The Hawai`i Convention Center Welcomes NYSAE to Hawai`i

On Sept. 30, 2010, board members from the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) gathered for a meeting and reception at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

The Hawai`i Convention Center welcomed members of the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) on Sept. 30, 2010, for a meeting and reception. Their decision to hold their board meeting and retreat in Hawai`i is a direct result of the partnership formed earlier this year with NYSAE. HCC representatives visited New York City in March to attend NYSAE’s MeetNY client/customer showcase, where qualified executives and planners were invited to attend complimentary events.

HCC’s partnership with NYSAE puts Hawai`i at the forefront of the New York metropolitan and tri-state area, which is the third-largest association market in the United States and a key market for Hawai`i as a destination.

Pictured: (left to right) Joe Davis, SMG General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center; Claire Rosenzweig, CAE, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York; Joel A. Dolci, CAE, President and CEO of NYSAE.

NYSAE is made up of the top associations headquartered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. NYSAE members headquartered in the New York area alone employ more than 130,000 people and handle more than $5 billion a year in meeting and convention spending.

New Art Exhibit Unveiled at the Hawai`i Convention Center

Uncommon Objects - 3rd Floor

The Hawai`i Convention Center has a new art exhibit in the museum cases on the third floor.  Titled “Uncommon Objects,” the new exhibit includes craftwork by local artists who are instructors at the UH Manoa and other colleges and schools in Hawai`i.

James Kuroda, the curator in charge of the Arts in Public Places program from the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, offered a few explanations to give us a better understanding and appreciation for the exhibit.

The steps and footwear are displayed at the start of the exhibit in Case 2 (see photo below).  It represents the entry into the exhibit as steps are the entry to a house.  The largest piece is at the end of the exhibit, representing the end or back of the house.

The next time you are on the third floor at the Hawai`i Convention Center, take the time to stop by the showcases located on the mauka side of the building (between rooms 302-306).

Uncommon Objects - Case 2

This is the most recent enhancement to the $2.5 million art collection housed at the Hawai`i Convention Center as part of the Arts in Public Places Program.

A huge mahalo to James Kuroda and all of the wonderful SFCA and HCC staff who helped with the installation.  Now everyone can enjoy!

SFCA staff in front of their favorite collection.

Hawai`i Destination Grows Asia-Pacific Attendance

photo of Darren Mendola from the Alzheimer's AssociationWe were ready to tap into the Pacific, but we weren’t ready to go to Asia.  Hawai`i is an amazing place if you want to open up the Asian market.  In Hawai`i we had more people from the Pacific Rim than we’ve ever had before.

– Darren Mendola, CMP
Senior Director, Conference Services, Alzheimer’s Association
International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD)
July 10-15, 2010
5,500 Delegates

Read our coverage of this event here on the Hawaii Convention Center blog.

Lions Club Returning in 2015

lions club logo The Hawai`i Convention Center is pleased to announce that the Lions Clubs International has chosen Hawai`i as the site for their international convention in June 2015. The last time the Lions Clubs International met in Hawai`i was in June of 2000, attracting nearly 20,000 attendees, which at the time was the second largest meeting held at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs worldwide. When the Lions met in Hawai`i in 2000, a large part of their meeting included various community service efforts as well as treating residents and visitors to a very colorful parade in Waikiki.

Here is YouTube video, “Lions, Making a Difference Everyday.”

Waikiki Hula Conference November 19-21, 2010


~ Hula in the Land of its Birth ~
Can you hear the mele (music and singing) yet? This event will fill our center with so much! Here in Hawai`i we talk about the “mano`o” of each person – the energy and spirit that is inside each person. Hula of course helps it to shine, and the dancing, the musicians, the chanting, the costumes, and the high vibrating energy all contribute to these days of magical moments.

The International Waikiki Hula Conference offers the rare opportunity to come to Hawaii to learn, share and experience hula in the land of its birth, with a variety of respected hula masters, many of whom do not travel outside Hawaii to teach. For our local hula people, it is the chance to enrich their hula experience from many sources in one place, and to meet fellow dancers and kumu hula from around the world.

You’re invited to come join the “>Waikiki Hula Conference, take classes, watch performances, and learn about Hawaiian-made products and crafts, including hula implements, costumes, clothing, accessories and gifts.

HCC Wins Inner Circle Award

inner-circle-award-2010-150x153-logoAssociation Meetings Magazine awarded the Hawai`i Convention Center with its 2010 Inner Circle Award in the category of Top Convention Centers.

“We are extremely pleased with the recognition, which is a tremendous testament to the hard work of our staff and industry partners,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center. “This is a significant award for us since a majority of our business comes from association groups.”

The awards are determined from votes by Association Meetings Magazine readers. Association Meetings Magazine focuses on the trends and issues affecting the management of association meetings, trade shows, conventions and seminars.

Check out their site if you are new to meeting planning – they have a wealth of information available and are helping to set the standards of professionalism for the Meetings and Event Planning Industry.

Honolulu Third Most Green of Top 43 Cities

ti-leave-with-dew-drops-by-kretyen-640x350The 2010 Green Cities Index ranks Honolulu as the third most green city!
Photo credit: Ti Leave with Dew Drops by kretyn on Flickr.

Analyzed data from a variety of research and government agencies ranked Honolulu the third most “green” city among 43 U.S. metropolitan areas.

The Green Cities Index, compiled by the Business Courier of Cincinnati, a sister publication of Honolulu’s Pacific Business News, took into account several variables such as:

  • commuting habits
  • travel time
  • fuel use
  • LEED-certified projects
  • the number of green jobs
  • air and water quality

This survey goes along with the same principles and the practices of the Hawai‘i Convention Center,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “Because we are located in an island state, sustainability and energy conservation is very important to us so we are pleased with the findings.

Davis pointed out that the Hawai‘i Convention Center operates by the LEED rating system and integrates energy-saving systems throughout the building including a ventilating and air-conditioning system specifically designed for Hawai‘i’s tropical climate. The system has heat exchangers to transmit waste heat from the chiller condenser for humidity control. The Center also uses all fluorescent lamps and ballasts that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. On another level, the HCC provides a specially created Clean Energy micro-site that provides information on alternative energy research and innovation in Hawai‘i.

“Organizations want to meet at an environmentally friendly and sustainable venue and we are pleased that our facility, and our city, live up to their wishes,” Davis added.

The Center’s environmental practices were key reasons why the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photovoltaic Specialists meeting and the World Congress on Zero Emissions Initiatives will be held there in June and September of this year and the American Association of Foresters to meet in 2011.

Read more at the Pacific Business News.

And be sure to check out our history of Green Initiatives here at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

Zero Emissions Congress Attracts World Leaders

zero-emissions-2010-640x350-logoThe World Congress on Zero Emissions Initiatives, Launching “The Blue Economy,” will focus on the design of an economic system driven by innovations, generating jobs, and building social capital.

They will be releasing one innovation a week on their website, so you can continue to interact with the ideas presented at the Congress all year long. The introduction is here, along with links to all the innovations currently posted.

Here’s more from the Zero Emissions website:

The Blue Economy is based upon one hundred plus breakthroughs in businesses that have proven their competitiveness. The innovations being addressed at the World Congress are related to Energy, Food, Health, Housing, Transportation, Water and Waste, and how these innovations integrate and provide new job opportunities in today’s changing world. Concrete case studies from around the world will inspire entrepreneurs to follow suit.

This event featured several recognized speakers, including:

Author, innovator, founder of ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives)

Chairman GAIA Initiative
Former CEO of Sanyo

Royal Government of Bhutan

Executive Director, Polynesian Voyaging Society
Native Hawaiian Master Navigator

One of the most discussed features of this event (and a first for us at the Hawai`i Convention Center!) was that we offered 100% “locally sourced” meals – meaning all food served to the delegates was grown and made right here in Hawai`i. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task for our island archipelago in the middle of the Pacific, or the “piko of the Universe” as we often call it. Piko is the Hawaiian word for belly button. Next time you look at the earth, see if you don’t recognize us. :-)

There were many memorable sessions with noted international speakers, including “talk-story” sessions for eight hundred (800) local elementary, secondary, and high school students. They discussed ways to protect the environment and help eliminate waste with Professor Gunter Pauli, founder of the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives organization.

We are proud that our city and state are frequently ranked among the cleanest cities in which to live and work, making the Hawaii Convention Center an ideal location for any event that wants to be eco-friendly and provide a healthy, green environment to their delegates. In March, 2010, Honolulu was ranked third in a USA “green city” index.

This event was produced by Enterprise Honolulu.

Hawai`i Convention Center Hosts Renewable Energy & Sustainability Conferences

Governor Linda Lingle in the Nissan Leaf electric carGovernor Lingle and Lt. Governor Aiona take a test drive at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo. (Photo by Luci Pemoni.) Over 800 attendees from over 19 nations joined the 2nd annual summit and expo to discuss global renewable energy initiatives through the summit’s dynamic program and Hawaii’s testing, pilot, and early technology adoption projects.

From their website:

Hawaii is one of the world’s leading incubators for clean technology development through strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations, U.S. military energy programs and the Hawaiian Electric Industries multiple renewable and microgrid pilot programs.


photo of Sen Dan InouyeThe Hawai`i Convention Center hosted two conferences in September focusing on renewable energy technologies, zero emissions, and sustainability. The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo became the platform for the launch of the new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, with Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona taking it for a test run. Presentations at the summit included keynotes by Senator Daniel K. Inouye, and Governor Luo Baoming of the Hainan Province, People’s Republic of China.

We also hosted the World Congress on Zero Emissions Initiatives. (Follow the link to read more about that event here on our blog.)

Together, these two first time events for the Hawai`i Convention Center hosted 1,800 off shore and local delegates representing $8,499,217 in visitor spending and $824,424 in tax revenue.

Best in Class Advance Planning and Support

lions club logoIn my 17 years of international convention planning, we have never experienced a destination who has provided so much advance planning and professional preparation as we experienced in Hawaii for our 22,000 attendee, 2000 Lions Clubs International Convention.

– Joseph L. Wroblewski, Past International President Chairman, International Convention Committee The International Association of Lions Clubs