Carbon Neutral Meetings at the Hawaii Convention Center

At the Hawai‘i Convention Center, our guests, planners, staff and communities have come together for more than two decades to preserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Center is pleased to present a first-of-its-kind program that provides carbon offset opportunities for all meetings and events held at the Center. This initiative is an expansion of our One Million Trees program and provides meeting organizers with the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their meeting, as well as offer individual attendees the ability to select and plant endemic and native trees virtually or in-person.

The Center partners with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation initiative and Legacy Carbon, which is dedicated to providing the highest-quality certified carbon offsets in the world. The program has been certified by the prestigious Switzerland-based Gold Standard Foundation. Carbon offsets are generated through the planting of more than 500,000 trees to date in Hawai‘i. Trees planted through our carbon offset program are planted at the Legacy Forest at Gunstock Ranch on the island of Oahu.

The Hawai‘i Convention Center’s carbon footprint was calculated by Greenview in partnership with Legacy Carbon. Greenview is a sustainability firm that provides hospitality organizations with consulting and advisory services, the leading online sustainability data platform, and industry research studies.

You’re already making great choices. By meeting at the LEED Gold Certified Hawai‘i Convention Center, you are supporting numerous industry-leading sustainability practices, offered under our longstanding Hoʻomaluo program. 

Since we launched the program in July 2022, participating events and conferences have contributed a total of $27, 642.27 in carbon offset which equates to the planting of 339.04 trees. This is also equivalent to 328.72 MTCO2e (Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) (as of April 2024). We will continue to update this number monthly. View our latest impact statement HERE.

Here are just a few events who have recently participated in our Carbon Offset Program and had 100% carbon neutral meetings at the Center:

  • 2024 Honolulu Festival
  • NDIA 2024 Pacific Operational Science and Technology Conference
  • 2024 Transpacific Volleyball Championship
  • 2024 Sony Open Gala Dinner
  • CHEST 2023
  • 2023 International Conference on Machine Learning
  • 2023 Made in Hawaii Festival
  • 2023 Okinawan Festival
  • 2023 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference
  • 2023 Sony Open Gala Dinner

To learn more on how to participate in this program, e-mail

Mahalo (thank you) for your commitment to protecting our environment. 

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