The Neal S. Blaisdell Center is known as the
Community Center on the island of Oahu and is conveniently located
in downtown Honolulu at the base of Punchbowl. It is easily accessible
to Waikiki hotels and shopping centers. Blaisdell Center is situated
on the historic site of the former Ward Estate known as “Old
Plantation” which the City and County of Honolulu acquired
in 1958. The many artesian springs on the Estate have been transformed
into tropical fish ponds that wind around the Arena and Exhibition
Hall and provide a tranquil setting. The property is also known
for its sweeping lawns and coconut tree groves which have existed
since they were originally planted at the Ward Estate.
Neal S. Blaisdell Center has been in operation
since 1964 and in 1994 was remodeled and expanded to include the
Galleria and a second floor which now includes three additional
meeting rooms and the administrative offices. A separate ticket
kiosk was also built.
The Blaisdell Center complex includes a multi-purpose
Arena, Exhibition Hall, Galleria, Concert Hall, meeting rooms and
parking structure. These facilities are affordable and adaptable
and ideal for cultural attractions, meetings, community shows, trade
shows, family shows, sporting events and superstar entertainment.
Blaisdell Center also offers its clients excellent food and beverage
service through its concessionaire. The two-decked parking structure
with 2,000 stalls is accessible from both King and Victoria Streets
and the Kapiolani Boulevard entrances.
The Waikiki Shell is located at spacious Kapiolani
Park with Diamond Head for a backdrop and Waikiki Beach at the opposite
end. This tropical outdoor amphitheater, built in 1952, has always
been Hawaii’s place to see the stars, under the stars. Within
the Shell grounds and nearer to the ocean is a smaller amphitheater,
home of the daytime hula show, and the Diamond Head Greens, a tree-lined
lawn area which can be rented for theme parties, receptions, banquets
All properties are under the operation of
the Department of Enterprise Services of the City and County of
Honolulu. Our knowledgeable and experienced professional staff is
anxious to serve you. We look forward to welcoming you soon.