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Hawaii Convention Center

Hawaii Convention Center
Address 1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Location Honolulu, Hawai‘i

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Owner State of Hawaii
Operator SMG
Opened 1998
Construction cost
$200 million
Enclosed space
 • Total space 1.1 million square feet
 • Ballroom 35,000 square feet
Parking 690 spaces

The Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) is a premier convention and exhibition center in Hawaii, located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The Hawaii Convention Center is the largest exhibition center of its type in the state. It is located directly to the west of the Waikiki district of Honolulu.

Design and construction

Construction of the building cost $200 million and offers Script error: No such module "convert". of ballroom and exhibition floor space. It was completed in 1997 and opened in 1998. The Hawaii Convention Center is owned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and managed by Los Angeles based AEG Live.

The Hawaiʻi Convention Center was the largest "design-build" project undertaken by the State of Hawaiʻi. The bid process for the design began in 1994 with LMN Architects being chosen to design the building. Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) was chosen to design the interior incorporating historical Hawaiian quilt designs and nature based motifs throughout.


Major events that take place at the Hawaii Convention Center include the annual First Hawaiian International Auto Show, the Miss Hawaii competition, the Honolulu Festival, Kawaii Kon and numerous other public and private events. On November 12–20, 2011, the Hawaii Convention Center hosted the culminating meetings of APEC United States 2011. An estimated 10,000 people arrived in Honolulu for the meetings.[1]

The National Transportation Safety Board public hearing on the Korean Air Flight 801 crash in Guam was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 24–26, 1998, in Ballrooms A, B, and C.[2][3][4]


The Center has won the Prime Site Award for twelve-year consecutive years.[5] In 2010, it won an Inner Circle Award in the category of "Top Convention Centers".[6] The Center won a "Best in Business Travel" award in the category of "Best Conference or Convention Center/City"[7] The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) voted the Hawai‘i Convention Center as the most beautiful convention center in the world.[citation needed]

In popular culture

In the television show Lost, the convention center was used to portray Sydney Airport in multiple instances. It was also featured in an episode of the new Hawaii Five-0 as hosting a fictional convention similar to San Diego Comic-Con.

Scenes in the upcoming 2015 film Jurassic World were purportedly shot at the Hawaii Convention Center as well.