Hawai`i Convention Center turned off the lights for Earth Hour on March 29!
Lights out in three, two, one…
At the Hawai`i Convention Center we work hard to reduce our impact on the environment. Check out what we are doing in our commitment to sustainability.
We are joining the World Wildlife Fund and millions of people worldwide for Earth Hour, the single largest public event to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change.
Join us in turning off your lights for Earth Hour, 8:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, March 29! Learn more at http://www.earthhour.org/
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental and conservation organization, with representation from more than 160 countries. A four-person delegation from IUCN is in Hawai`i this week, as the Aloha State bids host to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016. Held every four years, this meeting aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social, and economic development. As many as 8,000 delegates attend this meeting, representing leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies, and social organizations.
The site visit to Hawai`i begins on Hawai`i Island, with a tour of Volcanoes National Park. From there they come to Oahu to visit Waikiki hotel properties as well as the Hawai`i Convention Center, where there is a welcome reception later that evening. From there they are off to Kaua`i for more meetings and site inspections.
The 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE) takes place September 9-11, running concurrently with the Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium. All three gatherings will address the central theme of how government, business, technology, and innovative forward thinking can collaborate to ensure a secure energy future for people globally, especially those living in isolated areas.
Now in its fifth year, the Summit has undergone a remarkable transformation from a conference that was initially created to support Hawai`i companies working in clean energy, to one that is now attended predominately by companies and leaders from international markets, especially Asia and the Pacific Rim. Event organizers say nearly 90 percent of this year’s exhibitors are from outside Hawai`i.
The Summit will feature a range of notable local, national, and international guest speakers reflecting the importance of its global focus, including:
Anticipated to generate buzz among Summit attendees is the Shizuoka, Japan delegation. Among Shizuoka’s exhibit highlights will be one of the world’s fastest electric cars and its driver, ‘Monster’ Tajima, who just nine weeks ago won the Electric Division of the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tajima’s car goes 200 kilometers per hour – without making a sound – except for the tires contacting the road.
Hawai`i’s visitor industry will benefit from APCESE with the 1,200 attendees projected to generate $5 million in visitor spending and $487,000 in state tax revenue.
For more information about the APCESE, please visit www.islandsconnect.com.
The 3rd Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival continued its festivities on Sept. 7 on the Rooftop Garden at the Hawai`i Convention Center. The evening event “Taste Our Love for the Land” showcased local ingredients, farm-to-table sourcing and cooking practices.
The Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival runs Sept. 1-9, 2013. For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
The Hawai`i Convention Center, among leaders from two-dozen organizations spanning the education, government, meetings, tourism, culture, and conservation sectors, has launched efforts to secure the 2016 World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Held every four years, it is the world’s largest and most important conservation event, with an estimated 8,000 participants from 140 countries working to negotiate solutions to environmental and development challenges.
In the first of several major milestones on the road to securing the 2016 Congress, a delegation of 40 leaders from Hawai`i and the Pacific Rim traveled to the 2012 Congress in Jeju, Korea, from Sept. 6-15, 2012, to showcase the state as a premier meetings destination to the international conservation community.
Delegates from the Hawai`i IUCN 2012/2016 Alliance presented at and led workshops, knowledge cafes, and poster sessions, each providing a perspective on Hawai`i’s global conservation efforts. In addition, Hawaiian dancers performed as part of the meeting’s formal program, and delegates hosted a Hawai`i Nature + Aloha reception, which included participation from top IUCN officials and representatives from international conservation and environmental organizations.
These efforts represent the largest collaboration to secure a Hawai`i meeting since the November 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting (APEC), including participation by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority, the University of Hawai`i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance; as well as a continuation of relationships built during APEC, including work with the U.S. Department of State, the official U.S. member of the IUCN.
It was a menu more than three months in the making.
As part of the sixth Hawai`i Agriculture Conference, the Hawai`i Convention Center food and beverage team served up a luncheon of fresh fish, salads, fruits, and desserts for 400 guests – with one catch: Each ingredient had to be sourced from Hawai`i.
Although the Center features local ingredients in its menus as much as possible, it was only the second time that the team has been tasked with creating a menu from 100 percent locally sourced foods, following similar efforts for more than 400 guests at The World Congress of Zero Emissions Initiativesin September 2010.
The two-day agriculture conference, from September 20-21, featured seminars and programs to highlight how partnerships and collaboration can strengthen the state’s agriculture sector.
Registered attendees and guests with a special “Foodie Pass” were able to attend the All-Hawai`i Products Luncheon on September 20, as well as a Pau Hana Reception later that evening. The reception included nine demonstrations from Hawai`i chefs and farmers ranging from cooking with local invasive species to preparing meals with local produce easily purchased at the grocery store. The kick-off demonstration, from Hawai`i Convention Center Chef Gary Matsumoto, showcased how to cook meals from a CSA – or community-supported agriculture – box.
“It’s a really important thing, cooking locally,” Hawai`i Convention Center Executive Chef Jacob Silver told KHON2’s Manolo Morales during a “Hawai`i’s Kitchen” morning show segment. “It’s important everywhere, but especially in Hawai`i because we are so isolated here and it’s important to support our economy and get everyone on board with eating locally. It’s always better to eat what’s near you and what’s fresh because it always tastes better.”
To best showcase the rich variety of foods available from Hawai`i’s farms, ranches, and waters, the Center created a multi-faceted luncheon menu that included pan-roasted tilapia raised in an aquaponics system in Waiawa; strawberries, lavender, and pickled onions from Maui; and brittle and oil from macadamia nuts grown on the Big Island. The menu also included tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, mixed greens, and potatoes from farms throughout Oahu, as well as a red tomato crema and honey vanilla fromage blanc using cream from a North Shore Oahu dairy.
The menu did not come without challenges, including hand-making vinegar several months in advance for the pineapple citrus vinaigrette, and the lack of popular items such as flour, rice, black pepper, and shoyu.
Live segment #1: Chef Mark Noguchi
Live segment #2: Chef Mark Noguchi and Daniel Anthony
Live segment #3: Chef Jacob Silver
Live segment #4: Chef Jacob Silver
The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai`i will host the 2012 Hawai`i Agriculture Conference at the Hawai`i Convention Center on September 20 & 21, 2012.
Inspired by the United Nations “Year of the Cooperative,” this year’s theme will be Leveraging Partnerships for Profit. Through lessons and tools focusing on working together, the conference aims to ignite collaboration amongst local businesses within the community with encouragement from examples of successful partnerships.
This year’s conference will feature several nationally acclaimed speakers, including Larry Yee, co-founder and director of the Food Commons; Sarah Stokes Alexander of the Keystone Center in Colorado; and also Lauren Anderson of Collaborative Lab. All well known and respected, they will open minds to new ways of thinking as we Leverage Partnerships for Profit. Additionally there will be over two dozen Hawai`i based producers and agriculture professionals speaking throughout the two days.
A highlight of the event will be the all-Hawai`i products luncheon featuring the Monty Richards Leadership Award presented to Donna Ching in appreciation for her decades of service to the agriculture sector. Later that evening at the Pau Hana Reception, join the agriculture professionals to celebrate the bounty of our food and farming culture. Cooking and food growing demonstrations will feature farmers, urban gardeners, and chefs providing attendees with easy “how to’s” and recipe ideas to be used at home. The trade show is expected to gather over fifty vendors who will host demos and provide samples of their products.
Registration to exhibit at the Trade Show and network with nearly 500 farmers, managers, and agricultural industry professionals is open through September 1, 2012. Click here for more information on exhibiting at the conference.
Online registration to attend the conference is also open now. Two-Day Passes including all sessions, meals, the trade show, and the reception is $225 for the early bird special (before August 15, 2012; $275 after). A Foodie Pass is available for $100 for those who only want to attend the Awards Luncheon and Pau Hana Reception.
The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo will draw more than 1,000 attendees to the Hawai`i Convention Center from Aug. 13-15, 2012, to explore breakthrough advancements in energy technologies, as well as opportunities for new projects throughout the state. The meeting is the latest to advance Hawai`i’s focus on renewable energy and science industries, which were highlighted in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Four Pillars, or theme areas, in November 2011.
This premier high-level global networking forum and scientific meeting allows companies from throughout North American and the Pacific Rim to better understand Hawai`i’s clean energy opportunities and advance the state’s goal of achieving 70% clean energy use by 2030, as outlined by the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative. The fourth-annual meeting, which has grown in attendance each year, also offers global and defense projects, as hundreds of business leaders, development agencies, and economic offices gather to find partners.
Highlights from this year’s meeting will include the Defense Energy Technology Challenge, an effort continued from 2011 that allows selected companies and organizations to present new technologies to the defense, clean energy, and investment communities. More than 250 submissions were received, covering areas such as renewable power, vehicle technologies, and energy storage. New this year is the Project Finance Connect Program, which connects growth-stage companies and clean energy projects with finance sources, developers, and partners. More than 100 submissions were received.
The meeting will also draw participation from more than 45 exhibitors, including global companies Toyota, Caterpillar, and Lockheed Martin, as well as a new poster program, which attracted more than 200 submissions from around the world, 80 of which were selected for presentation.
The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo is hosted by the State of Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism in partnership with the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).
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.