The name sounds like child’s play, but the vision is real: Creating workspaces such as the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox in Kaka‘ako that support technology and innovation — the foundation for the Ige administration’s goal of creating 80,000 new jobs paying $80,000 a year by 2030.
An April groundbreaking ceremony for the $7.3 million project marked the start of the Kaka‘ako Innovation Block and tech park, just ewa of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. The project is planned as a business incubator space and will be operated by the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).
Governor Ige praised the project as a true public-private partnership with the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the Legislature and developer Stanford Carr.
“This level of collaboration is the only way we will successfully take the state where we need to go: delivering new products and services to the global marketplace, creating good jobs, and providing a sustainable economy,” said the governor.