In 1883, the world was on the cusp of remarkable technological advancements. The industrial revolution, scientific discoveries, electricity, and telecommunications were transforming life before our eyes. In the middle of the Pacific, visionary King David Kalākaua sought to bring the wonders of modernization to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. He granted a charter to Mutual Telephone Company — a budding company that would one day be known as Hawaiian Telcom — and in so doing, planted the seeds for Hawai‘i’s technological future.
In the beginning, our mission was to provide telephone service to the people of Hawai‘i. In the decades that followed — despite the passage of time — Hawaiian Telcom remained true to King Kalākaua’s legacy of innovation. By investing in a host of technologies aimed at improving connections across the state, Hawaiian Telcom, in a very real sense, established Hawai‘i as the communications hub of the Pacific.
A new era dawned in 2010 when Hawaiian Telcom began strategically investing in fiber infrastructure. In 2022, our 100% fiber internet service with Hawai‘i’s fastest upload speed was branded as Fioptics. Hawaiian Telcom continues to invest in expanding our statewide fiber network to enable more homes and businesses with broadband service so more people in more places in Hawai‘i can reap the benefits.
Now, as we celebrate 140 years of building connections in the islands, we envision a future in which the power of fiber internet enables us to imagine the possibilities as never before.