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 March 19, 2012
Hawai'i Convention Center Welcomes Public to SEE-IT Exhibit

 The SEE-IT Hawaii science, engineering and technology exhibit, which debuted at the Hawai'i Convention Center during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in November 2011, will be open to the public at locations throughout the Center this year. Availability will be subject to events and open hours at the Center.

SEE-IT, which stands for Science, Engineering Exposition -- Innovative Technologies, Hawai'i, features exhibits on topics including biomedicine, defense systems, IT development and renewable energy. It incorporates the work of 18 Hawai'i-based companies and organizations that have developed or use cutting-edge technologies and solutions. Exhibitors include online gaming company Avatar Reality Inc., with a virtual world entertainment system; Hawaiian Electric Company, with a look at the future of renewable energy technologies; and astronomy researchers such as the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), the W.M. Keck Observatory, and University of Hawai'i's Institute for Astronomy.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be open at the Center through 2012, and will be relocated to a permanent venue in 2013. The long-term goal of exhibit co-founders Henk Rogers, Galen Ho, and Dr. Peter Crouch is to create a permanent discovery exposition to motivate young people in Hawai'i to embrace careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEE-IT Hawaii, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded to provide opportunities for people to connect with leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based enterprises in Hawai'i.

"The SEE-IT exhibit was hugely popular during APEC, drawing many participants to learn about science and technology from Hawai'i's leaders and innovators," said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai'i Convention Center. "We welcome the public to the Center throughout 2012 to take part in this premiere educational experience."

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 12 million square feet (1.2 million square meters) of exhibition space and over 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Louisiana Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide.