Practical Information

Get information about IUCN Congress venues, opening hours and hours of registration, onsite transportation, weather and dress code, local services, onsite telephone and internet connection, security, membership services, sustainability at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

Please visit the My Green Congress Guidebook for more information on how you can help us make #IUCNcongress 2016 as sustainable as possible.




Hawaiʻi Convention Center

1801 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, USA, 96815

+1 808-943-3500

Neal S. Blaisdell Center

777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI,USA, 96814

+1 808-768-5400


Hours of registration, public and participant access

The Exhibit Hall will be open to the general public (non-registered) from 11:00 to 17:00 every day from 2-9 September except for 8 September.

Please click here to see a complete schedule of opening and registration hours for Congress participants.



SpeediShuttle offers a multi-person, multi-stop service from the airport to the Waikīkī area, where official IUCN Congress hotels are located. Prices start at US$ 15.48 for one-way travel, including two free bags. Travel time is approximately 45-60 minutes. 

Book your SpeediShuttle tickets online now.     

TheBus, Honolulu’s public transportation service, will get you around Honolulu and to and from the airport. It takes about 45-60 minutes to get from the airport to the Waikīkī area (buses #19 and #20). Each trip (including two free transfers) costs US$ 2.50 (exact change is required). Bus routes and schedules are available on Google Maps.

By foot: Most of the IUCN Congress hotels are less than a 30-minute walk from the Convention Center. Pedestrian path maps are available on the IUCN Congress mobile app.

The Pink Trolley double-decker line links most of the IUCN Congress hotels to the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. It costs US$ 2.00 per ride, or pick up complimentary ride tickets at the Information Desk in the Hawaiʻi Convention Center Lobby. A map in the lobby of your hotel will indicate the closest trolley stop and best walkway to the Convention Center.

The trolley runs every 10 minutes from 07:30 to 21:30 (8:30 pm on 4 and 5 September). Get off at stop #8 (Waikīkī  Gateway Hotel) and walk for approximately 11 minutes up Kalākaua Avenue to the Hawaiʻi Convention Center, or get off at stop #12 (Ala Moana Shopping Center) and walk 12 minutes via the Ala Moana Center and Kapiolani Boulevard. Follow the IUCN Congress logo signs on the walking path. Our Aloha guides will be standing by to help you along the way. Always stay on the designated route and mind the signs. On 1 September, extra trolley services will run from 6:00 until 7:20 am from trolley stop 3 to 12.

Stop at the Guest Services Kiosk (Street Level, Center Court) for a complimentary Premier Passport filled with exclusive Ala Moana Center shopping offers and promotions.

Outrigger East hotel guests may travel on the Pink Line Trolley for free by showing their room key.

Aqua Palms and Aqua Waikīkī Pearl hotel guests may travel on the complimentary Aqua Hotels shuttle between Waikīkī and the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Hours of operation are 08:30 to 19:59 and 10:00 to 20:30, respectively.

Cycling is a great way to get around. Here’s a map of O‘ahu’s dedicated bikeways and bike rentals:

Sustainable car transport options include:
EcoCab Hawai‘i
Enterprise Car Share


Weather and dress code

September is one of the hottest months in Honolulu, with temperatures of up to 30°C – please dress accordingly. The dress code for IUCN Congress 2016 is ‘hot weather business casual’ i.e. short-sleeved button-down shirts with khaki pants or dress slacks for men and tops or dresses with or without sleeves for women. Sandals are acceptable and there is no need for stockings. Long-sleeved tops may be necessary for air-conditioned indoor spaces.


Security – Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Your official personalised IUCN Congress 2016 badge is required for entry. Please wear it at all times. Badges are non-transferable. 

Attendees will be required to go through security clearance, which could involve a metal detector screen.     

All bags and containers will be subject to a search as a condition of entry. No person in possession of a prohibited item will be allowed entry. Furthermore, any items possessed in violation of state or federal law will be turned over to law enforcement, and those in possession denied entry. The following items are prohibited within the Hawaiʻi Convention Center: firearms, weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs.


Connecting onsite

Internet and wifi

Complimentary wifi connection is available in the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The network name is WiFi@IUCN and the password is meethawaii. Charging stations for mobile devices are available at IUCN Congress Info Hotspots, lounges, the Knowledge Hub and in hallways.

Charging stations

Charging stations for mobile devices are available for free throughout the Hawaiʻi Convention Center at IUCN Congress Info Hotspots, lounges, the knowledge hub and in hallways. 


In Hawaiʻi the standard voltage is 120 V. The standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B. An image of these power sockets and corresponding plugs is here below.


Phone rentals

Mobile phone rentals and SIM cards are available at:

Waikiki - Ohana Waikiki East Hotel

150 Kaiulani Ave.   Ground Floor (near escalator)

9:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

+1(808) 520-1100

Phones can be returned at all major hotels in Waikiki at the front desk. Detailed information about return can be obtained upon rental.

Various SIM card packages including options for faster data, international calling and international texting are available for 49 USD and 59 USD. Flip phones with unlimited international calling and texting are available for 69 USD.


IUCN Membership services



Official Documentation

Candidates for election


Sustainability at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Compost and recycling

Please use the bins provided – look for composting and recycling stations throughout the IUCN Congress venue and follow the directions for proper sorting and disposing of waste. Compostable material will be collected and sent for use on local farms.

BYOB and BYOB discount

IUCN strongly discourages the use of plastic bags and water bottles. These products will not be available at the IUCN Congress venue. Bring your own reusable bag and refillable water bottle (BYOB). Water stations will be located around the venue for free, quick and easy refills. Participants who ‘BYOB’ will be offered a US$ 0.75 discount on coffee and tea per 12 ounces/0.35 litres.

You’re eating local!

Items on the daily menu for all IUCN Congress participants will use 50 to 80% locally sourced ingredients. When ordering food, request portion sizes adapted to your appetite to help reduce food waste. Leftover food will be donated to local charities.

Use digital media instead of paper including the IUCN Congress mobile app

The IUCN Congress mobile app is central to the Green IUCN Congress drive to minimise the event’s environmental impact by offering an alternative to printed materials. Login: your username is your email address and your password is your registration confirmation number.

For Exhibitors: Follow the IUCN My Green Congress Exhibition Guidebook


Sustainable tourism

Green Hotels

Choose a location that enables you to get around easily by public transport, bicycle and on foot during your stay in Honolulu.

Stay at hotels with certified green credentials. A list of certified hotels is available on the IUCN Congress website. Please let hotel management know that their sustainability initiatives motivated you to stay at their hotel. 

Inter-island travel

Most travel between islands requires short flights. Hawaiian Airlines, ranked the second most fuel-efficient airline in the United States in a report from the International Council on Clean Transportation, offers inter-island flights.

Ferry service is only available between Maui and Lānaʻi and Maui and Molokaʻi.

Please mitigate carbon emissions by contributing to the IUCN Congress Carbon Mitigation Fund, which will be invested in the Cordillera Azul National Park Project in Peru. Cordillera Azul avoids an annual loss of 6,800 hectares of forest (equivalent to 7,500 football fields). 

Eat local

  • Find restaurants that support local farmers, serve seasonal organic produce, meats from humanely raised animals and sustainably harvested seafood
  • Shop at farmers’ markets or local markets
  • Look out for restaurants that display an Ocean Friendly Restaurants and/or Hawai‘i Green Business Program label
  • Check out this curated this list of restaurants which prioritize local ownership and sourcing from local farmers and fishers, as well as serving seasonal organic produce, meats from humanely raised animals and sustainably harvested seafood. By following these tips you will reduce your environmental impact, enjoy yourself, and come across interesting places and foods you may have never encountered.

Low-impact activities


Local services near the Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Nearest currency exchange office
Travelex Currency Services

Currency Exchange Service · Ala Moana Center

1450 Ala Moana Blvd

+1 808-949-2813

Emergency and medical care centres

Nearest hospital
Straub Clinic and Hospital

888 S. King Street

Phone 522-4000

Nearest trauma centre
The Queens Medical Center

1301 Punchbowl Street

Phone 538-9011

Nearest pharmacies
Longs Drugs

Ala Moana Shopping Center

1450 Ala Moana Blvd

Next to Sears Roebuck

Phone 941-4433


1488 Kapi‘olani Blvd

Phone 949-8500

Nearest post offices
US Post Office

801 Kāheka

St, Honolulu, HI 96814

+1 808-973-4822


My IUCN Congress

Mobile app

Use the IUCN Congress mobile app to find your way around, plan your schedule and connect with other conservationists. Registered participants can log in using their email address as their user name and registration confirmation number as their password (registration confirmation numbers can be found in your registration confirmation email).

The downloadable version of the app will work online and offline. It will work on iPads, android phones, iPhones (version iOS 8 and above). In addition, a web version is accessible from any device!

Social media

Please use the #IUCNcongress hashtag when tweeting, posting on Facebook, blogging or otherwise sharing your experiences at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on social media. We will be picking top tweets to retweet from the IUCN account each day, and your post will also have a chance of appearing on our live Twitter Wall!

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