Category: Business

Mark Takai | XLR8UH SBA Award

SBA Lauds Three Local Accelerator Programs

Three Hawaii accelerator programs were among 80 such programs across the country recognized by the Small Business Administration for supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful companies and growing their local business community. XLR8UH, the Maui Food Innovation Center at Maui College, and the GVS Transmedia Accelerator on the Big Island each...

Non-Profits, Marketers to Connect at Ad Up Hawaii

Hawaii non-profit organizations often struggle to do more good work with less resources, and like other organizations, they often sacrifice marketing budgets to keep things going, This week, the second annual AD UP Hawaii will do some matchmaking between generous marketing and advertising professionals with community organizations that need their help....

Free Workshops to Explore Kakaako Development

A series of free, weekly workshops beginning this week will explore the many different faces of Kakaako. In the eyes of its majority landowners and deep-pocketed investors, Kakaako is Hawaii’s next great urban paradise, a new gleaming gem in the heart of Honolulu that’s thoughtfully designed to be a “livable,” mixed-use,...

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Situated perfectly between downtown and Waikiki along the waterfront at Kewalo Harbor, the Makers & Tasters food park and market now offers luscious libations daily through the new Ten Eleven bar, which celebrated its grand opening tonight. Makers & Tasters is the permanent and ruggedly picturesque descendant of the massively popular...

Energy Excelerator Assesses Its Success

The Energy Excelerator, born out of a pivot from a grant-based operation to a dual-track accelerator program, released its first impact report today, illustrating its evolution and reporting on how well it’s doing with its more than $30 million in federal, state, and private funding. “It reveals what we’ve been working on for the past three...

Video & Gallery: Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

Founded as a small grocery store more than 60 years ago, Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa has grown into an island institution. Today the North Shore landmark celebrated its grand re-opening, ready once again to draw thousands of locals and visitors with its signature sweet and cool treats. The historic...

Accelerator Names Next Set of Storytelling Startups

You might not think of a YouTube star as being a startup, but for the Big Island-based GVS Accelerator, an online musical comedy series is a promising investment. The GVS Accelerator hit the road earlier this summer in search of its second cohort of companies. But rather than looking for the next hot...

October Seafood Celebration Goes Statewide

If you love seafood, you have a great excuse to indulge throughout the month of October. More than 50 restaurants across the state will be celebrating Hawaii Seafood Month, drawing diners in with specials and special dishes and sneaking some sustainability education onto the plate. “Fishing and seafood are essential...

New Site Showcases 360° Virtual Tours

A new website offers a unique, immersive way to tour island restaurants, shops, galleries, parks and beaches. HawaiiHolo is the brainchild of Honolulu business photographer Minn Tun, who has built a name for himself as a Google Maps partner. Tech giant Google has been tireless expanding its map offerings around the...

First HI2 Forum to Connect Research and Business

The Hawaii Innovation Initiative — the one focused on research at the University of Hawaii launched in 2013, not former Gov. Linda Lingle’s policy plan from 2007 — will host its first forum next week. Co-sponored by the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the two-day event will focus on energy and cybersecurity. The Hawaii...

Designers to Share Strategies for Success

Honolulu is one of 28 cities around the world hosting an “insightful and intimate” series of talks offering advice on how to turn ideas into reality. The first 99U Local Honolulu event is being hosted on Thursday by design group AIGA Honolulu along with art and design collective Interisland Terminal at Kakaako Agora. 99U...

Elevate Takes Tiny Houses to the Next Level

They look like giant, moss-covered Minecraft trees — cozy 250-square-foot plant-covered boxes perched atop tall pedestals. But the creators of Elevate have a much bigger vision for their eco-friendly design. Elevate is the brainchild of Nathan Toothman, who previously ran BEAR Engineering, a foundation engineering and inspection business. Originally from Colorado,...

Big Island Crowdfunder Makes Magic with Magnets

I hesitate to admit how many times I’ve dropped my iPhone on my head in bed, and people I know have actually sported bruises inflicted by falling iPads. Finding better ways to hold our space-age devices is a common struggle of clumsy humans everywhere. Enter the Dundabunga, an amusingly named accessory from the equally amusingly...

Dev League Adds Coding Prep Course for Beginners

DevLeague, Hawaii’s first and only coding bootcamp, is launching an introductory offering to help would-be students ensure that they have the basic skills needed to enter and succeed in the program. DevLeague was founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs and friends Jason Sewell and Russel Cheng. Modeled after popular and successful programming...

Hawaii Drone Operators Seek, Secure FAA Approval

While the media fans the flames of outrage prompted by drone pilots who are certainly behaving badly, there is some encouraging news this week for UAV enthusiasts committed to doing the right thing. Drone Services Hawaii has received its coveted Section 333 Exception from the FAA, allowing it to operate commercially. Meanwhile, the...

Gallery: iTrampoline Hawaii in Kapolei

Last weekend our youngest son celebrated his 11th birthday at iTrampoline Hawaii in Kapolei. I was impressed, as he researched possible venues and picked the spot all on his own. And I had never heard of the place. Trampoline parks are a thing on the mainland, of course, but I wasn’t...

Makers & Tasters Marks Milestone for Food Fests

For Honolulu foodies, Eat the Street food truck rallies are already an island institution. Husband and wife entrepreneurs Poni and Brandon Askew launched them five years ago under the Street Grindz banner, but this week their business is graduating into a permanent resident of Kakaako. Following a preview event tonight, a...

Fifth Food and Wine Festival Starts Saturday

Fifth Food and Wine Festival Starts Saturday

The state’s biggest celebration of food and drink, mixing local specialties with internationally adored dishes and flavors, is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees across twenty one events over nine days this year. The fifth annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, co-founded by renown island chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, is expected...

GE Ventures Joins Energy Excelerator as Sponsor

The Energy Excelerator announced this morning that it has secured a new corporate sponsor: GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric, a leading global player in the energy industry. The Energy Excelerator is a dual-track accelerator program focused on startups that want to “solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in...

Panel to Parse ‘Perfect Storm’ of Energy Opportunities

On the surface, Hawaii’s energy sector seems poised for growth. But a Thursday panel discussion will dig deeper, assessing the state’s true prospects in industries that are innovating and growing quickly. This year alone, the state set an ambitious goal to run entirely on renewable energy within 30 years, Henk Rogers made international headlines with...