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Did APEC change the Hawaii Convention Center’s Future?

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What’s Available at the Hawaii Convention Center

  • An expansive, tropically appointed registration lobby.
  • 2 Permanent, tiered-seat theaters
  • A roof-top, landscaped garden with breathtaking views.
  • A divisible exhibition hall of more than 200,000 square feet.
  • Connectivity to the Maui Super Computer, the 10th fastest in the world, along with satellite uplink and downlink capabilities, as well as microwave transmission.
  • 47 Breakout rooms
  • Extensive fiber-optic and Cat-5 infrastructure with connection points in all meeting spaces and common areas, using a 100 Mbps fiber connection and dual-homed network architecture.
  • A huge production kitchen
  • A ballroom of 35,000 square feet.
  • Simultaneous interpretation rooms and press rooms that can be equipped for global links.


Local Meetings at the Center

The number of meetings at the Hawaii Convention Center has grown steadily since it opened in 1998.

In the beginning, it was booking only about 19 events a year. Now, it averages about 34, with the best years hitting up to 45 events with as many as 100,000 people.

One growth area has been locally organized events, such as the 2011 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, which drew 1,200 delegates from 20 countries. Add in the Miss Hawaii contest, the First Hawaiian International Auto Show, the Honolulu Festival, Hawaii Business magazine’s Wahine Forum and the Honolulu Marathon Expo.

Coming this October is the 11th annual Native Hawaiian Convention, organized by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and billed as “one of the most important gatherings of leaders on Native Hawaiian issues.”

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