When your coworking needs are above and beyond those of what a typical coffee shop can offer, here are two options, in Honolulu and Kailua.
By Katrina Valcourt | Photos by Aaron K. Yoshino
Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural light at Waiwai Collective in Mō‘ili‘ili.
1111 University Ave., #100 (Varsity Building), Mō‘ili‘ili
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
$10 per day, $10 to $100 per month
Spread out on Waiwai’s lawn or grab some food at the ‘Awa and ‘Ai Bar.
$6 daily rate in the lot, but you can usually find a free spot on Bingham or Coyne streets nearby.
‘Awa and ‘Ai Bar featuring local snacks and lunch foods; library of Hawaiian resources and games; IT equipment for rent; comfy giant pillows on the “lawn” in the center of the space; “pods” that can be reconfigured around the perimeter; video monitors; large windows that bring in lots of natural light; a private meeting area called the Vault, which can be rented for events and meetings.
When you walk in, you’re expected to remove your shoes. Maps of old Hawai‘i, the resource library and the food all evoke a cultural community focus. It’s very chill and spacious at 5,000 square feet.
Pods all feature outlets; extension towers are available for rent if you need power to work on the lawn. Thursday through Saturday, Waiwai hosts ‘awa nights from 6 to 11 p.m., which features live music. There are no private office spaces, but areas for large groups can be reserved.
Treehouse’s conference room offers videoconferencing with up to 99 participants.
74 Kīhāpai St., Kailua
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. (24/7 access starting at $250 per month)
$30 per day, $35 to $1,425 per month
There’s a very small lot out front, so show up early or try your luck with either metered street parking or the municipal lot on Aulike Street.
Small workout room; kitchen with free coffee and help-yourself snacks you can pay for with Venmo; mail service and business address (with certain memberships); meeting rooms; yoga/events; conference room with whiteboard, videoconferencing and library;
Help yourself to free coffee in the kitchen.
Natural light, greenery and art make the space feel very homey, especially on misty Kailua mornings. Hardly anyone else was around when we worked there so it felt like working from home, but with fewer distractions.
The “social membership” is the best deal for those who just need the space a few days a month. For $35, you get two coworking days; each additional day is $15. Private office spaces are available to rent upstairs. Every third Friday, Treehouse hosts an art event and displays an artist’s work, available for purchase, for a month.