Celebrating the Best of STEM, Culture and Sports this November

November brought us a diverse range of events that began with the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. This is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the United States. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Their Hawaii meeting was the largest in their history, welcoming over 5,000 attendees for their three day conference. 

Another highlight for this month is the return of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor basketball-size courts with a low-bounce ball. Futsal has more than 12 million competitors across 100 countries worldwide, and U.S. Futsal has governed the sport at the youth and adult levels in the U.S. since 1981. The tournament will be held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls and utilizing indoor athletic courts. It’s an honor to welcome US Futsal back to Hawaii! 

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

It’s an honor to once again be recognized among other world-class facilities and convention centers.
Winter is coming! HCC General Manager Teri Orton and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, founder of the Always Dream Foundation stopped by KHON 2’s Wake Up 2day to spread some early holiday cheer and chat about our upcoming Winter Wishes – Holiday Festival. Click on the image to watch the interview.
Aloha SACNAS! This November, we welcomed over 5,000 attendees from SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science), the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. It serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.
Members of the local SACNAS community came together for a traditional Hawaiian protocol during the SACNAS opening ceremony to welcome attendees to this year’s history-making conference.
US Futsal will kick off the holiday season for us as they return for the 2nd year of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019.

A Season of Firsts This October

From hosting our first ever Zero Waste event to welcoming a new STEM-related conference, October has brought a lot of new programs to the Hawaii Convention Center this month. 

We kicked off October with the Pacific Building Trade Expo where the Center collaborated with to organize zero-waste efforts for their event. Zero waste is a philosophy and a design principle that takes a whole system approach to resources and waste. It reduces consumption, minimizes waste, maximizes recycling and composting, and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. Event efforts included reducing, reusing, sorting and recycling, as well as sending items to H-POWER, the Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery. This event helped divert 1,283 pounds of waste from the landfill.

We also look forward to welcoming the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2019,  the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country.

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.  

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Hawaii Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton was recently featured in Modern Wahine, a TV show hosted by former Miss Universe Brook Lee. In this episode, Teri showed Brook around the facility via our eco-friendly bikes and they even got the chance to shoot some hoops in our basketball courts!
The Pacific Building Trade Expo held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3. This year, the Center collaborated with the organizers to launch zero-waste efforts during their event. A total of 1,283 pounds of waste were diverted from the landfill.
HCC team members assist and attendee in sorting their trash during the Pacific Building Trade Expo, our first zero-waste event.
We are excited to welcome the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for their 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference! The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.

Hawai‘i Convention Center to Host First-Ever Holiday Festival and Ice Skating Rink

The Hawai‘i Convention Center will offer guests more reasons to celebrate the holiday season with a new festival and ice skating rink. The Center’s 56,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall space will be transformed into a month-long “Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival” from Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2019, and will offer a full lineup of activities for the entire family, including:

• Opening celebration with tree-lighting ceremony and special guest Kristi Yamaguchi
• An expansive 82’ x 50’ indoor ice-skating rink featuring themed events for up to 164 skaters
• Winter Wishes Marketplace
• Photos with Santa (take your own/professional portraits)
• Winter Wishes Christmas Tree Forest with a decorating contest
• Gingerbread House Competition
• Musical Entertainment
• Holiday craft workshops
• Keiki activities and attractions
• Festive holiday cuisine and beverages
• Special ticketed events

Buy tickets HERE

Click HERE to view our Calendar of Events

“This signature holiday event offers visitors and kama‘aina from throughout Hawai‘i a fresh array of holiday experiences during this special season,” said Teri Orton, general manager, Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities. “We are particularly excited to partner with world-renowned figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi to benefit her Always Dream Foundation, which supports early childhood literacy and learning tools for low-income children and their families.”

A portion of the proceeds from “Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival” will benefit the foundation’s work in Hawaii. The presenting sponsor of the event is Matson, Inc.
“Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival” will be open from 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2019 (hours subject to change). Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Tickets may be purchased online at honoluluboxoffice.com or at the door. Passes for the entire season will also be available for purchase. Children ages 2 and under are free, and special discount days will be offered.

For more information about the event or for sponsorship and vendor opportunities, click HERE or contact Michellee Phelps, communications and special events manager, at mphelps@hccasm.com.

Exploring the Land and Oceans this September

This month of September, we welcomed a combination of repeat popular events along with a convention that met in Hawaii for the first time.

First off was the 37th annual Okinawan Festival, back again for the second time at their new home here at the Hawaii Convention Center. This was Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival featuring delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages and welcomed 45,000 attendees from August 31 and September 1.

Another notable event this month was OceanObs’19 from September 16-20. More than 1,400 attendees from 63 countries were in attendance, doubling the conference’s previous turnout. OceanObs’, which stands for ocean observation, is held every 10 years, previously in Venice, Italy, in 2009, and Saint Raphael, France, in 1999. Attendees range from oceanographers to data scientists, engineers, and policymakers.This is the first time this premier global ocean sciences conference was held in the U.S. 

Lastly, we also welcomed the 18th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention from September 23 to 25 which brings together cultural practitioners, educators, health care and housing providers, business leaders, kupuna and future leaders from the next generation. It is the largest convening of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

We are excited to share the Fall 2019 issue of Facilities and Destinations Magazine which featured the Hawaii Convention Center on the cover! Click on the image above to view the article.
A cultural performance from this year’s Okinawan Festival.
Ocean Obs ’19 featured more than 1,400 attendees from 63 countries with attendees ranging from oceanographers to data scientists, engineers, and policymakers.
Our Food and Beverage team recently opened our kitchen doors to KHON 2 for a morning show segment on WakeUp2Day. Featuring signature cocktails and unique dishes served during last month’s Sunset Mele on the Rooftop.
From fine wines to signature cocktails, our culinary team and customize our beverage menu to suit any event. Featured here is our refreshing signature cocktail called “Electric Lemonade” which has a shot of Vodka, Blue Curacao, club soda and a splash of Lemonade.
Our Executive Chef Hans Lentz was included in a feature article about healthy catering trends of major convention centers in North America. Click on the image above to read the article.
The Hawai‘i Convention Center will offer guests more reasons to celebrate the holiday season with a new festival and ice skating rink. We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first ever holiday festival and Ice Skating Rink! Our 56,000 sq. ft. (5,204 sq. m.) exhibit hall space will be transformed into a month-long “Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival” from Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2019.

Comics and Culture Converge at the Hawaii Convention Center

The month of August featured a series of repeat popular events that brought in local and international attendees alike. We kicked off the month with Comic Con Honolulu, back at the Hawaii Convention Center for their fifth year. This event welcomes fandoms of all types and featured guests from comic, gaming, TV and movies plus local artists and vendors.This was another successful year for them, bringing in over 9000 attendees during their 3-day event.

Next up, we welcomed repeat Japanese incentive group, Daito Kentaku, back for their annual reception in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. Their 3000 attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by our Executive Chef Hans Lentz. 

Finally, we are looking forward to the return of the Okinawan Festival from August 31 to September 1. As Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival, the Okinawan Festival promises to be a weekend full of delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages! Last year, the festival moved indoors to the spacious and air-conditioned Convention Center which provided an opportunity to showcase additional activities and displays. They also had a record number of attendees estimated at 56,000! We look forward to welcoming them back and enjoying warm andagi and other yummy food offerings!

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Get to know our new Executive Chef Hans Lentz! He was recently featured in Pacific Business News.
Comic book and sci-fi lovers big and small gathered at this year’s Comic Con Honolulu
Our F&B team continues to bewitch our attendees with these Harry Potter inspired cocktails served during the recent Comic Con Honolulu event
The Okinawan Festival is back at the Hawaii Convention Center! This is Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival featuring delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages! The Okinawan Festival is the signature event of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA). Proceeds from the Okinawan Festival fund the HUOA’s cultural programs.

Hawaii Convention Center Earns National Meetings Recognition

The IAVM has awarded the Center its first Venue Excellence Award

The Hawai‘i Convention Center has received the 2019 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). The award was presented last July 24, 2019 at the 94th annual VenueConnect in Chicago to Teri Orton, general manager and Mari Tait, director of operations of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global. It is the Center’s first IAVM Venue Excellence Award.

HCC General Manager Teri Orton (left) and Director of Operations Mari Tait (right) received the 2019 Venue Excellence Award on behalf of the Center

A Meeting of the Minds in July

July is heating up as we welcomed two major citywide conventions to the Hawaii Convention Center. First was the IUTOX 15th International Congress of Toxicology last July 15-18, 2019. This was the first meeting held in the US in nearly 25 years and was a great forum for scientists in academia, government and industry to learn about the latest developments in toxicological science and regulation.

To wrap up the month, the National Medical Association (NMA) is holding their Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly from July 27 – 31, 2019. It is the third time the convention has been held at the Center, following meetings in 2007 and 2014, and it is expected to draw 2,000 attendees. The conference, with a theme of “Continuing the Fight of Opioid Addiction through Prevention, Education, and Behavioral Therapies in African American Communities,” features a variety of presentation theaters covering specialized medical topics, as well as exhibit hall activities, continuing medical education programs, special workshops and general sessions. 

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

What an honor! We are excited to share that the Hawaii Convention Center has received the 2019 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). This award recognizes five IAVM member public assembly venues for excellence in management. HCC GM Teri Orton (left) and Director of Operations Mari Tait (right) received the award last July 24th at the 94th annual VenueConnect in Chicago.
The 15th International Congress of Toxicology last July 15-18, 2019 welcomed 1,200 attendees from around the world.
A perfect 5-O! We also welcomed back the 6th Annual Five-O Volleyball Classic to our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. This tournament welcomed local adult volleyball teams, their friends and families for a three-day competition that culminated in a concert at our Kalakaua Ballroom.
Another lovely day for a Rooftop Garden reception.
A sweet showcase from our HCC Culinary team
Make-a-Wish Hawaii presented HCC with a plaque of appreciation to AEG Community Foundation, the newly formed charitable arm of AEG, which manages HCC. Earlier this year, Make-A-Wish Hawaii was awarded $25,000 to support its mission of granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii was awarded $15,000 to support sports and culinary arts programs for at-risk youth. On behalf of AEG, our HCC GM Teri Orton (left) received the plaque from Make a Wish Hawaii President and CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark (right).
We are excited to welcome back the National Medical Association (NMA) for their Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly from July 27 – 31, 2019. The NMA has served as the collective voice for African American physicians and a force for parity and justice in healthcare since 1895.

Warming Up For Summer

Things are heating up this summer month of June as we welcomed two major sporting events along with an educational conference plus a Music and Fashion Festival.

Among this month’s notable events was the Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2019 held last June 14-16, 2019 This tournament welcomed student volleyball teams aged 12 – 18 in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1. Soon after was the Pacific Rim Championships from June 21 – 24, 2019. This basketball tournament, hosted by AAU’s Jam on It, utilized all of our 3 Exhibit Halls. 

Wrapping up June’s highlights is the first ever Hawaii Veteran’s Summit. Held over a two-day period, veterans, veterans’ organizations, and supportive services from all sectors were able to educate and network with veterans and their loved ones. Representatives from several service providers interacted with veterans to learn more about the needs of the veteran community. 

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Our our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 2 was all set up and ready for the first Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show last May 29 – 30, 2019!
Last month’s Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show showcased the very best of the hospitality industry in Hawaii. Featuring over 160 vendors and educational seminars showcasing industry innovations.
Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2019 in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 welcomed an estimated 1,500 attendees over a three day period
Over 1,000 attendees including athletes, their coaches, family and friends attended the Pacific Rim Championships basketball tournament held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls last June 21 – 23, 2019. Featuring 17 basketball courts, all under 1 roof!
Hawaii Convention Center GM, Teri Orton (right) and former Miss Universe Brook Lee (left) take a ride around our building during the filming of an episode of Brook’s new TV show, Modern Wahine. We can’t wait for the episode to air in August!
Wine and dine on the Hawaii Convention Center rooftop on October 25, 2019, pairing premium red wine vintages with delicious dishes by some of the greatest chefs on earth. At Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s annual wine-centric event, wine professionals from around the world will share insider wine knowledge and keep your glass filled! There’s something for every palate including white varietals, cocktails and beer options.

A Month of Mele and Cheer

Concerts, graduations, sporting events, a Radiology convention and a Dance and Cheer competition. These are just some of the events that we’ve welcomed during this busy month of May.

“May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei.” This statement brings to mind the annual celebration of Lei Day during the first day of May. Adding to the festivities was the annual May Day 2019 Concert was held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall last May 1st to celebrate Lei Day. A star-studded lineup featured Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, the vocal artistry of Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole, the celebrated reunion of Na Palapalai and more. Concert attendees were also treated to exclusive access to a May Day marketplace, featuring local vendors and artisans.

From May Day, we quickly transitioned to welcome the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) for their 2019 Annual Meeting. Among the world’s premier conferences for radiology professionals, the ARRS Annual Meeting drew nearly 2,500 participants from 32 countries, generating an estimated $9.4 million in statewide visitor spending. In total, more than 3,000 will participate in the meeting, including virtual registrants from around the globe. ARRS, founded in 1900, is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States. It was an honor to welcome them to Hawaii for the first time and look foward to having them back again soon.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events in the coming months.

Aloha ARRS! This was the first time the American Roentgen Ray Society hosted their Annual Meeting in Hawaii
ARRS presented our team with a very cool 3D Printed Pineapple at the conclusion of their Annual Meeting, the first to be held in Hawaii.
To celebrate Lei Day, the annual May Day 2019 Concert was held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall last May 1st and showcased a star-studded concert and a May Day marketplace.
Lovely orchid leis being given out during the May Day 2019 Concert.
Global Games is a dance and cheer event featuring international teams from around the globe in competition with domestic U.S. clubs including local Hawaii teams. Teams and clubs participating come from New Zealand; Australia; China; mainland US and Hawaii.
The Hawaii Convention Center’s Sunset Mele and Night Market is back on May 31st! This free community event showcases live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks. This month’s featured move is Aquaman.

A Voyage of Discovery

The month of April welcomed an eclectic mix of events that highlighted diverse cultural, social and educational fields.

Kicking off the month was the return of one of Hawaii’s most popular local anime comic conventions, Kawaii Kon, which welcomed close to 12,000 attendees and showcased a lot of unique costumes throughout their 3-day event from April 5 – 7.

Next up was the return of voyaging canoe Hokulea to the Hawaii Convention Center last April 19 – 20. Sailing aboard the canoe included crew members and students representing the young generation of “navigators” who are working on solutions to create a sustainable future. Hokulea crew members also welcomed visitors on board to tour the legendary canoe and learn about the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to perpetuate the ancient art and science of voyaging and promote the values of caring for Island Earth. The event culminated with a gala dinner on April 20th in our Kalakaua Ballroom.

Another notable event this month was the Applied Materials meeting. This corporate meeting welcomed back close to 1,300 attendees for a private training event for their Sales team. Applied Materials provides innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products helping to make smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events next month.

Last month’s First Hawaiian International Auto Show featured over 350 new cars, trucks and SUVs inside our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.
Each year, Kawaii Kon attendees show up with even more creative costumes
It was an honor to welcome back the Hokulea voyaging canoe to the Hawaii Convention Center
Hokulea crew members also welcomed the public on board to tour the legendary canoe.
Some of our culinary creations this month
We always like to end a meeting on a sweet note. Guests at the Art Hawaii reception enjoyed this yummy Haupia (Coconut) Mousse with fresh fruit and lilikoi pearls created by our Food and Beverage team.
The Hawaii Convention Center recently hosted a welcome reception for industry partners to meet the organizers of the upcoming Art Hawaii International. Pictured above from left, Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani; Teri Orton, General Manager of HCC; Margarite Almeida, co-founder of Art Hawaii, James Cavello co-founder of Art Hawaii and Hawaii State Representative Richard Onishi.
For the first time at the tropical crossroads of the Pacific, a new art fair economy is coming to Honolulu on Nov. 7 – 10, 2019. Art Hawaii International combines the best of contemporary and modern art with cutting edge technology in one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. This new art fair concept, similar to Art Basel in Miami, can attract a large volume of quality visitors, bringing revenue to the art trade as well as providing an important economic benefit to the cities who host them. For more information, visit https://www.arthawaiifair.com/