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Hawaii Convention Center Meet where the Aloha Spirit prevails


Ample assistance With an extensive network of industry resources at their disposal, members of the Meet Hawaii team can help make the planning process easy and eficient, whether a meeting is at the Hawaii Convention Center or one of the state’s many hotel properties.


Spacious and gracious The 1.1-million-square- foot Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu is the largest meeting facility in the state, offering more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, more than 138,000 square feet of meeting space, and 2.5 acres of impeccably landscaped outdoor event space.


For years, Hawaii has captivated people from around the world. From its melting pot of ethnicities to the stop-and-stare scenery, there’s an unmistakable Aloha Spirit that can be found in every part of the Hawaii expe- rience that makes visitors from around the globe — whether they’re visiting for pleasure or business — come back again and again. When it comes to meetings and events,


Hawaii offers more than just postcard-per- fect meeting backdrops. The state has high- ly experienced professionals who are well versed in helping planners stay on budget as well as a proven track record of hosting large- scale events. In addition, award-winning facilities like the 1.1-million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center can help groups achieve their objectives with unique geographic


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advantages and tailor-made marketing and business-partnership programs. Situated in Honolulu, the capital and eco-


nomic center of Hawaii, the center has hosted some of the largest and most notable meetings in the United States and Pacific Rim. Beyond its convenient proximity to both the mainland U.S. and Asia, Honolulu’s recent emergence as a leader in fields from oceanography to space exploration makes the destination ideal for groups looking to grow on multiple lev- els. In addition, the center’s “Kuhina” (Hawaii Business Ambassador Initiative) and Global Outreach Programs offer partnership oppor- tunities with influential local constituents and their respective national, regional, and inter- national afiliates. Through these programs, the center offers another layer of support,


essentially becoming an extension of a plan- ner’s marketing team. “When we booked Hawaii, we talked


to several associations about their experi- ence bringing their meeting to Honolulu,” said Leigh Ann Stockard, vice president of meetings at the American Heart Association, who brought the association’s International Stroke Conference to Hawaii in 2013. “Nine out of 10 said it was the best meeting they ever had. You experience the Aloha Spirit the minute you disembark from the plane. It’s hard to explain, but it really adds so much to your meeting and conference. I wish we could bottle it and take it home with us.”


For more information: Hawaii Convention Center — meethawaii.com


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