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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:33 a.m., Thursday, October 4, 2007

City hooks Chinatown up with free wireless Internet

Associated Press

HONOLULU — Honolulu's plan to offer free wireless Internet access in Chinatown is online.

The city wants to test the "Kokua Wireless" project in Chinatown first and then expand the service to the rest of Honolulu.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann is expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow at the kickoff of this week's First Friday.

Honolulu-based Tri-Net Solutions is building the infrastructure.

Local businesses volunteer to let Tri-Net install a node, or antenna, on their property, which then becomes an access point to the wireless network.

So far, some 25 nodes have been installed in Chinatown, at places including Into, an upscale boutique on Hotel Street, to the Arts at Marks Garage on Nuuanu Avenue.