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Fast, free WiFi coming to big piece of Kakaako

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 12:29 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

The evolving Our Kaka'ako neighborhood in urban Honolulu is going to have some super-fast free WiFi.

Kamehameha Schools, which is adding new retail and residential rental and condominium buildings on nine blocks in Kakaako under a master plan called Our Kaka'ako, announced Tuesday that it is building a free wireless network for public use throughout the area.

"It is free, it is fast and it is available to anyone who wants to use it," said Erin Kinney, a Kamehameha Schools development manager.

The network is being built by Hawaii Dialogix Telecom. Some coverage in the area became active Saturday, though it will take two weeks to finish the "Our Kaka'ako" network.

Kamehameha Schools and Hawaii Dialogix said the network will be the biggest, fastest, free system in the state.

The landowner and telecom firm said data transfer speeds will typically be at least five times faster for downloads and 50 times faster for uploads compared with most home and coffee shop networks.

In a demonstration in a Cooke Street warehouse, the Our Kaka'ako WiFi connection performed a speed test registering a 138-megabit-per-second download speed and a 103 Mbps upload speed compared with a paid 4G LTE wireless service registering 5 Mbps upload speed and a 12 Mbps download speed.

The nine blocks of Our Kaka'ako span 29 acres and are generally bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and South, Halekauwila and Cooke streets.

"It will be seamless," Kinney said. "You're not going to get cut off when you walk block to block in the master plan."

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lookup wrote:
on March 4,2014 | 10:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Great step forward! Folks from Korea, Japan and elsewhere are stunned by how poor our connectivity is in Hawaii. Really shameful. Still slow compared to leading nations but better than nothing.
on March 4,2014 | 10:52AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
The "better than nothing" attitude that lives in us locals do us no good. We should not only demand, but expect more with the taxes we pay and the costs we deal with.
on March 4,2014 | 11:09AM
islandsun wrote:
No Doubt we should. Since when has KSBE done anything to benefit the public at large? This is welcome news depending on what they are going to ask for down the line.
on March 4,2014 | 11:42AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Dude KS spent more than $25 million last year supporting DOE literacy programs, charter school support and other support for Hawaii's public schools. And they've been doing it for the last 10 years. KS is the biggest supporter of public education in this state. That benefits the public at large don't it?
on March 4,2014 | 01:01PM
bsbsbs wrote:
$25 million out of $6 Billion; oh boy, what a windfall.
on March 5,2014 | 04:59AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Great post. We need to start taking ourselves more seriously. Quality of life goes beyond the beach. I honestly think it starts with what we eat. Why do kids coming back for break from college on the mainland want to go eat at Zippy's or Rainbows? Those places are absolutely terrible and aren't even good values. No wonder they think that In and Out is God's gift to California. Why not Ono's or Helena's? And why are we so obsessed with Alan Wong's and Roy's? Those places aren't world class. We have world class Japanese and Korean right under our nose. And don't get me started on Gyu-Kaku. That place is an utter sham.
on March 4,2014 | 12:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wish that could happen on the Leeward Coast being it is the largest concentration of Hawaiian children in the State.
on March 4,2014 | 03:02PM
EastsideHomies wrote:
Let's see how many people within that 29 acre span develop tumors and constant headaches.
on March 4,2014 | 11:48AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Just keep wearing your aluminum hat and you will be fine Eastside.
on March 4,2014 | 08:08PM
XML808 wrote:
on March 4,2014 | 12:50PM
juscasting wrote:
Hackers paradise! Open, unsecure network for thousands, don't use any of them if you value your PII.
on March 4,2014 | 01:38PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Came here to post this exact thing. Also, those bandwidth numbers are great, but what about latency? With potential nodes numbering in the thousands to tens-of-thousands, your home connection is still far more reliable/consistent. I don't mean to take a steaming dump on the initiative, because I think Honolulu is long overdue for something like this. Just be vigilant, folks.
on March 4,2014 | 02:10PM
IAmSane wrote:
Wow, that's a really good speed. Very cool.
on March 4,2014 | 01:46PM
Bully wrote:
Its going to make people spend more time in Kakaako drinking coffee.
on March 4,2014 | 01:47PM
false wrote:
What! No free dial-up network?
on March 4,2014 | 03:22PM
niimi wrote:
Privacy and security of your personal information is what is at stake. And all that microwave radiation flowing constantly. Whew.
on March 4,2014 | 04:49PM
Skyler wrote:
Public wifi is dicey due to privacy/hacking issues - I'd be leery of it.
on March 4,2014 | 06:04PM
W_Williams wrote:
Silly people. This is to win us over as they overdevelop their Kaka`ako into another Manhattan. "Our Kaka`ako." Really??
on March 4,2014 | 08:32PM
bsbsbs wrote:
It's surprising how many people didn't figure this out. Look here at the shiny keys children.
on March 5,2014 | 04:58AM
Pukele wrote:
One day, parents will wake-up and realize Wi-fi is an adult medium. At Kamehameha schools they filter out the adult content on their Wi-fi because of the Federal requirement - CIPA (same in our libraries). When adults know what is on unfiltered Wi-fi, they will demand that all Wi-fi is filtered. Parents do not allow their children to watch all the channels that are available on Cable. That is because they know what they do not want their kids to see.
on March 4,2014 | 08:37PM
SteveToo wrote:
Free WiFi??? If you want to be connected "Buy It"..Why the heck should it be free???? Nothing is FREE.... Someone is paying for it somewhere....
on March 4,2014 | 09:10PM
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