Sustainability Toolkit


Let us help you plan and execute greener events. Below are some of our sustainability related resources available to you while hosting your event at the Hawaii Convention Center. For any questions, please contact us at

Click HERE to learn more about our Hoʻomaluō Sustainability Program.

Event Recycling Guide

During your meeting or event, we ask for your support in furthering our efforts in waste reduction. Please refer to our Recycling Guide below for items that we can re-use or recycle after your event.

Carbon Offset Program

The Center is pleased to present the world’s first and only program to reforest native and endemic trees in Hawai‘i for certified carbon offsets. This new 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 Hawai‘i-based Legacy Carbon, which is dedicated to providing the highest-quality certified carbon offsets in the world, to provide locally focused, cost-effective carbon credits. The program has been certified by the prestigious Switzerland-based Gold Standard Foundation and is the first forestry project in North America to issue Gold Standard Credits. Carbon offsets are generated through the planting of more than 500,000 trees to date in Hawai‘i.

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. To learn more about how your next meeting or event at the Center can be carbon neutral, please email

One Million Trees: Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has led the reforestation of more than 400,000 native and endemic trees on O‘ahu and the Island of Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Convention Center has committed to planting one million Legacy Trees across the state.

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Genki Balls

In collaboration with the nonprofit Genki Ala Wai Project, a nonprofit group under the Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation, meeting planners and attendees can have the opportunity to create and deploy “Genki Balls” into the Ala Wai Canal to assist with Ala Wai ecosystem restoration.  Through bioremediation, or the use of living organisms to remove pollutants from soil and water, the nonprofit organization is working to make the Ala Wai Canal fishable and swimmable within 7 years. The tennis ball-sized Genki mud balls contain a mixture of clay soil, rice bran, molasses, water and Effective Microorganisms (EM)-1 solution, which helps digest the canal’s polluted sludge.

Some of our clients that participated in this project include Hawaiian Airlines, 2024 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (“NCORE”) Annual Meeting as well as the Hawaii Convention Center team.

To inquire, please email

Zero Waste Events

A Zero Waste event aims to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible. Efforts towards zero waste include reducing waste generated, recycling and composting and educating event organizers, planners and attendees on waste reduction best practices. The standard is to divert at least 90% of waste from the landfill and incinerator.

Email us at learn how to host a Zero Waste Event.

Sample Documents

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Read our Case Study: 2019 Pacific Building Trade Expo

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