Kakaako gains free WiFi access

Mar. 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY ANDREW GOMES / agomes@staradvertiser.com

The evolving Our Kaka’ako neighborhood in urban Honolulu will soon be a favorite destination for those in search of free WiFi.

Guests at events like "Honolulu Night Market" in Kakaako will have access to complimentary high-speed WiFi, courtesy Our Kaka'ako. (Star-Advertiser File)

Guests at events like “Honolulu Night Market” in Kakaako will have access to complimentary high-speed WiFi, courtesy Our Kaka’ako. (Star-Advertiser File)

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

“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, built by Hawaii Dialogix Telecom, went live in part of the neighborhood on Saturday. A complete rollout of the new network is expected in approximately two weeks.

Kamehameha Schools and Hawaii Dialogix said the network will be the biggest, fastest, free system in the state, with data transfer speeds typically 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 on Tuesday, 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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