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Refreshments at The Box Jelly

Drinks at the Box Jelly are not just limited to tea, coffee, and water anymore. We now have a mini fridge filled with a variety of refreshments. To purchase the drinks, there is a money jar using the honor system. So far, Pellegrino seems to be the favorite! Give us your suggestions on what else you would like to drink while you cowork,

$2 for  bottled water, coconut water, vitamin water, RZO kava drink, and Monster
$3 for Pellegrino

25¢ for Slimjim and Red Vines
$1 for Maui chips

Free* filtered water, tea, and Waiula coffee


Hacking the Microsoft Kinect Sensor on October 27th

Starting the beginning of this month, the maker group HI Capacity have been taking advantage of The Box Jelly’s coworking space during weekday evenings and daytime on weekends. This Thursday at 6:30pm HI Capacity’s own, Kyle Oba, will be leading a talk on “3D INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING FOR THE REST OF US – Hacking the Microsoft Kinect Sensor”. There is no charge for admission, so if your Thursday evening is open join us for an evening of design, technology, and experimenting down at The Box Jelly.

• Introduction to the Kinect sensor
• A short history of Kinect hacking
• Using the Kinect with very little programming
(Kinect with OpenFrameworks, Processing, PureData)
• Some short live demonstrations
• Audience participation as time permits

The goal of this social mixer is to introduce designers and developers about this tool and begin playing immediately! To read more about the event visit HI Capacity’s website at

To RSVP for the Kyle’s talk click here.
To become a member of HI Capacity click here.
To become a member of The Box Jelly, visit us inside the furniture, fishcake at 307c Kamani St.,
or call Rechung at 840-7337.


Design & Flow at R&D

Tonight I stepped into R&D, our design inspired neighbors on  691 Auahi Street in Kakaako.  Ben Trevino was on post and I asked him what his favorite reads are and his recommendations.

He put me on to a serious book called Data Flow, which breaks down different ways of visualizing data.  He put it  to me like “it’s how you express yourself to the public” via graphic design.  Data Flow ventures into the various patterns of intent in six chapters covering innovative examples of information graphics, introducing new terms and concepts that are redefining information design today.

Just to put you on, “Datology” one of the new terms I came across, is the process of providing data with weight, space, texture and sensual experiences communicating through the entire bandwidth of human perception!!

Two other books Ben pointed out are Le Corbusier Le Grande, a visual biography of one of architechtures greatest innovators and The Story of Eames Furniture, which tells of furniture design icon Charles Eames and how it all came to be.  This is of certian intererst because we have one of his chairs in our lounge.  It offers a timeless sense of comfort with its warn leather that make it a Box Jelly favorite.

Last, I came accross a must have for the person who strives to improve their mixology game.  Check out Speakeasy, a text about NYC’s Employees Only bar and the redesign of the greatest cocktails.  You will find many ways to offer up liquid swagger to your guests, or something chic and fly to impress your date.  Learn how to serve up the classic Vesper shaken and not stirred or the Billionaire martini after you close the big deal.

Just to offer you a glimpse of what’s inside:


2 oz Charbay vodka

1 oz Plymouth Navy Strength gin

3/4 oz lillet blanc (replaced kina lillet which is no longer in production)

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 lemon twist for garnish

By the way, that Billionaire’s cocktail, it’s made with 2 oz of Baker’s 107 proof bourbon and 1/4 oz absinthe bitters!  Step inside R&D and pick up a copy to get the rest of the ingredients to get started on your own Speakeasy.  


Pioneer of the Cowork Movement Needs Your Help

 Amit Gupta, Entrepreneur, founder of Jelly,  and Photojojo, needs your help to overcome Acute Leukemia. He is now in need of a bone marrow transplant where the bone marrow pool is severly underepresnted by minorities.  Amit is South Asian, so if that’s you or someone you know see below for how you can help!

Amit is one of our movements heroes because of how he has inlfuenced us through his work.  Jelly is an informal way for freelancers, creatives and entrepreneurs to get together in their communities whether at someone’s apartment, coffee shop or anywhere there’s internet and somewhere to sit.  It helped kickstart the cowork movement because it gave us all the oportunity to get stuff done while working around smart and inspiring people.  That’s why we started The Box Jelly, to work the way we live and to share the cowork life with others!

If you or someone you know is South Asian please share this info with them!  We can make a life saving difference!!  Pass the word.

  1. If you’re South Asianget a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.
  2. If you’re in NYC, you can go to this event my friends are putting on.
  3. If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point ‘em to the links above.

*UPDATE 1* Organize a donor drive near you (the most helpful thing you could possibly do!) email 100kcheeks@gmail.comThey’ll send you kits, flyers, tell you what to say, and make the whole process easy cheesy.

*UPDATE 2* Want to get a free test, but not in the US. Here’s a list ofinternational donor registries that are globally searchable.

Thank YOU



IP and the Law with Ryan Hew October 18th

Thank you for everyone who participated in voting for the subject matter of the next talk. After Social Media and the Law it seems everyone is still craving to hear about Intellectual Property.

So the next talk at Hawaii’s first coworking space will be “Protecting Your Brand: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law.” Here is the rest of the important information:

Location: The Box Jelly, located at Fishcake Furniture Store – 307 Kamani St.

Date: Tuesday, October 18th,  2011

Time: starts at 6:30 p.m., talk begins 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m., Q&A to follow

Description: The price of this talk will be $10 for members of The Box Jelly and $15 for non-members. A brief overview of intellectual property laws from the perspective of small business. Basics of trade/servicemark, tradename, trade secrets, copyright and patent laws will be discussed and the steps a business can take when navigating IP situations. Materials included.

In addition, I will be doing the Social Media and the Law talk, again on the following week on Monday, October 24, 2011 for all of those you that expressed an interest, but could not make it. The talk will follow the same format as the one just mentioned. Same starting/ending time, location, and price.

Also lookout next week on the Aloha Startups website, as I will be contributing a special post about the IP topic.



Russel Cheng Coming to The Box Jelly October 19th

Career entrepreneur, Russel Cheng will be at The Box Jelly on Wednesday, October 19th to advise on business development and marketing. He offers specialized insight to non-traditional business models and generation.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Russel’s expertise are in entrepreneurship, startups, fundraising, web and mobile applications, business development and marketing in US, Japan, China and Asia. He won a Cannes Gold Lion and holds a patent for his mobile invention related to authenticating identity and verifying age.

Russel joined Oceanit as an entrepreneur to help commercialize nanotechnology, wind energy and mobile applications developed within the Hawaii-based science and engineering firm. He joined Oceanit from Microsoft in Japan where he built the Regional Marketing team and Branded Entertainment in Asia. Prior to Microsoft, he was the digital director at Beacon Communications, founder and managing director at Organic and co-founder and CEO of XM Asia.

He is currently co-founder of the startup Beebleo, an eBook marketplace and founder of StartupHui, a startup incubator designed to help web-technology startups build better products.

You or your party can reserve to meet with Russel on Wednesday, October 19th from 9am to 3pm at The Box Jelly which is located  inside the furniture store, fishcake.

Walk-ins are welcome, however reservations take priority. Call The Box Jelly at 808-429-0665 during operating hours (M-F 10am – 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am – 6pm), or email See you there!


Recap: Founder Institute visits The Box Jelly

On Wednesday we hosted Keith Powers and Ted Gaubert the men bringing The Founder Institute to Maui early next year. We had a good turn out at the event and it is exciting to be in the middle of so many positive changes in the community. The Maui Founder Institute will be a full time program attempting to draw local talent as well as a talent from the mainland and abroad. On top of those participating mentors will be flown in from the mainland to mentor the fledgling startups.

Here is an article from Maui Time about the kite surfers changing the game.


Wine into Water

Hey Jelly fans out there, we just wanted to let you know what creative shenanigans we are up to over at The Box Jelly!  Lately Tony, aka “Sicily” has been been turning our empty wine bottles into reusable drinking cups.  No kidding!  The process is simple and great for the environment and your wallet 🙂

You gather up your empty wine bottles after the last shindig, art show, or dance party and clean them then and remove the labels.  After that you choose the size of the cup you  want to create by scoring the sides with the glass cutter/bottle scorer thing.  You are then ready to do the magic and most crucial part.  Tony has an innate skill for pouring just the right amounts of cold vs hot water that actually causes the class to break, ideally along the score line.  You pour just boiled water over the bottle, rotate to touch all sides, then take ice cold water and repeat the process.  I watched him do it and its quite an edgy experience, no pun intended ;)!

After the edges are sanded what you end up with is a great looking, unique, and locally hand made drinking glass.  Just fill with your favorite beverage, whether water, wine, or grape drink!!  Then come on over to The Box Jelly lounge and read a great novel hand picked by TBJ’s own curators.  If you want to take home a glass for yourself they are on sale right in the Fishcake General Store where we are located.

Take time to celebrate the small miracles of sustainable efforts at The Box Jelly, cheers!!


The Box Jelly Goes Micro on Coffee

Aloha Ohana,

We have the great coffee infused pleasure of providing our coworkers with Wailua coffee microroased at Koko Crater coffee roasters, located right at Ward Warehouse.  Wailua coffee offers a winey, acidic flavor while expertly blended with Sumatra and Colombian Supremo to provide medium body and earthy notes by Kamaka, the master roaster himself!

Its aroma comes plunging out of the bag as soon as its opened and then everybody wants a cup.  Even non-coffe afficiandos can appreciate this offering because it taste great even without the cream and sugar.  We have a porcelain single serve pour over by Hario from Japan that gives it that just right finish in your cup.  The best part is that its sustainable because doing coffee one cup at a time cuts out the waste and amps up the quality factor.  No drip percolator over here!  We either do a French press, single serve from the Keurig or the all so silky porcelain pour over.

Offering locally grown and microroasted coffee makes us all warm and fuzzy, plus it just tastes better!  We sincerely believe at The box Jelly creating lasting relationships in the community is the best type of business and we’ll drink to that!

Special thanks to Kamaka at Koko Crater coffee roasters!

P.S. Remember the cost of coffee is included in your monthly membership or hourly rate, so come over and enjoy a cup or two, or three!!!

local coffee