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. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners were selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.
2017 - 2018 Readers' Choice Award for 2 consecutive years.
Prime Site Award
2018 Prime Site Award - Facilities & Destinations magazine
1999-2016, 18 Consecutive Years – Facilities & Destinations magazine
2018 - The Hawai‘i Convention Center attained the Po’okela Level (excellence in Leadership) for the Hawai‘i Green Business Program for venues. The state’s Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally, culturally and socially responsible manner.
2016 - The Hawai‘i Convention Center was recognized for environmental stewardship by the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. HCC achieved the highest level of Ma’o Hau Hele, venues leading the way in sustainability
Green Event Award
2015-2016 - 2015 Hawai‘i Tourism Conference from the Hawai‘i Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
2012– 2013, 2013– 2014 – Hawaii Build & Buy Green Conference from the Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawaii Department of Health and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Best in Business Travel Award
2008– 2010, 3 Consecutive Years for "Best Conference or Convention Center/City" – Business Traveler magazine, the world's leading publication for frequent business travelers
Betty Crocker Landscape Award
2007 Professional Gardens Award of Excellence (Rooftop Terrace Garden); 2003 Scenic Hawaii, Inc.;
Additional Awards & Accolades
Business Destinations Travel Awards 2018
Best Congress and Convention Center, North America
Smart Meetings 2018 Platinum Choice Award for the Hawaii Convention Center
Hawaii Convention Center General Manager Teri Orton was named 2018 Woman of the Year, a top honor conferred by the Women in Lodging & Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, an affiliate of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA). The annual hospitality industry award goes to a woman with outstanding leadership in her profession and community
Awarded to General Manager, Teri Orton. The award recognizes the top professionals making a difference in the meetings industry.
Smart Meetings 2016 Platinum Choice Award for Meet Hawai‘i
Honors premier CVBs, hotels and venues for outstanding service from across North America.
2016 AIPC Apex Award for World's Best Congress Center - The Hawaii Convention Center Ranked Top 3 Among 200 of the World's Best Convention Centers.
The AIPC Apex Award is made bi-annually in recognition of the highest client rating received by a convention centre on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of centre performance based on customer satisfaction surveys. An independent "blind" evaluation process carried out by Ipsos, a recognized international market research company, ensures an objective analysis of the data which addresses a series of factors including centre facilities, project management capabilities, catering and technical capacity.
2012 Best Convention Host Award
As voted by the more than 11,000 readers who participated in Premier Traveler magazine's "Best of 2012" survey; the Center was the only convention facility in the country and the only Hawaii facility to be honored in 2012
2012 Distinctive Achievement Award
Recognizes the top five U.S. convention centers for excellence in meetings assistance and service – Association Conventions & Facilities magazine
2012 Koa Anvil Award of Excellence
Hawaii Convention Center Reputation/Brand Management for Travel/Tourism/Hospitality – Awarded by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Hawaii Chapter for "Road to APEC" outreach
2012 Koa Anvil Award of Excellence
Hawaii Convention Center Events & Observances for Travel/Tourism/Hospitality – Awarded by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Hawaii Chapter for the April 2011 American Academy of Neurology Brain Health Fair
2010 Inner Circle Award – Top Convention Centers Category
Recognition for Excellence in Quality and Service in the Meetings and Hospitality Industry by Association Meetings Magazine
2009 PCMA Chairman's Award
From the Professional Convention Management Association
2007 Tour de Trash Certificate of Merit
U.S. Conference of Mayors' 2007 City Livability Award for Outstanding Achievement, City & County of Honolulu
2006 Inner Circle Award
Recognition for Excellence in Quality and Service in the Meetings and Hospitality Industry – Association Meetings Magazine
2005 Meeting Planners Choice Award
Recognition for Excellence in the Hospitality Industry – Meeting News Magazine
2003 Best Use of Nature in Design
From Tradeshow Week Magazine
2001 Award of Excellence and Mayor's Choice Award
From the Honolulu Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA), the highest level of recognition for projects that exemplify superior architectural design on all levels of analysis
1999 Ten Most Innovative Architectural Projects of the 1990's
Hawaii Convention Center judged No. 1 in a survey of Hawaii architectural projects – Building Industry Magazine
1998 Design/Build Award
For New Construction Over $500,000 – Contracting Business Magazine
1998 National Design-Build Award
For Best Public Project Over $15 million, designed by LMN Architects and Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo; single source general contractor Nordic/PCL Design- Build Institute of America
1998 Energy Efficiency Award: Energy Project of the Year
From the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
1998 Grand Award for Excellence in Engineering Design
Designed by structural engineering firm of Skilling Ward Magnuson Barkshire, Inc. – American Consulting Engineers Design
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