It’s “Where Business and Aloha Meet” — and in a winning way. The 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center provides organizations from around the globe with a setting that is distinctly Hawaii in style while being spacious, modern, and flexible.
The Center's striking open-air design of public spaces, abundance of natural light and lush landscaping provide a meetings backdrop unlike anywhere else in the world, and Hawaii Convention Center’s on-site F&B kitchen produces delectable Hawaii-inspired dishes that elevate dining from "conventional" to exceptional.
The Perfect Location
The Hawaii Convention Center fronts Kalakaua Avenue, the boulevard anchoring Honolulu’s shopping, dining and entertainment scene. It’s adjacent to Waikiki, Oahu’s iconic resort area with 30,000 hotel rooms and a divine, crescent-shaped beach. In the other direction is the capital city’s downtown area and some of Hawaii's top attractions. Honolulu International Airport is a mere eight-mile drive.
Additionally, Hawaii's diverse economy creates a rich meetings ecosystem for organizations across many industries. While tourism and related services are top-of-mind among Hawaii's leading business sectors, the islands are also recognized for important work in high-tech fields, including volcanology, biology, ocean sciences, geology and green technology, has a strong defense sector and is an important manufacturer and exporter in cotton-based products, raw sugar and molasses, pineapple and other agricultural products.
Space & Form
The boutique-style Hawaii Convention Center can host a wide variety of events with its diverse roster of rooms and event venues:
· 200,000-square-foot Kamehameha Exhibit Hall and 35,000-square foot Kalakaua Ballroom, both divisible into thirds
· 35,000-square-foot registration lobby
· 47 meeting rooms, many with shaded lanai (verandas) or direct courtyard access
· Two tiered-seating theaters for up to 329 and 467 people
· A 2.5-acre rooftop events garden, accommodating 1,000-person banquets or 2,500-person receptions overlooking the city.
Raves & Reviews
Satisfaction ratings from planners consistently come in above 95 percent. Here’s what our clients have to say about meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center:
“The aloha spirit is something that’s quite real. Often in business, you’re constantly stressed, you’re under pressure with deadlines, budgets and so forth, and when you’re meeting in Hawaii there’s a sense of relief… It makes it easier to learn and network, and just makes it a wonderful experience.” – David Nershi, Executive Director, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
“In Hawaii, our members tend to be more relaxed. They tend to be more introspective. And we certainly seem to have a lot more fun…. It’s always best to be relaxed and receptive when you’re trying to learn.” – Albert Morris Jr., MD, National Medical Association
“When we did our pre-registration at our last convention… we had a phenomenal number of people sign up. And part of it had to do with the fact that the Convention Center sent over a ton of leis [sic], so if you signed up early you got a real Hawaiian lei. That meant a lot [to our attendees].” – Richard Yep, CEO, American Counseling Association