Impact Hub Honolulu hosted our first Built in Hawaii in partnership with Hawaii Public Radio’s GenListen, an entrepreneurial showcase and storytelling experience featuring three inspiring Hawaii-based entrepreneurs.
This pecha kucha-style event featured Kuha`o Zane of Sig Zane Designs, Zak Barry and Matthew Hong of Banán, and Mattson Davis of Kona Brewing Company. These folks came together to present their success stories and discuss how to sustain an idea. After the presentations, there was an Open Space Technology segment where crowdsourced ideas became discussion topics for both the presenters and the crowd the group divided into conversation groups to expand upon ideas that had been presented.
Watch a brief recap of the evening here from HNL Web Design:
More about the Event
PechaKucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕakɯ̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events.
Open Space Technology (or facilitated Small Group Discussion)
Guests have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss ideas in a small group with the experts that brought their ideas to reality. This audience-driven facilitation methodology encourages deeper conversation and allows participants to opt into topics and conversation that creates richer dialog and encourages the growth of new ideas.
More about the Speakers:
Kona Brewing Company/Mattson Davis: Davis arrived in Kona in March of ’97 and directed KBC’s gargantuan growth over the next 15 years. Holding on to the spirit of Hawaii through “Liquid Aloha,” he led a team of exceptional individuals to take the brand from Kona, to the mainland, and internationally.
Sig Zane Designs/Kuha‘o Zane: Zane is a designer and artist. In his work he weaves together indigenous Hawaiian concepts into modern, street wear fashion pieces like an Aloha shirt, Vans or a New Era hat.
Banán/Zak Barry and Matthew Hong: Banán’s mission is to provide Hawai’i with a healthy, wholesome, and affordable meal made from fresh produce picked right from the islands. We strongly believe in supporting local farmers and boosting the local economy. Why? Because by consciously making the decision to buy local, people become more connected to themselves, their communities, and the land they live on. Banán strives to build a happier and healthier world by bettering these three spheres of our customers’ lives.