Category: Business

Architecture Month Wraps with Documentary Screening

A series of local architecture events wraps up this week with a documentary film screening in Kakaako, and an evening of architecture company open houses. The middle of April brings National Architecture Week, but AIA Honolulu, the Oahu chapter of the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the profession for the entire month. There are...

Car2Go Cars - Photo by Richard Eriksson

Car Sharing Bill Goes Before Honolulu City Council

Honolulu consistently ranks among the nation’s worst cities for commuters, so it’s no surprise that there are many plans out there to bring relief. The biggest, most visible effort remains the city’s beleagured rail transit project, but down on the ground, the “sharing economy” is making progress. Case in point: the evolution...

Q&A: Trivia Hawaii with Remy Zane

Do you excel at Trivial Pursuit? Have you fancied yourself a contender for “Jepoardy”? If random facts and clever riddles are constantly rattling around in your brain, you need to check out Trivia Hawaii. There are events at least four times a week, they’re free to join, and you can...

Startup Shuffle: Accelerator, Venture Team Additions

It’s been a busy month for Hawaii’s startup community. For starters, two Honolulu-based startup accelerators announced the latest companies to enroll in their programs this month, an encouraging sign of growth for Hawaii’s tech industry. The XLR8UH program, focused on technologies and companies coming out of the University of Hawaii,...

Business Pitch Event Serves Up ‘Chopsticks and Optics’

The first “Pupus & Pitches” event of the year is coming up on Tuesday. And if the combination of food and startup talk isn’t irresistible enough, the theme of the evening is “Chopsticks and Optics.” Hosted by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii at ProtoHUB Honolulu, the event will feature our...

Michael Kramer | Photo by Tina Stuart and Avi Okin/TEDxKamuela

Shifting from Sustainable to Resilient

Sustainability is a good thing, right? We want to live in sustainable communities, we want those communities to grow via sustainable development, we want to build sustainable businesses, and support them via sustainable investing. Earlier this year, we had a sustainability unconference here in Honolulu to explore all things sustainable. Of course,...

HICARES Team at The Nature Conservancy Hackathon in November 2014

College Hackathon to Tackle Business Challenges

Hawaii Pacific University is putting out the call to Honolulu college students to participate in a business-focused hackathon next weekend. The “Laulima Tech Challenge” will take place March 14 & 15 at ProtoHub Honolulu. The free event is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines, from software development to digital...

Aloha Tofu Town Celebrates Grand Opening

Although Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery had been serving tofu-centric lunches and specialty desserts since its soft opening last month, it celebrated its official grand opening this evening. The latest enterprise of the Uyehara family — Paul and Misa Uyehara representing the third generation to run Aloha Tofu — Aloha...

New Walgreens Evokes Hawaiian Design

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug store chain, opened its first flagship store in Honolulu this weekend. Situated at the busy corner of Keeaumoku Street and Kapiolani Boulevard, the 35,500 square foot building has a bold, modern design. I like it, but I may be in the minority. Perhaps that’s fitting,...

More Coworking Space Coming to Honolulu

More Coworking Space Coming to Honolulu

In the works for more than a year, California-based Real Office Centers is preparing to open its sixth location (and its first outside the Golden State) in Honolulu, with a “sneak peek” preview event on Thursday. ROC taken over a 15,000-square-foot corner office building in Chinatown, at the former Won Kwok...

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, I’m probably not alone in looking for something special for someone special this week. While I’d love to scour the island day and night, chances are I’m going to have to do my treasure hunting from my office in Dole Cannery. Fortunately, there are some interesting options...

Women’s Coworking Space Opens Monday

I’ve enjoyed tracking the evolution of the coworking movement in Hawaii over the years, from the first time Honolulu popped up on the Coworking Wiki in 2008 (I even set up a blog at Lumihana.com, meaning “work room,” now long gone) to a pivotal meeting of the minds at Unconferenz...

Unconference Planned to Explore Sustainability

A pair of local sustainability experts is inviting other like-minded people to come together for the Sustainability Unconference. My favorite kind of conference is an unconference, which is still a conference, but one that tries to shed all the baggage that typically comes with them:pre-defined themes and sessions, sponsor-centric panels, and...

Venturing Into Vintage Cave

A month ago, I’d have bet that most Honolulu residents didn’t even know that Vintage Cave existed. It’s been around since the end of 2012, and there is a very interesting story about how it came to be, with Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi providing chef Chris Kajioka a blank check to do...

Aloha Tofu Town Opening at Dole Cannery

Aloha Tofu Town is opening tomorrow at Dole Cannery, next to the movie theaters. Although tofu lovers have been able to visit and buy products at the Aloha Tofu factory in Kalihi, this looks like the company’s first retail location. Initial operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

Startup Demo Day Coming Jan. 16

Hawaii’s growing startup scene will again be showcased at the second Startup Paradise Demo Day, set to take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center‘s Sullivan Conference Center. The event will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The demo day will feature portfolio...

The Year Ahead in Hawaii Tech

The year 2014 was a good one local geeks, with Hawaii electing a geeky governor (Gov. David Ige has an engineering and tech startup background) and the University of Hawaii naming a geeky president (David Lassner). So this week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe was a fun one, as we looked back at the past...

HTDC Holiday Fair Features Tech Firms, Tech Jobs

Hawaii often loses some of its best minds to the mainland. Although the Hawaii tech industry is growing (accounting for over 27,000 jobs, by some estimates), it’s still small, and local talent is understandably drawn to greener pastures. Fortunately, those Hawaii-raised developers, engineers and entrepreneurs still visit home for the...

Innovation Framework Forward

Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report...

Movoto Moves Into Hawaii

The mainland real estate firm Movoto is moving into Hawaii. But if you’ve been paying attention, yesterday’s news probably isn’t much of a surprise. Indeed, if you’re a local blogger — particularly one who pays a lot of attention to SEO and social content marketing strategies — it would have been...