Women in Lodging & Tourism Honors HCC GM

The Hawaii Convention Center/AEG General Manager Teri Orton was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). The annual hospitality industry award goes to a woman with outstanding leadership in her profession and community.

HCC GM Teri Orton named Woman of the Year by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter,

Orton was recognized for her leadership within the hospitality industry, community and the HLTA’s Women in Lodging & Tourism committee.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Women in Lodging & Tourism and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and I am thrilled that the industry has seen the fruits of our efforts,” said Teri Orton, Hawaii Convention Center general manager. “This recognition would not have been possible without the help of my hard-working team who truly exemplifies how business and Aloha meet.”

“Teri is truly deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to see her recognized as ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Hawaii chapter of Women in Lodging & Tourism,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. “As a result of her dedication and leadership, she and the entire Hawaii Convention Center team have accomplished so much in the four years that AEG Facilities has managed the (Hawaii) convention center, and it’s great to see her recognized for all of her efforts.”

The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) is a statewide organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, other lodging entities, suppliers, and related firms and individuals. HLTA is dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s visitor industry through education, political action, and membership benefits, and raising awareness about its contributions to communities throughout the state.

To view the latest issue of Hawaii Hospitality Magazine featuring Orton, click here.

Hawaii Convention Center Legacy Forest


Photo credit: Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has led the permanent reforestation of more than 340,000 endemic trees on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Convention Center has committed to planting 1 million native trees across the state. Join us as we support these vital reforestation efforts. With a few clicks, you can sponsor a Legacy Tree, track its development, and help Hawaii grow a brighter future.

We invite you to sponsor your own Hawaiian Legacy Tree. Planted on the Hāmākua Coast on the Island of Hawai‘i, your koa tree gift will perpetuate for years and grow to over 50 feet in its natural environment

Walk the ancient trails and feel the connection. Plant your ʻohana (family) tree in Hawaii and become a part of the rich history of this special place.

Visit http://onemillion.legacytrees.org/ to make a donation.

Mele Kalikimaka from the Hawaii Convention Center!

It’s a festive holiday season here at the Hawaii Convention Center and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This December, we welcomed attendees from AMWAY Malaysia, who were here for their 2017 AMWAY Leadership Seminar. 328 AMWAY Malaysia delegates also participated in the Honolulu Marathon’s “Start to Park 10K” run on December 10, 2017, which started at the same time and location as the full Honolulu Marathon and finishes 10 km into the marathon course at Kapiolani Park. They concluded their celebration with a Gala dinner at the Hawai‘i Convention Center the following night. This event is a special recognition for AMWAY Malaysia members and their guests after qualifying for this incentive to Hawaii. We are thrilled to have been part of their celebration.

We also held our first ever NCAA basketball event here at HCC last December 16 – 19, 2017! The 2017 Hoops in Hawai’i Holiday Classic welcomed 6 NCAA DII Men’s teams including Hawai’i Pacific University and University of Hawai’i at Hilo and 4 NCAA D3 Men’s teams along with over 1,500 athletes, coaches and supporters came out to support their teams. It was an honor to welcome Hoops in Hawaii and we look forward to more sporting events next year!

From our Ohana to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

435 guests from Amway Malaysia enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Nakata

Amway Malaysia runners ready for the Honolulu Marathon! (photo credit Amway Malaysia)

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata preparing Amway Malaysia’s dinner menu

Our General Manager, Teri Orton, welcomed delegates from IEEE Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS) 2017 during their opening session last December 13, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

The 2017 Hoops in Hawaii Classic is the first-ever NCAA basketball classic held at our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3 from December 16 – 19, 2017

The Hawai‘i Convention Center Welcomes AMWAY Malaysia!

The Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) is excited to welcome the delegates from AMWAY Malaysia, here for their 2017 AMWAY Leadership Seminar!

AMWAY Malaysia delegates will also participate in the Honolulu Marathon’s “Start to Park 10K” run on December 10, 2017, which starts at the same time and location as the full Honolulu Marathon and finishes 10 km into the marathon course at Kapiolani Park.

They will conclude their celebration with a Gala dinner at the Hawai‘i Convention Center the following night. This event is a special recognition for AMWAY Malaysia members and their guests after qualifying for this incentive to Hawaii. Amway Business Owners will celebrate with Diamonds, Move Uppers and First-Timers.

“We are thrilled to welcome AMWAY Malaysia to Hawai‘i and to the Hawai‘i Convention Center,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “We wish the runners a great race and look forward to showcasing our culinary offerings during their Gala Dinner.”

Amway Malaysia runners ready for the Honolulu Marathon! (photo credit Amway Malaysia)

Apart from running in the Honolulu Marathon, Amway Malaysia also has a “Honolulu Virtual Run 10K” online campaign which connects race participants and helps fight childhood malnutrition. All funds raised help more malnourished kids survive, thrive, and grow.

Amway Malaysia Honolulu Marathon Virtual Run 10K

AMWAY Malaysia stands tall within the AMWAY worldwide group as one of the top 10 performing affiliates, backed by impressive indicators such as sales turnover, profitability, and a strong AMWAY Business Owner (ABO) force. AMWAY Malaysia has expanded to support the businesses of its ABOs with an extensive network of AMWAY Retail Shops throughout Malaysia and Brunei, and three regional warehouse hubs.

Established in 1976 and listed on the Bursa Malaysia Main Market since 1996, AMWAY Malaysia is a leading direct selling company in Malaysia with a core force of more than 239,000 ABOs and a recorded revenue of RM1.02 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2015. In 2010, AMWAY Malaysia was awarded a 10-year direct selling license by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC).

Over its 40 years in Malaysia, the company has been offering a wide range of meaningfully differentiated quality products under its five core product lines: Nutrition and Wellness (NUTRILITE vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements), Skin Care and Cosmetics (ARTISTRY skincare and color cosmetics), Personal Care (GLISTER oral care, BODY SERIES body care and SATINIQUE hair care), Home Care (L.O.C. household cleaning products, SA8 laundry care), and Home Tech (eSpring water treatment system, ATMOSPHERE air treatment system).

For more information on the Honolulu Virtual Run 10K, visit https://en.powerof5k.com/races/15

Plenty to be Thankful for this November

The Holidays have arrived and we have so much to be grateful for!

We are particularly grateful for the multiple awards that we have received this month including the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Magazine. It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to bring youth and amateur sports tournaments to Hawaii and the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hawaii Convention Center was also named winner of the Best Convention Center – Far West category for its architecture and technology by the Northstar Meetings Group’s 2017 Stella Awards. HCC was one seven Hawaii tourism venues to be recognized by Northstar Meetings Group.

A few highlights for November include the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Hawaiian Airlines Presents “Uncorked”. 20 of the world’s top culinary masters and 20 world-class wineries showcased their flagship wines. Our very own Chef Kevin Nakata also feature a signature dessert that everyone enjoyed. We also welcomed back the American Medical Association for their Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates and will wrap up November with a private corporate convention of one of the leading materials engineering company in the United States.

We look forward to ending the year strong with a few more exciting events next month, including a Sports FAM where we welcome multiple sports planners and directors to Hawaii so we can showcase the destination and the Hawaii Convention Center as a possible venue for their sporting event.

Below are some highlights this month.

It is an honor to be recognized as the Best Convention Center – Far West category by the 2017 Stella Awards!

We are proud to represent Hawaii in SportsEvents Magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice awards!

Over 1,000 attendees graced our Rooftop Garden to enjoy great food and amazing wine selections at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata was among the 20 chefs featured in Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s “Uncorked” event at our Rooftop

Chef Kevin Nakata’s signature dessert at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was a taro and sweet potato pie with candied furikake and ginger tapioca. Yummy!

Our versatile meeting rooms can accommodate any type of meeting or gathering. Our Oahu Room (Room 313ABC) was recently transformed into a cocktail reception for a client function.

Join Us for Sunset Mele on the Rooftop on October 28, 2017

Sunset Mele October 28, 2017

Join the Hawaii Convention Center for our next Sunset Mele on the Rooftop this October 28, 2017, sponsored by ExFuze Japan and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card and Mileage Plan.

Join us for an evening of family fun, entertainment and Hawaiian Culture. Everyone is welcome to bring low beach chairs, mats and blankets. Call 943-3025 for any inquiries.

Sunset Mele on October 28, 2017

Clippers Hawai‘i Classic Presented By Kaiser Permanente Announces Fan Fest

Clippers Hawaii Fan Fest 2017

Clippers Hawaii Classic 2017

Meet the L.A. Clippers live and in person on Sept. 30th

HONOLULU – AEG Facilities (AEG) today announced Fan Fest will be held on Sept. 30 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Fan Fest is a free community celebration open to the public where fans can meet legendary players from the L.A. Clippers and participate in a variety of exciting activities.

Fan Fest is a part of the Clippers Hawai‘i Classic, a two-game NBA showcase event in Honolulu, presented by Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system.

Kaiser Permanente believes when you maximize your total health – mind, body and spirit – you thrive. Stop by the Kaiser Permanente interactive booth at the Clippers Hawai‘i Classic Fan Fest for your own thrive experiences. Try out the hydration station with homemade fruit-flavored drinks, learn more about building a healthy plate, how to prevent sports injuries, or grab your friends to take your own Kaiser Permanente photo. Just for stopping by, you will also receive fun giveaways to commemorate the day.

In addition to the chance to meet the L.A. Clippers, Fan Fest will consist of fun family activities, such as games, competitions, a variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts, and a basketball skills workshop with NBA players and coaches. Opportunities for pictures and autographs with the team will be available, as well as opportunities to win signed athletic-wear merchandise.

The Clippers Hawai‘i Classic will feature the L.A. Clippers playing the Toronto Raptors in two preseason games, October 1st and October 3rd, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Clippers are also holding training camp in Honolulu. The Clippers Hawai‘i Classic will provide a rare opportunity for sports fans in Hawai‘i to see two of the NBA’s most talented teams in person, both of which participated in the 2016-2017 NBA playoffs.

General tickets to the Clippers Hawai‘i Classic are on sale now at etickethawaii.com.

Fan Fest is free and open to the public; however, we encourage fans to register their attendance here.

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Media contact:

Kalli Abernathy
Bennet Group Strategic Communications


Registration Now Open for 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, Sept. 19-21

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Global Tourism Summit, presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), will be held from September 19 to 21 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Early-bird registration with flexible discounted rates are now available. You may register via www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com and choose from one of several options to attend the conference.

Sustainability is the theme of this year’s summit and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism will be a featured topic of the presentations. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions, with the collective focus on improving tourism in Hawaii and abroad.

Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:
• Individuals: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $325, a savings of $70
• Groups of 8 or More: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $300 per person, a savings of $65 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the conference)
• Student and Faculty Members: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $150
• Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 19-20: $275
• Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 20-21: $265
Information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is also available online at www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com. A complete listing of sessions, programs and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

Formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, HTA changed the name to the Global Tourism Summit to more accurately reflect Hawaii’s emergence as a leader in international travel and tourism.