Meetings Enhance Communities Through Educational Outreach, Support, and Public Events

Three of the Hawai`i Convention Center’s largest meetings of 2011 made significant contributions to Hawai`i schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and communities, all while attracting more than 25,000 participants from around the world, resulting in more than $120 million in state revenue.

Photo courtesy of Sacred Hearts Academy

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP):  Under its philanthropic arm, The Chest Foundation, 45 volunteers and medical professionals worked with Honolulu’s Sacred Hearts Academy to educate more than 100 students about tobacco prevention and lung health.  The Foundation’s OneBreath initiative also donated $10,000 to support ongoing health programs and activities at the school.  In addition, renowned specialists delivered “grand rounds” lectures at select Hawai`i hospitals to provide their expertise on specific patient cases.


The "APA Gives Back Program" donated over $7,000 for Mental Health Kokua.

American Psychiatric Association (APA):  As part of the “APA Gives Back Program,” meeting participants donated $7,158 for Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua, which helps people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in the community.  APA’s contribution will support the organization’s tele-health program, which provides care to dozens of people across the state, many of whom live in rural areas, who are recovering from mental illness.  The American Psychiatric Foundation also hosted the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club to assist in raising funds.

The AAN Foundation's Brain Health Fair drew 1,400 participants.

American Academy of Neurology (AAN):  The AAN Foundation, which supports education and research in neurology, held its first-ever Brain Health Fair, a public event that drew more than 1,400 participants to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.  The free event included a film festival, interactive exhibits, giveaways, family-friendly activities, and Q&A sessions with experts – all to promote brain health.


“The positive impact of groups meeting in Hawai`i often reaches much further than room nights and visitor spending.  The wealth of information, resources, and generosity that these meetings have brought to Hawai`i will enhance our islands for years to come,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.  “We are proud to see our guests and partners carry on the spirit of Na Mea Ho`okipa – the unconditional aloha spirit that the Hawai`i Convention Center holds at the center of its mission.”

One of the Best Run Convention Centers

It is no surprise the Hawai`i Convention Center continues to earn awards in the business.  This is one of the best convention centers, one of the best run convention centers.  They will do anything you need to get the job done.

– Christine Phelps
Deputy Executive Director, American Academy of Neurology
2011 Annual Meeting
April 9-16, 2011
10,000 delegates

Read our coverage of this event on the HCC Blog.


There’s More Out Of The Box Thinking

I think the attendees think in different ways, I think they feel differently, so there’s a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, a lot of out-of-the-box creativity, just because of the atmosphere…

– Catherine Rydell
Executive Director/CEO, American Academy of Neurology
2011 Annual Meeting
April 9-16, 2011
10,000 delegates

Read our coverage of this event here on the HCC Blog.


Surf’s Up for the American Academy of Neurology Conference

From left to right: Tammi Sand, AAN Senior Manager of Meeting Services; Franziska Schwarz, AAN Program Manager, Exhibits & Affiliates; Christine Phelps, AAN Deputy Executive Director; Joe Davis, SMG General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center; Kris Fridgen, AAN Senior Director of Research, Education, and Development; Julie Ratzloff, AAN Senior Manager of Convention Management; Kevin Heinz, AAN Senior Manager of Education & Science.

Members of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) were presented with a commemorative surfboard from the Hawai`i Convention Center in appreciation of their successful 63rd Annual Meeting from April 9-16.  The surfboard was signed by meeting participants and delivered to the team by Joe Davis, SMG General Manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.

The meeting drew nearly 10,000 participants – more than 3,000 initially forecast – from 93 countries, and included world-class research in neurological studies.  The conference also included a public component, the Brain Health Fair on April 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, as well as a neuroimaging meeting from April 16-17 on Hawai`i’s Big Island.

Participants from around the globe left their autograph on the commemorative surfboard.

American Academy of Neurology’s Brain Health Fair a Huge Success

The American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting, April 9-16.

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s first-ever Brain Health Fair drew more than 1,400 participants to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki on Saturday, April 9.  The free public event included a film festival, interactive exhibits, family-friendly activities and Q&A sessions with experts – all to promote brain health.

The good news doesn’t stop there:  The American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) 63rd Annual Conference at the Hawai`i Convention Center from April 9-16 drew nearly 10,000 participants, far exceeding the 7,000 initially forecast.  World-class neurologists traveled from 93 countries to take part in groundbreaking scientific sessions at the Center.

That translates into more than $42 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from 72,360 room nights.

Post-conference activities included a special neighbor-island meeting on neuroimaging at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island from April 16-17.

For more information on AAN and its charitable arm, the American Academy of Neurology Foundation, visit the AAN website.

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It’s Time to Get Smart About Brain Health

Honolulu will host the first-ever Brain Health Fair by the American Academy of Neurology Foundation on April 9, featuring expert advice, activities for children, health seminars, and a film festival, among many other educational events.

The free Brain Health Fair is open to anyone interested in learning how the brain works, particularly for patients, caregivers, and families affected by neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, headaches, stroke, brain injuries, and Parkinson’s disease.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best neurologists in the world, who will share the latest advances in the prevention and treatment of neurologic disorders as well as ways for people to maintain a healthy brain.

What: The Brain Health Fair
When: Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu

The event is being held in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of neurologists, at the Hawai`i Convention Center. The meeting is expected to draw more than 11,000 delegates, topping the 8,000 who attended when the meeting was last held at the Center in 2003.

Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended.