Science and Research Meets Mele and Celebration

From citywide conventions to school graduations to rooftop gatherings, the Hawaii Convention Center welcomed many important meetings and fun events in May. The month started off with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting. ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Their Hawaii meeting saw a total of 11,466 attendees which had exceeded their initial forecast. Organizers report that is the second-best attended meeting since they moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mele Mei, a celebration of Hawai’i’s music, hula and culture is also in full swing this month. Music and hula events are held at various venues statewide and the Hawaii Convention Center is proud to be a part of this wonderful celebration. A popular event held during Mele Mei is the annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Presented by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), the Nā Hōkū’s honors the achievements of excellence of Hawaii’s recording artists. It is one of the biggest annual entertainment events in Hawai‘i.

Closing the month of May was another citywide convention, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 2018 AAPD Annual Session. AAPD is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. While initially forecasting 3,000, they welcomed close to 6,000 attendees for their 71st Annual Session.

For more updates, check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

Pacific Edge Magazine’s recently launched their Summer 2018 issue where they honored Hawaii’s Women in Business. Our very own General Manager, Teri Orton, is featured in the cover along with Wendy Shewalter and Loretta Yajima.

Celebrating the launch of Pacific Edge Magazine’s Summer 2018 issue at our Rooftop Garden.Executive Chef Kevin Nakata’s homemade pork and lotus root sliders.Got a sweet tooth? Our dessert table always has something for everyone.After the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on May 19th, guests came down to room 317 to unwind and enjoy the afterparty. Music filled the night as the drinks flowed.For the past three years, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has installed a Hawaiian music themed exhibit at the Center in conjunction with the Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards. This year’s exhibit is “Music of Waikīkī – The Legendary Homes of Hawaiian Music”. Located on the third level, the exhibit showcases items from entertainers that headlined some of Waikīkī’s famous showrooms and venues.ARVO 2018 Expo in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.Aloha American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)!The Hawai‘i Convention Center is a proud recepient of the Hawai‘i Green Business Program for venues. The state’s Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally, culturally and socially responsible manner.

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