Digital exclusivity: behind Kawaii Kon 2021
HONOLULU (KHON2) – One of Hawaii’s most popular conventions, Kawaii Kon returns in late May.
However, this year will be very different from previous years, with a digital and in-person convention planned.
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the virtual event will be held from May 29 to 30.
“If you have a Twitch account, you can log into it and follow our Kawaii Kon Twitch page. And then there you can actually chat and you can join the panels, ”said Gina Maeda of Kawaii Kon.
For those who don’t have Twitch, she said there’s an option to watch the show on Kawaii Kon’s website as well. She said that over the past year, the virtual Kawaii Kon has been popular with those outside of Hawaii.
“We actually had several stories of people who had left Hawaii, and they narrowly missed the community here that they missed to interact with people back home, and so having a virtual platform allowed them to reconnect. with us, which was really very nice. Maeda said.
A big draw for the event has always been the local vendors, and it will also be online this year.
“So if you just go to the Kawaii Kon event page, you can scroll through all the vendors who have registered with us, click on their store, and then scroll down their listings there, and then it will be shipped directly from that. salesperson, ”Maeda says.
Panel guests for the virtual Kawaii Kon include cosplayer Vivid Vision, board game Dog’s Bond, and local art group Comic Jam Hawaii.
While preparations are underway for the virtual convention, Kawaii Kon is also working with the Hawaii Convention Center to create an in-person convention from November 19 to November 21. many suppliers or participants as before.
“In 2019, with our last in-person convention, we had over 15,000 attendees. As big as the Convention Center is, I think it would be a bit difficult to have 15,000 attendees six feet apart, but we do our best to follow everyone’s directions, ”said Maeda.
Maeda said that in addition to social distancing, masks will be needed at the event.
However, she said there was still a lot of uncertainty as to how the event will be organized, such as how the vendors will be set up and what the in-person panels will look like.
“The convention center really played a key role in the planning. And then, seeing what their recommendation is, I think there’s been a lot of collaboration and back and forth right now, ”Maeda said. “I think it’s just a matter of seeing where we land, in terms of the number of cases and the positivity rate, as we approach November.”