ThriveHI Remote Work Early Pau Hana

Mahalo to our sponsors Honolulu Beerworks and Hawaii Slack!
Hawaii Slack is a Slack group for people in, from, or in love with Hawaii. While all are welcome, Hawaii Slack is a hub for local creators, makers, entrepreneurs, and the greater island innovation ecosystem.
First drink and pupus are complimentary for the first 50 attendees!!
Come meet other remote workers in Hawai’i and learn about a fun opportunity to volunteer in the community
Parking: On-street metered parking or Waterfront Kaka’ako. WARNING: Some metered stalls become tow-away zones from 3:30-5:30 pm.

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Mana Up Cohort 8 Info Session *IN PERSON ON OAHU*

Calling all Hawai’i product companies!

Mana Up is recruiting the next 10 locally headquartered companies for our Cohort 8 accelerator program! Learn how we can help scale your local products and company globally.
Please join us IN PERSON on February 6, 2023 from 4PM-5PM at Mana Up HQ (680 Iwilei Road #420 Honolulu). You’ll have the opportunity to chat with Mana Up co-founders Meli James + Brittany Heyd, as well as graduates from prior cohorts to hear about their experiences in the program. Topics that will be covered during the session:

Introduction to Mana Up
Accelerator Program
Annual Showcase
House of Mana Up
Breakout sessions in smaller groups for Q&A

If you are located off island or unable to make this date, we are offering a VIRTUAL Info Session on February 8 at 11:00AM HST. To register for the virtual session, CLICK HERE. Upon registration, you will receive a zoom link for the session.
To learn more about Mana Up, please watch our “Mana Up 2022 Showcase” video below:

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Oahu Business Recovery Grant Presentation

Join us for this Special Hub Dojo Event about the O‘ahu Business Recovery (OBR) Grant at Hub Coworking Hawai‘i on Wednesday, January 25th!
Join us for this FREE Special Hub Dojo Event about the O‘ahu Business Recovery (OBR) Grant at Hub Coworking Hawai‘i on Wednesday, January 25th! This is a lunch and learn that is open for the community to attend.
The Business and Constituent Educator (BCE) Team, Office of Economic Revitalization will be giving a special presentation on the O‘ahu Business Recovery (OBR) Grant. They will share details of the grant and how to apply when the application portal opens on Monday, January 30th and answer any questions you may have about the grant.
Grants will range in size from $15,000 – $50,000 to help eligible small business affected by the pandemic.
For more information about the grant, visit here:

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Honolulu BitDevs Socratic Seminar #19

**[ColdCard Mk3]( Giveaway!**
[Coinkite]( was kind enough to gift us some swag and a few ColdCard Mk3 hardware wallets – this is the last one!
I will randomly select a previously mined Bitcoin block at the meetup and record the [nonce]( that was used. Participants can submit multiple numeric guesses, and whoever gets closest to the actual nonce value wins.
**Submit nonce guesses ahead of time using this form**:
You have to be present to win!
The BitDevs Socratic Seminar series is an event where developers/tech-savvy individuals discuss salient industry news and the latest advancements in Bitcoin development. All are welcome to join the conversation, regardless of technical expertise.
Join us on **Monday, January 30, 2023 at [Entrepreneurs Sandbox]( ([643 Ilalo St]( in the Purple Box room.** When you arrive, someone will be waiting to let you into the building if the door is locked.
Street parking may be available, but there is also a dedicated paid parking lot onsite ($1/hour).
We will be discussing relevant technical updates and non-technical current events from the last month. **This month’s topic list will be available on our [website]( soon!**
This event is intended to facilitate discussion about the latest advancements in Bitcoin-adjacent development and relevant news/subject matter. **It is NOT a discussion about price, trading, or any altcoins.**
Join our [Telegram group]( for important event updates and ongoing Bitcoin discussion. **It’s also the easiest way to get in touch with us**. If you’d like to support this group, [we appreciate BTC donations](!
The venue was provided by our fantastic sponsors:
* [Hawaii Technology Development Corporation](
* [Entrepreneurs Sandbox](

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Tiki’s Grill in Waikiki Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The award-winning Tiki’s Grill & Bar is celebrating of 20 years in business, highlighting the talents of Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti.

Tiki’s is a renowned festive, oceanside restaurant for Hawaiian cooking, cocktails, and live music.

Nasuti’s dishes include many new offerings that he has concocted to commemorate the restaurant’s major milestone.

Abiding by a farm-to-table movement, Chef Ronnie brings in island fresh produce and breads, as well as local grass-fed beef and local caught and/or raised fish, weekly. His casual American and Pacific-Rim menu offerings, such as the Teppanyaki Pacific Pink Snapper, Truffle-Yaki Salmon, and his own personal favorite, the Thai Shrimp Puttanesca, have all helped Tiki’s Grill & Bar win a multitude of awards including TripAdvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice” in 2020 and Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Restaurant of Honolulu” in 2018.

A beloved hot spot by both locals and tourists alike, Tiki’s Grill & Bar (located at The Twin Fin hotel) is the only Tiki bar within the Waikiki district, and features beachfront views and live entertainment every evening. Guests continue to savor Chef Ronnie’s food, as well a bountiful and tasty tropical drink menu, which includes Tiki’s Grill & Bar’s top drink of choice, the 1944 Mai Tai.

Launched in 2002 by three University of Hawaii graduates—Bill Tobin, Kelly McGill, and Michael Miller—the trio have since built up what is now known as the “busiest independent restaurant in Waikiki,” serving over 1,000 patrons a day, and with more than 150 staff members on payroll. 

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How to Win a NIH SBIR

Want to apply for a National Institutes of Health SBIR? This is for you!

Considering applying for a National Institutes of Health SBIR? Before you do, get the inside scoop on NIH SBIR applications, best practices, and notes from someone who was a reviewer for NIH SBIRs.
Here’s a teaser tip!
One of the most common critiques is “the team lacks research expertise”, which translates to “there are no PhDs”. However, the PhDs don’t need to be employees– they can be consultants. You will need letters from them supporting your idea and stating how many hours they would be available to commit to the project. I usually aim for 4-5 PhD consultants on every Phase II, preferably ones with substantial publications in the field. A big part of the grant application effort is finding the right PhDs and convincing them to write you a letter.

Speaker: Dr. Rex Jakobovitz

About the Speaker:
Dr. Jakobovits is the President of Motivity, a Hawaii-based SBIR-funded startup that develops software for behavioral therapist who treat kids with autism. Over his career, Rex has been awarded over 17M in NIH SBIR grants, and he’s never applied for a grant that wasn’t funded. Rex has served on dozens of NIH SBIR review boards, helping to decide the fate of thousands of grants. In this workshop, he will provide detailed insight into the review process, and share some of his insider tips and tricks for how to create a good application and maximize your chances of success.

Please register by Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5:00pm. After registration closes, we will send a Zoom link to all registered participants. If you face difficulties with registration, please contact Olivia at


INNOVATE Hawaii is the state’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Center, which supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to enhance their productivity, growth, and technical performance through programs and services across the islands.

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Big Island Tech Meetup

Let’s kick off the new year with the first Big Island Tech meetup! This is a place to meet other techies and help build the local community. How can we bring in remote jobs and create local opportunities?
Some ideas for future meetings: Tech training, demos, community projects.
4:00 – 4:15 Intro
4:15 – 4:30 News, jobs and announcements
4:30 – 5:20 Discussion: Tech in Hawaii – What’s happening, ideas, opportunities.
5:20 – 5:30 Closing

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Civil Cafe Legislative Preview

This event is the first installment of Civil Beat’s legislative event series.

As we approach the 2023 Hawaii legislative session, Civil Beat invites you to join us back at the Hawaii State Capitol for a Civil Cafe Legislative Preview discussion with leaders of the House and Senate.
Speaker Scott Saiki and President Ron Kouchi will join Civil Beat’s Politics and Opinion Editor, Chad Blair and Reporter Blaze Lovell to discuss the expectations for the 2023 session.
Submit your questions for the panel here.
More legislative events will be held at the legislature. Save the date for a mid-session update on Wed. March 8 and a wrap-up review on Wed. May 8.

By registering for this event, you’ll receive a subscription to Civil Beat’s free e-newsletters. And don’t worry, we hate spam too! You can unsubscribe any time by clicking the link at the bottom of each email.

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact Civil Beat at 808-737-2300 or email your request for an interpreter to at least 4 business days prior to the event.

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