A Great Start to the New Year

We at the Hawaii Convention Center are excited for all the exciting events and projects to come in 2018. This year, we hit a milestone as we celebrate our 20th year anniversary and we look forward to another great year of partnership with the Global Marketing Team!

We kicked off January with the Sony Open Gala Dinner last January 11, 2018. Held in our Exhibit Halls 1 and 2, the Gala dinner featured creations from renowned chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi and an up-close-and-personal mini concert by a Diana Ross. Each January the Sony Open in Hawaii attracts 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals to the Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu. The 2018 tournament marked the 20th anniversary of Sony’s title sponsorship and the 11th time the Gala Dinner was held at HCC since 2000.

We also welcomed back the Hawaii Dental Association Convention. Recognized as the best dental convention in the Pacific, this convention’s 3000 attendees come each year to view the latest dental products, and get updates related to services and technology of the industry while earning annual credits.

Lastly, we are gearing up for our first sporting event this year with the AAU Champions League Hawai‘i Qualifier on January 27, 2018. We look forward to welcoming their volleyball teams, coaches and families as they enjoy a great sporting event at the Hawaii Convention Center!

Below are some highlights this month.

This year’s Sony Open Gala Dinner welcomed 1,000 attendees who enjoyed a night of great food and first-class entertainment!

The Hawaii Dental Association Convention was back again this month! Utilizing our 3rd floor meeting rooms, the attendees got the opportunity to view the latest dental products, and get updates on services and technology from their industry.

We are excited on the launch of our new Interactive 3D Floor Plan and Map! Visitors can browse through each level and click on each meeting room to view photos and room specs! Click on the image to visit the map.

Women in Lodging & Tourism Honors HCC GM

The Hawaii Convention Center/AEG General Manager Teri Orton was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). The annual hospitality industry award goes to a woman with outstanding leadership in her profession and community.

HCC GM Teri Orton named Woman of the Year by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter,

Orton was recognized for her leadership within the hospitality industry, community and the HLTA’s Women in Lodging & Tourism committee.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Women in Lodging & Tourism and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and I am thrilled that the industry has seen the fruits of our efforts,” said Teri Orton, Hawaii Convention Center general manager. “This recognition would not have been possible without the help of my hard-working team who truly exemplifies how business and Aloha meet.”

“Teri is truly deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to see her recognized as ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Hawaii chapter of Women in Lodging & Tourism,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. “As a result of her dedication and leadership, she and the entire Hawaii Convention Center team have accomplished so much in the four years that AEG Facilities has managed the (Hawaii) convention center, and it’s great to see her recognized for all of her efforts.”

The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) is a statewide organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, other lodging entities, suppliers, and related firms and individuals. HLTA is dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s visitor industry through education, political action, and membership benefits, and raising awareness about its contributions to communities throughout the state.

To view the latest issue of Hawaii Hospitality Magazine featuring Orton, click here.

Hawaii Convention Center Legacy Forest


Photo credit: Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has led the permanent reforestation of more than 340,000 endemic trees on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Convention Center has committed to planting 1 million native trees across the state. Join us as we support these vital reforestation efforts. With a few clicks, you can sponsor a Legacy Tree, track its development, and help Hawaii grow a brighter future.

We invite you to sponsor your own Hawaiian Legacy Tree. Planted on the Hāmākua Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i, your koa tree gift will perpetuate for years and grow to over 50 feet in its natural environment

Walk the ancient trails and feel the connection. Plant your ʻohana (family) tree in Hawaii and become a part of the rich history of this special place.

Visit http://onemillion.legacytrees.org/ to make a donation.