Hawaii Convention Center to Fully Reopen Exhibit Halls After Hosting Agencies Serving Our Community

The Hawai‘i Convention Center will fully reopen its Exhibit Halls for meetings and events in January 2022 after hosting multiple public sector agencies and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, the Center worked with state agencies to quickly provide temporary space that allowed for additional staffing and social distancing, while delivering important public services such as unemployment claims processing for the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), COVID-19 contact tracing for the Hawai‘i Department of Health, vote counting for Hawai‘i’s Office of Elections, and Hawai‘i Bar Exams for the Hawai‘i State Judiciary. Most recently, the Center’s Exhibit Hall 1 served as a location for DLIR, DOH, and the Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC)/Catholic Charities operation providing rental and housing assistance to local families. The DOH will move to a smaller space at the Center through spring 2022, while all other agencies will be returning to their original offices.

“The Hawai‘i Convention Center was pleased to serve our community by offering space so these agencies could provide important services in a safe and socially distanced manner,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the needs for these spaces have changed, and we will be welcoming meetings and events back to our Exhibit Halls.”

The health and safety of guests and employees is the Center’s top priority, and it continues to follow guidelines set by the State of Hawai‘i and the City & County of Honolulu. The Center has developed and implemented health and safety measures led by ASM Global’s comprehensive VenueShield program.

The Center has also developed new virtual meetings packages to offer guests the convenience of attending meetings remotely. This full array of turnkey video-production services includes professionally coordinated pre-recording management, webinar and live-stream production, and hybrid meeting design and execution across a variety of popular virtual platforms.

Visit HawaiiConvention.com for updates and additional information about booking a meeting or event. The Center’s interactive virtual map offers a complete 3D tour of rooms and facilities.

About the Hawai‘i Convention Center

“Where Business and Aloha Meet,” the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawai‘i Convention Center provides a spacious, modern and flexible meeting space in the heart of Honolulu – all with an award-winning team and renowned aloha spirit. Conveniently located between East and West, the Center is a global leader for a diverse array of meetings and events, just steps from 30,000 hotel rooms in iconic Waikiki. The Center is a state-owned facility opened in 1998, and is managed by ASM Global. For more, visit HawaiiConvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. For more, visit www.asmglobal.com.

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Hawai‘i Convention Center Welcomes Hector Morales as Executive Chef

The Hawai‘i Convention Center welcomes Hector Morales as its new executive chef.

Morales has 25 years of culinary leadership experience in Hawai‘i. He most recently served as the chef de cuisine at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Island of Hawai‘i. He also founded a food service consultancy, working with well-known restaurants in Hawai‘i and Nevada.

Morales previously served as the executive chef at the Polynesian Cultural Center for eight years, overseeing culinary and food services for thousands of guests daily across luaus, restaurants and concessions. He started his Hawai‘i career at O‘ahu’s Turtle Bay Resort, where he was executive chef for 16 years, managing the resort’s three restaurants, as well as the culinary operations for a variety of large-scale events. Morales also advised food and beverage teams at Turtle Bay Resort partner properties throughout the country.

In addition, Morales has extensive international experience. He worked as a chef at the SAS Norway and as the banquet chef for the King of Norway. He also worked as chef de cuisine at The Regent Sydney in Australia.

Morales is a graduate of the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts program. His achievements are recognized by the James Beard Foundation and Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.

“The Hawai‘i Convention Center is widely known for its culinary innovation, sharing the authentic flavors of the Pacific with meetings and events guests from around the world. We are enthusiastically looking forward to Hector’s leadership and extensive experience as we continue to welcome guests back,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global.

The health and safety of guests and employees are the Center’s top priority, and it continues to follow guidelines set by the State of Hawai‘i and the City & County of Honolulu. The Center has developed and implemented health and safety measures led by ASM Global’s comprehensive VenueShield program.

Visit HawaiiConvention.com for updates and additional information about booking a meeting or event. The Center’s interactive virtual map offers a complete 3D tour of rooms and facilities.

Hawai‘i Convention Center Earns GBAC STAR™ Accreditation for Cleaning Protocols

The Center meets “gold standard” requirements for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is the first meetings venue in Hawaii to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, after meeting rigorous standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease like the novel coronavirus. The Center joins a select group of meetings and events facilities that are accredited by GBAC, which is a division of ISSA, the world’s leading cleaning industry association. To achieve accreditation, the Center was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. There is an annual reaccreditation process.

“The Hawai‘i Convention Center is using industry-leading health and safety protocols to give our guests, staff and communities greater peace of mind,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global. “The health and safety of our guests and employees are the Center’s top priority.”

The Center has developed and implemented health and safety measures led by ASM Global’s comprehensive VenueShield program. This includes:

• Enhanced cleaning and sanitation and the use of electrostatic sprayers;
• The installation of thermal cameras and touchless temperature checks;
• The use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
• Modified food and beverage operations, including fresh, individually packaged meals and snacks;
• Increased availability of hand-sanitizer dispensers;
• Contactless transactions, special signage and social-distancing guidelines.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger.

Visit HawaiiConvention.com for updates and additional information about booking a meeting or event. The Center’s interactive virtual map offers a complete 3D tour of rooms and facilities.

Hawaii Convention Center Debuts Live Music, New 1801 Café Menu during Beyond Van Gogh Exhibit

The Hawaii Convention Center is debuting live music, along with new cocktails and refreshments, during the Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which has been extended through Sept. 26, 2021. On Fridays and Saturdays, starting July 16, 2021, musician Kai Adarna and special guests will perform Hawaiian and jazz music near the 1801 Café from 6-9 p.m.

HCC Cocktails (from left): The Imperial, Starry Night and Almond Blossom

Guests can enjoy a collection of freshly made refreshments, signature cocktails and other drinks in the Center’s lobby, near the entrance to the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit. Themed cocktails are the Starry Night, Almond Blossom, and The Imperial; other drinks range from craft lemonades, iced teas, and coffee to wine by the glass and beer. Refreshments include a cheese and charcuterie plate, fresh fruit bowl, summer salads and house-made deli sandwiches.

Café hours are 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar opens at 3 p.m. daily.

Musician Kai Adarna performs every Friday and Saturday starting July 16th (6-9pm)

“While guests are visiting the Center for Beyond Van Gogh, we invite them to relax, stay a while, and enjoy a special musical performance by Kai Adarna with our new drink and refreshment selections at 1801 Café,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global.

For tickets to Beyond Van Gogh, visit vangoghhonolulu.com. For more information about the Center, visit HawaiiConvention.com. The Center has implemented health and safety measures led by ASM Global’s comprehensive Venue Shield program.

Hawaii Meetings and Events Restrictions Eased (Tier 4 Update)

Effective June 11, 2021, the City & County of Honolulu eased COVID-19 restrictions for the Island of Oahu to allow for gatherings, meetings and events under the Tier 4 reopening strategy. 

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is welcoming guests with industry-leading protocols for meetings and events, including the implementation of health and safety technologies, new food and beverage options, revised layouts for socially distanced gatherings, and extensive staff training. Our health and safety guidelines are available here.

The Center is working with event organizers to ensure that all gatherings meet the latest COVID-19 requirements. Some events listed in our events calendar may be tentative pending local COVID-19 restrictions. 

For general inquiries, please contact us at:

Phone: +1 (808) 943-3500 

E-Mail: info@hccasm.com

We look forward to meeting with you again (in person) soon.

Tier 4 reopening information: https://www.oneoahu.org/reopening-strategy 

HCC Recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in the United States. The Hawai‘i Convention Center is honored to be home to a number of cultural events that celebrate our AANHPI communities. Here are just some of the memorable images from our past events. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future.

Happy Earth Day 2021!

Today and every day we strive to do our part to support climate action. At the Hawai‘i Convention Center, our guests, planners, staff and communities have come together for more than two decades to preserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Our Hoʻomaluo program celebrates that commitment with a multi-faceted approach to environmental conservation that inspires everything we do and touches everyone we serve. Visit our website for more info on our sustainability practices. 

Lights out for Earth Hour 2021

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, the Hawai‘i Convention Center will turn off its lights from 8:30–9:30 p.m. HST to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. We encourage you to join us in turning off your non-essential lights during this worldwide annual Earth Hour event.

Through our Hoʻomaluō conservation program, the LEED-certified Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to conserve Hawai‘i’s natural resources through numerous environmental best practices.

For more information about Earth Hour, please visit Earthhour.org

Hawaii Meetings and Events Restrictions Eased

Effective March 11, 2021, the City & County of Honolulu eased COVID-19 restrictions for the Island of Oahu to allow for gatherings, meetings and events under the Tier 3 reopening strategy. The full announcement is available here, with additional details on events here.

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is welcoming guests with industry-leading protocols for meetings and events, including the implementation of health and safety technologies, new food and beverage options, revised layouts for socially distanced gatherings, and extensive staff training. Our health and safety guidelines are available here.

For more on booking meetings and events at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, please contact:

Trevor Newman
Hawaii Convention Center / Senior Sales Manager
Tel: (808) 943-3594
tnewman@hccasm.com

We look forward to meeting with you again (in person) soon.

Tier 3 reopening information: oneoahu.org/reopening-tier3

Information on traveling to Hawaii: hawaiicovid19.com/travel