A Taste of Something New

The full flavor of the Hawai`i Convention Center has been on display this fall, with new food and beverage options heating up our taste buds.

We have launched “808 Coffees Cafe,” a stand-alone outlet featuring a selection of coffees from Hawai`i (home to the only major coffee-growing region in the U.S.)  This will include a variety of popular Kona coffees, as well as the wonderful flavors of coffees grown on Kauai, Maui, and the North Shore of Oahu.

808 Coffees Cafe features coffee and snacks from around Hawai`i.

For years our chefs have featured a variety of delicious Hawai`i-grown products – especially fruits and vegetables – keeping our menus as local as possible.  As part of this effort, we are introducing a special section to our banquet menus called “808 Island Selections.”

“808 Island Selections” will cover all meal periods and feature ingredients that are almost exclusively (about 90 percent) sourced from Hawai`i.  This will expand our offerings of locally raised and farmed beef, pork, and dairy, as well as more specialty products, including nuts, olives, coffees, beers, and wines.

Meeting planners from across the country are taking notice.  Read more about our new offerings in “Serving Up Aloha,” on page 17 of Hawai`i Hospitality’s July/August issue, as well as “Goodbye Rubber Chicken, Hello Finger Lickin” on page 53 of Smart Meetings Magazine’s June issue.

The line moves quickly at the 808 Coffees Cafe, located on the 3rd floor concourse at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

CHEST 2011 attendees enjoy a break and some coffee and snacks from the 808 Coffees Cafe.

Ho`ole hemahema: Putting our Best Foot Forward

Here at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, our values are rooted in 12 Hawaiian cultural beliefs which we constantly strive to live by. This month, we reflect on the value of ho’ole hemahema.

Ho’ole means “to deny” and hemahema translates as “imperfect, incompetent, unprepared or unskilled.”  As we go about our day to day activities, this value reminds us “to strive for perfection, to work without mistakes”. Sometimes there may be situations that challenge our knowledge or skills. While we may feel hemahema at certain times, we don’t stay that way for long. We thrive at solving problems and in working together we pool everyone’s strengths to deliver top quality service that our clients expect.

Remembering this value is especially important this busy month of October. A brief glance at our Events Calendar will reveal a jam-packed schedule of meetings, expos, seminars and more. We welcome new and returning events alike such as the AIA CSI (American Institute of Architects Construction Specifications Institute) Pacific Building Trade Expo, the Hawai‘i World Class Wedding Expo, The Wahine Forum, The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Chest 2011 Annual Meeting, the Hawai’i State Numismatic Association, the 5th Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival and of course APEC Leaders’ Meetings in November.

With such array of activities, everyone at the Center will certainly have their hands full. As a flurry of tasks come tugging at us, we remind ourselves ho’ole hemahema, to not compromise the quality of our work and always strive to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

We share this with you and hope that as we all encounter life’s challenges, the value of ho’ole hemahema will help us put our best foot forward as we “strive for perfection.”

Have a great October!



Museum and Cultural Experts Gather in Hawai`i

Museum professionals, cultural practitioners, and scholars from around the Pacific Rim gathered for a joint meeting presented by the Western Museums Association and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums from Sept. 23-26, 2011.

Museum professionals, cultural practitioners and scholars from around the Pacific Rim and North America gathered at the Hawai`i Convention Center for a joint meeting presented by the Western Museums Association (WMA) and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) from Sept. 23-26, 2011.

The meeting covered topics including the illegal trafficking of cultural artifacts; collection care; and the use of technology and social media to preserve indigenous cultures.

Turnout for the meeting, co-hosted by the Hawai`i Museums Association (HMA) and the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA), was nearly 600 participants.  That translates into $2.6 million in state revenue, with the Hawai`i Convention Center’s hotel partners benefiting from more than 4,400 room nights.  The meeting was last held in Honolulu in 1994.

The meeting, with the theme “Pupukahi i Holomua,” or “Working Together to Move Forward,” is unprecedented in the four associations collaborating to provide such a rich and diverse program.

In addition, attendees had the opportunity to experience some of Honolulu’s cultural gems, with tours of Doris Duke’s Shangri La; the Waikiki Aquarium; Pearl Harbor; Mission Houses Museum; and the Manoa Heritage Center.

Kippen de Alba Chu, vice president of the Hawai`i Museums Association and executive director of Iolani Palace, provides more detail on the meeting in an interview with Howard Dicus of Hawai`i News Now Sunrise on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.