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New Blueprint for Hawaiian Meetings Unveiled at I Mua Hawai’i Event

During the virtual trade show, Meet Hawaii previewed the guide that will give planners the state's latest safety protocols, hotel openings and more.  

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Hawaii’s new guidelines for meetings, conventions and incentives were outlined yesterday during I Mua Hawai’i, a virtual trade show produced for Meet Hawaii by Northstar Meetings Group. The event, which gave planners and suppliers the opportunity to meet in digital booths, was held the same day the state relaxed its mandatory 14-day quarantine order for travelers.

John Reyes, Meet Hawaii’s senior vice president and chief MCI (meetings, conventions and incentives) sales officer, shared details of theNew Hawaii MCI Blueprint,a planner information hub that will reside at meethawaii.com. The guide will be regularly updated with the latest health and safety guidelines for the state, along with real-time reopening information on hotels, restaurants, activities and attractions.  

"We're hearing from all of you [planners] that you really want to get the most current information and guidelines and what to expect. The New Hawaii MCI Blueprint is all about responding proactively, prior to you even choosing Hawaii [for upcoming events],” said Reyes. He also shared details of Hawaii’s new visitor policy, which, as of Oct. 15, allows travelers to Hawaii or between islands to avoid the state's 14-day quarantine order by providing proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The test must be completed within 72 hours prior to departure from the final leg of travel. 

The blueprint will also keep track of airline service, both from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii and among the Hawaiian Islands. "Before the pandemic, the airlines would finalize schedules up to a year in advance; the new normal is that they are finalizing their monthly schedules just a few days in advance," explained Jeffrey Eslinger, senior director, marketing insights, at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Teri Orton, general manager of the Hawaii Convention Center, closed out the session by sharing details of the stringent new health and safety guidelines the venue has put into place for when it reopens. Currently the venue remains closed and a reopening date has not been set.  

Other highlights of the I Mua Hawai’i event included keynote speaker Dewitt Jones, a renowned photojournalist who spent 20 years capturing the beauty of nature and humanity for National Geographic. Through a combination of stories and photographs from his global travels, he stressed the value of focusing one’s vision on what’s right about every situation, rather than zeroing in on what’s wrong — as most people tend to do. 

"Remember to step back just a little bit from your human-centered world," he advised, "and celebrate the beauty of the world around us." That concept is at the root of Hawaiian culture, said Jones, a resident of the Hawaiian island Molokai. "Hawaiians have a wonderful lens for viewing the world. It’s called aloha. It’s one of the reasons I live here."