Jennifer Nakayama
Ms. Jennifer Nakayama
Director of Operations, Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
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Jennifer is currently with the Hawai‘i Convention Center/SMG as the Director of Operations and oversees the daily operations of engineering, security guest services, housekeeping, landscaping, information technology, facilities, and capital improvement projects. Prior to joining the convention center, Jennifer supervised a team overseeing $8.6 million in 81 projects at SeaWorld San Diego where she served as both a Design & Engineering Manager and a Manager of Water Quality. She was in charge of master planning and corporate initiatives, green initiatives, water quality, and company partnerships. Prior to SeaWorld, Jennifer worked at the San Diego County Water Authority and worked on strategic planning for the agency’s $1.8 billion capital improvement program. Jennifer is licensed as a Civil Engineer in the state of California and Hawaii. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators, and the International Association of Venue Managers. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her Masters Degree at the University of California, Davis.
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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
Latest Questions
  • Sholeng

    Added Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    What if I'm not good at drawing and not mathematically intellectual but I don't hate math? In the intelligence quizzes that I take, the always higher result is Interpersonal Skills. Is there a chance for me to become an Engineer? I am now in my first year of college and taking up Construction Engineering and Management. I don't know if I can pursue this career. Thank you for inspiring us :)
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    Jennifer Nakayama, Hawaii Convention Center
    Answered Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Whether you feel you are good at math or science or drawing (or none of the above!), don't be discouraged from pursuing engineering.  The important thing is to strive for a college degree in a topic that you are actually interested in and therefore ...

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  • Melissa, New Jersey

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    My name is Melissa and I am a Senior in high school. For my senior project I am doing a project on Civil Engineering. My question(s) for the engineers are why is there a lack of women in the profession? Are there specific reasons and could you please expand on the reasons if there are any. Also I need a little bit of advice. For my senior project, I need to have interaction with the class. I need my class to be involved with something hands on during my presentation. Could you suggest a simple ...
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    Jennifer Nakayama, Hawaii Convention Center
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:34 AM
    It has always been a challenge to encourage women to pursue any technical industry, engineering being one of the main hurdles. For many decades, there has been an unspoken, yet widely assumed notion that women were less equipped to handle the stresses ...Read More
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