Association of Legal Administrators Holds Annual Conference at the Hawai`i Convention Center for the First Time

Last month, the Hawai`i Convention Center was pleased to welcome the Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) 2012 Conference & Exposition, which was held at the Center for the first time.  The Conference drew more than 1,000 attendees and 750 exhibitor participants from around the world from April 22-26, 2012.

That translates into more than $8.2 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from more than 14,000 room nights.

The event provided education and networking opportunities for legal management professionals responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.  In addition, it included a three-day exposition featuring 125 businesses showcasing the latest in legal management products, services and technologies.

“The Annual Conference is a great opportunity for attendees to receive top-notch education, share ideas and network with their colleagues – and what better place to do that than Hawai`i,” said Karen D. Griggs, CLM, 2011-2012 ALA president.

The conference also included more than 80 sessions presented by the foremost authorities in legal management.

With nearly 10,000 members in 30 countries, Lincolnshire, Illinois-based ALA represents legal administrators who are leaders and industry experts on legal management issues such as finance, human resources, systems and technology, facilities, marketing and practice management.

Hawai`i Convention Center Welcomes Public to SEE-IT Exhibit

The SEE-IT Hawai`i science, engineering and technology exhibit, which debuted at the Hawai`i Convention Center during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in November 2011, is now open to the public at locations throughout the Center during the Center’s regular public operating hours.

SEE-IT, which stands for Science, Engineering Exposition – Innovative Technologies, Hawai`i, features exhibits on topics including biomedicine, defense systems, IT development and renewable energy.  It incorporates the work of 18 Hawai`i-based companies and organizations that have developed or use cutting-edge technologies and solutions.  Exhibitors include online gaming company Avatar Reality Inc., with a virtual world entertainment system; Hawaiian Electric Company, with a look at the future of renewable energy technologies; and astronomy researchers such as the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), the W.M. Keck Observatory, and University of Hawai`i’s Institute for Astronomy.

The 12,000 sq. ft. exhibit will be open at the Center through 2012, and will be relocated to a permanent venue in the near future.  The long-term goal of exhibit co-founders Henk Rogers, Galen Ho, and Dr. Peter Crouch is to create a permanent discovery exposition to motivate young people in Hawai`i to embrace careers in science, engineering, and technology.  SEE-IT Hawai`i, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded to provide opportunities for people to connect with leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-based enterprises in Hawai`i.

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Lokomaika`i: To Always Act With Generosity and Kindness Toward Others

Our HCC Hawaiian Value of the Month is Lokomaika`i.

Our Vision Statement for the Hawai`i Convention Center is to be the world’s most desirable convention and meeting destination.

An essential element in helping us to accomplish this is lokomaika`i.  The translation for lokomaika`i is to always act with generosity and kindness toward others.  Lokomaika`i is an extension of aloha and love.

From beginning, to everything in between, to end – from meeting you with lei and aloha, to coordinating with your team and providing the best solutions for your event while brightening your day with an island treat or experience, to our aloha and mahalo goodbye’s – we unselfishly give and share what we have to offer and extend our talents with friendship and warm-heartedness.  This is lokomaika`i.  Our goal is to host an event so productive and successful, and experience so unique and memorable, you will want to return.

Guests who have been here share their experience of lokomaika`i with you.  Nancy Todd, Congress Manager, American Chemical Society on what they experienced in Hawai`i:

Lokomaika`i is appropriate for this month of April and throughout the year!  Aloha!

“No kind action ever stops with itself.  One kind action leads to another.  Good example is followed.  A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.  The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”  ~ Amelia Earhart