Honolulu Startup Digest – May 5, 2014 Edition

May 05, 2014

Things are definitely heating up here on the islands! Maui is having their own Tech Night (invite only), Hawaii island is having their demo day and investors are are hopeful for the good things to come!

Take the time out to check out some of the events we compiled and come on out!

Keep in mind that we compile these manually so it is possible that we’ll miss some events. To help us out, make sure to submit events you want to see at https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/honolulu/submit-event

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SBDC: Pathway to Profits: A Business Owner’s Guide to Having Employees ($25.00)

May 6th 7:30am


Do you run your business or does it run you?
As any entrepreneur will tell you, running your business gets a lot more complicated when you hire employees. Understand your responsibilities in having employees with respect to:
– Compliance
– Employee Benefits
– Insurances
– Payroll


$25 | View in Calendar


Hawaii Internet Marketers Association Workshop – Aiming for Effortless: Using the tools at hand to create a circle of online engagement ($10 Pre-Register, $15 at Door, Free for HIMA Members)

May 6th 6:15pm

On Tuesday evening, May 6th, 2014,  Hawaii Internet Marketers Association (HiMA) proudly presents, “Aiming for Effortless: Using the tools at hand to create a circle of online engagement” from the Chief of Culture at Mad Mimi, Dean Levitt.  Dean will focus on how email, autoresponders, RSS to Email and social tools and CRM’s can sync with each other to make marketing and engaging online nearly effortless.

Manoa Public Library, Conference Room 2716 Woodlawn Dr. Honolulu, HI 96822 | View in Calendar


Energy Excelerator UH Info Session (Free)

May 7th 5:00pm

Info Session from the Energy Excelerator

Shidler College of Business D204 & Faculty Lounge | View in Calendar


Bitcoin Hawaii: Bitcoin and Beer! Bitcoin Hawaii Windward Meetup (Free)

May 7th 7:00pm

Pau Hana with us every 1st Wednesday of the month at The Shack in Kailua for a casual get-together for anyone interested in Bitcoin. We have a solid group of Bitcoiners that are involved on various levels of the crypto-currency movement, and we love to talk about Bitcoin! Bring your questions, concerns, ideas, and enthusiasm. All are welcome!

The Shack Sports Grill, 1051 Keolu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734 | View in Calendar


Hawaii Business Magazine’s C-Suite Series: CHRO – How Chief Human Resource Officers are Evolving, Driving Business Strategy and Impacting the Bottom Line ($16.37)

May 8th 7:30am

Like their C-Suite peers, Chief Human Resource Officers are being called to drive strategy and innovation within their organization. This requires HR leaders to evolve beyond the traditional HR services and become well informed business professionals, actively seeking new sources of revenue for their company.

Harbor View Center (above Nicos Pier 38) 1129 N. Nimitz Hwy Honolulu, HI 96817 | View in Calendar


Windward Entrepreneur’s Meetup: Meet, Chat, Learn (Free)

May 8th 5:30pm

From Ken Berkun, the organizer:

“We have a very informal structure, just come and meet chat and learn!  But there is no reason we can’t think of more structured activities as well.  For instance we can review business plans (no matter how informal), suggest resources, work on next steps, etc.”

Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill, 970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734 | View in Calendar


Speed Networking ($10 for members of EF Hawaii, Social Wahines, or BoxJelly, $20 for Nonmembers)

May 8th 5:30pm

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii and the BoxJelly are partnering with Social Wahines to bring you Speed Networking!

In the classic speed networking set up, you’ll have a few minutes with each person and you’ll get to meet a lot of great people!

If you are a member of any of those organizations, ask them  about a half-off promo code!

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813 | View in Calendar


Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

May 9th 6:00pm

Weekly Meeting for Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup

Demo time from 6:00 -6:45 PM

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813 | View in Calendar


Island Funder Workshop Day 1 (TBA)

May 10th


Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813 | View in Calendar


Hawaii Island Demo Day ($10)

May 10th 1:00pm

The 2014 Demo Day New Business Showcase highlights some of Hawaii Island’s newest and most innovative companies. Meet the founders and learn about Hawaii Island’s growing community of Entrepreneurs. The event will begin at 1:00pm with a brief meet and greet followed by opening remarks. Hear from community thought leaders on our island’s economic development and the role new business development plays. Afterwards, our entrepreneurs will take the stage and present their businesses. We’ll wrap up the afternoon with snacks and socialization.Demo Day is sponsored by HTDC and HI Growth.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center 600 Imiloa Pl Hilo, HI 96720 | View in Calendar

Oahu Online Business Meetup: Coffee and Online Business Chat (Free)

May 13th 6:00pm

Mocha Java Cafe 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Honolulu Founder Lectures, with Tyler Crowley ($35)

May 14th 6:30pm

Iolani School Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership, 563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

May 16th 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Startup Weekend Maui ($99)

May 16th 6:30pm

Maui Research & Technology Center 590 Lipoa Pkwy Kihei, HI 96753

Island Funder Workshop Day 2 (TBA)

May 17th


Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

May 23rd 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

May 30th 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hack to the Future II (Free)

May 31st 9:30am

`Iolani School Sullivan Center (4th Floor), 563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

Hong Kong-China Business Tourism, Technology & Investment Forum – China’s Next Chapter: How to Tap into the New Opportunity ($325 – Full Day, $275 – EF Hawaii Member)

June 6th 8:00am

Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Startup Paradise Demo Day (TBA)

June 13th 4:00pm

`Iolani School 563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

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