March Madness”: Sports, Arts, Culture, Banquets and a Comic Con

The Hawaii Convention Center welcomed close to 20 events and saw over 40,000 attendees come through our facility this month of March. Popular annual events such as anime comic convention, Kawaii Kon, and the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival were back in our Exhibit Halls and 3rd level meeting rooms in early March.

We also hosted a few first-time events including the inaugural Yokohama B-Corsairs Friendship Basketball Tournament 2018 and the Beijing Calligraphy and Danqing Cultural Exchange 2018, an art exhibition featuring a numerous selection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

Lastly, we are also excited to welcome our new Hawaii Convention Center Customer Advisory Board (CAB). Comprised of senior association executives and meeting professionals our CAB is designed as a strategic think tank and client forum where they can share their experiences and perspectives to help HCC better serve the needs of key citywide meeting and convention planners, attendees and stakeholders. Our CAB members will be back for a 2nd meeting this October.

Check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

It was another successful year for the Honolulu Festival! Hawaii’s premier cultural event, this year’s theme was “Harmony over the Ocean, Journey to Peace”

During it’s 3-day event, the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival featured exhibitors and performers from various countries and regions get together and give dance performances and traditional art demonstrations.

Welcome to Hawaii Yokohama B-Corsairs! This is a first-time basketball friendship tournament between the Yokohama B-Corsairs teams from Japan and local basketball teams.

Shaka! All smiles from the organizing committee and representatives from Yokohama B Corsairs, Hawaii Convention Center and Hawaii Tourism Japan.

Kawaii Kon, Hawaii’s largest Anime convention brought in more than 12,000 attendees to the Hawaii Convention Center last March 2-4, 2018.

Chinese paintings and calligraphy were on display in Room 315 last March 23 – 25th for the Beijing Calligraphy and Danqing Cultural Exchange 2018.

A peek inside our Customer Advisory Board meeting last March 8th

Strawberry Lilikoi, Li Hing Mui Pineapple, Blueberry Kalamansi, Coconut Hibiscus, Lehua Honey Bacon donuts were on our menu this month!

Sweet treats from our Kitchen! Some of the wonderful desserts that were served during a welcome reception.

Over 4,000 attendees enjoyed a lovely banquet in our Exhibit Hall. This was one of the largest dinner functions we’ve served, featuring a combination of buffet and plated meals. Shout out to our great team for making it happen!

Join us for Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20th! This is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks. Click on the image for more info.

Serving Up Great Events This February

With 2018 in full swing, the month of February proved to be a productive month for the Hawaii Convention Center team. We welcomed a number of repeat local conventions including the Pacific Water Conference and Athletic Championships Honolulu, an annual dance and cheer event.

Another sporting event back with us is the AAU Volleyball Hawaii Grand Prix 2018. They are among the various sporting events that will return to HCC this year. HCC secured agreements with three national sports organizations to host futsal (indoor soccer), basketball and volleyball tournaments played on the Center’s new sports courts, starting this year.

Lastly, we are excited to welcome distinguished guests from Rotary International and the American Dental Association (ADA) for site inspections and an opportunity to showcase our Food and Beverage and our famous Aloha Spirit. We look forward to welcoming ADA back later this year for their 2018 Annual Meeting.

Below are some highlights this month.

Another great volleyball event in the books with AU Volleyball Hawaii Grand Prix 2018.

HCC General Manager, Teri Orton, was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). Teri was recognized for her leadership within the hospitality industry, community and the HLTA’s Women in Lodging & Tourism committee. Congratulations Teri!

HCC was also honored to welcome back the Japan Education Fair 2018. Hawaii students spend a day meeting representatives from Japanese schools and learn about opportunities for studying in Japan

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata puts the finishing touches on his signature dishes during the welcome reception for Rotary International.

A Great Start to the New Year

We at the Hawaii Convention Center are excited for all the exciting events and projects to come in 2018. This year, we hit a milestone as we celebrate our 20th year anniversary and we look forward to another great year of partnership with the Global Marketing Team!

We kicked off January with the Sony Open Gala Dinner last January 11, 2018. Held in our Exhibit Halls 1 and 2, the Gala dinner featured creations from renowned chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi and an up-close-and-personal mini concert by a Diana Ross. Each January the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The 2018 tournament marked the 20th anniversary of Sony’s title sponsorship and the 11th time the Gala Dinner was held at HCC since 2000.

We also welcomed back the Hawaii Dental Association Convention. Recognized as the best dental convention in the Pacific, this convention’s 3000 attendees come each year to view the latest dental products, and get updates related to services and technology of the industry while earning annual credits.

Lastly, we are gearing up for our first sporting event this year with the AAU Champions League Hawai‘i Qualifier on January 27, 2018. We look forward to welcoming their volleyball teams, coaches and families as they enjoy a great sporting event at the Hawaii Convention Center!

Below are some highlights this month.

This year’s Sony Open Gala Dinner welcomed 1,000 attendees who enjoyed a night of great food and first-class entertainment!

The Hawaii Dental Association Convention was back again this month! Utilizing our 3rd floor meeting rooms, the attendees got the opportunity to view the latest dental products, and get updates on services and technology from their industry.

We are excited on the launch of our new Interactive 3D Floor Plan and Map! Visitors can browse through each level and click on each meeting room to view photos and room specs! Click on the image to visit the map.

Mele Kalikimaka from the Hawaii Convention Center!

It’s a festive holiday season here at the Hawaii Convention Center and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This December, we welcomed attendees from AMWAY Malaysia, who were here for their 2017 AMWAY Leadership Seminar. 328 AMWAY Malaysia delegates also participated in the Honolulu Marathon’s “Start to Park 10K” run on December 10, 2017, which started at the same time and location as the full Honolulu Marathon and finishes 10 km into the marathon course at Kapiolani Park. They concluded their celebration with a Gala dinner at the Hawai‘i Convention Center the following night. This event is a special recognition for AMWAY Malaysia members and their guests after qualifying for this incentive to Hawaii. We are thrilled to have been part of their celebration.

We also held our first ever NCAA basketball event here at HCC last December 16 – 19, 2017! The 2017 Hoops in Hawai’i Holiday Classic welcomed 6 NCAA DII Men’s teams including Hawai’i Pacific University and University of Hawai’i at Hilo and 4 NCAA D3 Men’s teams along with over 1,500 athletes, coaches and supporters came out to support their teams. It was an honor to welcome Hoops in Hawaii and we look forward to more sporting events next year!

From our Ohana to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

435 guests from Amway Malaysia enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Nakata

Amway Malaysia runners ready for the Honolulu Marathon! (photo credit Amway Malaysia)

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata preparing Amway Malaysia’s dinner menu

Our General Manager, Teri Orton, welcomed delegates from IEEE Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS) 2017 during their opening session last December 13, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

Plenty to be Thankful for this November

The Holidays have arrived and we have so much to be grateful for!

We are particularly grateful for the multiple awards that we have received this month including the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Magazine. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to bring youth and amateur sports tournaments to Hawaii and the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hawaii Convention Center was also named winner of the Best Convention Center – Far West category for its architecture and technology by the Northstar Meetings Group’s 2017 Stella Awards. HCC was one seven Hawaii tourism venues to be recognized by Northstar Meetings Group.

A few highlights for November include the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Hawaiian Airlines Presents “Uncorked”. 20 of the world’s top culinary masters and 20 world-class wineries showcased their flagship wines. Our very own Chef Kevin Nakata also feature a signature dessert that everyone enjoyed. We also welcomed back the American Medical Association for their Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates and will wrap up November with a private corporate convention of one of the leading materials engineering company in the United States.

We look forward to ending the year strong with a few more exciting events next month, including a Sports FAM where we welcome multiple sports planners and directors to Hawaii so we can showcase the destination and the Hawaii Convention Center as a possible venue for their sporting event.

Below are some highlights this month.

It is an honor to be recognized as the Best Convention Center – Far West category by the 2017 Stella Awards!

We are proud to represent Hawaii in SportsEvents Magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice awards!

Over 1,000 attendees graced our Rooftop Garden to enjoy great food and amazing wine selections at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata was among the 20 chefs featured in Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s “Uncorked” event at our Rooftop

Chef Kevin Nakata’s signature dessert at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was a taro and sweet potato pie with candied furikake and ginger tapioca. Yummy!

Our versatile meeting rooms can accommodate any type of meeting or gathering. Our Oahu Room (Room 313ABC) was recently transformed into a cocktail reception for a client function.

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: https://www.meethawaii.com/convention-center/venue-information/sports/ 

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