Six million years in the making, Hawai‘i is a breathtaking masterpiece of nature. For conference attendees, it's inspiring, rejuvenating, revitalizing. The islands of Hawai‘i provide many different backdrops: smoking volcanoes and splashing waterfalls, undersea caverns and alpine streams, black lava deserts and deep green rainforest, botanical gardens where house plants grow into towering trees, and beaches that come in shades of gold and black, even green and red!
Honolulu, the state capital, is located on the island of O‘ahu in the Hawaiian chain of islands, easily accessible by air from the US mainland, Canada, Australia, Japan, Asia, and from Europe and the middle east via connecting flights through the USA.
The picture below shows the Gift of Water, a bronze statue fronting the Hawai‘i Convention Center site of PME27. Symbolically, it acknowledges the Hawaiian people for their generosity and expressions of goodwill to newcomers.
Downtown Honolulu, seen below, only begins to tell the story of what it means to attend a conference in Hawai‘i. Conference attendees may wish to visit one of the other islands in the Hawai‘i chain after the conference is over, or even before it starts! Just be sure not to miss any of the conference because it is going to be exceptional.
For those participants wishing to sample island life in other parts of Hawai‘i before or after the conference, inter-island flights give easy access to the neighboring islands of Maui, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Hawai‘i's Big Island.
Hawai‘i is a tapestry of sky and sea, lush mountains and brightly colored flowers. It is a place whose culture. The Hawai‘i Convention Center (seen below) shares all of these things. Open to the outdoors, inviting the scent of flowers inside to mingle with guests. Native Hawaiian plants are in abundance. Landscaped grounds, terraces, lanais and courtyards account for more than six acres of the 10-acre site.
Inside, over US$2 million of original Hawaiian art includes paintings of volcanoes, mountains, ocean, waterfalls, taro, and fishponds displayed alongside images of Hawaiian royalty, gods, and myths. Above, soaring rooftop canopies recall images of Polynesian sailing canoes.
The Hawai‘i Convention Center has a website at: http://www.hawaiiconvention.com