March 23, 2017

Ho`ole hemahema: Putting our Best Foot Forward

Here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, our values are rooted in 12 Hawaiian cultural beliefs which we constantly strive to live by. This month, we reflect on the value of ho’ole hemahema.

Ho’ole means “to deny” and hemahema translates as “imperfect, incompetent, unprepared or unskilled.”  As we go about our day to day activities, this value reminds us “to strive for perfection, to work without mistakes”. Sometimes there may be situations that challenge our knowledge or skills. While we may feel hemahema at certain times, we don’t stay that way for long. We thrive at solving problems and in working together we pool everyone’s strengths to deliver top quality service that our clients expect.

Remembering this value is especially important this busy month of October. A brief glance at our Events Calendar will reveal a jam-packed schedule of meetings, expos, seminars and more. We welcome new and returning events alike such as the AIA CSI (American Institute of Architects Construction Specifications Institute) Pacific Building Trade Expo, the Hawai‘i World Class Wedding Expo, The Wahine Forum, The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Chest 2011 Annual Meeting, the Hawai’i State Numismatic Association, the 5th Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival and of course APEC Leaders’ Meetings in November.

With such array of activities, everyone at the Center will certainly have their hands full. As a flurry of tasks come tugging at us, we remind ourselves ho’ole hemahema, to not compromise the quality of our work and always strive to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

We share this with you and hope that as we all encounter life’s challenges, the value of ho’ole hemahema will help us put our best foot forward as we “strive for perfection.”

Have a great October!

Joe

 

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About Joe Davis

Joe has served as the General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center since 2000. Previously he worked at the Phoenix and San Diego Convention Centers. Joe is a graduate of Iolani School. He has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego State University. He received his Certified Facilities Executive designation in 1998 from the International Association of Venue Management.

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