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/

Thankful This November

As we enter the Thanksgiving and holiday season, we pause to reflect about all the things that we are thankful for. We are most grateful to all of our clients and guests for their continued partnership and look forward to an even fruitful 2019!

In November, we welcome a number of new meetings and sporting tournaments including the 2018 Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA) last November 12 – 15. APSIPA aims to promote research and education in signal processing, information technology, and communications. An estimated 300 international and North American attendees gathered at HCC for this annual conference.

We are also looking forward to our inaugural Futsal (indoor soccer) tournament which will be held from November 29 – Dec 2 in our Exhibit Hall 1 drawing nearly 50 futsal teams. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor basketball-size courts with a low-bounce ball. The international tournament is open to youth ages 10-19 as well as men’s and women’s teams. The public is welcome to attend and watch these exciting games. We’ll be sure to share some photos from the Futsal tournament in our next newsletter.

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.

We did it again! For the second consecutive year, the Hawaii Convention Center is a Stella Awards Winner for Best Convention Center in the Far West Region! The Stella Awards recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs, and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

What a Winederful event! We had a lot of fun last month as the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (HFWF) held their annual Hawaiian Airlines Presents Winederland event at our Rooftop!

Makaweli Beef and Bone Marrow Won Ton was on the menu at the Hawaii Convention Center booth during HFWF!

Sawasdee, Thailand! The HCC and Meet Hawaii team attended this year’s 2018 ICESAP PCMA Annual Conference in Bangkok. Our team, including Vice President of Sales, Lee Conching, seen here showcasing Hawaii and HCC!

The 2018 Pacific Rim Futsal Cup is coming to the Hawai‘i Convention Center November 29-December 2, 2018. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor courts with a low-bounce ball. The international tournament is open to youth ages 10-19 as well as men’s and women’s teams. The public is welcome to attend and watch these exciting games. For more information, visit http://pacificrimfutsalcup.com/

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/

 

 

 

 

Sunset Mele & Night Market – Entertainment Lineup Announced!

Check out our Entertainment Lineup for December’s Sunset Mele & Night Market!

Entertainment Schedule (Room 306):

4:00 pm Karlie G.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00 pm Evan Khay and Keilana

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00 pm Kamanawa

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 pm Kawika Kahiapo

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00 pm Ben & Maila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Movie: Elf
6:00pm in the Lili΄u Theater 310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

America Recycles Day is November 15th!

Join us in Recycling, Re-using and Re-purposing!

America Recycles Day is a nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Founded in 1997, America Recycles Day is a project of Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit that engages individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment and is celebrated by
thousands of communities each year.

The Art & Music of Award Winning Songwriter IZIK – The Sabian Garden

Inspired by beautiful gardens and the Sabian symbols of astrology, The Sabian Garden is a space within the unconscious bank of knowledge reserved for all strange quirks and buoyant energies. Accompanied by a full band, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner will perform original songs off of his debut album, Obsidian.  IZIK will also share new songs off of his forthcoming music project.

Opening for the evening will be TWELVENOONANDMIDNITE and Keilana Mokulehua along with Special Guests Imua Garza, NIKS and Softboi..

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink permitted.

Parking in the Hawai‘i Convention Center parking garage is available for $10 per entry, cash or card.

Guests with Electric Vehicles that have valid EV license plates may park at the Hawaii Convention Center at no charge while attending an event at HCC. (EV charging is available.)

Please note that free parking only applies to full electric vehicles and does not include hybrid vehicles.

Ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Purchase tickets here: https://tickets.honoluluboxoffice.com/e/izik/tickets

 

Tourism, Food, Wine and a Dental Convention

Our team once again hit the ground running this October with a string of large events starting with the 2018 Global Tourism Summit from October 1 – 3, 2018. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest global tourism trends and as always, it was a pleasure to reconnect with our industry partners.

We also welcomed the 2018 American Dental Association (ADA) – America’s Dental Meeting. The meeting was held from October 18-22 and drew over 16,200 registrants from 52 countries! It was an honor to welcome ADA back in Hawaii and the Hawaii Convention Center for the third time in their 159-year history.

We will close this month with a couple of events hosted by the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. First will be Hawaiian Airlines Presents Winederland this October 26th at our Rooftop Garden. We expect nearly 2000 guests to enjoy 20 acclaimed wines poured by their actual winemakers and pair them with dishes by 20 renowned chefs, including our very own Executive Chef, Kevin Nakata. Lastly, we’ll also have HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen Family Sunday on October 28th. Kids will get a chance to meet Food Network’s Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and Disney’s Bizaardvark star Ethan Wacker. It will be a great day for the whole family.

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.

We are very excited to share that the Hawaii Convention Center is now a LEED Gold Certified Building! We were awarded the LEED v.4 O+M: Existing Buildings Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. HCC is the first and only “public assembly, convention center” to earn LEED v.4 O+M Gold Certification in the U.S., and is the only LEED v.4 O+M Gold project in Hawai‘i. This certification places HCC among a select group of buildings to complete an extensive review of sustainability and conservation practices.

Our 3rd floor furniture complemented by 2018 Global Tourism Summit throw pillows! We hope that our new common area furniture will provide an enhanced meeting experience while attending a meeting or event at HCC.

To mark our 20th year of operations, we have launched our Hoʻomaluō Program, a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability with the goal of enhancing the guest, planner, staff and community meetings and events experience. For more information, visit https://www.meethawaii.com/convention-center/about/green-initiatives/ 

A highlight of the 2018 Global Tourism Summit is a luncheon that featured OVB’s Kainoa Danes co-hosting with Sophia the Robot, an artificial intelligence bot created in 2015 by David Hanson, the founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics.

Too pretty to eat? HCC’s Executive Chef Kevin Nakata was among the featured chefs who prepared delicious dishes during the Global Tourism Summit’s Aloha Reception. Pictured here is his Charred Japanese Eggplant with black sesame, yuzu kosho, smoked trout roe, fried garlic and micro shiso.

We also welcomed back our Customer Advisory Board for our annual Fall meeting. The HCC Customer Advisory Board 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.

The 17th Annual Chopsticks and Wine event was held at our 4th Floor Kalakaua Ballroom last October 11th. Hosted by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC), this annual food and wine dinner event attracts over 1,000 attendees featuring Honolulu’s top restaurants, chefs and fine wines & spirits.

Aloha ADA! Our lobby was bustling with activity during the week of the dental convention.

We are also excited to share that our new 1801 Cafe + Bar has now opened! The next time you’re at HCC, be sure to stop by our Lobby and grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. If you’re around for happy hour, you’ll get to enjoy some of our favorite cocktails and local brews.

HCC Launches Industry-Leading Conservation Program with LEED Gold Certification

Honolulu, Hawai‘i, October 2, 2018 – To mark its 20th year of operations, the Hawai‘i Convention Center is launching the Hoʻomaluō Program, a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability with the goal of enhancing the guest, planner, staff and community meetings and events experience.

Hoʻomaluō is launching in conjunction with the 2018 American Dental Association (ADA) – America’s Dental Meeting. The meeting, to be held from Oct. 18-22, will draw over 15,000 registrants from 46 countries, while generating an estimated $70.8 million in statewide visitor spending. It is ADA’s third annual conference at the Center, including the building’s largest-ever gathering of 30,000 attendees in 1999. The ADA returned in 2009, marking the association’s 150th anniversary. The ADA has committed to reforesting 100 Legacy Trees.

“As contributing members of our community, both professional and personal, we are always working to give back to the public,” said ADA President-Elect Jeffrey M. Cole, D.D.S. “Our organization’s vision is helping the public achieve optimal health, so it made sense to participate in this effort. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative and Hawai‘i Convention Center offer a unique opportunity to offset our carbon footprint in traveling here and to help keep the islands that we love pristine and picturesque for years to come.”

Hoʻomaluō, which means “to conserve; to use or manage wisely” in the Hawaiian language, celebrates the Center’s recent award of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v.4 O+M: Existing Buildings Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Center is the first and only “public assembly, convention center” to earn LEED v.4 O+M Gold Certification in the U.S., and is the only LEED v.4 O+M Gold project in Hawai‘i. This certification places the Center among a select group of buildings to complete an extensive review of sustainability and conservation practices.

“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,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Center. “This LEED certification nationally recognizes the dedicated work of our staff to make our Hoʻomaluō Program a reality. Since our opening 20 years ago, the Hawai‘i Convention Center has been deeply committed to a multi-faceted approach to environmental conservation that inspires everything we do and touches everyone we serve.”

Hoʻomaluō includes the Center’s work to conserve and reuse resources; maintain a high quality of operations, such as climate, guest comfort and building design; and careful attention to reducing waste throughout each stage in the event process. The Center incorporates guest education and participation through its One Million Trees effort to support the reforestation of endemic Legacy Trees in Hawai‘i.

In addition, the Center, which is operated by AEG Facilities – the leading sports, live entertainment and venue operator in the world – participates in AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program AEG 1EARTH, which helps it exchange best practices with other AEG Facilities venues and track environmental performance.

About the Hawai‘i Convention Center

“Where Business and Aloha Meet,” the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawai‘i Convention Center provides a spacious, modern and flexible meeting space in the heart of Honolulu – all with an award-winning team and renowned aloha spirit. Conveniently located between East and West, the Center is a global leader for a diverse array of meetings and events, just steps from 30,000 hotel rooms in iconic Waikiki. The Center is a state-owned facility opened in 1998, and is managed by AEG Facilities. For more, visit HawaiiConvention.com.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website MouthHealthy.org

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, CA), PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Cadillac Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), RAC Arena (Perth, Australia), Qudos Bank Arena and ICC (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Puerto Rico Convention Center (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more, visit aegworldwide.com.

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Julia Nissim
American Dental Association
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