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Maui Co-working

This group is for people interested in Co-working in Maui.

Location: Upcountry
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Started by Joe Breman. Last reply by Roxanne Darling Oct 8, 2012.

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Comment by Ray Tsuchiyama on April 21, 2014 at 3:32pm
Comment by Erik Blair on January 23, 2014 at 2:26pm

We're still trying to get a good survey sample to hear what you think is important for a Maui Coworking spot???

http://j.mp/mauicowork2014

Comment by Erik Blair on January 13, 2014 at 10:49am

Updating interest list for a Maui Coworking space - http://j.mp/mauicowork2014

We have renewed interest for several types of coworking on Maui, and we're trying to provide as much quality coworking aspects as possible (within reason). 

Two questions that were not on the survey, how important is public transportation and have you ever used coworking before?  

Mahalo for helping with this. 

Comment by Ben Plantinga on September 26, 2013 at 4:59pm

Jerry, 

Thanks, I'll check those out from the website.  Unfortunately I won't be making it tonight as I'm still in Washington state.  But, after October 27th I'll definitely be interested in attending. :)

Comment by Jerry Isdale on September 26, 2013 at 1:25pm

Ben - the best place to watch for makers stuff is the googlegroup and fbook group.  Links to these are on the website. 

Comment by Jerry Isdale on September 26, 2013 at 1:23pm

Ben, et al... Maui Makers is meeting TONIGHT - thurs 26 sept

at the Pu'unene School main building, in the library. You can park in front of big white (dirty) building.

This is different than our usual (in cafeteria in back)

Comment by Ben Plantinga on September 23, 2013 at 7:38am

Jerry, 

That's unfortunate about losing the makerspace location.  I was looking forward to checking it out.  Hopefully a new location will turn up that can be used on a regular basis. Is the http://www.mauimakers.com/ site the best place to watch for any news?

I thought the MRTC area made more sense for info sessions as the area is somewhat purpose built  for technology and related activities.  I lean towards living somewhere upcountry and about a 30 minute drive doesn't seem too bad, but it's also nice to minimize the time spent in the car.  The next choice for us would be Kihei, which is also not a bad option as we have a lot of family that come to Maui each year and tend to stay in the area.  

Take care,

Ben

Comment by Jon Brown on September 23, 2013 at 7:11am
Definitely a lot of talk about getting one started, but no coworking space yet :(

I have seen few Craigslist offers for shared office space, while obviously not coworking you might look there if you actually need office work space.

In terms of community there are a couple meetups held at MEDB (Kihei next to MRTC). I, @jb510, run the Maui WordPress Meetup (MauiWP) @PeterLiu47 runs the Maui Social Media User Group (MauiSMUG). Maui Makers is very active, but meetings and open houses are on hiatus while finding a new home.

TechHui used to meet periodically for socials but that hasn't in quite a while.

In addition to coworkimg I'd like to get a general tech/startup group meeting regularly in a barcamp/beercamp fashion but I have been juggling a few too my other things lately so that effort is probably coming around the new year.
Comment by Jerry Isdale on September 22, 2013 at 9:23pm

Ben, 

there has been a LOT of discussion about a coworking space, but nothing has moved forwards.  One big issue is location.  If you have to drive 20-40 min to get there, it probably wont work for you. ... unless you were going there anyway.  Kahului works ok for some things (like costco) as a fairly central, equally inconvenient place, but its not all to convenient for residents of kihei, haiku, or lahaina.  and none of those work well for folks from the others.  

Another issue has been the number of people that would regularly use it - which I guess is related to location.

Tech info sessions happen more or less down at MRTC area.  Maui Makers (our local makerspace) is currently working on a new home after losing the meeting space we were using in Puunene (behind sugar mill).  Maker Salon evenings may startup this fall.

Comment by Ben Plantinga on September 22, 2013 at 8:47pm

Thanks for the info!  I did drive around the Maui Research and Technology Center back in February.  Is that where this HTDC space is located?  I managed to walk into some buildings, but couldn't find any central area for information/reception, etc.  Seems like a great place for established companies, but perhaps not too helpful for individuals or smaller companies that are just starting out.  If the requirements for using that space include the application for incubating a new company shown on their site, that certainly sets the bar high. That whole tech park area seems like it has so much potential to attract new individuals.

I was also looking online at the mbloom.com site in Kahului, and I'm guessing it's mainly the office of the incubator fund.  As they opened after I was last on Maui, I was wondering if they were planning a space or regular talks, etc.

theboxjelly.com in Honolulu looks like a nice setup, but I can see that it takes a lot to get something like that going as well as maintain it over time.

Thanks Jim & Erik for the feedback. Coffee shops can definitely stand in for a dedicated work space.  It's great to be able to collaborate at times with other like minded people, so I'll just keep my eyes open for any talks/events to attend.

Ben

 

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