Kamehameha Schools today announced the activation of a free, public WiFi network in Our Kaka‘ako that is one of the fastest and most powerful of its kind in the nation. The network, launched March 1, is accessible on any wireless device throughout the Our Kaka‘ako neighborhood, a nine-block area bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and South, Halekauwila and Cooke streets.
Hawaii Dialogix Telecom (HDT), a leading provider of WiFi networks, designed the robust and flexible WiFi network and will also provide the services to connect it to the Internet. Local firm Boss Communication Technologies provided the electrical and cabling services to get the system installed. More than twenty wireless access points were placed throughout Our Kaka‘ako, enabling WiFi users to enjoy seamless roaming throughout the neighborhood without being kicked off the network when traveling between blocks. The system is also designed to accommodate a large number of simultaneous users.
“Our community WiFi will not only increase wireless access for everyone who works and visits the neighborhood, but it will further enhance the innovation and creativity that Our Kaka‘ako is known for,” noted Erin Kinney, development manager for Kamehameha Schools. “We’ll be able to strengthen our community in so many positive ways through greater connectivity.”
The WiFi will be noticeably faster than an average LTE network or free WiFi found in some coffee shops or shopping malls. Upload and download speeds will be symmetrical, and will transfer data up to 10 times faster than most home Internet connections. Users will be able to enjoy the high-speed WiFi over the nine-blocks seamlessly. The system will be protected by a Next Generation Firewall Solution to ensure the privacy and safety of its users.
“HDT is proud to participate in the redevelopment and revitalization of the Kaka‘ako region by working with Kamehameha Schools to provide free WiFi to tenants, their clientele, residents and visitors of this community,” said Stephen Hon, co-president of Hawaii Dialogix Telecom. “Internet access is vital to social and economic productivity in this digital age, and we believe this service will help Kamehameha Schools achieve its long-term goal of cultivating innovation, technology, education and economic opportunity for Our Kaka‘ako.”
To accommodate the changes that are occurring in Our Kaka‘ako, HDT has designed the network with resilience and scalability features to ensure the WiFi service will be able to adequately provide coverage as different stages of Kamehameha Schools’ master plan are implemented. This will allow for network capacity to be dynamically allocated to the places where the densest user activity will be occurring, as in the case of the thriving Honolulu Night Market or Eat the Street events.
Over the next few months, Our Kaka‘ako will host a series of events that showcase the capabilities and strength of the WiFi network.
For more information about Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kaka‘ako master plan and a list of WiFi related events, visit www.OurKakaako.com.
About Hawaii Dialogix Telecom
HDT is a privately held Internet Service Provider and licensed facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier with offices headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. HDT holds a Certificate of Authority from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and is a provider of fast, flexible, and affordable broadband and voice solutions to thousands of businesses, building owners, wholesale providers and residential customers in the state of Hawaii. In business since 2002, HDT provides services over a carrier-class network that employs the use of fiber and FCC licensed spectrum to deliver gigabit broadband in metropolitan areas.
About Our Kaka’ako
Our Kaka‘ako is a mixed-use, urban-island community by Kamehameha Schools on nine contiguous city blocks in the heart of Honolulu, between South Street and Ward Avenue. The community, which is currently in the beginning stages of a multi-year redevelopment, will contain a mixture of low-rise and high-rise structures, a range of housing types, open spaces, a central gathering place, and a neighborhood supportive of commercial and industrial uses. Part of the vision for Our Kaka‘ako is that it will continue to grow as a progressive catalyst for innovation and become the epicenter of urban-island culture, and the lifestyle that it represents. To learn more, please visit www.OurKakaako.com.
About Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 30 preschool sites statewide. Over 40,400 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States. Income generated from its Hawai`i real estate, as well as diverse investments, fund the Schools’ educational mission almost entirely. For more information, please visit www.ksbe.edu.