Sandwich Isles Communications
Twenty years ago, the Information Superhighway was just becoming a popular household term. The Internet held the promise of transforming society — education, commerce, healthcare, entertainment, even the way we think, interact with each other, work and play.
The Sandwich Isles Communications visionary team, led by Albert Hee, knew it was their duty to make it possible for Native Hawaiians to leap into the 21st century, especially for those in rural, remote locations on Hawaiian Home Lands. If broadband services could catapult society forward, they reasoned, Native
Hawaiians would be even further marginalized without broadband access.
One of the first successful public-private partnerships with the State of Hawaii and the federal government, Sandwich Isles Communications rapidly moved forward and never looked back. They were determined to break through barriers that had long held Native Hawaiians back from full participation in the mainstream. The Information Superhighway would finally put Native Hawaiians on the road that would lead to reduced economic, social, health and educational disparities.
No other telecommunications company stepped forward to take on the challenge. In fact, other carriers shunned the high-cost rural areas that offer little return on their investment even though they have accepted government funds to serve such areas.
Hee enlisted the leadership experience of Bob Kihune to guide this pioneering effort, and today the baton is being carried forward by Janeen Olds, who previously served as the company’s general counsel before being named CEO last year. “We are committed to serving generations of Native Hawaiians. There is no exit strategy. The telecommunications infrastructure and realization of its potential are for the benefit of Native Hawaiians,” said Olds.
Sandwich Isles Communications has proven it can deliver, allowing the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to transfer infrastructure costs to other utility needs. Today, dependable and affordable phone, broadband and wireless services are now available to nearly 3,500 households on more than 30 areas of Hawaiian Homestead Lands. Sandwich Isles Communications will build on its successes over the next 20 years, keeping pace with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and working to serve Native Hawaiians.
77-808 Kamehameha Hwy
Mililani, HI 96789