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Hawaii Convention Center
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Address 1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Location Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Coordinates 21°17′25″N 157°50′09″W / 21.2904°N 157.8357°W / 21.2904; -157.8357Coordinates: 21°17′25″N 157°50′09″W / 21.2904°N 157.8357°W / 21.2904; -157.8357
Owner State of Hawaii
Operator AEG
Opened 1998
Construction cost $200 million
Enclosed space
 Total space 1.1 million square feet
 Ballroom 35,000 square feet

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is a 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. The building offers 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) 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 company 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 was chosen to design the interior, incorporating historical Hawaiian quilt designs and nature based motifs throughout.

Events

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.

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.

Sporting events

The convention center offers 28 volleyball and badminton courts, 18 basketball courts and 11 futsal (indoor soccer) courts for sports competitions.

Awards

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

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