Innovation

Innovation: Ship Harvests Ocean Water

Deep Ocean Hawaii is taking Hawaii’s most abundant resource — ocean water — desalinating it and selling the purified product in bulk to companies in countries like China, where water is polluted or in short supply. “Hawaii can become an…

Innovation: Rethinking Rental Cars

Green Car Hawaii is the first car-share service in the state and the nation’s first aimed at tourists, say founders Warren Doi and Justin MacNaughton. Concept Rather than rent a vehicle for whole days or an entire visit, Green Car…

Vaccine Tests Continue Despite Chapter 11

Developing a vaccine is a “pretty rigorous, complex process,” says Elliot Parks, CEO of Hawaii Biotech, which is deep into development of West Nile and dengue vaccines, and beginning to develop a vaccine for tick-borne encephalitis. “Further back” in the…

Innovation: Enticing way to reach new customers

The Web site Play@SavvyCircle helps local restaurants and other businesses attract new customers in a fresh way. What customers get: The site offers people exclusive deals and discounts from businesses, which have included Hy’s Steak House, Tango Contemporary Café, Heaven on Earth…

Local Design Firm Wins International Award

A learning center being built next to Kapolei High School has won an international architectural award for local firm Eight Inc. The Malama Learning Center is designed to bring together art, science, culture and conservation to promote sustainable living throughout…

Sliming the World Clean with Blue DeconGel

The Problem How do you decontaminate military aircraft after they’ve collected dangerous air samples from nuclear tests? The prime method — pressure-washing with soap and chemicals — leaves thousands of gallons of contaminated water to dispose of. The Solution Hank…

Biodiesel Certification

Kelly King thinks you should know more about your biodiesel. King, the vice president of Pacific Biodiesel, America’s oldest biofuel company, has long been a proponent for sustainably produced fuels and, when it comes to sustainability, she says local is…

Virtual Offices

Local company Resource Suites is partnering with one of the nation’s largest real estate firms to redefine where you work. With tools such as the Internet and smart phones, more small companies are discovering that they save money and time…

Latest Silicon Valley is Kihei

“Maui is an excellent place to start a new business,” says Vaughn Vasconcellos, president and CEO of Akimeka LLC, headquartered in Kihei’s Maui Research and Technology Park. Its high-tech neighbors include local companies Oceanit and Trex, and large federal contractors…

Diversified By Design

In this economy, diversifying is one way to survive. That’s why in April, after its own gross billings plunged about 30 percent, local architectural firm Pacific Atelier LLC acquired an audio-visual company. The purchase of Providence Technologies LLC, dba Projectors…

Cooling Tech

Local company solves a big problem: how to cool computers The Problem For decades, engineers have known that heat seriously hinders a computer’s performance. The harder your CPU or graphics card works, the hotter it gets. In fact, some of…