Practical Information

The Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) March 31–April 3, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Hawai'i Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 943-3500

Honolulu is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the United States. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii.

The Hawai'i Convention Center is located in Honolulu, just minutes away from the beach, hotels, restaurants and shops on the island of Oahu. Arrival and departure is convenient through the Honolulu International Airport, just 7.5 miles from the Convention Center.

View map and directions.

You may find that the Convention Center is a destination in itself. Channeling the Hawaii spirit, this meeting site features an airy, glass-walled lobby with a 70-foot misting waterfall, a 2.5 acre rooftop garden and a grand exterior staircase ascending to the promenade.


Convention Center

Time Zone

Honolulu operates on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST or HST). There is no daylight savings time.


English is the primary language in Hawaii. You may also hear Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Samoan.


The resort area of Waikiki offers pleasant weather year round. There are generally two seasons on Oahu; Winter (November–April), when temperatures typically range in the low-70s to mid-80s; and Summer (May–October), when temperatures range in low 80’s to mid 90’s.

If you plan to travel through the Islands, be prepared — Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems and weather characteristics.

Currency and Exchange

The official currency in Hawaii is the U.S. dollar (USD). Banking hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The international access code for the United States is +1.  The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.


The most common way of getting around Hawaii is via car or moped. Hawaii also has a public transportation system built around an award-winning bus service. Learn more at