Hawai`i Events Coalition grew from a few local companies representing the non-profit U.S. arm of #WeMakeEvents in the islands. Just a year after planning started for Hawai`i’s participation in the worldwide #RedAlertRESTART initiative, this consortium has grown to include some of Hawaii’s top Live Event professionals, whose defining purpose is to get our industry back on its feet and back to work.
We also share many of the same goals with the non-profit Live Events Coalition. Live Events Coalition is U.S.-based and, as stated on their website, they “…exist to provide advocacy, resources, and a network that connects and supports all of the businesses, contractors, and our workforce of 12 million people – the lifeblood of every event.”
As Hawai`i Events Coalition is involved in essentially the same work as these great organizations, we draw from their tremendous expertise and adapt initiatives to fit our unique Hawaiian perspective. A typical day for our Coalition volunteers involves campaigning for financial stability for the pandemic-affected (which involves political outreach and intra-industry collaboration for much-needed changes to local, state and federal recognition), developing a strategic and compliant Structured Live Events formula combining governmental guidelines, COVID-19 health mandates such as those from the CDC, researching certifications and training in compliance including contact tracing, and addressing client, artist and audience safety measures. We feel that these efforts will endure far beyond the reach of the current pandemic and set a new standard for live events in Hawai`i.
We’ve made the case for the lack of attention paid to this vital industry over the past year. We’re now intent on bringing everyone we can into affirmative discussions and actions meant to make our state a worldwide, authoritative example of “doing things right”.
Our mission is entirely in service to our industry: we may be competitors at our day jobs but we’re of one mind and one heart in wanting to help our kindred businesses and individuals survive and, as soon as possible, thrive once again. The more of us that come together, the more influential we become.
When COVID-19 and its variants have run their course, Hawai`i Events Coalition’s commitment to Structured Live Events will continue. Won’t you join us? Click here to register.