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The Box Jelly Offers Co-working Space

New startup in Kakaako offers a collaborative working environment

     Photos: David Croxford

On a layover in Seoul, IT consultant Anthony Stanford needed a place to work, preferably with free Wi-Fi and a decent cup of coffee.

Instead of Starbucks, he used a “co-working” space where people rented desks in a shared office. Unlike coffee shops, this type of workplace fosters social interaction and collaborative working – something the 24-year-old craved.

“The real big drive to these co-working spaces is meeting other people,” says Stanford. “Someone helps you with your taxes, you fix his computer. That’s how it works.”

Stanford and other recent graduates of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade started The Box Jelly, a new co-working space in Kakaako. It’s essentially an office with high-speed Internet access, color printing, a coffee station and more electrical outlets than you would find in a coffee shop. People can rent a desk by the hour ($10) or the month ($350) with options in between. They can also rent a meeting space.

“It’s not just in New York or Shanghai anymore,” says Rechung Fujihira, CEO of The Box Jelly. “It’s in little villages, in small towns, on an island off the coast of Africa. It’s everywhere.”

Since it opened in June, The Box Jelly has been used for a workshop for entrepreneurial moms, a casting call for a professional photographer and a meeting space for a wine and food festival. Graphic designers, fashion-design interns and consultants have rented space there.

Two other groups have started similar co-working spaces in Kakaako, one called R&D and the other The Green House. “If it’s one space, call it a fad,” says Stanford, Box Jelly’s director of operations. “But when there are three – and growing – it’s a movement.”

The box jelly
307 Kamani Street










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Sep 8, 2011 12:26 pm
 Posted by  nightowlspress

It's great to finally read about coworking in Hawaii! Thanks for sharing the info about The Box Jelly, which reminded us of 'Jellies', the informal collaborative groups that were in many ways the precursors to coworking spaces. We'll definitely spread the word among our coworking colleagues there!

If anyone is interested in reading more about coworking, check out, (book project on coworking), and Happy Coworking, everyone!

May 2, 2012 03:42 pm
 Posted by  CoffeeTraveler

Coworking in Honolulu, HI. Such a great way to empower local community on business. The gift of increasing our potential by providing effective workspace is true value. I look forward to my first visit by Box Jelly.

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Mahalo and All the best.

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