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Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today the successful deployment of Phase 1 of the Chinatown Municipal Wireless Project. 


“This is the result of a unique grass roots approach to the delivery of free municipal wireless internet access, which augments existing free wireless Honolulu hot zones that we started in the Parks, Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and the ground floor of the Frank Fasi Municipal Building,” stated Mayor Hannemann.


The Chinatown Project is part of the Mayors Chinatown economic revitalization project and is the result of a Private/Public partnership with locally based company Kokua Wireless.  


“This is an exciting project for us.  It enables us to look at numerous business models, and test various economic opportunities” stated Mr. Aryn Nakaoka , President of Kokua Wireless.


“This one year pilot will provide businesses with the opportunity to see if internet technologies, especially wireless can be used to identify new business and improve existing business models.  For residents it provides them with a computing mobility throughout the community rather than in their own residence,” said Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau – Community Facilitator, The ARTS at Marks Garage, a project of the Hawaii Arts Alliance.


Presently, with more than 25 antennae deployed, coverage is available within 8 square blocks bordered by Beretania, King St, Smith St, and Bethel St. 


“I particularly like this approach,” stated Gordon Bruce, Director, Department of Information Technology and CIO for the City & County of Honolulu,  “because it involves partnering with members in the business community.  All that they are required to do is place a small antenna or repeater in the window of their business.  The antennas then do the work of searching out others that were put in the grid with access to a gateway to the Internet”.  


“We are already seeing almost 100 users on the network within a 24 hour period, with the official announcement only today.  I look forward to watching the system expand, not only in Chinatown, but in the surrounding areas such as downtown,” stated Mayor Hannemann. 


For a listing of shops who have placed in their businesses and/or if you are interested in being part of this exciting grass roots project by adding a free antenna to the grid, please contact




Contact Bill Brennan  527-6928

Monday, October 08, 2007

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