Hawaiicon brought science fiction lovers to the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island this past weekend. Unlike conventions we have attended in the past with long lines, unhelpful volunteers, and stuffy conference centers; HawaiiCon was in a spectacular location at the Hapuna Beach Hotel with everyone we saw laughing and talking excitedly. Adding to the fun was that many attendees dressed as science fiction characters, super heroes, anime characters, and more. Nearby were stunning views of the ocean with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the ocean breeze.
|HawaiiCon at the Hapuna Beach Hotel|
The convention was organized by local residents, GB Hajim a movie writer, director and producer, Jacqueline Seaquist , Artistic Director and Program Coordinator of the Performing Arts Learning Center at Hilo High School, David Steiner, owner of Hawaii White Mountain LLC coffee company, and Jessica Hall, a broker with Hawaii Life Real Estate. They created “the world’s first sci-fi, science, and fantasy tropical vacation convention”.
|Busy Front Desk at HawaiiCon|
The convention founders partially funded the event by having a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year. They received almost double the amount of money they requested from 199 science fiction fans from around the world.
|Cosplay at HawaiiCon|
The three day event featured panels of scientists, sci-fi writers, actors, and artists , workshops, autograph sessions, costume contests, and evening galas. Visiting actors from Star Trek, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactic, Babylon 5, Game of Thrones, costume designers, graphic novelists, cartoonists, astronomers, writers and producers gave workshops, sat on panel, signed autographs, and tweeted about the fun and sun on Hawaii Island. The conference combined astronomers from Hawaii Island’s international telescopes into the program with comics, cosplay, and gaming.
We are excited about events like HawaiiCon because they draw people to Hawaii Island who may never otherwise visit. Once here, they get to experience the uniqueness and beauty of Hawaii Island and all that it has to offer.
We look are already looking forward to the next HawaiiCon science fiction convention from September 10 to 13, 2015.