The 2019 Purple Prize Kickoff Day

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47-200 Waihee Rd

Kaneohe, HI 96744

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The Purple Prize 2019 Kickoff Day is the start of the Purple Prize Indigenous Innovation Competition on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

This event will feature a plenary at the Key Project in Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu, where business and thought leaders will share their manaʻo about place-based, indigenous innovation. After lunch, participants will visit Paepae o Heʻeia to literally “get their feet wet” working in the fishpond and learning about Native Hawaiian ancestral technologies like the loko iʻa. The day will conclude with a meal prepared by renowned local chef, Mark Noguchi, made up of ingredients sourced from Paepae o Heʻeia, giving participants a multi-sensory experience.


8:30 AM - Check in at Key Project - Light breakfast food and beverages will be available

9:00 AM - Opening Remarks and E Hō Mai

9:30 AM - Networking Activity

9:50 AM - Keynote Address - by Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Dist. 24 (Kane‘ohe and Kailua), Chair of the State Senate Committee on Technology

10:25 AM - Deconstructing "Indigenous Innovation" - Featuring Ian Musson, Program Director, Kōkiri (NZ); Olin Lagon, CTO and Co-Founder, Shifted Energy; moderated by Donavan Kealoha, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Purple Maiʻa Founation (also Managing Director, Startup Capital Ventures)

11:15 AM - TBD (Innovation Economy) - Featuring Keoni Lee, CEO, Hawaiʻi Investment Ready; Burt Lum, Strategy Officer, State of Hawaiʻi and Host on Hawaiʻi Public Radio's Bytemarks Cafe

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Transportation to Paepae o Heʻeia

1:50 PM - ʻOli komo

1:55 PM - The History of the Paepae o Heʻeia Loko iʻa (Fishpond)

2:30 PM - Kilo (or Observation) and Loko Iʻa hana (work)

4:30 PM - Alumni Project Demonstrations and Q & A - Featuring Kiana Frank, Innovative Loko Iʻa Kilo Solutions ; Brian Glazer,

5:00 PM - Call to Action

5:15 PM - ʻAwa and Pau Hana - Pupus and Beverages (Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic) will be provided

6:45 PM - Transportation back to Key Project

7:00 PM - Pau


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

All attendees may park alongside Waihee Rd. and in Key Project Parking Lot. We recommend arriving 15-20 minutes prior to the event to find parking.

Transportation will be provided for anyone who wants a ride to and from Key Project to Paepae o Heʻeia. Directions will be provided at the event for anyone who decides to drive to Paepae o Heʻeia, however, we do not recommend driving yourself as parking at Paepae o Heʻeia is limited to about 15 vehicles.

East Meets West VIP's: Transportation may be provided from Waikiki.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing something you can get wet and dirty:

  • Closed Toe Shoes

  • Boardshorts/athletic shorts

  • T-shirt

  • Towel

  • Light jacket

The second half of the event will be wet and could be messy, but most importantly super fun and cool! :)

Will beverages be provided at the event?

Yes, however, we recommend you bring a reuseable bottle to cut down on our plastic waste and rubbish.

What if I can't stay for the whole event?

No worries but we wish you could! We recommend driving separately from Key Project to Paepae o Heʻeia.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call (808) 283-4128.

Ticket Pricing:

Tickets for the 2019 Purple Prize Kickoff Day are free, but we greatly appreciate donations for event attendance. These donations help us to cover the costs of the event.

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47-200 Waihee Rd

Kaneohe, HI 96744

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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