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.”

Happy 2019!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We are getting ready for an exciting 2019 filled with conventions, tournaments, comic cons, community events and more! Check out our event calendar: https://www.meethawaii.com/convention-center/events-calendar/

We are looking forward to a strong 2019 with a number of Citywide events, Sports tournaments, banquet functions and a variety of popular repeat events lined up for the year.

We kicked off January with the IAFOR International Conference on Education 2019 (IICE Hawaii 2019) who are returning for their 4th consecutive meeting here at HCC. IICEHawaii brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Honolulu, Hawaii, to present new research and exchange ideas from both the private and public sectors.

Soon after it was time to transform our Exhibit Hall 1 into an elegant banquet hall for the 2019 Sony Open Gala Dinner. The menu showcased wonderful dishes from an impressive roster of up and coming female celebrity chefs including Chef Lee Anne Wong from Koko Head Cafe. It was indeed a night to remember!

Lastly among our notable January events, we welcomed our first sporting tournament of the year. The AAU Transpacific Championship welcomed an estimated 2000 attendees, athletes and their families last January 18 – 21, 2019. This international, high-level volleyball competition and college showcase featured youth teams from Hawaii, the mainland USA, China, Japan, Mexico, American Samoa and Thailand.

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.

Aloha Sports Express! HCC welcomed representatives from various sports organizations across the United States who were in Hawaii for a FAM tour.

Our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 was once again transformed for the annual Sony Open Gala Dinner.

AAU Transpacific Tournament utilized all 3 of our Exhibit Halls, showcasing 25 volleyball courts and welcoming an estimated 2000 attendees in a span of three days.

It was an honor to welcome back Kashiwabara Corporation who were in Hawaii for their 70th Anniversary Celebration. Approximately 1000 guests attended the award ceremony held at our Kalakaua Ballroom ABC.

Mele Kalikimaka!

As the days get shorter and the weather grows cooler, we are warming up for a strong finish this 2018.

Our inaugural Pacific Rim Futsal Cup (indoor soccer) recently held from November 29 – Dec 2 was a success! Our Exhibit Hall 1 featured 5 courts and welcomed nearly 50 futsal teams from across the globe. US Futsal signed a multi-year agreement with HCC and we look forward to growing the event’s international participation and recognition over the next four years. Check out our photos and videos below.

Immediately after Futsal is the annual Honolulu Marathon Expo, welcoming an estimated 60,000 attendees to our Exhibit Halls to pick up their packets and check out the Expo from December 6 – 10, 2018.

We end the year strong with one final sporting event, the Hoops in Hawaii Hawaii Classic basketball tournament. The Classic features top 25 NCAA DII Men’s Basketball teams from across the US. All the action will go down on December 16th-18th in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3.

Lastly, we would like to thank all of our industry partners, Global Marketing team and all our clients for their continued partnership and support! We look forward to welcoming more conferences and sporting events next year!

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

From our Ohana to yours, Mele Kalikimaka! Click on the Image to view our Holiday e-card.

Our new Futsal courts in Exhibit Hall 1

Futsal team in action at the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup.

Welcome Honolulu Marathon attendees!

College Tournaments Hawaii presents the 2018 Hoops in Hawaii Classic. Featuring top 25 NCAA DII Men’s Basketball teams from across the US. All the action will go down on December 16th-18th in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3. For more information, visit https://scoringlive.com/hoopsinhawaii/