It’s “Where Business and Aloha Meet” — and in a winning way. The 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaiʻi Convention Center provides organizations from around the globe with a setting that is distinctly Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi Convention Center’s on-site F&B kitchen produces delectable Hawaiʻi-inspired dishes that elevate dining from "conventional" to exceptional.
The Perfect Location
The Hawaiʻi Convention Center fronts Kalākaua Avenue, the boulevard anchoring Honolulu’s shopping, dining and entertainment scene. It’s adjacent to Waikīkī, Oʻahu’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 Hawaiʻi's top attractions. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is a mere eight-mile drive.
Additionally, Hawaiʻi's diverse economy creates a rich meetings ecosystem for organizations across many industries. While tourism and related services are top-of-mind among Hawaiʻi'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 Hawaiʻi 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 Kalākaua Ballroom, both divisible into thirds
· 35,000-square-foot registration lobby
· 47 meeting rooms, many with shaded lānai (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 Hawaiʻi Convention Center:
"The Hawaiʻi Convention Center is an amazing beautiful facility, very well kept up. The attendee feedback was people were just so taken back once they walked into the lobby of just the beauty and just the sheer amazement of the outdoor feel with the trade winds coming through the building. I think that having this more open environment really impacts the attendee experience, that they don't feel that they're trapped inside all day." - Anne-Marie Kahrovic, Director of Meetings International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
“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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi, 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
"I'd like to thank the staff of the convention center for being so accommodating. I think their spirit of aloha was very strong. We have an event coordination company that runs the conference for our community. So they had a lot of interfacing with your staff. And I talked with them constantly, multiple times per day. And they were very happy with how well you were willing to make changes as needed, and listen to us, and adjust things. And a lot of things didn't need any attention at all. You just did things very well. So I think the staff here was wonderful. And we had no significant complaints, which is really a testament. Given the conference size and the conference growth, it would be very difficult to manage that for us but you guys really helped." - Anthony Hoogs, PhD., General Co-Chair for The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision And Pattern Recognition (CVPR)