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/

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Hawai`i Convention Center Wins Premier Traveler Magazine’s ‘Best Convention Host’ Award

photo of Randy Tanaka, Chad Michael Murray, Linda Vaughan

Accepting the award for the Hawai`i Convention Center was Randy Tanaka, Assistant General Manager, pictured here with actor/director/singer Chad Michael Murray and publisher Linda Vaughan.

We are thrilled to have been selected as the “2012 Best Convention Host” by the readers of Premier Traveler magazine.

This prestigious distinction recognizes Hawai`i and the Center as an ideal gathering place for business, political and cultural meetings, as decided by the more than 11,000 readers who participated in an open-ended survey with no suggested choices.  The Center is the only Hawai`i facility to win an award, and the only convention facility in the country to be honored.

“Few meeting destinations evoke the kind of excitement generated by Hawai`i, which is no doubt why our readers named it the Best Convention Host of 2012,” said Adam Rodriguez, executive director of Premier Traveler magazine.  “They are seasoned and demanding travelers, who know what they want after traveling the world for both business and leisure, so their choice is clearly among the most informed there is.”

premier traveler logo“The enhanced productivity, top-notch facilities, incredible service and global opportunities offered by meeting in Hawai`i are what allows us to continue to be a leader for meetings of international importance,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.  “This recognition from such a seasoned group of travelers honors the hard work of our staff and partners in providing an exceptional meetings and travel experience that stands up to the highest standards of every guest.”

The Best of 2012 winners are featured in the November/December issue of Premier Traveler magazine, and were honored at an awards gala November 8 in Los Angeles.  With 104,000 subscribers, Premier Traveler is the world’s leading publication geared toward frequent international travelers.

Hawai`i Convention Center Among Top Five Meetings Facilities in U.S. to Receive 2012 “Distinctive Achievement Award” for Service

The Hawai`i Convention Center has received its first-ever “Distinctive Achievement Award” from Association Conventions & Facilities magazine for excellence in meetings assistance and service.

The prestigious honor was awarded to the five convention centers nationally in 2012 that were the most helpful in assisting meetings professionals with their meetings and conventions, as voted by the magazine’s more than 20,500 subscribers.

“Hawai`i’s legendary Aloha Spirit offers an attitude and level of service that no other destination can capture, enhancing enjoyment and productivity for our meetings attendees,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai`i Convention Center.  “Our team is fully committed to providing the best service available in the meetings industry, and we are pleased to receive this recognition from our valued clients.”

Winners of the award are featured in the August/September issue of Association Conventions & Facilities magazine, which services association meeting and convention planners.

Hawai`i Convention Center Awarded $80,000 Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Air Quality System Fans

The Hawai`i Convention Center recently completed another major effort to enhance the conservation of Hawai`i’s natural resources and reduce its impact on the environment.

The Center installed new variable frequency drives (VFDs) to loading dock area fans to ensure optimum air quality.  A VFD improves efficiency by adjusting motor speed to more closely match output requirements, which typically results in energy savings.  The installation was supported by a $79,781 rebate from Hawai`i Energy, the energy efficiency and conservation program for Hawai`i, Honolulu, and Maui counties, and will result in an energy savings of nearly 445,000 kilowatt hours annually.

The Center’s previous rebates and awards for energy-saving measures have totaled nearly $350,000 for projects including lighting upgrades and a new jockey chiller.  When it opened in 1998, the Center was also awarded Hawaiian Electric Company’s Energy Project of the Year for its efficient design.

Hawai`i Convention Center Receives 14th Consecutive Prime Site Award

The Hawai`i Convention Center has received its 14th consecutive Prime Site Award from Facilities & Destinations magazine.

Prime Site Awards are decided by meetings and conventions industry leaders directly involved with site selection, including promoters, booking agents, and event planners.  Voting is based on convenience of location, facility attractiveness and maintenance, professionalism of staff, cuisine, and technological capabilities.

Facilities & Destinations magazine, a monthly publication for professional planners of meetings, entertainment, and special events, described Hawai`i as “An ideal place for an international meeting of political, cultural, and business significance,” and noted the significance of hosting APEC’s 21 member economies, which drew an estimated 20,000 visitors to Honolulu in November 2011.

The magazine also highlighted the Center’s high-value global marketing strategies, which include custom-designed collateral and the multi-language microsites to assist organizations in building international attendance.

Hawai`i Convention Center Attracts National Buzz as APEC Host

Hawai`i: A Place for Serious Business Meetings. Photo: apec.org

The Center capped off 2011 as one of the hosts for the 19th APEC Leaders’ Meeting, which drew an estimated 20,000 visitors to the state for the largest-ever gathering of its kind in Hawai`i, and the first APEC in the U.S. since 1993. During APEC, the state showcased four pillars of importance to Hawai`i: meetings and conventions; ocean, earth and sky; health and life sciences; and renewable energy. As the President said during an APEC address, “On the business side, this is where the action is going to be.”

And the President wasn’t the only one buzzing about the meeting. Here are some highlights from coverage around Hawai`i and the nation:

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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.”

Community Comes Together to Beautify Public Areas in Preparation for APEC

Hawai`i Convention Center employees joined cleanup efforts in the neighboring areas.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Nakayama, Hawai`i Convention Center.

Hawai`i Convention Center employees joined a group of state government officials, organizations, community members, schools, and businesses to remove graffiti and clean up public areas around Honolulu during the Community Wide Cleanup & Graffiti Paint-Out event on October 29, 2011.

More than 1,000 volunteers joined clean up efforts sponsored by Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G.) and organized by the APEC Hawai`i Host Committee in preparation for November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.  Cleanup locations included the Kapahulu, McCully, and Moiliili neighborhoods.

Efforts were featured by Hawai`i News Now on October 29 :