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!

Matters of the Heart

The month of February saw another series of diverse events ranging from our first Citywide meeting for 2019 to a variety of sporting events such as volleyball, basketball and Futsal (indoor soccer). 

It was an honor to welcome back the American Heart Association’s 2019 International Stroke Conference from February 6 – 8.  The International Stroke Conference is the world’s premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. The conference included a multi-faceted lineup of events, including a pre-conference nursing symposium, clinical sessions, exhibitors, and more than 1,500 presentations from world-renowned researchers and industry professionals spanning 21 categories that emphasize basic, clinical and translational sciences. HCC first hosted the International Stroke Conference in 2013, and it was great to welcome this world-class meeting back to Hawai‘i,

Soon after, we got people’s hearts racing again with the AAU Honolulu Grand Prix (volleyball) and Jam on It Tournament (basketball) in our Exhibit Halls 2 & 3 for four days of sporting action! 

We then had three simultaneous events in our Exhibit Halls during the last weekend of February. Featuring a cheerleading event in Exhibit Hall 1 (Athletic Championships), the Amazing Comic Con Aloha in Exhibit Hall 2 and the Hawaii Futsal Cup International Cup in Exhibit Hall 3.

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 International Stroke Conference theater setup in Exhibit Hall 3
Lobby Registration setup for the International Stroke Conference
Always a pleasure to welcome back Diana for their incentive and award ceremony. Congratulations to all the high achievers!
HCC General Manager Teri Orton (right), presented a token of our appreciation to Mr. Tokuda, President of Diana (left) for their continued support.
Mahalo to Hawaii Tourism Oceania for helping spread aloha during this year’s Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event – AIME event in Melbourne, Australia. HCC’s Director of Conventions – Asia Pacific, Janet Kuwata, was also in attendance.
HCC welcomed once again our Customer Advisory Board (CAB) for our annual Spring Meeting last February 20 – 22. The CAB 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.
Sweet treats from our Food and Beverage team
HCC also hosted it’s annual Hotel General Manager’s Forum last February 22nd and welcomed close to 20 hotel GMs and industry stakeholders. Leadership from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, including HTA CEO Chris Tatum were also in attendance.
Hawaii Futsal International Cup in Exhibit Hall 3
Amazing costumes from this year’s Amazing Comic Con Aloha

Happy 2019!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We are getting ready for an exciting 2019 filled with conventions, tournaments, comic cons, community events and more! Check out our event calendar: https://www.meethawaii.com/convention-center/events-calendar/

We are looking forward to a strong 2019 with a number of Citywide events, Sports tournaments, banquet functions and a variety of popular repeat events lined up for the year.

We kicked off January with the IAFOR International Conference on Education 2019 (IICE Hawaii 2019) who are returning for their 4th consecutive meeting here at HCC. IICEHawaii brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Honolulu, Hawaii, to present new research and exchange ideas from both the private and public sectors.

Soon after it was time to transform our Exhibit Hall 1 into an elegant banquet hall for the 2019 Sony Open Gala Dinner. The menu showcased wonderful dishes from an impressive roster of up and coming female celebrity chefs including Chef Lee Anne Wong from Koko Head Cafe. It was indeed a night to remember!

Lastly among our notable January events, we welcomed our first sporting tournament of the year. The AAU Transpacific Championship welcomed an estimated 2000 attendees, athletes and their families last January 18 – 21, 2019. This international, high-level volleyball competition and college showcase featured youth teams from Hawaii, the mainland USA, China, Japan, Mexico, American Samoa and Thailand.

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.

Aloha Sports Express! HCC welcomed representatives from various sports organizations across the United States who were in Hawaii for a FAM tour.

Our Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 was once again transformed for the annual Sony Open Gala Dinner.

AAU Transpacific Tournament utilized all 3 of our Exhibit Halls, showcasing 25 volleyball courts and welcoming an estimated 2000 attendees in a span of three days.

It was an honor to welcome back Kashiwabara Corporation who were in Hawaii for their 70th Anniversary Celebration. Approximately 1000 guests attended the award ceremony held at our Kalakaua Ballroom ABC.

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/

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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