Category: Business

Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack...

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

On Tuesday, a Big Island innovation lab and coworking space will officially become a part of a statewide family. Although I was born and raised on Oahu, I have a deep affection for Hilo. It’s where I met my wife, while studying (well, “studying”) at UH Hilo, and it’s a...

New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, and while it’s only a few blocks west of downtown Honolulu, it’s a comparative wasteland when it comes to food options. One can live on Costco hotdogs and pizza for only so long. Fortunately, a celebrated local eatery has finally opened its second...

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of...

IslandFunder offers more local crowdfunding

IslandFunder offers more local crowdfunding

Last night brought the official launch of IslandFunder, a crowdfunding startup focused specifically on Hawaii projects. The gala event, at Five-O Bar and Lounge in Waikiki, featured Jason Alan, Jahlivity, and Rebel Souljahz. But while it was the coming-out party for the startup, the site already has funding campaigns underway:...

Hawaii startup Gibi finalist in Walmart contest

Hawaii startup Gibi finalist in Walmart contest

Gibi Technologies, founded by two sisters from Honolulu, is in the running to have its pet-finding gadget and app boosted by the nation’s largest retailer. The Gibi is a waterproof, rugged yet lightweight GPS device and accompanying mobile app to track lost pets. And the device has already persevered to...

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

One Hawaii restaurant will be crowned the state’s best green restaurant in The Nature Conservancy‘s annual Nature’s Plate Awards. The finalists, selected from public nominations submitted last month, are: Greens & Vines (Honolulu, HI): Formerly Licious Dishes, the restaurant makes healthy eating a joy, reflected in chef and owner  Sylvia Thompson’s...

Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

Uber, the startup that aims to serve as “everyone’s private driver,” had its soft launch in Honolulu today. Based in San Francisco and deployed in over 30 cities around the world, Uber empowers smartphone users to summon a “sleek black car” to take them to meetings, parties, or home (after...

Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

Earlier this year, retail job postings on the Microsoft web site revealed the company’s plans to set up its first Microsoft Store in Honolulu. Sure enough, shoppers at Ala Moana Center soon spotted the future location of Microsoft’s island invasion, positioned almost directly across from the state’s first and largest...

Frii App for iOS Finds Free Stuff in Honolulu

Frii App for iOS Finds Free Stuff in Honolulu

Declaring daily deal discounts an ‘old school’ fad, a local firm is betting that free stuff is the best way to connect businesses to new customers.

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

One down, still a few dozen more to go. Once described as the first group buying site in Hawaii, PLAYHawaii has been acquired by Florida-based CrowdSavings. “Even though Crowdsavings is one of the leading group buying sites on the mainland, they are committed to our hyper-local focus to help support...

‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

Check out this real-life “Angry Birds” game, set up by local tech company HONBLUE (and sister company JET Graphics) yesterday at the Pacific Building Trade Expo. “Angry Birds” is one of the hottest, biggest video games out there, and it was inevitable that people would start to recreate it in...

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

It took nearly three years longer than planned, but Lowe’s Home Improvement finally opened its newest store in Iwilei. Lowe’s arrival further concentrates competition in the area for home improvement and big box retailers, as it’s situated right next door to a Home Depot, and half a block away from...

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

History may repeat itself. Last year, Hawaii bloggers, webmasters, and other online businesspeople rallied to fight a state plan to tax retailers like Amazon.com for business generated by local affiliates. The state was looking for extra cash, but opponents of the tax bill argued that Amazon.com would just drop its...

Hawaii Daily Deals Are Everywhere

Hawaii Daily Deals Are Everywhere

If three’s a crowd, the group buying space in Hawaii is an all out riot. In just the past week, several different group buying services announced new initiatives in Hawaii. Kanu Hawaii is preparing to unveil Kanu Values, in which the deals benefit community causes. A pair of local entrepreneurs launched...

John Garcia on Audi’s Twitter Campaign

John Garcia on Audi’s Twitter Campaign

Honolulu designer John Garcia has been named one of ten finalists in a groundbreaking social media campaign by Audi. He moves onto Round 2, which kicks off on Monday, and with the help of the Hawaii social media community, he and his supporters could win $25,000 for charity. I was...

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

I wish I was enough of a foodie to say that I was always familiar with the background and talents of award-winning chef Philippe Padovani. But apart from knowing that he was one of the founders of “Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” I only truly became a fan of his after my...

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality...

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Offer not valid in Hawaii and Alaska. Prices may be higher in Hawaii and Alaska. And yes, Sirius Satellite Radio is not available in Hawaii and Alaska. But that may change. The FCC has granted conditional approval to Sirius to operate ground-based repeaters to make its programming available in the...

My Seoul Adventure

My Seoul Adventure

I returned to Honolulu from Seoul today, twelve hours before I left. Spending three days in South Korea was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return. Thanks again to Hawaiian Airlines for the opportunity to document their new nonstop service between Honolulu and Incheon international airports. Our trip...