Hawaii Convention Center Lit Up in Red In Support Of #RedAlertRESTART Campaign

The Hawai‘i Convention Center was illuminated in red last September 1st in solidarity with the millions of people working behind the scenes to bring live events, concerts and sporting events back to life.

1,500 other buildings across North America also lit up their facilities in red to call attention to the deep financial plight of the Live Events Industry.

For more info, visit WeMakeEvents.org

Hawaii Convention Center Continues to Serve Community as Location for Hawaii Unemployment and Elections Services

Honolulu, June 16, 2020 – While the Hawai‘i Convention Center remains closed to the public following State of Hawai‘i COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it is working with state agencies to provide space for important services such as unemployment claims processing and vote counting.

Since April the Hawai‘i Convention Center has served as a temporary satellite location for the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to process unemployment insurance claims. While this location is not open to the public, volunteer personnel and staff are using socially distanced workstations to process a record number of unemployment claims. The Center has worked in coordination with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard to ensure volunteers and staff are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and are having their temperatures and security credentials checked upon entry.

“Our ballroom and exhibit halls provide ample space to follow social distancing measures recommended by the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our guests and employees,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by ASM Global. “While all public events previously scheduled during this time are either postponed or cancelled, we are pleased to continue to serve Hawai‘i.”

From July through November the State of Hawai‘i’s Office of Elections will use a portion of the Center’s exhibit hall space as a temporary vote counting center, with more than 200 volunteers and staff expected to participate.

The Center is also conducting improvements, repairs and upgrades throughout the building, allowing for the expedited completion of maintenance projects and the implementation of new safety protocols without disrupting meetings and events.

The health and safety of guests and employees are the Center’s top priority. The Center has developed safety guidelines and protocols in response to COVID-19 and continues to follow the guidance of public health officials.

Updates will be posted to the Center’s schedule at HawaiiConvention.com.

About the Hawai‘i Convention Center

“Where Business and Aloha Meet,” the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawai‘i Convention Center provides a spacious, modern and flexible meeting space in the heart of Honolulu – all with an award-winning team and renowned aloha spirit. Conveniently located between East and West, the Center is a global leader for a diverse array of meetings and events, just steps from 30,000 hotel rooms in iconic Waikiki. The Center is a state-owned facility opened in 1998, and is managed by ASM Global. For more, visit HawaiiConvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global was formed from the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG in October 2019, creating a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues. To learn more about ASM Global and the exciting new ways we can serve you, visit ASMGlobal.com.

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Hawaii Convention Center Update on COVID-19 Closure

The Hawai‘i Convention Center continues to follow State of Hawai‘i restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, remaining closed since March 18, 2020. While all public events previously scheduled during this time are either postponed or cancelled, the Center is pleased to serve our communities as a temporary satellite location for the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to process unemployment insurance claims. This satellite location is not open to the public for walk-ins.  For further information please refer to the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website at https://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/.

The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority, and we will post updates to our events calendar at HawaiiConvention.com

Please also visit our FAQs page for any questions: https://blog.hawaiiconvention.com/covid-19-faqs/

Hawaii Convention Center Serves as Unemployment Claims Processing Location

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to offer its meetings space for use as a satellite unemployment insurance processing location for the State of Hawai‘i, as jobless claims have dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 1,000 volunteer positions will be staffed by public labor unions and members of the State Legislature to handle the processing of claims at the Center, in addition to ongoing claims processing at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Computers were sourced from State offices across O‘ahu.

Several hundred work stations were set up during the week of April 20, 2020, in the Center’s Ballroom space, as well as seven other meeting rooms.

To ensure the health and safety of volunteers and staff, social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines are being followed, and Hawai‘i National Guard service members are conducting security and temperature checks.

The Hawai‘i Convention Center claims processing center is not open to the public.

For more information, visit the State of Hawai‘i Unemployment Insurance website at labor.hawaii.gov/ui/.

Celebrating the Best of STEM, Culture and Sports this November

November brought us a diverse range of events that began with the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. This is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the United States. SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Their Hawaii meeting was the largest in their history, welcoming over 5,000 attendees for their three day conference. 

Another highlight for this month is the return of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played with teams of 10-12 participants on indoor basketball-size courts with a low-bounce ball. Futsal has more than 12 million competitors across 100 countries worldwide, and U.S. Futsal has governed the sport at the youth and adult levels in the U.S. since 1981. The tournament will be held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls and utilizing indoor athletic courts. It’s an honor to welcome US Futsal back to Hawaii! 

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

It’s an honor to once again be recognized among other world-class facilities and convention centers.
Winter is coming! HCC General Manager Teri Orton and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, founder of the Always Dream Foundation stopped by KHON 2’s Wake Up 2day to spread some early holiday cheer and chat about our upcoming Winter Wishes – Holiday Festival. Click on the image to watch the interview.
Aloha SACNAS! This November, we welcomed over 5,000 attendees from SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science), the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. It serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.
Members of the local SACNAS community came together for a traditional Hawaiian protocol during the SACNAS opening ceremony to welcome attendees to this year’s history-making conference.
US Futsal will kick off the holiday season for us as they return for the 2nd year of the Pacific Rim Futsal Cup from November 26 to December 1, 2019.

A Season of Firsts This October

From hosting our first ever Zero Waste event to welcoming a new STEM-related conference, October has brought a lot of new programs to the Hawaii Convention Center this month. 

We kicked off October with the Pacific Building Trade Expo where the Center collaborated with to organize zero-waste efforts for their event. Zero waste is a philosophy and a design principle that takes a whole system approach to resources and waste. It reduces consumption, minimizes waste, maximizes recycling and composting, and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. Event efforts included reducing, reusing, sorting and recycling, as well as sending items to H-POWER, the Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery. This event helped divert 1,283 pounds of waste from the landfill.

We also look forward to welcoming the 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2019,  the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country.

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive organization that for more than 46 years has fostered the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans – from college students to professionals – in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.  

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Hawaii Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton was recently featured in Modern Wahine, a TV show hosted by former Miss Universe Brook Lee. In this episode, Teri showed Brook around the facility via our eco-friendly bikes and they even got the chance to shoot some hoops in our basketball courts!
The Pacific Building Trade Expo held in our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 3. This year, the Center collaborated with the organizers to launch zero-waste efforts during their event. A total of 1,283 pounds of waste were diverted from the landfill.
HCC team members assist and attendee in sorting their trash during the Pacific Building Trade Expo, our first zero-waste event.
We are excited to welcome the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for their 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference! The SACNAS conference will bring over 4,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college students and professionals to Hawai‘i for the first time in its forty-six year history.

Exploring the Land and Oceans this September

This month of September, we welcomed a combination of repeat popular events along with a convention that met in Hawaii for the first time.

First off was the 37th annual Okinawan Festival, back again for the second time at their new home here at the Hawaii Convention Center. This was Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival featuring delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages and welcomed 45,000 attendees from August 31 and September 1.

Another notable event this month was OceanObs’19 from September 16-20. More than 1,400 attendees from 63 countries were in attendance, doubling the conference’s previous turnout. OceanObs’, which stands for ocean observation, is held every 10 years, previously in Venice, Italy, in 2009, and Saint Raphael, France, in 1999. Attendees range from oceanographers to data scientists, engineers, and policymakers.This is the first time this premier global ocean sciences conference was held in the U.S. 

Lastly, we also welcomed the 18th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention from September 23 to 25 which brings together cultural practitioners, educators, health care and housing providers, business leaders, kupuna and future leaders from the next generation. It is the largest convening of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

We are excited to share the Fall 2019 issue of Facilities and Destinations Magazine which featured the Hawaii Convention Center on the cover! Click on the image above to view the article.
A cultural performance from this year’s Okinawan Festival.
Ocean Obs ’19 featured more than 1,400 attendees from 63 countries with attendees ranging from oceanographers to data scientists, engineers, and policymakers.
Our Food and Beverage team recently opened our kitchen doors to KHON 2 for a morning show segment on WakeUp2Day. Featuring signature cocktails and unique dishes served during last month’s Sunset Mele on the Rooftop.
From fine wines to signature cocktails, our culinary team and customize our beverage menu to suit any event. Featured here is our refreshing signature cocktail called “Electric Lemonade” which has a shot of Vodka, Blue Curacao, club soda and a splash of Lemonade.
Our Executive Chef Hans Lentz was included in a feature article about healthy catering trends of major convention centers in North America. Click on the image above to read the article.
The Hawai‘i Convention Center will offer guests more reasons to celebrate the holiday season with a new festival and ice skating rink. We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first ever holiday festival and Ice Skating Rink! Our 56,000 sq. ft. (5,204 sq. m.) exhibit hall space will be transformed into a month-long “Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival” from Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 2019.

Comics and Culture Converge at the Hawaii Convention Center

The month of August featured a series of repeat popular events that brought in local and international attendees alike. We kicked off the month with Comic Con Honolulu, back at the Hawaii Convention Center for their fifth year. This event welcomes fandoms of all types and featured guests from comic, gaming, TV and movies plus local artists and vendors.This was another successful year for them, bringing in over 9000 attendees during their 3-day event.

Next up, we welcomed repeat Japanese incentive group, Daito Kentaku, back for their annual reception in our Kamehameha Exhibit Halls. Their 3000 attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by our Executive Chef Hans Lentz. 

Finally, we are looking forward to the return of the Okinawan Festival from August 31 to September 1. As Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival, the Okinawan Festival promises to be a weekend full of delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages! Last year, the festival moved indoors to the spacious and air-conditioned Convention Center which provided an opportunity to showcase additional activities and displays. They also had a record number of attendees estimated at 56,000! We look forward to welcoming them back and enjoying warm andagi and other yummy food offerings!

For more highlights and to find out more about our upcoming events, check out our photos below!

Get to know our new Executive Chef Hans Lentz! He was recently featured in Pacific Business News.
Comic book and sci-fi lovers big and small gathered at this year’s Comic Con Honolulu
Our F&B team continues to bewitch our attendees with these Harry Potter inspired cocktails served during the recent Comic Con Honolulu event
The Okinawan Festival is back at the Hawaii Convention Center! This is Hawaii’s largest ethnic festival featuring delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun for people of all ages! The Okinawan Festival is the signature event of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA). Proceeds from the Okinawan Festival fund the HUOA’s cultural programs.