Hawaii Convention Center


About Hawaii Convention Center


Located near the world-famous Waikiki Beach is Hawaiis largest exhibition center, the Hawaii Convention Center has hosted major local and international events since the turn of the 21st century.

The building, with sweeping architecture featuring huge glass windows and indoor palm trees, immediately captures your attention as travel along Kapiolani Boulevard or Kalakaua Avenue.

Covering 10 acres, the Convention Center features a 200,000 square-foot exhibition hall on the ground level, plus 35,000 square feet of ballroom space. There are nearly 700 parking stalls available (cost is $5) and a 2.5 acre rooftop garden. In total, the Hawaii Convention Center covers 1,100,000 square and cost about $200 million to construct.


Since 1998, the Hawaii Convention Center has invited business, organizations, and attendees from all around the world to Honolulus most popular location for events and conventions. However, plans for the center began in 1994, when the bidding process first took place. LMN Architects were chosen to design the building. The agency chosen to design the interior was WATG, or Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority owns the Hawaii Convention Center. The center is managed by SMG, a management company for convention centers, arenas and stadiums based in Philadelphia.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Just about everything you could ask for, save a swimming pool! Big and small conference rooms, exhibition hall, ballroom, multiple levels, catering services, parking, restrooms and more.
  • Insider Tip: Take time to view the Hawaiian art on display in the Convention Center, including Hawaiian quilts, woodcrafts, paintings and more. The Hawaii Convention Center is usually open to the public during business hours when not in use. Stop by or call (808) 943-
  • Fun Fact: Facing south toward the Ala Wai Canal, the Hawai Convention Center offers an open space featuring a waterfall, pools, and views of Waikiki buildings and the Honolulu Harbor.
  • What to Expect: When in use, youll see tour buses large and small dropping off convention attendees. When not in use, the building is typically empty, but very inviting. Throughout the year, celebrations like the Honolulu Festival, Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, First Hawaii I