Travel & Accommodations

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is located on the Island of Oahu. Oahu’s timeless beauty blends with the modern luxuries of today. The warm waters of world-famous Waikiki welcome you. Enjoy the dramatic mountain views of the Nuuanu Pali Lookout or the Leahi, the Diamond Head State Monument. The North Shore, a legendary surf mecca, which attracts the world’s best during the winter months, as it hosts a number of top big-wave competitions, stretches more than seven miles along Oahu. Its beaches including: Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach. The National Historical Landmark, Pearl Harbor, features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack. Along Oahu’s eastern tip you will find, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve with its clear blue waters and lively reefs full of colorful fish. Beyond the colorful sea life you will also find an education center with exhibits, information and a theater presentation detailing Hanauma Bay’s transformation from volcanic crater to Hawaii’s first Marine Life Conservation District. From indulging in urban comforts to escaping to natural wonders, it is easy to see why Oahu is known as the “heart of Hawaii.”

ABOUT HAWAII

For great information about Hawaii, please visit the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) web site for information on your trip to Hawaii (http://www.hvcb.org) or go to http://www.gohawaii.com.

Hawaii Convention Center

1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815.

The Hawaii Convention Center is centrally located in the heart of Honolulu, at the gateway to Waikiki, the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapi‘olani Boulevard. It is conveniently located 8 miles (12 km) from the Honolulu International Airport and within 1.5 miles of an array of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.  Located within walking distance of Waikiki, the Hawaii Convention Center is open to the outdoors – with terraces, lanais, courtyards, waterfalls, and fishponds – this remarkable facility combines the latest in cutting edge technology with authentic Hawaiian ambience.

Hawaii has been thoughtfully applying concepts of sustainability for generations. For centuries, an approach to land use called ahupua‘a spread from the uplands to the sea. It integrated available resources and regulated development of social obligations and cooperation. Hawaiians demonstrated a thorough understanding of sustainability with an approach to land and water use that allowed them to self-sustain nearly 1 million islanders. Hawaiian culture blends flawlessly with high-tech innovation at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It is truly a living work of art as nature, technology, and humanity converge in this unique facility. The design is a study in environmental accountability, energy-saving efficiency, and architectural splendor.

The foyer is crowned with canvas canopies, reminiscent of ocean white caps and the sails of voyaging canoes, and its airy, glass-walled lobby is welcoming. This “sail” design allows for cooling tradewinds to circulate throughout the towering structure, while venting off heat. While currently seeking LEED certification for existing buildings, energy and water saving systems are integrated throughout the Center. Lighting and air conditioning is computer controlled, and automated systems in the restrooms reduce water usage. Recycling programs are in place, ecologically friendly products are used, and “think green” messages appear throughout the building to remind delegates of their part.

Time Zone

Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Currency

U.S. dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.

Climate

Average temperature: 75°-85° F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Cell Phones

The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you are coming from the continental United States. When calling Hawaii from a location outside of the United States, please dial the exit code and the international country code (011+ country code) before dialing the number.

Clothing

Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.