Let’s Get (Geo) Physical!

The summer season is in full swing and so are the events here at the Hawaii Convention Center. The 2018 Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting kicked off the month of June. This conference 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.

Following AOGS 2018 were a series of sporting events that welcomed close to 2,500 athletes and their families combined back to the Hawaii Convention Center. Check out our photos below for images from the Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2018 and the 2018 Pacific Rim Basketball Championship along with more photos from our recent events this month.Aloha AOGS! HCC General Manager presents a commemorative canoe paddle to Prof. Ben Chao, president of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

All smiles from the AOGS 2018 planning committee The NASA Hyperwall was a great draw during the AOGS 2018 Exhibits in our Kalakaua Ballroom

HCC General Manager Teri Orton presents our One Million Trees reforestation initiative during the Experience Aloha Business Exchange luncheon

Attendees of the recent Experience Aloha Business Exchange received a tree planted in their nameA private event held at HCC converted our Lobby area into a fun space for arcade and family activities

We also welcome back Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic 2018!

The Pacific Rim Championships (Jam on It) were also recently held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls

Highlights From Our First Sunset Mele and Night Market!

Missed our first Sunset Mele and Night Market last April 20th? Here’s some of the highlights. See you on our next one!

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

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

Science and Research Meets Mele and Celebration

From citywide conventions to school graduations to rooftop gatherings, the Hawaii Convention Center welcomed many important meetings and fun events in May. The month started off with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting. ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Their Hawaii meeting saw a total of 11,466 attendees which had exceeded their initial forecast. Organizers report that is the second-best attended meeting since they moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mele Mei, a celebration of Hawai’i’s music, hula and culture is also in full swing this month. Music and hula events are held at various venues statewide and the Hawaii Convention Center is proud to be a part of this wonderful celebration. A popular event held during Mele Mei is the annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. Presented by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), the Nā Hōkū’s honors the achievements of excellence of Hawaii’s recording artists. It is one of the biggest annual entertainment events in Hawai‘i.

Closing the month of May was another citywide convention, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 2018 AAPD Annual Session. AAPD is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. While initially forecasting 3,000, they welcomed close to 6,000 attendees for their 71st Annual Session.

For more updates, check out some of our photos from this month’s events!

Pacific Edge Magazine’s recently launched their Summer 2018 issue where they honored Hawaii’s Women in Business. Our very own General Manager, Teri Orton, is featured in the cover along with Wendy Shewalter and Loretta Yajima.

Celebrating the launch of Pacific Edge Magazine’s Summer 2018 issue at our Rooftop Garden.Executive Chef Kevin Nakata’s homemade pork and lotus root sliders.Got a sweet tooth? Our dessert table always has something for everyone.After the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards on May 19th, guests came down to room 317 to unwind and enjoy the afterparty. Music filled the night as the drinks flowed.For the past three years, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has installed a Hawaiian music themed exhibit at the Center in conjunction with the Na Hōkū Hanohano Awards. This year’s exhibit is “Music of Waikīkī – The Legendary Homes of Hawaiian Music”. Located on the third level, the exhibit showcases items from entertainers that headlined some of Waikīkī’s famous showrooms and venues.ARVO 2018 Expo in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls.Aloha American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)!The Hawai‘i Convention Center is a proud recepient of the Hawai‘i Green Business Program for venues. The state’s Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally, culturally and socially responsible manner.

A Vision of Great Events in April

The month of April saw a combination of popular events and a few citywide conventions. Notable mentions include the First Hawaiian International Auto Show which always draws a large crowd every year. More than 40,000 guests stopped by this 3-day show to view over 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks all in one place.

We also welcomed the 2018 AACSB International Conference & Annual Meeting (ICAM) last April 22-24. Organized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), ICAM 2018 is their largest event and brought together 1500 of the world’s top business academics and collaborators for 3 days of world-class networking opportunities and learning new best practices to acquiring a global perspective of the current state of business education.

Wrapping up our month is the ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. From April 29 to May 3rd, approximately 10,500 international basic and clinical researchers will share the latest breakthroughs in vision research. They will engage with their colleagues right here at HCC as they work to advance their science and expand its support within our communities and governments.

Lastly, we also held our very own Signature Event, the Sunset Mele and Night Market last April 20th. This free community event featured a great entertainment lineup and awesome food options from our very own Executive Chef Kevin Nakata and other local food vendors. We also showcased the Academy Award winning film Coco in our Liliu Theater 310 and welcomed over 50 local vendors in our night market.

Check out some of our photos from this month’s events!


Step into the Exhibit Hall! Cool slipper decals during the 2018 ICAM Conference.

We are ready to welcome the ARVO 2018 Meeting here at the Hawaii Convention Center!

The First Hawaiian International Auto Show in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls showcased over 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks all in one place!

Executive Chef Kevin Nakata appeared on KHON 2’s Wake Up 2Day morning show to share what he’s cooking up for our Sunset Mele and Night Market

Chef Kevin’s street tacos showcased during Sunset Mele and Night Market. Chorizo Tacos and Moroccan Grilled Vegetable Tacos!

Streetlight Cadence serenade the crowd at Sunset Mele and Night Market (4-20-18)

Feature Film showing in Theater 310


Sunset Mele’s Night Market area along the hallway outside of rooms 302 to 309 at our 3rd Level.

HCC participated in Earth Day activities during Sunset Mele and Night Market (4-20-18)

Join us for Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20th!

Join Us For Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20, 2018

Sunset Mele and Night Market is a free community event showcasing live entertainment, family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, 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, April 20, 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)

Celebrate Earth Day at Sunset Mele and Night Market on April 20 with local eco-conscious partners and activities.

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








5:00 pm Streetlight Cadence

Streetlight Cadence








6:00 pm Ku Ha’Aheo and Kekaniwai








7:00 pm Kawika Kahiapo

Kawika Kahiapo








8:00 pm Alx Kawakami and Blayne Asing

Alx Kawakami

Blayne Asing







6:00 pm Feature Movie, Disney Pixar’s COCO in the Lili΄u Theater 310.

Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Sunset Mele Feature Movie: Coco










6:30pm-8pm Earth Day Terrarium and Mini Animal Sculpture Workshop (Room 307B)

Sunset Mele Earth Day Terrarium Workshop

In this workshop students of all ages will first be given a brief overview of plant adaptation and evolution.   Afterwards they will learn how to create their own terrariums using large mason jars, soil, stones, and succulent plants.  Upon completion, students will learn the fundamentals of sculpture and create small animal figurines made of air-dry clay to accompany their terrariums.  Space is limited, cost $25.

Click here to register




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

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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

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.

Join Us For Sunset Mele On The Rooftop On July 1, 2017

Sunset Mele on the Rooftop – July 1, 2017

Join the Hawaii Convention Center for our next Sunset Mele on the Rooftop this July 1, 2017, sponsored by Honolulu Marathon. Featuring the movie “Sing”!

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 the Rooftop – July 1, 2017