HawaiiCon to Celebrate Star TrekAugust 12, 2016, 8:38 AM HST (Updated August 12, 2016, 8:53 AM)
The 2016 HawaiiCon science and sci-fi convention is scheduled for Sept. 15 to 18 on the beach at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.
In addition to an exciting array of panels and workshops, HawaiiCon, will offer fans the most unique celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, featuring a lūʻau under the Milky Way with sci-fi celebrities on the beach, a hula lesson with Star Trek crew members and real adventures with the crew of the Enterprise.
HawaiiCon 2016 brings together leading cast members from the various Star Trek series, as well as over 20 other celebrity guest,s including New York Times Best Selling-Author John Scalzi (Red Shirts).
Go snorkeling with Leeta (Chase Masterson) from DeepSpace 9, or night dive and snorkel with giant manta rays next to both Rod Roddenberry—son of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry—and Next Generation’s Number One Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes).
Original Star Trek crew members Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) will also be on-hand to meet fans.
Help celebrate Koenig‘s 80th birthday at a gourmet dinner at Daylight Mind Waikoloa.
If you are a Battlestar Galactica fan, go ziplining via Kapohokine Adventures with Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) and the Chief (Aaron Douglas).
The event also features well-known cosplayers, space scientists, visionaries, gamers, comic book artists and writers.
Each day of the convention will offer scores of panels and workshops to choose from.
Keiki and Adult Cosplay contests on Saturday are sure to draw hundreds of costumed fans.
This year, a special category has been added to the contest, Star Trek, with prizes for the best costumes of characters from the original series.
HawaiiCon, a nonprofit, also helps children of the Big Island “Reach for the Stars” in science and the performing arts.
Rod Roddenberry calls HawaiiCon, “The best convention I’ve been to.”
For more information and discounted room rates, go online.