More Than 900 Competitors Compete In National Veterans Golden Age Games

Participants from across the U.S. gathered to compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Game on!

The National Veterans Golden Age Games, the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, celebrated its 25th anniversary year in Hawai`i over Memorial Day weekend from May 26-31.

The games drew more than 900 competitors, along with hundreds of family members and friends, for a total of more than 1,400 participants, topping initial estimates by nearly 200 attendees.  Special guests included Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki and Tammy Duckworth, VA assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs.

Events such as air rifle, shuffle board, and table tennis were held at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  Other events were held at select locations around Oahu, including Waikiki Beach, the University of Hawai`i, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  In total, 14 sports and recreational activities were offered in seven age categories including swimming, cycling, bowling, and shot-put.  New to the 2011 Games was an outrigger canoe exhibition event.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is an official program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with participants from across the country.  It is the only national multi-event sports and recreational competition program designed to improve the quality of life for military Veterans ages 55 and older who receive health care at VA medical facilities, including those with disabilities.

See Event Director Dewayne Vaughan discuss the highlights of the games on Hawai`i News Now Sunrise!

One of the Best Run Convention Centers

It is no surprise the Hawai`i Convention Center continues to earn awards in the business.  This is one of the best convention centers, one of the best run convention centers.  They will do anything you need to get the job done.

– Christine Phelps
Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology
2011 Annual Meeting
April 9-16, 2011
10,000 delegates

Read our coverage of this event on the HCC Blog.


There’s More Out Of The Box Thinking

I think the attendees think in different ways, I think they feel differently, so there’s a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, a lot of out-of-the-box creativity, just because of the atmosphere…

– Catherine Rydell
Executive Director/CEO, American Academy of Neurology
2011 Annual Meeting
April 9-16, 2011
10,000 delegates

Read our coverage of this event here on the HCC Blog.


American Psychiatric Association Brings Annual Meeting Back to Hawai`i After 38 Years

More than 10,000 participants are expected at the 164th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) from May 14-18 at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

It’s one of the Center’s largest meetings of the year, with participation and world-class research from 76 countries.  In honor of the convention, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a proclamation naming May the American Psychiatric Association Month in Hawai`i.

The APA is highlighting research that includes groups throughout the Pacific Rim, including new information on post-traumatic stress disorder among military families; psychological stress of disaster and trauma workers, including information from the most recent Japan earthquake; residual effects of historical trauma in Hawai`i, such as the introduction of Western diseases more than 100 years ago and the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941; and a look at the increased rate of psychiatric emergency department use by Hawai`i’s elderly.

As part of the “APA Gives Back Program,” registrants have donated more than $6,200 to Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua, which assists people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in the community.  The American Psychiatric Foundation is also hosting the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club on May 13.

Healthy Minds – APA’s online resource.

HCC Welcomes New Director of Operations

Jennifer Nakayama, Director of Operations

The Hawai`i Convention Center extends a warm aloha to a new member of our team!  Jennifer Nakayama is our new Director of Operations, joining us from California, where she spent the past five years overseeing 81 projects totaling $8.6 million at Sea World San Diego.

At the Center, Jennifer will oversee engineering, housekeeping, capital projects, and security guest services.  Her experience includes master planning and corporate initiatives, solar and green projects, water quality, and company partnerships.  She also has a strong background in customer service, consensus and team building, and staff cross-training.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and dancing.

Welcome to the team, Jennifer!

American Pain Society Brings 2012 Scientific Meeting to Honolulu

Honolulu is continuing its hot streak as the center for major medical meetings.  The Hawai`i Convention Center will be the site of the 31st Annual American Pain Society (APS) Scientific Meeting from May 17-19, 2012.

It is the first time the APS meeting has been held at the Center, expected to bring more than 1,500 pain management clinicians and researchers, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, scientists, pharmacists, and policy analysts.

Major medical conferences at the Hawai`i Convention Center in 2011 include the BMT Tandem Meetings in February; the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in April; the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in May; and the American College of Chest Physicians Annual Meeting in October.

Surf’s Up for the American Academy of Neurology Conference

From left to right: Tammi Sand, AAN Senior Manager of Meeting Services; Franziska Schwarz, AAN Program Manager, Exhibits & Affiliates; Christine Phelps, AAN Deputy Executive Director; Joe Davis, SMG General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center; Kris Fridgen, AAN Senior Director of Research, Education, and Development; Julie Ratzloff, AAN Senior Manager of Convention Management; Kevin Heinz, AAN Senior Manager of Education & Science.

Members of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) were presented with a commemorative surfboard from the Hawai`i Convention Center in appreciation of their successful 63rd Annual Meeting from April 9-16.  The surfboard was signed by meeting participants and delivered to the team by Joe Davis, SMG General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.

The meeting drew nearly 10,000 participants – more than 3,000 initially forecast – from 93 countries, and included world-class research in neurological studies.  The conference also included a public component, the Brain Health Fair on April 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, as well as a neuroimaging meeting from April 16-17 on Hawai`i’s Big Island.

Participants from around the globe left their autograph on the commemorative surfboard.