In September 2013, Wailuku launched FREE “WaiFi” in the commercial core of town! The project was possible thanks to a $20,444 grant from the Maui County Planning Department. This not only provided a service for Wailuku visitors, businesses and residents but also serves as an educational lab for UH Maui College students.
The network is created by installing a system of routers on Market Street between Main and Vineyard Street, each 250-300 feet apart. These routers create a mesh that allows other routers to carry the electronic messages if one of the routers is overloaded. The bandwidth of each router is donated by a provider business who partitions their own internet access and dedicates it to the free Wailuku WiFi system. Honolulu’s Kokua Wireless, a non-profit organization, has installed and manages the network. To use Wailuku’s WiFi network, look for “Kokua Wireless” on your smartphone or mobile device.
An additional benefit for providers is the opportunity to have a Google+ virtual tour of their business at a discounted price. The tour includes street view technology as well as interior imaging of the business created by local, certified Google Trusted Photographer,Rolf Egli. This allows users to virtually walk through businesses in Wailuku from anywhere online.