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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Hawai‘i Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton Wins Meetings Award

Smart Meetings magazine recognizes Orton as an Industry Leader in its March issue

Honolulu, March 7, 2019 – The Hawai‘i Convention Center is pleased to announce that Teri Orton, general manager, Hawai‘i Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, has received recognition for her leadership in the North American meetings industry.

HCC General Manager Teri Orton

Smart Meetings, a leading media company and trusted resource for meeting professionals, named Orton among 29 Industry Leaders in its fourth-annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. This prestigious awards platform serves as a celebrated benchmark for women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry in North America.

“Females make up the majority of the workforce in the meetings and events industry, and yet most critical leadership roles are filled by men. Through this awards platform, Smart Meetings recognizes women who apply their natural leadership skills in all levels of their careers to elevate the meetings industry,” Smart Meetings said in a statement.

The awards recognize the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven categories: Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. Winners were distinguished by thousands of nominations from their industry peers and colleagues, and evaluated against hundreds of candidates.

“This award is a reflection of our entire team at the Hawai‘i Convention Center,” said Orton, who has two decades of hospitality experience and has served as general manager of the Center since 2014. “It is an honor to work with leading meetings and events organizers to create world-class gatherings in Hawai‘i.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners are featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will receive on-stage honors at the Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala May 8, 2019, at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

AEG Community Foundation Awards $40,000 in Charitable Grants in Hawai‘i

The AEG Community Foundation, the newly formed charitable arm of AEG, which manages the Hawai‘i Convention Center, has awarded $40,000 in grants to two nonprofit organizations in Hawai‘i. The Foundation’s mission is to support children and families in need in the areas of K-12 education, the arts, and health and wellness in communities where AEG operates.

Left to Right (Jan. 23, 2019): Avery Fukeda, Sales Coordinator, Hawai‘i Convention Center; Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawai’i Convention Center; Arden Salassa, Corporate Relations Manager, Make-A-Wish Hawaii; James Donnelly, Hospitality and Development Manager, Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Left to Right (Feb. 1, 2019): Auli‘i Hirayama, Development Director, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii; Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawai’i Convention Center; Paddy Kauhane, Interim President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i was awarded $25,000 to support its mission of granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii was awarded $15,000 to support sports and culinary arts programs for at-risk youth.

“We are pleased that two outstanding organizations in our community, Make-A-Wish Hawai’i and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawai’i, were selected to receive grants from the AEG Community Foundation,” said Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “In its more than 20 years of operation, the Hawai‘i Convention Center has participated in numerous efforts to support and enhance Hawai‘i’s communities, including efforts furthered by AEG’s longstanding AEG 1Community program, which established foundations and programs and contributed more than $120 million in direct financial and in-kind support of charitable, community and civic programs over the past decade.”