The whole reason for us going to Hawaii was that Dan was presenting a poster at the American Association of Orthodontics Annual Conference. The conference is not always held in Hawaii, but it was a great incentive to the trip that's for sure!
The conference center was located right beside our first hotel. Not only was it handy to be so close for Dan to run back and forth, but we also had this great view of it from our hotel window! To me it looks so much like the Denver Airport.
The convention centre itself is not only huge but really beautiful. It is extremely open and airy so that you feel like you are outside not stuck in at a conference. I have been to a few convention centre's through my work, but I have to say that this is one of the nicest that I have seen.
There were about 14,000 conference attendees and another 6,000 people there with the tradeshow. Because of these large numbers the session rooms were massive. In this one I think I counted enough seating for 860 people, and Dan said that they were full every time.
And of course the real reason we were there. Dan's poster was an e-poster, which means that he really did not have to present anything. People would walk up to the computer, search through over 100 papers and read the ones that interested them. If you had questions or wanted more information you could email the presenters right from the computer you were reading it on. A pretty neat idea if you ask me.
Although the convention centre was really beautiful, we both could not wait to get back outside and enjoy some Hawaii sun!