We’ve all heard the term Social Network. Well, isn’t it ironic that most people think of a social network as an electronic communication tool when in reality a true social network is a group of humans who actually get together from time to time? (Think church, hula halau, canoe club, Toastmasters etc.)
This real social network is the driving force behind the Maui Co-Working movement. Anybody who lives in a hip urban center may be familiar with the co-working movement which aims to establish large, beautiful community work spaces typically appealing to tech workers or people who otherwise might be stuck at their homes working on their laptops.
Exhibit A: Real Social Network Captured On Film!
Happiness and productivity go hand-in-hand and there really is something special about being surrounded by intelligent hard-working people whose togetherness can create a synergistic benefit above and beyond what is quantifiable. If you’ve ever visited our Wailuku office you will know that the office is designed very much like a co-working environment. We have a nice sitting area, a little kitchen area, and several dedicated workspaces and desks, and a little conference room. Being right on the street in the hustle and bustle of Wailuku town makes for a really productive and fun work environment.
Once I realized the mission of this group, and how our office was such a good working model of this type of space, I had the idea to invite the Maui Co-Working group to come and experience first hand the joy of being in our space on Market Street. Erik Blair, who is spearheading the Maui movement to create a Co-Working space, pulled together the first Co Working Social – an informal get together at our office featuring a Coconut Kefir Tasting bar, and a beautiful spread of food courtesy of Dania Katz of Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine.
Co-Working Promotes Collaboration & Connection
Some Wailuku heavy hitters were in attendance including Maui County planner Erin Wade
The Queen of Wailuku who is in charge of the Wailuku Redevelopment Area. She thinks Co-Working is a good fit for Wailuku since it brings talent and vitality to this bustling central Maui town. Also Don Couch and Wailuku Community Association’s Richard Priest were in attendance. The excitement and good vibes were evident, and the get together lasted until after dark.
I’m a great believer in Wailuku town and the ability of small towns to make our lives more enjoyable. Co-Working is an antidote to isolation for the self employed and a great way to get some real human connection happening throughout your workday. If you are considering buying real estate in Wailuku, or anywhere else on Maui, I would love to assist. And finally, I will leave you with this picture of
me taken circa 1998 some drag queen heeding the advice of RuPaul and serving up some Joan Collins realness:
Liam S. Ball, R(B)