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August 2019


Code for America w/ Jennifer Pahlka and Tim O’Reilly

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A couple of days ago we had Jennifer Pahlka Founder of Code for America and Tim O’Reilly from O’Reilly Media visiting Hi-Capacity for a talk. They were both very different people but cool in there own way. O’Reilly reminded me a little of Doc from back to the future but a little more centered. Jennifer a true visionary. Both speakers were on top of their game regardless of a lack of sleep due to traveling, much respect.



Mozilla Firefox and the Hawaii Advantage

Recently we had a team from Mozilla come to The Box Jelly for the week to build and release Firefox 10.0.1 (amongst a few other things). It was a really exciting experience for our team and a chance to step our game up.

I have a lot of people ask me (borderline scolding me) why didn’t you tweet the sh*t out of them being there. Well I’ll tell you. Respect and the Hawaii Advantage.

1. I have a lot of Respect for their G.S.D. (get sh.. done) The purpose of their trip here was to deliver. In our position (as the box jelly) we have to think about what is best for our community and guests. I made a conscious choice not to heavily publicize their presence till after they left so they could work without distractions. If you’ve updated your Firefox browser you know that the mission was accomplished. Yes we plan on working with them to share the Mozilla movement with the island community in the future.

2. The “Hawaii Advantage” is something I’ve been striving to understand since we embraced the journey of creating Hawaii’s 1st cowork space. The Mozilla team choose Hawaii for two reasons, location and price. Hawaii made logistical and financial sense plain and simple. Yes I too was surprised to hear that in a hyper connected world, global teams need to meet face to face from time to time. After the initial shock it made complete sense. Their visit here was inspiring and renewed my resolve to keep pushing coworking in Hawaii.

Mahalo Mozillans for sharing your time here with us. It was fun.


HI Capacity Soldering Workshop December 13th

Here’s an upcoming Hi-Capacity event just in time for Christmas. Blinky lights!!!


We’ll be doing an incredibly fun beginner’s soldering workshop led by Jeremy Chan. Jeremy Chan is an experienced electrical engineer working at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.

No tools or experience is necessary, but feel free to bring your own.

After this lesson, you’ll be ready to solder on your own.

What the workshop will cover:

  • A quick safety introduction
  • Basic soldering concepts and how-tos. We will be practicing on PCBs.
  • Then we will be building an LED Christmas tree!

Christmas LED Tree

It’ll have blinky lights and will be a gift for you to take home! It’s an ornament you can show off your DIY skills with your family, friends and coworkers.

“That looks really cool, where did you buy it?”, they’ll say.

“I made it myself” responding with a grin.


$45 for members

$55 for non-members

This event is different than our free events. Your payment will help us cover the following:

  • Equipment costs (solder, soldering irons)
  • Using the The Box Jelly space. Because we are having a paid event, we will be renting the space. The rate is $280 for 3 hours or 1/3 of our profits, which ever amount is less.
  • The LED Christmas tree ornament costs roughly $20 with shipping
  • Any remaining profit will directly towards improving our current and future Makerspace.

Parking Tips

At The Box Jelly, there will be street parking available, although it is limited. You can park at the Sports Authority across the street. Questions can be directed to


Crowdfunding with Ryan Hew & Wayne Chi, November 15th

Summary: Need capital fast? Have a hot idea for a product or service? Don’t want to deal with the bank or institutional investors? Are you curious about crowdfunding?

This talk will feature Wayne Chi, startup attorney licensed in Hawaii and California and Ryan K. Hew, local small business attorney. Wayne brings experience from the area known for startups and even has done a project related to crowdfunding. They will discuss the legalities and some of the issues of turning to crowdfunding as a vehicle for raising capital. (45 min. talk, 15 min. Q&A)

Suggested Price: $20 for non-members, $15 for members

Location: 703C Kamani Street. The Box Jelly popup coworking space is located inside the contemporary furniture store, fishcake.

Date: November 15th, 7pm


The Box Jelly is the hottest spot for techies to connect

By Mike Meyer

We’ve all seen them around town: groups of young people (or not so young people) in animated conversations at Starbucks, Coffee Talk or other caffeine-fueled gathering places. They are there for the Wi-Fi and the java, but often it’s not just a social event. In the tech world it can be serious business.

Coffee shops located near high-tech havens on the mainland, such as Woodside Bakery & Cafe in Silicon Valley, became famous as ad hoc tech incubators way before Wi-Fi even existed. However, coffee shops have their limitations. As meeting places they can be distracting and sometimes noisy. What’s more, management does not appreciate people monopolizing a table for hours on end for the price of a cappuccino.

So what’s the answer?

If popularity is any kind of gauge, the next big thing in meeting spaces is a Kakaako-based venue with the unlikely name of The Box Jelly.

Dubbed a “a co-working place,” it opened up inside Fishcake (a trendy furniture store) at 307c Kamani St. in Kakaako in September, and young entrepreneurs have been flocking there ever since.

And for good reason.

The Box Jelly has all the accoutrements any tech evangelist would want, including an 800-square-foot, brightly lit interior, high-speed Internet access, a plethora of electrical outlets, a color printer and plenty of parking. Naturally there’s a coffee station that features a locally roasted Wailua blend. You can also rent a desk for $7 an hour or by the month. Groups can rent the entire facility for events.

CEO Rechung Fujihira and his partners in the startup (all products of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade University) say The Box Jelly offers something that a coffee shop doesn’t have: a much better possibility of connecting with like-minded colleagues.

“The whole idea of co-working spaces,” said Dan Leuck, founder of Ikayzo, Honolulu’s hottest Web development and social media shop, “is to attract like-minded tech and creative people for the purpose of facilitating spontaneous partnerships. Sometimes it’s as simple as a freelance developer discovering a great designer to work with on her current Web project. Other times what starts as a few brainstorming freelancers turns into a company.”

Said Fujihira, “We are here to learn from our peers and get things done. We are co-working.”

In addition to The Box Jelly, there are two other Kakaako co-working spaces: R&D and The Green House.

Whether the proliferation of co-working spaces is a fad or a technology bellwether is anyone’s guess.

Time will tell whether they can spawn the next Facebook or Apple.

Mike Meyer, former Internet general manager at Oceanic Time Warner Cable, now runs Islanda Managed Cloud Services, based in Honolulu. Reach him at


HI Capacity FourSquare Hackathon, November 5th

HI Capacity will be holding their first hackathon for the season at The Box Jelly this weekend, Saturday, November 5th, 11am. The is a free event, open to the public!

Hackathon Rules for FourSquare

– Must write original code. All libraries that are used must be
documented (git submodule) or word of mouth ok. This is enforced only
casually. Be sensible!
– It’s ok to use other people’s ideas but come up with something
original. Of course this will count towards your score.
– Respect others during the hackathon. No sabotage!
– Code must be open source. Must commit to Github using a public

Voting Categories (Out of 5 points each)

– Originality
– Completeness
– Usefulness
– Design

You don’t have to be a software professional to join the event. HI Capacity will demonstrate examples and show how you can get started.

For more information read a message from James Wang, a maker at HI Capacity, by clicking here. You can also visit HI Capacity’s website, here.

To become a HI Capacity member click here.
To become The Box Jelly member click here.
To learn more about coworking in Hawai‘i click here.


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.  


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.