Warming Up For Summer

Things are heating up this summer month of June as we welcomed two major sporting events along with an educational conference plus a Music and Fashion Festival.

Among this month’s notable events was the Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2019 held last June 14-16, 2019 This tournament welcomed student volleyball teams aged 12 – 18 in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1. Soon after was the Pacific Rim Championships from June 21 – 24, 2019. This basketball tournament, hosted by AAU’s Jam on It, utilized all of our 3 Exhibit Halls. 

Wrapping up June’s highlights is the first ever Hawaii Veteran’s Summit. Held over a two-day period, veterans, veterans’ organizations, and supportive services from all sectors were able to educate and network with veterans and their loved ones. Representatives from several service providers interacted with veterans to learn more about the needs of the veteran community. 

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Our our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 2 was all set up and ready for the first Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show last May 29 – 30, 2019!
Last month’s Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show showcased the very best of the hospitality industry in Hawaii. Featuring over 160 vendors and educational seminars showcasing industry innovations.
Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2019 in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 welcomed an estimated 1,500 attendees over a three day period
Over 1,000 attendees including athletes, their coaches, family and friends attended the Pacific Rim Championships basketball tournament held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls last June 21 – 23, 2019. Featuring 17 basketball courts, all under 1 roof!
Hawaii Convention Center GM, Teri Orton (right) and former Miss Universe Brook Lee (left) take a ride around our building during the filming of an episode of Brook’s new TV show, Modern Wahine. We can’t wait for the episode to air in August!
Wine and dine on the Hawaii Convention Center rooftop on October 25, 2019, pairing premium red wine vintages with delicious dishes by some of the greatest chefs on earth. At Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s annual wine-centric event, wine professionals from around the world will share insider wine knowledge and keep your glass filled! There’s something for every palate including white varietals, cocktails and beer options.

A Month of Mele and Cheer

Concerts, graduations, sporting events, a Radiology convention and a Dance and Cheer competition. These are just some of the events that we’ve welcomed during this busy month of May.

“May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei.” This statement brings to mind the annual celebration of Lei Day during the first day of May. Adding to the festivities was the annual May Day 2019 Concert was held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall last May 1st to celebrate Lei Day. A star-studded lineup featured Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, the vocal artistry of Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole, the celebrated reunion of Na Palapalai and more. Concert attendees were also treated to exclusive access to a May Day marketplace, featuring local vendors and artisans.

From May Day, we quickly transitioned to welcome the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) for their 2019 Annual Meeting. Among the world’s premier conferences for radiology professionals, the ARRS Annual Meeting drew nearly 2,500 participants from 32 countries, generating an estimated $9.4 million in statewide visitor spending. In total, more than 3,000 will participate in the meeting, including virtual registrants from around the globe. ARRS, founded in 1900, is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States. It was an honor to welcome them to Hawaii for the first time and look foward to having them back again soon.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events in the coming months.

Aloha ARRS! This was the first time the American Roentgen Ray Society hosted their Annual Meeting in Hawaii
ARRS presented our team with a very cool 3D Printed Pineapple at the conclusion of their Annual Meeting, the first to be held in Hawaii.
To celebrate Lei Day, the annual May Day 2019 Concert was held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall last May 1st and showcased a star-studded concert and a May Day marketplace.
Lovely orchid leis being given out during the May Day 2019 Concert.
Global Games is a dance and cheer event featuring international teams from around the globe in competition with domestic U.S. clubs including local Hawaii teams. Teams and clubs participating come from New Zealand; Australia; China; mainland US and Hawaii.
The Hawaii Convention Center’s Sunset Mele and Night Market is back on May 31st! This free community event showcases live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks. This month’s featured move is Aquaman.

A Voyage of Discovery

The month of April welcomed an eclectic mix of events that highlighted diverse cultural, social and educational fields.

Kicking off the month was the return of one of Hawaii’s most popular local anime comic conventions, Kawaii Kon, which welcomed close to 12,000 attendees and showcased a lot of unique costumes throughout their 3-day event from April 5 – 7.

Next up was the return of voyaging canoe Hokulea to the Hawaii Convention Center last April 19 – 20. Sailing aboard the canoe included crew members and students representing the young generation of “navigators” who are working on solutions to create a sustainable future. Hokulea crew members also welcomed visitors on board to tour the legendary canoe and learn about the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to perpetuate the ancient art and science of voyaging and promote the values of caring for Island Earth. The event culminated with a gala dinner on April 20th in our Kalakaua Ballroom.

Another notable event this month was the Applied Materials meeting. This corporate meeting welcomed back close to 1,300 attendees for a private training event for their Sales team. Applied Materials provides innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products helping to make smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events next month.

Last month’s First Hawaiian International Auto Show featured over 350 new cars, trucks and SUVs inside our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.
Each year, Kawaii Kon attendees show up with even more creative costumes
It was an honor to welcome back the Hokulea voyaging canoe to the Hawaii Convention Center
Hokulea crew members also welcomed the public on board to tour the legendary canoe.
Some of our culinary creations this month
We always like to end a meeting on a sweet note. Guests at the Art Hawaii reception enjoyed this yummy Haupia (Coconut) Mousse with fresh fruit and lilikoi pearls created by our Food and Beverage team.
The Hawaii Convention Center recently hosted a welcome reception for industry partners to meet the organizers of the upcoming Art Hawaii International. Pictured above from left, Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani; Teri Orton, General Manager of HCC; Margarite Almeida, co-founder of Art Hawaii, James Cavello co-founder of Art Hawaii and Hawaii State Representative Richard Onishi.
For the first time at the tropical crossroads of the Pacific, a new art fair economy is coming to Honolulu on Nov. 7 – 10, 2019. Art Hawaii International combines the best of contemporary and modern art with cutting edge technology in one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. This new art fair concept, similar to Art Basel in Miami, can attract a large volume of quality visitors, bringing revenue to the art trade as well as providing an important economic benefit to the cities who host them. For more information, visit https://www.arthawaiifair.com/

Springing into Action this March

As we welcome the first few days of Spring, the month of March has brought in a number of popular community and sporting events as well as a few new meetings. 

We began with the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival last March 8 – 10. The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. During this 3-day festival, they showcased cultural exhibitions which are free and open to the public. They also featured a Bon Dance, Japanese film festival and dance workshops, along with a fair featuring more than 100 food and craft vendors and kids games and activities. This year’s festival also showcased a special Kabuki performance on March 8th during the Friendship Gala.

Next up, we welcomed the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer from March 16-19. This conference is the premier educational and scientific event for women’s healthcare professionals, including members of the entire gynecologic cancer care team who provide treatment and care in the areas of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and palliative care. This meeting drew registrants from more than 40 countries and close to 2,400 attendees. We are honored that SGO chose to hold their 50th meeting here in the 50th State!

Lastly, another showcase event this month is the annual First Hawaiian International Auto Show which will feature over 350 new cars, trucks and SUVs inside our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. We are looking forward to closing the month on a high with such great events.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events next month.

The 25th Annual Honolulu Festival showcased cultural performances from various cultures in the Pacific Rim.
Getting ready for the Bon Dance at our Lobby during the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival.
Welcome SGO 2019! From left, HCC General Manager, Teri Orton presents a special welcome canoe paddle to SGO’s Chief Meetings & Education Officer, Teri Jordan (center) along with HCC’s Event Manager, Kealoha Chang (right).
SGO’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer was held from March 16-19 and welcomed close to 2,400 attendees from over 40 countries.
We are excited to welcome our new Executive Chef, Hans Lentz to the Hawaii Convention Center Ohana! Lentz has nearly three decades of experience in culinary management, working at internationally renowned resorts and convention centers in Hawai‘i, Dubai, Oman, Africa, the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. In his new role, he will oversee the Center’s 20,000-square-foot on-site kitchen and develop menus for gatherings and events at the building. View news release HERE.
HCC’s Vice President for Sales, Lee Conching, presented to industry partners during the March HTA Spring Update Update.
We are looking forward to the annual First Hawaiian International Auto Show this March 29 – 31st!

World Water Day 2019 is March 22

The Hawaii Convention Center joins AEG1Earth in recognizing World Water Day on March 22nd.

Some of our Water Conservation Efforts include:

  • Automatic dispensers for sink faucets, hand towels, hand soap and hand sanitizer in all restrooms save on water, towels and cleansing product.
  • Low-flush toilets and urinals and low-flow aerators in sinks and showers are used throughout the building to reduce water use.
  • Installed artificial turf on 25% of lawn space to reduce need for watering
  • Xeriscaping and drip irrigation in the landscaping minimize water use.

For more information on our Sustainability initiatives, visit our website.

What is World Water Day?

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

For more information, visit: http://www.worldwaterday.org/

Celebrate Earth Hour on March 30th!

EARTH HOUR is held worldwide on March 30th between 8:30pm – 9:30pm (local time).
Individuals, communities, households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for the planet.

To learn more about Earth Hour and the issue of climate change, visit www.earthhour.org

At the HAWAI‘I CONVENTION CENTER we work hard to reduce our impact on the environment through energy-efficient lighting and an active recycling program.

Check out HCC’s New Nursing Pod

Aloha, mamas!

We are thrilled to offer a new place for moms to pump and nurse with seating, dual outlets and USB ports while visiting the Hawaii Convention Center!

HCC’s new Nursing pod is located at the Lobby Level near Exhibit Hall 1
To unlock our new Nursing Pod, users may download the Mamava app or use HCC’s house phone (located beside the pod) and dial “0” to request for the access code.
Inside of HCC’s new Nursing Pod: includes Two benches, dual outlet and USB port, shelf, mirror, and coat hook.

The Hawaii Convention Center now offers a private, comfortable and clean space to pump or nurse. Look for the nursing pod located at the Lobby Level near Exhibit Hall 1.

HCC’s ADA compliant Mamava lactation pod is spacious, secure and offers a 60’’ turnaround and grab bars for easy wheelchair access. The pod includes the following features:
•    Secure access with Mamava app or access code
•    Two benches, 
•    Dual outlet and USB port, 
•    Shelf, mirror, and coat hook
•    Ceiling vents and exhaust fan
•    Occupancy-activated lighting

To unlock, users may download the Mamava app or use HCC’s house phone (located beside the pod) and dial “0” to request for the access code.

Click HERE for more info.

Hawai‘i Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton Wins Meetings Award

Smart Meetings magazine recognizes Orton as an Industry Leader in its March issue

Honolulu, March 7, 2019 – The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to announce that Teri Orton, general manager, Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, has received recognition for her leadership in the North American meetings industry.

HCC General Manager Teri Orton

Smart Meetings, a leading media company and trusted resource for meeting professionals, named Orton among 29 Industry Leaders in its fourth-annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. This prestigious awards platform serves as a celebrated benchmark for women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry in North America.

“Females make up the majority of the workforce in the meetings and events industry, and yet most critical leadership roles are filled by men. Through this awards platform, Smart Meetings recognizes women who apply their natural leadership skills in all levels of their careers to elevate the meetings industry,” Smart Meetings said in a statement.

The awards recognize the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven categories: Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. Winners were distinguished by thousands of nominations from their industry peers and colleagues, and evaluated against hundreds of candidates.

“This award is a reflection of our entire team at the Hawai‘i Convention Center,” said Orton, who has two decades of hospitality experience and has served as general manager of the Center since 2014. “It is an honor to work with leading meetings and events organizers to create world-class gatherings in Hawai‘i.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners are featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will receive on-stage honors at the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala May 8, 2019, at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

Matters of the Heart

The month of February saw another series of diverse events ranging from our first Citywide meeting for 2019 to a variety of sporting events such as volleyball, basketball and Futsal (indoor soccer). 

It was an honor to welcome back the American Heart Association’s 2019 International Stroke Conference from February 6 – 8.  The International Stroke Conference is the world’s premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. The conference included a multi-faceted lineup of events, including a pre-conference nursing symposium, clinical sessions, exhibitors, and more than 1,500 presentations from world-renowned researchers and industry professionals spanning 21 categories that emphasize basic, clinical and translational sciences. HCC first hosted the International Stroke Conference in 2013, and it was great to welcome this world-class meeting back to Hawai‘i,

Soon after, we got people’s hearts racing again with the AAU Honolulu Grand Prix (volleyball) and Jam on It Tournament (basketball) in our Exhibit Halls 2 & 3 for four days of sporting action! 

We then had three simultaneous events in our Exhibit Halls during the last weekend of February. Featuring a cheerleading event in Exhibit Hall 1 (Athletic Championships), the Amazing Comic Con Aloha in Exhibit Hall 2 and the Hawaii Futsal Cup International Cup in Exhibit Hall 3.

Check out some of our photos below for highlights of some of our notable group and to find out more on upcoming events next month.

The International Stroke Conference theater setup in Exhibit Hall 3
Lobby Registration setup for the International Stroke Conference
Always a pleasure to welcome back Diana for their incentive and award ceremony. Congratulations to all the high achievers!
HCC General Manager Teri Orton (right), presented a token of our appreciation to Mr. Tokuda, President of Diana (left) for their continued support.
Mahalo to Hawaii Tourism Oceania for helping spread aloha during this year’s Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event – AIME event in Melbourne, Australia. HCC’s Director of Conventions – Asia Pacific, Janet Kuwata, was also in attendance.
HCC welcomed once again our Customer Advisory Board (CAB) for our annual Spring Meeting last February 20 – 22. The CAB is designed as a strategic think tank and client forum in which senior association executives and meeting professionals share their experiences and perspectives to help the Hawai’i Convention Center better serve the needs of key citywide meeting and convention planners, attendees and stakeholders.
Sweet treats from our Food and Beverage team
HCC also hosted it’s annual Hotel General Manager’s Forum last February 22nd and welcomed close to 20 hotel GMs and industry stakeholders. Leadership from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, including HTA CEO Chris Tatum were also in attendance.
Hawaii Futsal International Cup in Exhibit Hall 3
Amazing costumes from this year’s Amazing Comic Con Aloha

AEG Community Foundation Awards $40,000 in Charitable Grants in Hawai‘i

The AEG Community Foundation, the newly formed charitable arm of AEG, which manages the Hawai‘i Convention Center, has awarded $40,000 in grants to two nonprofit organizations in Hawai‘i. The Foundation’s mission is to support children and families in need in the areas of K-12 education, the arts, and health and wellness in communities where AEG operates.

Left to Right (Jan. 23, 2019): Avery Fukeda, Sales Coordinator, Hawai‘i Convention Center; Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawai’i Convention Center; Arden Salassa, Corporate Relations Manager, Make-A-Wish Hawaii; James Donnelly, Hospitality and Development Manager, Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Left to Right (Feb. 1, 2019): Auli‘i Hirayama, Development Director, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii; Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawai’i Convention Center; Paddy Kauhane, Interim President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i was awarded $25,000 to support its mission of granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii was awarded $15,000 to support sports and culinary arts programs for at-risk youth.

“We are pleased that two outstanding organizations in our community, Make-A-Wish Hawai’i and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawai’i, were selected to receive grants from the AEG Community Foundation,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “In its more than 20 years of operation, the Hawai‘i Convention Center has participated in numerous efforts to support and enhance Hawai‘i’s communities, including efforts furthered by AEG’s longstanding AEG 1Community program, which established foundations and programs and contributed more than $120 million in direct financial and in-kind support of charitable, community and civic programs over the past decade.”