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Testimonials

While we can tell you everything there is to know about the Hawaii Convention Center, only our guests and clients can share their personal experiences. We invite you to watch the video below for testimonials from people who have experienced Center events, services and hookipa first hand.

  1. Facility
  2. Staff
  3. Food and Beverage
AOGS 2018
The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2018 Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public. AOGS 2018 marks the first time the Society has met in the United States. Hawaii provided the perfect backdrop for their meeting and helped increase their attendance numbers to 3,600 - making this their largest meeting to date
 
 
PRiME 2016
PRiME 2016 is the largest most significant research conference in the world and serves as one of the largest Pacific Rim forums for the discussion of their interdisciplinary research. The successful PRiME 2016 Meeting proves that you can do serious business in Hawaii

Facility

David Martin, CEO/EVP
Society of Critical Care Medicine

"We really love the design of the building which in my experience in really traveling the entire world is quite unique"

Lancey Cowan, Chief Meetings OFficer
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2018

"This center is wonderful. It's well-staffed, it's well-maintained, it's well-appointed. We had everything we needed here.."

Anthony Hoogs, PhD, General Co-Chair
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision And Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

"..This was really a wonderful setting to have that beautiful open feel to the place. It's by far the most pleasant convention center we've been to."

Anne-Marie Kahrovic, Director of Meetings
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
 

"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."

 

Roque Calvo, Executive Director & CEO
The Electrochemical Society

"It’s a beautiful Center. One of the nice things about this place is the exposure, the air, the windows, the palm trees, you know, you’re inside but you’re not and so if folks are going to be here all day, well at least they get to experience a beautiful place to do all of this, and that’s really nice."

 

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Kelly Bailey, Executive Director
Sweet Adelines International

"It's so nice to be in a place where you feel like you're part of the landscape. You get to feel like you're in Hawaii and not in the middle of a big downtown city.

 

Anne Martinez, Meetings Administrator
American Podiatric Medical Association

The open layout of the center adds a uniqueness found in few other centers.

 

 

Staff

Celeste McNair, Director of Meetings & Events
The Institutes
Risk & Insurance Knowledge Group


"It was an eye-opener for me working with a convention center that had it together. The staff knew the ins and outs. The convention center was easily accessible, easy to navigate. It just made it easy for a meeting planner"

 

 

Wayne Shiroma, PhD., General Chair
IEEE Microwave Theory & Technique Society
IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium

The staff are a first-class act. They have shared the spirit of aloha, not only with the organizing staff but also with every single attendee and that's a way of spreading aloha around the world"

 

Lancey Cowan,
Chief Meetings Officer
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2018


"They were amazing. This is a great staff. Really, we had zero issues. We would come early-- my staff comes to the building early every day just in case there's an issue and we ended up with free time to plan."


 

Lois D. Miller, CAE
President, L. D. Miller & Associates
National Medical Association

"They were fantastic...I would take them on the road with me if I could."

Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM
Executive Director & CEO
American Podiatric Medical Association

"The people here have been wonderful..."

Anne-Marie Kahrovic, Director of Meetings
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

"All of my years, over 20 years in this business, I have never come to a venue where the team is so cohesive, whether it's food and beverage, the convention center staff, to the electricians, it doesn't matter what department I came into contact with, they acted as one."

Albert W. Morris Jr., MD, Chairman, Board of Trustees
National Medical Association

"Our members have been very pleased...there have been very few problems of any kind."

 

 

Food and Beverage

Wayne Shiroma, PhD., General Chair
IEEE Microwave Theory & Technique Society
IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium

"F&B was great. I think that there's that blend of east meets west in the food and beverage that really appeals to our attendees. I got a lot of compliments that I don't deserve, but it's rather the Hawaii Convention Center deserves, on the quality of the food and beverage."

Mary Beth Jacobs, Director of Meetings
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

"Great Food and Beverage. They're creative, they work outside the menu parameters, they help me stay within my budget. The food is good, there's a variety, the people are really great and they put a little local twist to the food." 

Celeste McNair, Director of Meetings & Events
The Institutes
Risk & Insurance Knowledge Group

"It has been 100% spot-on the food and beverage, the service, the taste, the quality, the timing. None of my attendees had one complaint about the food and beverage even the dietary restriction meals. They were all just fantastic."

 

Anthony Hoogs, PhD, General Co-Chair
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision And Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

"The food was excellent. We have a lot of vegetarians in our community. So we always had good vegetarian options available. I think I got a lot of compliments on the food"

Leigh Ann Stockard, VP, Meetings
American Heart Association

"The food and beverage service and food here at the Convention Center is excellent. The food is delicious. I've never heard so many people compliment salmon in my life. We had salmon in many of our meetings yesterday and the chef made a special salmon (for the) American Heart Association, knowing that we are a very healthy group. It was absolutely wonderful.."