No`ono`o pono: To Think Righteously

Value of the Month – December

Starting from back: Joe Davis, General Manager; Jennifer Nakayama, Director of Operations; and Sean Coffey, Director of Event Management serve up some delicious desserts to the HCC `Ohana during the Holiday Luncheon.

As we continue to live by our ho`okipa values each month, we reflect on the value of No`ono`o pono in the month of December.  No`ono`o means “a thought, to think, reflect” and pono is “goodness, uprightness, righteousness, or to be just.”  This value reminds us each day “to think righteously.”  This means counting our blessings every day, having an attitude of gratitude, thinking the best of each person, including ourselves; focusing on what’s going right, recognizing people’s strengths, being the solution, and encouraging and serving others with a heart that’s pono…because it’s the right thing to do.

As we reflect on the past year, we have so much to be grateful for and wish to extend our warmest Mahalo to our clients, guests, visitors, partners, neighbors, community, peers, family and friends for making 2011 a very memorable year for all of us here at the Hawai`i Convention Center.  We welcomed many national, international and local events to the Center and are optimistic that 2012 will be an even greater year!

HCC staff enjoyed the delicious bento lunch and the fun program that followed.

A hui hou (until we meet again), malama pono (take good care).

With warmest Aloha and Holiday Greetings from our HCC `Ohana (family) to yours!

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!

Meetings Enhance Communities Through Educational Outreach, Support, and Public Events

Three of the Hawai`i Convention Center’s largest meetings of 2011 made significant contributions to Hawai`i schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and communities, all while attracting more than 25,000 participants from around the world, resulting in more than $120 million in state revenue.

Photo courtesy of Sacred Hearts Academy

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP):  Under its philanthropic arm, The Chest Foundation, 45 volunteers and medical professionals worked with Honolulu’s Sacred Hearts Academy to educate more than 100 students about tobacco prevention and lung health.  The Foundation’s OneBreath initiative also donated $10,000 to support ongoing health programs and activities at the school.  In addition, renowned specialists delivered “grand rounds” lectures at select Hawai`i hospitals to provide their expertise on specific patient cases.


The "APA Gives Back Program" donated over $7,000 for Mental Health Kokua.

American Psychiatric Association (APA):  As part of the “APA Gives Back Program,” meeting participants donated $7,158 for Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua, which helps people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in the community.  APA’s contribution will support the organization’s tele-health program, which provides care to dozens of people across the state, many of whom live in rural areas, who are recovering from mental illness.  The American Psychiatric Foundation also hosted the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club to assist in raising funds.

The AAN Foundation's Brain Health Fair drew 1,400 participants.

American Academy of Neurology (AAN):  The AAN Foundation, which supports education and research in neurology, held its first-ever Brain Health Fair, a public event that drew more than 1,400 participants to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.  The free event included a film festival, interactive exhibits, giveaways, family-friendly activities, and Q&A sessions with experts – all to promote brain health.


“The positive impact of groups meeting in Hawai`i often reaches much further than room nights and visitor spending.  The wealth of information, resources, and generosity that these meetings have brought to Hawai`i will enhance our islands for years to come,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.  “We are proud to see our guests and partners carry on the spirit of Na Mea Ho`okipa – the unconditional aloha spirit that the Hawai`i Convention Center holds at the center of its mission.”