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Hawaii's First Coworking Space

Coming Up: Jelly Week (January 14-18)

What is Jelly Week?

Jelly Week is part of Global Jelly Week, which is being held at 150 different locations in 33 countries across the world. The idea is to educate the general public about the term “Jelly” and how it relates to coworking.

What is Jelly?

Jelly is a casual event where people within a community come together to exchange ideas. Most Jelly events happen within coworking spaces but they can also happen through networking events or online communities. The idea is to get people together and bounce around ideas—to work on new business ideas, demonstrate products and pitch possible business partnerships.

What is coworking?

Coworking is a style of work environment that promotes open, shared workspaces. The isolation that comes from working in cubicles inhibits community-building and works against the Jelly philosophy. The ideas behind Jelly are why most coworking spaces are built on the foundation of openness and a strong community.

What is BoxJelly?

The BoxJelly is Hawaii’s first and largest coworking space.

Jelly Week @ BoxJelly

For Jelly Week 2013, the BoxJelly will be offering non-members free coworking for the entire week—drop in any time you want. We will also be hosting nightly events pertaining to different aspects of Jelly. Each event starts at 6PM, and should run until approximately 8PM.

Monday: HI Capacity Show and Tell

Members of Hawaii’s first maker space show off their latest projects, from 3D printing to microcomputers to drone quadrocopters and more! Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday: Startup Speed Dating

Looking to network with member of the Honolulu startup scene? Want to find new business partners? Stop by for Startup Speed Dating—a fast-paced mixer.

Wednesday: Shabu Shabu Night with the Founder of BoxJelly

Have questions for the founders? Enjoy some free shabu shabu and discuss the history and future of BoxJelly with founders Rechung Fujihara and Anthony Stanford.

Thursday: New Tech Meetup

Join us as we kick off a series of monthly New Tech Meetups. Network, listen to talks and share ideas with other members of the Hawaii business and technology community.

Friday: End of the Week Jelly Party

Jelly Week 2013 will take place from January 14 – 18 at the BoxJelly. For more information please visit our website or call us at 808.769.6921. You can also keep track of the event by “Liking” us on Facebook (theboxjelly) or following us on Twitter (@theboxjelly).



2012 – A Year of Growth, Endurance and “GSD”

Thinking back on the past year at The Box Jelly (now BoxJelly), all we can say is that it has been an amazing ride. Building the new BoxJelly was much harder than we anticipated it would be—we really want to thank you, our community, for having the patience to stick with us through months and months of drilling, sawing, hammering, and dust (hopefully there won’t be any long term health effects).

Thanks to the entire Hawaii Startup Community for embracing BoxJelly and looking at us now as a peer; we are expecting big things from you all. When we started BoxJelly we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We wanted to create a place and environment where people could take their visions and create new businesses, just like we personally needed to do. So far the experiment is working beyond what we expected. I’m very proud of all the Jellys who came walking through our doors. We had some success stories, but most importantly we had people take risk, fail, but come back with other ideas and concepts. To see that commitment, hustle and drive for success has made us very proud of where the Honolulu Startup Community is going as a whole.

A big Mahalo to the BoxJelly Ohana, you make work fun and worthwhile. So thank you to our team past and present: Bryan, Matt, Sam, Hasan, Brandon, Jenn, Dayne, Lux, Amy, Ben, Devin and the HI Cap crew. We also want to recognize our mentors who we have chosen to remain secret (you know who you are). These ninjas of the startup community keep us on our toes and let us know when we’ve screwed up. Also thank you to our girlfriends & ex-girlfriends who stay patient with us—we truly appreciate the support. Lastly we want to thank our families for their support and swift kicks in the butt when we need to get sh*t done.

In the coming year we are renewing our commitment to do everything we can to make Hawaii the best possible place to work and live. In 2013 we will be focusing on developing new programs, including the Honolulu Tech Meetup & Startup Weekend NEXT in partnership with other community members, Jelly Works (Workshops/Art Shows) and other initiatives.

We are also happy to announce that with the addition of our new classroom we will be starting JumpSchool, an education program focused on teaching our local youth entrepreneurship and 21st century skills. Our continued support of young Jellys in our local universities will remain strong, through our partnership with Blue Startups and hopefully a diverse range of incubators and accelerators. We are working to get teams formed, ideas developed, companies started and funded. There are some exciting partnerships with non-profits in the works as well, which we are really looking forward to.

Looking forward to the New Year, Biggie said it best:

While we out here, say the “Hustlers Prayer.”If the game shakes me or breaks me, I hope it makes me a better man.Take a better stand, put money in my mom’s hand. Get my daughter this college plan so she don’t need no man. Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in itAnd live the phrase “sky’s the limit…”

Work the way you live.

Rechung Fujihira and Anthony Stanford

Honolulu, December 31, 2012.



Coming Up: Box Jelly Community Day (1/5 and 1/6)

Aloha to our Jelly community! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and we wish you a Happy New Year. Since this is the season of community and coming together, we felt like kicking off 2013 by hosting a Community Day here at the Box Jelly. Renovations on the property are about 80% complete, but we need your help making it to the finish line! If you’re interested please stop by Saturday (1/5), Sunday (1/6) or on both days anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. We ask that you please wear shoes and clothes that you’re comfortable painting in. Non-members are welcome as well, and food and drink will be provided on both days.
If you have any questions please contact us at or at 808-769-6921.

Event Report: Manoa Futures Symposium

On Friday, November 30th, 2012, the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies ( & @HRCFS) hosted the Manoa Futures Symposium at The Box Jelly. As one of the first gatherings for graduate students pursuing studies in Futures, the conference brought together young scholars from Australia, Finland, Germany, Canada, Bahrain, and across the U.S. representing Regent University, University of Sunshine Coast, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Houston, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

More details about the event can be found here:

The symposium was supported by the Department of Political Science at UH-Manoa as well as the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), who coordinated a live stream and recording of the event, and it was organized completely by graduate students at UH-Manoa who also serve as researchers at HRCFS.

The recording are available for viewing through the APF’s adobe connect platform.

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Afternoon Session & Keynote

Jose Ramos (@actionforesight) gave an inspiring keynote that served as a call to arms for emerging futurists! A referred symposium is planned for the Journal of Futures Studies, and there has already been some talk about future(s) symposia!

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012, HRCFS ran its Gaming Futures platform, which leverages both experiential scenario-based gaming dynamics with augmented reality and geo-spatial scavenger-hunt-esque components. Home base for the game was The Box Jelly!

12 gamers were marched through 4 alternative futures run by 8 actors and 4 facilitators. For more information about the game and how it acted as the capstone for a grant-funded HRCFS research project on the impact of communication technologies upon power relations within past, present, and futures context, please visit:


Coming Up: Everything Is Jake Gallery Show (12/7/2012)

Starting this Friday, The Box Jelly will be home to a series of quarterly events showcasing local artists, beginning with Nick Kuchar–creator of Everything Is Jake. We’ll be showing off Nick’s retro surf-inspired art for 8 weeks, and we’re kicking it all off with a free reception this Friday, the seventh. If you’re in the area for First Friday, or just want to check out some killer art, stop by from 6-8pm.
Where: The Box Jelly
When: Friday the 7th between 6pm and 8pm
More about Nick Kuchar:
Nick is from Florida and received a degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University. He enjoys vintage advertisements, listening to Muddy Waters, challenging his friends to marbles tournaments, driving his VW microbus, and generally killing two stones with one bird. If he were elected president his first order of business would be to make amusement park rides 60 minutes long and the wait in line 2 minutes, instead of the other way around. He does not enjoy splinters, baking soda volcanoes, or sea monsters and is indifferent regarding sporks.

Coming Up: Hon*Celerator (12/1/2012)

What: The City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii Open Data are kicking off a code contest called Hon*Celerator. The purpose of the contest to create more ways to engage with government through technology, by bringing together Hawaii’s best coders, designers, app developers and entrepreneurs. On this coming Saturday, Hon*Celerator participants will publicly share their products and projects at The Box Jelly.
This event has been organized by Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of IT, City and county of HNL and Burt Lum of and
When: Saturday December 1st from 9am to 2pm
Where: The Box Jelly main room