HONOLULU – The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau announces the debut of “I Mua Hawaii,” its first-ever, interactive virtual trade show for meetings, conventions and incentives planners. Launching in October 2020 and running through March 2021, the engaging series of five half-day sessions will feature an impressive lineup of Hawaii industry partners, as well as keynote speaker Dewitt Jones, renowned American photographer, writer, and film director.

“'I Mua Hawaii' allows meeting planners to connect directly with Hawaii hoteliers, Destination Management Companies, activity providers, and Hawaiian cultural practitioners to receive a first look at new industry offerings throughout the state,” said John Reyes. “In addition, planners will also learn about the enhanced safety and health measures being taken to ensure the safety of groups traveling to the islands for the immediate and long-term future.”

The trade show will include pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and showcase authentic opportunities for planners to enhance their programs in the Hawaiian Islands, including learning about the new Hawaii MCI Blueprint, receiving destination updates, meeting Made-in-Hawaii vendors, and experiencing a fun and entertaining Hawaii-style pau hana (happy hour).

Keynote speaker Dewitt Jones, famed for the TED talk "Celebrate What's Right With the World," will share with us a new lens of optimism, celebration and aloha.

As an innovative solution to current travel restrictions, virtual attendees will be able to re-engage with the pristine beauty of Hawaii’s diverse landscapes, familiarize themselves with activities that inspire creativity and wellness, and experience the unique culture that makes the Hawaiian Islands an unparalleled destination for groups. 

Interested planners can contact meetings@meethawaii.com.

SCHEDULE:               
Thursday, October 15, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST
Topic: All Customer Market Segments

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST
Topic: Incentive Market Segment

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST
Topic: Medical Meetings Market Segment

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST
Topic: TBD

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST
Topic: TBD

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About Meet Hawaii 
Meet Hawaii is a collaboration of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA’s Global Marketing Teams and the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) to reinforce the brand of the Hawaiian Islands as a world-class destination for global business meetings, conventions and incentive programs. The marketing efforts of the Meet Hawaii team are overseen by HTA, the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency. HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires and visitor industry needs. For information about Meet Hawaii and the hosting of meetings, conventions and incentives, please visit MeetHawaii.com

Special note to media: The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) recognizes the use of the ‘okina [‘] or glottal stop, one of the eight consonants of the (modern) Hawaiian language; and the kahakō [ā] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as Lāna‘i). However, HVCB respects the individual use of these markings for names of organizations and businesses.

Media Contacts:
Darlene Morikawa                                                            
Director of PR/Communications                                       
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau                          
dmorikawa@hvcb.org                                                       
(808) 924-0259                                                                 

Pua Sterling
Senior Account Executive, Public Relations
Anthology Marketing Group
pua.sterling@anthologygroup.com  
(808) 441-9720