A Voyage of Discovery

The month of April welcomed an eclectic mix of events that highlighted diverse cultural, social and educational fields.

Kicking off the month was the return of one of Hawaii’s most popular local anime comic conventions, Kawaii Kon, which welcomed close to 12,000 attendees and showcased a lot of unique costumes throughout their 3-day event from April 5 – 7.

Next up was the return of voyaging canoe Hokulea to the Hawaii Convention Center last April 19 – 20. Sailing aboard the canoe included crew members and students representing the young generation of “navigators” who are working on solutions to create a sustainable future. Hokulea crew members also welcomed visitors on board to tour the legendary canoe and learn about the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to perpetuate the ancient art and science of voyaging and promote the values of caring for Island Earth. The event culminated with a gala dinner on April 20th in our Kalakaua Ballroom.

Another notable event this month was the Applied Materials meeting. This corporate meeting welcomed back close to 1,300 attendees for a private training event for their Sales team. Applied Materials provides innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products helping to make smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses.

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.

Last month’s First Hawaiian International Auto Show featured over 350 new cars, trucks and SUVs inside our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.
Each year, Kawaii Kon attendees show up with even more creative costumes
It was an honor to welcome back the Hokulea voyaging canoe to the Hawaii Convention Center
Hokulea crew members also welcomed the public on board to tour the legendary canoe.
Some of our culinary creations this month
We always like to end a meeting on a sweet note. Guests at the Art Hawaii reception enjoyed this yummy Haupia (Coconut) Mousse with fresh fruit and lilikoi pearls created by our Food and Beverage team.
The Hawaii Convention Center recently hosted a welcome reception for industry partners to meet the organizers of the upcoming Art Hawaii International. Pictured above from left, Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani; Teri Orton, General Manager of HCC; Margarite Almeida, co-founder of Art Hawaii, James Cavello co-founder of Art Hawaii and Hawaii State Representative Richard Onishi.
For the first time at the tropical crossroads of the Pacific, a new art fair economy is coming to Honolulu on Nov. 7 – 10, 2019. Art Hawaii International combines the best of contemporary and modern art with cutting edge technology in one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. This new art fair concept, similar to Art Basel in Miami, can attract a large volume of quality visitors, bringing revenue to the art trade as well as providing an important economic benefit to the cities who host them. For more information, visit https://www.arthawaiifair.com/

Springing into Action this March

As we welcome the first few days of Spring, the month of March has brought in a number of popular community and sporting events as well as a few new meetings. 

We began with the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival last March 8 – 10. The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. During this 3-day festival, they showcased cultural exhibitions which are free and open to the public. They also featured a Bon Dance, Japanese film festival and dance workshops, along with a fair featuring more than 100 food and craft vendors and kids games and activities. This year’s festival also showcased a special Kabuki performance on March 8th during the Friendship Gala.

Next up, we welcomed the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer from March 16-19. This conference is the premier educational and scientific event for women’s healthcare professionals, including members of the entire gynecologic cancer care team who provide treatment and care in the areas of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and palliative care. This meeting drew registrants from more than 40 countries and close to 2,400 attendees. We are honored that SGO chose to hold their 50th meeting here in the 50th State!

Lastly, another showcase event this month is the annual First Hawaiian International Auto Show which will feature over 350 new cars, trucks and SUVs inside our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. We are looking forward to closing the month on a high with such great events.

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 25th Annual Honolulu Festival showcased cultural performances from various cultures in the Pacific Rim.
Getting ready for the Bon Dance at our Lobby during the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival.
Welcome SGO 2019! From left, HCC General Manager, Teri Orton presents a special welcome canoe paddle to SGO’s Chief Meetings & Education Officer, Teri Jordan (center) along with HCC’s Event Manager, Kealoha Chang (right).
SGO’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer was held from March 16-19 and welcomed close to 2,400 attendees from over 40 countries.
We are excited to welcome our new Executive Chef, Hans Lentz to the Hawaii Convention Center Ohana! Lentz has nearly three decades of experience in culinary management, working at internationally renowned resorts and convention centers in Hawai‘i, Dubai, Oman, Africa, the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. In his new role, he will oversee the Center’s 20,000-square-foot on-site kitchen and develop menus for gatherings and events at the building. View news release HERE.
HCC’s Vice President for Sales, Lee Conching, presented to industry partners during the March HTA Spring Update Update.
We are looking forward to the annual First Hawaiian International Auto Show this March 29 – 31st!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Haku Collective MeleCraft Bootcamp 2018

Calling all aspiring song creators! Under the mentorship of Nā Hōkū Hanohano awarded Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year, singer/songwriter Kimié Miner, the MeleCraft Bootcamp is back! Learn how to compose quality songs and collaborate with your peers.

Haku Collective MeleCraft Bootcamp:

Friday, November 9
6:30pm-9:30pm
Auditions
Storytelling by Kimie Miner
Hawai‘i Convention Center – Emalani Theater 320

Saturday, November 10
10am-5pm
Bootcamp for selected participants
(lunch provided)
Hawai‘i Convention Center – Emalani Theater 320

Deadline to register is November 2

Register HERE 

For more information, visit http://www.hakuhawaii.com/

 

 

 

 

Breezing Through August

As summer heats up this August, we welcomed a lot of familiar faces and events to our facility, We were excited to welcome back Daito Kentaku who celebrated their 2018 Hawaii Campaign at the Hawaii Convention Center. Utilizing our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls, Daito’s 3,500 attendees enjoyed a great 5 course dinner prepared by our Executive Chef, Kevin Nakata.

We also welcomed back attendees from Comic Con Honolulu who filled our Convention Center with wonderful costumes and youthful energy as they celebrated comics, sci-fi and all things nerdom.

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.

Banquet dinner setup in Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

The Joy of Sake event was held at HCC towards the end of July and featured hundreds of Japan’s premium sakes and delicious, sake-themed appetizers and pairings by top local restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costumes-galore at Comic Con HonoluluWe are excited to welcome the Okinawan Festival 2018 this September 1 and 2 to the Hawaii Convention Center! The Okinawan Festival is organized by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association and is meant to share Okinawan culture with the public through exhibitions and demonstrations.

Don’t miss the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Keiki in the Kitchen here at the Hawaii Convention Center this October 28. Kids won’t want to miss this chance to meet Food Network’s Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and Disney’s Bizaardvark star Ethan Wacker! Keiki in the Kitchen is a day packed with food, fitness and fun at our Rooftop Garden.

Join Us for Sunset Mele and Night Market on September 14th!

Sunset Mele and Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, local eats and drinks.

Interested in sponsorship or vendor opportunities? Please email Michellee Phelps, Communications & Special Events Manager at mphelps@hccaeg.com

Next Event:

Friday, September 14, 2018

4:00 pm-9:00 pm

Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle.

Hawai‘i Convention Center, Mauka Side of Level 3 (Near the Charlot Courtyard and Lili΄u Theater 310)

Support local vendors and artisans at our Pop-up Marketplace.

Pau Hana in our lounge with local eats, drinks and live entertainment.

Entertainment Schedule (Room 306)

4:00 pm Evan Khay and Keilana

Evan Khay

Keilana

6:00 pm DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Movie: JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle
6:00pm in the Lili΄u Theater 310

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support 50 local partners and vendors participating in our Pop-Up Marketplace.

Click here to view full list of Pop-up Marketplace vendors

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Making a Splash In July

As the summer season heats up, the Hawaii Convention Center team jumps into gear with a series of interesting meetings, shows and events this month.

The highlight of which was the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)’s 40th annual International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) last July 17-21. The conference welcomed nearly 3,000 participants from 63 countries around the world. Themed “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future,” the 2018 IEEE EMBS conference participants addressed diverse topics within the biomedical engineering field. The conference produced exciting exchanges of scientific knowledge and international collaboration, as well as important advancements for the biomedical engineering community and communities beyond.

Lastly, our culinary team was also excited to participate in the Mangoes at the Moana event last July 14th. It was a fun afternoon at the Moana Surfrider where local celebrity chefs and mixologists created tasty dishes highlighting Hawaii’s favorite summer fruit. Our Executive Chef Kevin Nakata and team served up spiced ahi, pickled mango salad, tosazu, mango and Hawaiian chili pepper as their mango themed dish.

For more event highlights this month, check out our photos below.

The 40th annual International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) welcomed nearly 3,000 participants from 63 countries around the world (Photo credit IEEE EMBS)

HCC’s Chef Kevin Nakata’s dish for Mangoes at the Moana: spiced ahi, pickled mango salad, tosazu, mango and Hawaiian chili pepper

Banquet setup in our Exhibit Hall for a Japanese incentive group

Chef Kevin Nakata made an appearance on KHON2 News to talk about the gourmet baskets he is preparing for the upcoming Diner En Blanc.

Some of the food showcased during Chef Kevin’s morning show appearance on KHON 2 News.

We are excited to share our latest case study video featuring the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2018 Annual Meeting. AOGS 2018 provides a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public. AOGS 2018 marks the first time the Society has met in the United States. Hawaii provided the perfect backdrop for their meeting and helped increase their attendance numbers to 3,600 – making this their largest meeting to date.