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Paubox raises $4 million in Series A funding

Hoala Greevy

Paubox, a secure email provider that specializes in the healthcare industry, today announced $4 million in Series A funding.

Launched in 2014, Paubox grew out of Pau Spam, an email filtering service founded in Hawaii more than a decade earlier. Today, the company has more than 3,000 paying customers, and is a a leader in the HIPAA compliant email space.

“The timing of our Series A funding is impeccable,” says Hoala Greevy, Founder and CEO of Paubox. “We will continue to provide market leadership in the HIPAA compliant email space, as more Americans than ever depend on their healthcare providers to provide secure and frictionless communication.”

The funding round was led by Minneapolis-based Arthur Ventures, which specializes in B2B software companies outside Silicon Valley. Arthur Ventures Partner Patrick Meenan will join the Paubox board of directors.

“We think Paubox is the best product on the market,” says Meenan. “High NPS (Net Promoter Score) and terrific customer retention is a fantastic combination and we’re excited to be partnering with them.”

Paubox helps healthcare organizations meet complex email security and compliance requirements in the U.S. Unlike incumbent solutions that force recipients to login to a portal to read a secure message, Paubox allows recipients to read a secure, compliant email in their inbox, just like a normal message.

With HITRUST CSF certification and a NPS of 80 for its core products, the company has uncovered strong product-market fit in the healthcare vertical. Paubox currently employs 34 people out of its headquarters in San Francisco.

About Paubox

Paubox provides secure email for modern healthcare. Right out of the box. Paubox leads the HIPAA Compliant Email industry in three categories of the G2 Winter 2021 report: Best Email Encryption Software, Best HIPAA Compliant Messaging Software, and Best Secure Email Gateway Software. Coupled with its HITRUST CSF certification, customers can trust Paubox to provide them with seamless, secure, and compliant email solutions. 

About Arthur Ventures

Founded by Doug Burgum, Arthur Ventures leads investments in B2B software companies in every region across North America and Western Europe.

DevLeague, Kingsland University partner for $1 million in scholarships


DevLeague, Hawaii’s only immersive technical training program for software engineering and cybersecurity professionals, has announced a strategic partnership with Kingsland University, a leading organization that provides social impact through education.

The new alliance includes $1 million in scholarships that will be immediately available to 400 veterans and Hawaii residents to help build Hawaii’s tech workforce through the latest, job-ready skills training that provides accelerated career opportunities and re-careering pathways.

“This partnership will help prepare those in Hawaii for high-tech jobs in the digital workforce,” Governor David Ige said. “I want to thank Kingsland University for making this investment in Hawaii’s future, and I am grateful that DevLeague will be able to mentor and train even more of Hawaii’s best and brightest for careers in technology.”

Led by industry experts, tech practitioners and educators with real world experience, Kingsland University focuses on preparing students for the most in-demand, highly paid career paths within emerging technologies such as software engineering, cybersecurity, and blockchain development with starting salaries typically ranging from $55,000 to $70,000 a year.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy and the people of Hawaii,” said DevLeague co-founder Russel Cheng. “However, it has also accelerated the transition to the digital economy and increased opportunities for Hawaii residents to access well-paying, high-growth, tech jobs without having to leave for the mainland.

John Souza

“DevLeague’s exclusive partnership with Kingsland will bring new and improved curriculum, expanded in-demand career offerings, and accreditation for its programs, as well as access to a larger global network and access to all neighbor islands – such as Kauai, Big Island and Maui,” he added.

“The DevLeague team has built a strong community and industry network here in Hawaii. We want to continue that growth,” said John Souza, CEO of Kingsland University. “Our goal is to greatly increase accessibility to top quality skills training so that people of all backgrounds can take advantage of the vast career opportunities.”

Founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs Jason Sewell and Russel Cheng, DevLeague has helped more than 300 graduates’ transition into new career paths in the technology sector at companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, Nike, Accenture, Riot Games, Booz Allen, Hawaii Pacific Health, eWorld, Hawaii Resources Group, DISA Pacific Command, State of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu IT enterprise divisions.

DevLeague is excited to announce the launch of new classes, powered by Kingsland University, starting on January 25, 2021. For more information and to sign up, visit devleague.com/scholarship.

About DevLeague

Located in Hawaii, DevLeague is the premier technical boot camp in the Pacific, designed to provide mentorship and training to motivated individuals seeking a career path in modern technology. We teach in-demand technical skills such as Software Engineering and Cybersecurity to help our students transition into a new career path in technology.

About Kingsland University

Founded in 2009 and based in Atlanta, Kingsland University is a leading organization that provides social impact through education and addresses the generational crisis in the industry with a new type of education model.  The accredited institution provides individuals with access to training opportunities, career exploration and preparation, development, apprenticeships, and more for the most in-demand and highest paying jobs within emerging technologies. Kingsland University has successfully delivered global education programs to some of the world’s most respected companies, universities, government agencies, and not-for profits, amassing over 175,000 students worldwide. To learn more, visit kingslanduniversity.com.


Free service helps businesses put phone service on hold

Stock Photo provided by Aloha Tone

A local tech company is offering a free service to help fellow small businesses weather the economic impact of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

Many retail and other businesses have been forced to shut down operations, at least temporarily. But many companies need to retain their phone service because it’s a key business channel. For some businesses, their phone number is almost as critical to their identity as their name.

Canceling phone service often means losing a number that’s been memorized or saved by customers, printed on menus and business cards, and indexed by search engines.

To solve this pain point, local voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications provider Aloha Tone has created a free program to assist businesses who are temporarily shutting down. This program helps to ensure businesses ​do not lose their phone number and will allow them to continue to receive incoming messages.

The phone number will be ported to Aloha Tone, which will receive voicemails on incoming calls and will pass them on via email at no charge. This allows a business to save on their current telecom costs.

“We wanted to assist as much as possible during these times by using our infrastructure,” said Aryn Nakaoka, President of Aloha Tone. “We are grateful our business is operational and wanted to give back to our community.

“We hope this program will assist our local economic recovery,” he added.

The program is slated to run throughout 2021.

For more information, visit alohatone.com/voicemail.

New native Hawaiian flower discovered

Cyanea heluensis
Cyanea heluensis, a newly described native plant. The only known individual was discovered in wet ohia forest on Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui). CREDIT: Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP).

Hawaii’s rich collection of unique, native plant species has added a new member to its ranks: a new species has been described for the first time. Only one individual of the new species, named Cyanea heluensis, is currently known from a remote location in West Maui.

While exploring the steep slopes of Helu above Lāhainā, botanist Hank Oppenheimer and colleague Jennifer Higashino found a single large plant in the deep shade of a healthy ʻōhiʻa forest.

Cyanea heluensis is related to other native plants known as hāhā, but has unique leaves and gently curved, long, white flowers. The flowers of this and other related species are pollinated by birds, and the orange fruits are attractive to fruit-eating native birds that would disperse the seeds.

Since being found, numerous surveys using ropes to access steep cliffs have failed to locate any more individuals, making the conservation of the only known plant critically important.

Before a goat could eat the plant or another catastrophe caused immediate extinction, Hank Oppenheimer applied a special paste designed by Nellie Sugii, a horticulturalist at Lyon Arboretum, to produce new growth on the plant. The new growth was successfully transported to Maui’s Olinda Rare Plant Facility, where it is being propagated.

Protections are urgently needed to keep rare, wild plants like Cyanea heluensis alive. Rats are a common problem for Hawaii’s rare plants, as they can devour fruits before seeds can be dispersed. Slugs will eat flowers and young seedlings. Non-native hooved animals like goats and deer, which roam across millions of acres in Hawaii, will eat native plants and destroy the forest they need to survive.

Cyanea heluensis is one of 250 species managed by the Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP), a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at the University of Hawaii. With funding support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the DLNR, PEPP works to prevent the extinction of Hawaii’s native plants. In the case of Cyanea heluensis, botanists returned on many trips to install protections and attempt to collect seeds that could be grown offsite.

“Dozens of native plants like this one are now only kept alive in nurseries,” says Matthew Keir, DLNR Botanist. “Just one natural disaster, like a hurricane, hitting a nursery could cause the extinction of many rare plants,” he said.

“So, few people study and know the flora and fauna well enough to recognize when a new species of plant, insect or bird lies in front of them,” says PEPP Botanist Steve Perlman. “Saving the plants that have evolved all over the world is so important. The age of discovery is not over! These jewels of creation represent the wonderful diversity of the planet earth and we will never see their like again.”

“We should treasure our planet and try to save each and every species. Conservation of our ecosystems and the species that depend on them is vital to mankind’s survival too,” says Perlman.

DLNR is seeking Capital Improvement Project funding to build a protective fence to keep out deer, goats, and pigs across thousands of acres across West Maui, including the last known Cyanea heluensis. This project is part of the Statewide Watershed Initiative, which seeks to protect 30 percent of Hawaii’s native watershed forests by 2030.

In addition to keeping thousands of native Hawaiian plants and wildlife species protected, forests dramatically increase the amount of fresh water collected, because forests absorb cloud moisture. Native forests also hold the soil and prevent erosion. Protecting forests like those in West Maui saves world-famous beaches and vibrant coral reefs from dirty runoff.

Hawaiian Electric gets ‘performance-based’ regulation

Sopogy's SopoNova MicroCSP collectors in use at Keahole Solar Power's Holaniku installation located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issued a historic decision today adopting broad reforms for how the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) makes money and runs its business.

The Commission explained that it made the changes to “sustain the momentum towards transforming [HECO] into a utility of the future” and give HECO better incentives to reduce customer bills by advancing Hawaii’s clean energy goals.

The Commission decision breaks from the century-old system where utility profits were based on how much capital the utility spends. Instead, the Commission has established a new system of “Performance-Based Regulation” that “continues the transition away from traditional… regulation and will better align [HECO]’s financial incentives with customer needs and the State’s policy goals.”

As a result, “customers will benefit from lower utility costs and see greater integration of renewable energy resources, while [HECO] will have the opportunity to improve their financial position through improved efficiencies and by earning rewards for exemplary and high-quality service.”

The Commission’s 264-page decision is a landmark ruling for the entire nation, putting Hawaii at the leading edge for realigning the electric utility business with a 100 percent clean energy future.

“It’s been a long road, but the Commission’s bold decision today puts ‘cost-plus’ regulation in the rearview mirror,” said Ron Binz, former Chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and an expert for Blue Planet Foundation. “This decision puts Hawaii in the lead nationally by reforming regulation to achieve a ‘win-win-win’ for customers, the utility, and the environment and climate.”

Binz and Blue Planet filed the first proposal to move utility regulation in Hawaii in a new direction in October 2014.

“This order comes at a crucial time,” said Melissa Miyashiro, Blue Planet’s managing director of strategy and policy. “As we work collectively to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic while also urgently rising to meet the challenge of climate change, the Commission today is signaling that the time to reimagine the future is now. It provides assurance that we won’t be going back to business as usual and we can further accelerate Hawai’i’s march toward a carbon-free future.”

Today’s decision concludes a two-and-a-half-year process involving multiple parties—including Blue Planet, who partnered with Binz and Isaac Moriwake, a clean energy attorney with Earthjustice.

The Commission opened the case in April 2018, around the same time that the Hawaii state legislature enacted the Ratepayer Protection Act. That pathbreaking law, the first in the nation, mandates the use of performance-based regulation to “break the direct link” between utility revenues and investments and instead link utility revenues to performance.

Blue Planet has been advocating for reforms of utility incentives for more than a decade, and it continued to push for transformative changes in this multi-year proceeding. Blue Planet, for example, proposed financial incentives for the utility to aggressively shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. These proposals built on Blue Planet’s previous success in 2017 in ending HECO’s pass-through of 100% of its fossil fuel costs onto its customers, instead requiring the utility to share in a percentage of those costs.

In today’s decision, the Commission reiterated that “it is evident that further action is required to achieve the goals of a financially healthy utility supporting the State’s clean energy future.”

HECO’s traditional business model posed a roadblock to progress, where HECO made money by building and maintaining its own centralized infrastructure. This created an inherent bias toward postponing the retirement of fossil-fuel plants, expending capital on utility-owned projects, and deterring customers from installing rooftop solar. In contrast, performance-based regulation seeks to unlock new opportunities for the utility to make money by supporting customer choice and the state’s clean energy goals.

The main features of the new performance-based system include:

  • A revenue index tying utility revenue increases to general inflation, which will control utility cost escalations and give the utility the incentive to maximize its profits by capturing savings and efficiencies.
  • A “consumer dividend” that will give ratepayers tens of millions of dollars of additional savings.
  • A longer period between utility rate cases, extended from three to five years, giving the utility more time to realize longer-term savings opportunities.
  • A mechanism for reviewing and approving major infrastructure investments and ensuring that the expenditures promote performance goals.
  • A performance incentive mechanism to reward the utility with additional revenues for accelerating its adoption of renewable energy ahead of the legally mandated targets.
  • Additional performance incentive mechanisms to encourage the utility to reduce delays in interconnecting rooftop solar, move forward on establishing rooftop solar programs to support the grid, and encourage energy efficiency for low-income customers.

“In a year that has been so challenging for all, the Commission has given the people of Hawaii a year-end present and more hope for the future.” said Isaac Moriwake, Earthjustice attorney for Blue Planet. “This decision not only gives ratepayers much needed bill relief, but also sets a bold direction for Hawaii and the nation so that everyone—the utility, its customers, and our planet—can win by moving to a 100% clean energy future without delay.”

About Blue Planet Foundation

Blue Planet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to solving our climate change challenge and clearing the path for 100% clean energy. As pragmatic idealists, intrepid thinkers, and passionate creatives, Blue Planet doesn’t just talk about solving climate change. We work tirelessly and creatively to bring high impact solutions to life. By using the lever of bold policy and the power of storytelling, we inspire change and create momentum to make the impossible, possible. Learn more at blueplanetfoundation.org.

Maui Happy Hours app boosts businesses


Created by a 30-something Kihei bartender, the Maui Happy Hours app this week saw it’s 10,000th download, with Valley Isle restaurants offering daily discounts despite the economic pressures of the pandemic.

“Very few apps ever break a thousand downloads, so 10,000 was a big number for us,” said founder Russell Snyder. “We’re all blown away by the success of the app and incredibly grateful to the Maui community for embracing it.”

Maui is home to many world-class restaurants, which often offer a “happy hour,” which is a period of time where food and drinks are sold at a reduced price.

Snyder was a frequent guest of local Maui restaurants and enjoyed their various happy hours. But it was nearly impossible to keep up with them all, and he realized that many of the smaller, local establishments had a great happy hour that nobody knew about.

So Snyder and a group of friends set out to solve this problem by compiling the happy hour information from all over Maui into one easy-to-use mobile app, aptly entitled Maui Happy Hours.

Available for free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play, Maui Happy Hours lists happy hour information, menus, photos, and insider tips from over 100 Maui restaurants, bars, and businesses. Users can browse by time, city, and region, or search for their favorite items such as “margaritas” or “tacos.”

Some of the most popular establishments on the app include Maui Brewing Co., Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, and Fleetwood’s on Front Street. Whether users are in Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kahului, or elsewhere on Maui, the Maui Happy Hours app most likely has a listing in thje area.

On the future of Maui restaurants in the face of COVID-19, Snyder offered an optimistic outlook.

“Obviously, 2020 was devastating for Maui restaurants. But now, as we are reopening the island to tourism, most of our restaurants have reopened as well. I think 2021 will be very exciting for all of us,” he said.

Those who wish to download the app can visit Maui Happy Hours on the App Store, Maui Happy Hours on Google Play, or the official ebsite.

Congressional App Challenge winners announced


Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today announced the winners of his second annual Congressional App Challenge for Hawaii’s First Congressional District.

“The Challenge is a great opportunity for our local students to focus their skills and creativity on developing, testing and analyzing new applications for real-world use,” said Case.

“[The] results of this year’s Challenge prove again that they have the skill set, imagination and resolve to compete against the best of our young people nationwide in science, technology, engineering and math, along with the potential to lead the next generations of computer science and technology,” he added.

The winners include:

1st Place


Tony Dang, Grade 12 at Iolani School

Summary: This web application is based on deep learning that offers a handy and cost-worthy glaucoma exam that is available to everyone with access to the Internet. Users only need to upload a picture of a retina taken by any smartphone with a 20D lens that costs only 10 dollars.

2nd Place


Harvey Lloyd Picar, Reyan Lee, Destiny Shishido and Kristine Orpilla, Grade 12 at Waipahu High School

Summary: This is a website was designed specifically for Waipahu High School students to find out everything about the clubs they signed up for as members, as well as other extra-curricular activities offered by the school.

3rd Place


Xhavier Teocson, Kalani Ashton Agustin, Jett Marco Palacpac and Aaron Moises Paned, Grade 12 at Waipahu High School

Summary: This App provides a simple way for students and minors to find part-time job listings and reaches out to companies that are looking for applicants interested in part-time work.

Honorable Mention:

What’s Next

Kieri Isara, Grade 8 at Ewa Makai Middle School

Summary: This App was designed to help students in Middle School from 6th through 8th grade to organize their schoolwork as they undertake distance learning.

“While I congratulate all 33 student participants in this year’s App Challenge who submitted a total of 13 Apps, I also want to extend my gratitude to the volunteer judges this year: Sarah Tran-Leony, an electrical engineer with Oceanit; Ray Tsuchiyama, business and real estate consultant, and Kelsi Nichols, the Operations Manager for Nalu Scientific,” said Case.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official national initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle and high school students, and the winner is invited to showcase the winning application at the United States Capitol and on the U.S. House website. The Challenge encourages students to learn code and inspires them to pursue careers in computer science.

Every spring winning teams are highlighted on Capitol Hill where they demo their apps to their Representatives at a celebration called #HouseOfCode.

It’s the most prestigious demo day in student STEM — the new national science fair. At #HouseOfCode students get to see their apps displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, meet their Representatives, and connect with other coders from around the country.

The next #HouseOfCode will be held in Spring 2021, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, may be remote in nature.

Hybrid electric aircraft runs first flight trials over Hawaii: VIDEO

Electric EEL
Ampaire Electric EEL aircraft over Maui. Photo courtesy of Ampaire.

The skies over the Hawaiian Islands are hosting an historic test of a hybrid electric aircraft along an actual airline route. Ampaire, an electric aviation firm, is flying its Electric EEL aircraft from Kahului to Hana and back again, the 20-minute journey over the island of Maui powered by a single electric charge.

First flown on Nov. 22, the Electric EEL is now making the trip regularly in a month-long demonstration program with Mokulule Airlines, one of 15 airlines worldwide with which Ampaire is working.

The flight trials are the first for hybrid electric aircraft under the Experimental Market Survey category of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The category allows Ampaire to fly with their crew and essential personnel for crew training and other exploratory market activity.

The project is supported by Elemental Excelerator, a global climate-tech accelerator.

“We’re following the successful path of hybrid-electric automobiles in transforming ground transportation by taking that model to the sky,” said Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker. “By upgrading current aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion we can enter the market quickly and take advantage of existing infrastructure for fixed-wing aviation.”

Noertker explained that the flight trials serve two purposes: demonstrating electric aviation’s potential to reduce harmful emissions, and evaluating the robustness of Ampaire technology.

“We can take lessons from this series of flights and apply them to subsequent, larger aircraft designs already in the works,” he saiod.

Ampaire founder and CEO Kevin Noertker. Photo courtesy of Ampaire.

The Electric EEL technology demonstrator used in the Mokulele trials is an upgrade of the popular six-seat Cessna 337 twin-engine piston aircraft. The aircraft has a 300-horsepower piston engine in the rear and 160 kW-capable electric power unit in front, plus a battery pack carried in an under-fuselage aero-optimized shell. Due to the contribution of the electric power unit, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced approximately 40-50 percent. 

For the flight trials, the only change to ground equipment was the requirement to wire a Mokulele hangar with a 208-volt 3-phase outlet. Ampaire has been working with the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Hawaiian Electric Company to explore longer-term infrastructure solutions to support a fleet of hybrid- or fully-electric aircraft.

Justin Gillen
Ampaire test pilot Justin Gillen “fueling” the Electric EEL aircraft with electrons. Photo courtesy of Ampaire.

“The future for regional airlines is electric,” said Stan Little, CEO of Southern Airways which operates one of the largest commuter airlines in the U.S. and owns Mokulele Airlines. “We expect to put hybrid- and all-electric designs into service as soon as possible, and we know other regionals are watching us with great interest.”

“We’re excited to partner with Ampaire to pave a path to electric aviation that unlocks more accessibility to rural and island communities and increases green jobs while invigorating the aviation industry,” says Danielle J. Harris, director of mobility innovation at Elemental Excelerator. “Building a climate-positive aviation industry is about much more than just a plane. It requires rethinking everything from airport infrastructure to pilot behavior, and that’s what this project is really proving.”

“The market for electric aircraft will expand as airlines perceive that electric aviation is not only environmentally desirable, but economically advantageous,” said Noertker. “Electricity cost is an order of magnitude less expensive in comparison to fuel, which is the largest cost item for airlines.”

“Ampaire is focused on the regional market where we can provide viable range for typical routes,” he said. “The average regional airline route in the U.S. is less than 500 miles. Upgrading today’s aircraft for electric power is a relatively low-cost, low-risk path to aircraft certification. Then we expect to move on to increasingly efficient and capable clean-sheet designs.”

UBS, the Swiss investment bank, forecasts a $178 billion market for hybrid-electric aircraft.

This article was embargoed until 2:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

About Ampaire 

Ampaire is leading the charge in aircraft electrification. The Los Angeles-based company’s mission is to be the world’s most trusted developer of practical and compelling electric aircraft. Ampaire flew the largest hybrid electric aircraft at the time in May 2019 and is exploring larger aircraft conversions with support from NASA and the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E research arm.  Ampaire’s vision is to make flights more accessible to more people from more airports by providing electric aircraft that are clean, quiet, and affordable. Ampaire is a portfolio company of Elemental Excelerator, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and Techstars, with additional support from Starburst Accelerator and others. For more Information, visit ampaire.com.

About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator advances solutions to climate change and deploys them in the communities that need them the most. Each year, it finds 15-20 companies that best fit its mission and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems in energy, mobility, water, and agriculture that impact people’s lives. To date, it has awarded over $40 million to 117 companies, and 70 demonstration projects.  For more information, please visit elementalexcelerator.com.

About Southern Airways and Mokulele Airlines

Founded in 2013, Southern Airways is now one of the largest commuter airlines in the United States.  Operating a fleet of Cessna Caravans and Grand Caravans, Southern, along with its Hawaiian subsidiary, Mokulele Airlines, serves 37 cities with more than 220 peak-day departures from hubs at Baltimore, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Kahului, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nantucket, Palm Beach, and Pittsburgh.  In Hawai‘i, Mokulele serves more airports with more flights than any other airline.  For further information, go to www.iFlySouthern.com, or visit us on all major social media sites.

Hawaiki secures trans-Pacific capacity from Hawaiian Telcom


Hawaiki Submarine Cable today announced it has signed a “milestone” agreement with Hawaiian Telcom, securing significant international capacity on the Southeast Asia – United States (SEA-US) trans-Pacific fiber cable system from Guam to Los Angeles.

Coupled with recently-acquired capacity on the JGA-South cable from Sydney to Guam, this new deal enables Hawaiki to expand its subsea network with a new route linking Sydney, Guam, Hawaii and Los Angeles, offering greater connectivity and route diversity to organizations operating between Australia and the U.S.

Hawaiki owns and operates the Hawaiki Transpacific Cable.

Launched in July 2018, and spanning 15,000 km, the cable is the fastest and largest capacity link between New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and the mainland U.S. with a design capacity of 67 Tbps.

The SEA-US Cable, which went into service in August 2017, runs a similar length to connect Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawai‘i and California, and is owned and operated by a consortium of regional telcos, including Hawaiian Telcom. JGA-South Cable came into service in March 2020, spanning 7,000 km from Sydney to Guam.

The upgraded configuration announced today complements Hawaiki’s existing express link with a redundant path between Australia and the U.S., including diverse landings in Oregon and California.

This will allow Hawaiki to bolster its already strong portfolio of capacity services to the U.S., including Hillsboro, Seattle, Hawaii, Los Angeles and now Guam, enabling customers to cost-effectively procure multiple segments of trans-Pacific capacity via a single commercial interface.

“This expansion announced today marks a new milestone for Hawaiki, greatly increasing both our reach within the Pacific region and the flexibility of our industry-leading network infrastructure,” said Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso.

He added that as demand for international capacity continues to rise, customers are looking for increasingly versatile connectivity solutions to satisfy their requirements.

“Thanks to the great work we’ve been able to do with our valued Pacific-partner, Hawaiian Telcom, we’re now able to provide our customers with powerful new options in terms of capacity products, delivery points and route diversity.”

“We’re pleased to support another provider by offering capacity to Hawaiki, enabling them to offer more diversity and service options to their customers,” said Gary Peddicord, Vice President – Carrier Services for Hawaiian Telcom. “Our trans-Pacific network and terrestrial network in Hawai‘i complement other carrier’s systems to allow connectivity not only in Hawaii but throughout the Pacific Basin.”

About Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, owns and operates the Hawaiki submarine cable system (Hawaiki). Hawaiki is the first and only carrier-neutral submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Oregon, on the U.S. west coast. For more information, visit www.hawaikicable.co.nz.

About Hawaiian Telcom

Hawaiian Telcom, established and headquartered in Honolulu since 1883, offers a full range of services to business and residential customers including Internet, video, voice, wireless, data network solutions and security, colocation, and managed and cloud services – all supported by the reach and reliability of its next generation fiber network and 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. With employees statewide sharing a commitment to innovation and a passion for delivering superior service, Hawaiian Telcom is proud to be Hawaii’s Technology Leader. For more information, visit hawaiiantel.com.

Honolulu design firm CEO wins Space Pitch Day


Rocket Communications, an enterprise UX design firm focused on mission critical applications and systems, was one of just ten companies to win a contract at the first ever International Space Pitch Day event that took place in London last month.

Michal-Anne Rogondino
Michal-Anne Rogondino

Rocket CEO and founder Michal-Anne Rogondino runs the company remotely from her home in Honolulu.

Rocket was awarded a same-day contract for its 4D visualization solution for space awareness, called SpaceACME, which allows military operators to visualize system status, orbits, and predicted events in 4D. The mission-critical tool will aid personnel in decision making by creating maneuver option scenarios for satellites and other spacecraft. 

“We see tremendous potential in our 4D visualization solution and are thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate its capability in a military environment,” Rogondino said. “The first International Space Pitch Day unearthed some remarkable innovation, and we are grateful to be among such talented company.”

Compared to the “Shark Tank” investor pitch show on television, International Space Pitch Day let start-up entrepreneurs from all over the globe virtually pitch their innovations live to a joint U.K.-U.S. panel of high-ranking military decision makers. The first-of-its-kind event grew from a UK and USA partnership called the Allied Defence Accelerator.

Military organizations helping to fund and fast track innovation include Dstl, DASA, Royal Air Force, UK Strategic Command, the US Air Force, US Space Force, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

About Rocket Communications

Rocket Communications is a woman-owned enterprise UX design firm focused on mission critical applications and systems. Rocket develops strong and dependable UX and builds direct relationships with the Department of Defense. Rocket’s civilian personnel and reservists represent some of the best user experience talent in the business.