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Hawaii Receives Grant for Broadband Technology Development

Broadband development good for Hawaii's economic infrastructure.
October 08, 2010

Hawaii Receives Grant for Broadband Technology Development

Maui Condos for Sale in WaileaBy Mark Harbison

The latest news is that Hawaii will be receiving $2.4 million in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the development of broadband technology.

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs will be awarded the money, which was part of a final round of grants under the State Broadband Data and Development grant program. The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration is working to implement broadband technology for economic purposes.

The funding will go towards efforts to help community institutions and small businesses use the technology more effectively. The program includes plans to expand broadband access and use.

Looking at the big picture, including Maui's touchy economy, a lot of residents have had to be creative to earn a living here, and that creativity could be lucrative in online ventures. Nowadays, if you don't have a website, it's hard to get your business on the radar.

Make jewelry? Sell it online. Make sculptures? Sell them online. Heck, you could make good money selling lauhala creations, like baskets and mats. People place a great deal of value on authentic Hawaiian craftsmanship using traditional materials. Many will pay a great deal more than you could get from buyers here. Just make sure you really market the "Made on Maui" angle, and prepare them for increased shipping costs. On that note, goods that are lighter in weight are better.

So developing broadband technology is definitely a step in the right direction for the economy's infrastructure. Apparently the recession is over too. Our high (and climbing) hotel occupancy supports that assertion as well. Things are definitely looking up.


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Blogs for October 2010

Sleep With the Sharks at the Maui Ocean Center

Posted on October 29, 2010
Sleep With the Sharks at the Maui Ocean Center

By Mark Harbison

If you have any nature loving kids between the 3rd and 8th grade, the Maui Ocean Center is hosting a very cool sleepover just two days before Halloween. Your child will get to spend a spooky night with the sharks… Continue Reading

Maui Pet Party and a Costume Contest for Charity

Posted on October 22, 2010
Maui Pet Party and a Costume Contest for Charity

By Mark Harbison

If you are in the mood for a fun and lighthearted event that will showcase your much-loved doggy friend, you might just want to stop by the Pouchi Couture Boutique & Bakery party and costume contest on October 30th.

This fun shop… Continue Reading

New Maui Flights Via Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines

Posted on October 15, 2010
New Maui Flights Via Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines

By Mark Harbison

New flights to Kahului, Maui have begun via both Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska Air has added daily service to and from San Diego, California, and Hawaiian has begun twice-weekly non-stop service to and from Las Vegas.

Alaska Airlines will also… Continue Reading

Hawaii Receives Grant for Broadband Technology Development

Posted on October 08, 2010
Hawaii Receives Grant for Broadband Technology Development

By Mark Harbison

The latest news is that Hawaii will be receiving $2.4 million in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the development of broadband technology.

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs will be awarded the money, which was part… Continue Reading

Educational Camping Excursion for Students

Posted on October 01, 2010
Educational Camping Excursion for Students

By Mark Harbison

The Maui Huliau Foundation is holding an Eco-Adventure Program for students aged 12-18 from October 4th-6th. This is a great opportunity for students to get a solid educational experience through immersion via a 3 day, 2 night camping excursion. Students will get to explore various… Continue Reading

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