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

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

VIDEO: Hawaii Convention Center Unveils New Health and Safety Program

The Hawaii Convention Center is pleased to offer a comprehensive health and safety program that ensures the highest levels of cleanliness and safety for our staff, guests, and communities.
While some of our protocols have changed, we will continue to provide a world-class meetings experience with legendary service, shaped by the spirit of aloha.
For more information, please visit: blog.hawaiiconvention.com/reopening-protocols-and-guidelines/

Hawaii Convention Center Receives National Recognition with 4th Stella Award

General Manager Teri Orton also receives statewide honors as Pacific Edge’s Hospitality Executive of the Year

The Hawai‘i Convention Center has received its fourth consecutive Stella Award from Northstar Meetings Group, for Best Convention Center in the Far West Region (silver). Nearly 7,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 553 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 17 categories in six regions in the United States and worldwide. There were a total of 255 total winners and finalists for 2020.

The Stella Awards recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs, and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners were selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

Winners were recognized for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.

“The Hawai‘i Convention Center has recently been working with state agencies to provide space for important services such as unemployment claims processing, COVID-19 contact tracing, and vote counting,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Center, managed by ASM Global. “We have also conducted improvements, repairs and upgrades throughout the building. This has been an unprecedented year for the meetings industry, and we are pleased to be recognized for our efforts with the 2020 Stella Award.”

Projects include cooling tower replacement, new facility equipment, enhanced security measures, energy-efficient lighting, and trellis replacement. The Center has also developed and implemented industry-leading health and safety protocols, and continues to follow the guidance of public health officials.

All of the Stella finalists and winners represent excellence in the meetings and events industry as suppliers, and we’re thrilled to honor the best of the best – especially in a year when the industry has been impacted so significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director for Northstar Meetings Group. 

In addition, on Nov. 12, 2020, Orton was named Hospitality Executive of the Year by Pacific Edge, a Hawai‘i business and lifestyle magazine, in its 10th-annual Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were judged by an independent panel comprised of seven esteemed members of the business community, and winners were announced in 12 categories. 

Honolulu was also included on meetings company Travmar’s November list of the “Top 25 Convention Cities For 2020,” judged by walkability, affordability, safety, exciting tourism options and city assets among 166 cities ranked nationwide.

Visit HawaiiConvention.com for the Center’s latest updates.

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 was formed from the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG in October 2019, creating a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues. To learn more about ASM Global and the exciting new ways we can serve you, visit ASMGlobal.com.

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Teddi Anderson
President, TLC PR
(808) 535-9099

Hawaii Convention Center Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October with special lighting throughout the Lobby of the building from Oct. 16 – 31, 2020.

The pink LED lighting is designed to help raise awareness of the disease. It is estimated that more than 276,400 women and over 2,600 men will be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S. this year.

“We are proud to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October in honor of the many families who are touched each year by this disease,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global. “It is critically important that patients receive the screening, access, treatment and support that they need.”

The Center has remained closed to the public since March following State of Hawai‘i COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It is working with state agencies to provide space for important services such as unemployment claims processing, COVID-19 contact tracing, and vote counting. All public events previously scheduled during this time are either postponed or canceled.

The Center is also conducting improvements, repairs and upgrades throughout the building, allowing for the expedited completion of maintenance projects and the implementation of new safety protocols without disrupting meetings and events.

The health and safety of guests and employees are the Center’s top priority. The Center has developed safety guidelines and protocols in response to COVID-19, and continues to follow the guidance of public health officials.

Visit HawaiiConvention.com for updates.