Hawaii Convention Center Update on COVID-19 Closure

The Hawai‘i Convention Center continues to follow State of Hawai‘i restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, remaining closed since March 18, 2020. While all public events previously scheduled during this time are either postponed or cancelled, the Center is pleased to serve our communities as a temporary satellite location for the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to process unemployment insurance claims. This satellite location is not open to the public for walk-ins.  For further information please refer to the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website at https://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/.

The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority, and we will post updates to our events calendar at HawaiiConvention.com

Please also visit our FAQs page for any questions: https://blog.hawaiiconvention.com/covid-19-faqs/

Hawaii Convention Center Serves as Unemployment Claims Processing Location

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to offer its meetings space for use as a satellite unemployment insurance processing location for the State of Hawai‘i, as jobless claims have dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 1,000 volunteer positions will be staffed by public labor unions and members of the State Legislature to handle the processing of claims at the Center, in addition to ongoing claims processing at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Computers were sourced from State offices across O‘ahu.

Several hundred work stations were set up during the week of April 20, 2020, in the Center’s Ballroom space, as well as seven other meeting rooms.

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and staff, social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines are being followed, and Hawai‘i National Guard service members are conducting security and temperature checks.

The Hawai‘i Convention Center claims processing center is not open to the public.

For more information, visit the State of Hawai‘i Unemployment Insurance website at labor.hawaii.gov/ui/.

New Video: Looking Back at the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Hawaii

The 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the United States. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Their Hawaii meeting was the largest in their history, welcoming over 5,000 attendees for their three day conference.

Celebrating the Best of STEM, Culture and Sports this November

November brought us a diverse range of events that began with the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. This is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the United States. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Their Hawaii meeting was the largest in their history, welcoming over 5,000 attendees for their three day conference. 

Another highlight for this month is the return of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor basketball-size courts with a low-bounce ball. Futsal has more than 12 million competitors across 100 countries worldwide, and U.S. Futsal has governed the sport at the youth and adult levels in the U.S. since 1981. The tournament will be held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls and utilizing indoor athletic courts. It’s an honor to welcome US Futsal back to Hawaii! 

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

It’s an honor to once again be recognized among other world-class facilities and convention centers.
Winter is coming! HCC General Manager Teri Orton and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, founder of the Always Dream Foundation stopped by KHON 2’s Wake Up 2day to spread some early holiday cheer and chat about our upcoming Winter Wishes – Holiday Festival. Click on the image to watch the interview.
Aloha SACNAS! This November, we welcomed over 5,000 attendees from SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science), the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. It serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.
Members of the local SACNAS community came together for a traditional Hawaiian protocol during the SACNAS opening ceremony to welcome attendees to this year’s history-making conference.
US Futsal will kick off the holiday season for us as they return for the 2nd year of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019.

A Season of Firsts This October

From hosting our first ever Zero Waste event to welcoming a new STEM-related conference, October has brought a lot of new programs to the Hawaii Convention Center this month. 

We kicked off October with the Pacific Building Trade Expo where the Center collaborated with to organize zero-waste efforts for their event. Zero waste is a philosophy and a design principle that takes a whole system approach to resources and waste. It reduces consumption, minimizes waste, maximizes recycling and composting, and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. Event efforts included reducing, reusing, sorting and recycling, as well as sending items to H-POWER, the Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery. This event helped divert 1,283 pounds of waste from the landfill.

We also look forward to welcoming the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2019,  the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country.

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.  

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

Hawaii Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton was recently featured in Modern Wahine, a TV show hosted by former Miss Universe Brook Lee. In this episode, Teri showed Brook around the facility via our eco-friendly bikes and they even got the chance to shoot some hoops in our basketball courts!
The Pacific Building Trade Expo held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3. This year, the Center collaborated with the organizers to launch zero-waste efforts during their event. A total of 1,283 pounds of waste were diverted from the landfill.
HCC team members assist and attendee in sorting their trash during the Pacific Building Trade Expo, our first zero-waste event.
We are excited to welcome the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for their 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference! The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.