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Started by Joe Breman. Last reply by Roxanne Darling Oct 8, 2012.
I'm considering setting up a co-working location in Paia or Makawao. I wanted to find out if anyone was interested. I need office space by August, and would be able to commit to a long term lease. My goal is to find at least 2-3 other professionals who may be interested in sharing a space.
Jon, thanks for the update, and the great pix. I love the wide angles / panoramas... great to get a sense of the context of the space. Let's chat when you're back.
Just got back from a WordPress meetup followed by Vegas Jelly http://wiki.workatjelly.com/w/page/38951064/Las%20Vegas%20Jelly at the Las Vegas co-working space /usr/lib http://usrlib.org/Very cool co-working space, I'm headed back tomorrow to work for the day. The space was having a Jelly session (not actually sure what they're properly called, but big collaborative meetup of all sorts of folks starting up and working on projects). I'm look forward to getting something similar started on Maui! (photos attached -- note when I took the photos the Jelly crowd had moved into "the classroom" which is a multipurpose meeting room).
Jon, great notes on the meeting. I was in SF when it happened. I did manage to visit Hacker Dojo and will post some fun photos. It looks like we are neighbors in Huelo. One recommendation for meeting in North Maui is the North Shore Cafe across from Colleen's. Limitation is lack of WIFI and no/poor reception for Clear.
Have some other ideas, but must run....
Hi Jennie - be sure to check out the meeting notes linked in Mark's post below. From the notes you'll see there are many people eager for a co-working space on Maui...
I like the regular meetup idea to get it started, but I can't think of a coffee shop type place on island that could house 4+ co-workers for the better part of the day... I'd love to find one that could house just 2 :).
I know a couple people that nearly live in the Starbucks in Kihei, but I've been sitting at Paia Bay Cafe (formerly Green Bannana Cafe) one day a week for a few hours... It's ok but not ideal. I had actually thought about approaching them about turning their upstairs cyber cafe/postal services/fed ex space into a co-working space, but on further consideration I think it's really way to small so I'm keeping my eyes open for somewhere else.
Personally I really want a space on the north shore (I'm way out in Haiku, near Twin Falls) so it's a long drive anywhere and that's after I drive a mile up a rough dirt road. While I really don't mind the beautiful driving all over Maui, driving an hour each way to a co-working space that I only plan on being at for 4-6 hours on any given day doesn't seem very time or fuel efficient... Perhaps I've had the 30 second pedestrian commute across the house for too long. Regardless, I would gladly drive over to Kihei for a while if one got started over there until one got started closer.Jennie - Look forward to meeting you someday to talk co-working and web stuff (I'm a WordPress/PHP/WebDev).
Sounds great - I will check those other groups out. My parents live in Kihei, so I stay with them. They used to live in Makawao so I have spent most of my time Upcountry and on the north shore.
We got our coworking space up and running here by first organizing weekly coworking meetups at a coffee shop with a big shared worktable and free wi-fi. I can't think of any place off the top of my head that has a space like that, though. You could start by scheduling meetups regularly in different areas, and seeing how many people show. That could give you an indication of where the demand is -- without signing a lease.
(That commute you shudder about is a pleasant daydream to me... I'd trade the hour it takes to get across town here in gridlock for cruising the Mokulele on my Honda any day. ;)
Jennie - no regular co-working meetups on Maui yet. Social Media User Group has monthly meetings. MauiMakers has weekly public meetings in Pu'unene. TechHui's MauiTechies meets irregularly for dinner chats. We've been talking off line about where/when to have next Maui Techies meet up. Winter tends to bring more people to the island (like you) - perhaps we should meet up more. Where do you stay on island?
more importantly and general question for all here ..
Where would you like to see a co-working space?
Kihei area has MEDB/MRTC which might support some small co-working space.
Lahaina - for those on west island that dont want a commute.
Upcountry (pukalani/makawao) ?
Kahului/Wailuku might be more accessible to north/south shore folks than one or other... although its still a 30+min commute (shudder).
This dispersion of population seems to be an hurdle for most social businesses (like mauimakers). The space needs to be local enough to get to easily for enough people that shared rent is affordable.
Great to see some movement getting a coworking space up and running on Maui. I spend 3-4 months of the year on the island, working remotely full-time. I spend most of this time in Starbucks or other coffee shops, and next time I'm there, I'd like to be a bit more comfortable (and less obligated to buy and drink sugary beverages!).
In addition to the discussions about starting up a space, are there any Web/tech companies who open up their offices for freelancers/traveling coders? Or are there any regular coworking meetups somewhere I should be aware of? I'll be back in a couple of weeks, when the snow flies here in eastern Canada, and would love to meet up to code and chat with some Maui tech peeps.
Below is a link to the follow-up notes (public) from the Maui co-working conversation at MRTC on Oct. 13. Thanks to Doug and John.
There was a lot of great discussion and insight. Would like to hear more from those that could not be there (will add to the notes).
Maui Co-working Meeting - Public Notes
Reminder that we're convening a co-working conversation this Thursday evening in Kihei. Please come out and share your thoughts!
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