2023 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Honolulu, Hawaii. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Makai HR

Makai HR

Founded: 2018

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“When our team began to conceptualize the evolution of outsourced HR in Hawaii we started searching for something that defined our islands. Unanimously, it was the ocean. From the ocean comes new life and constant change — that is where our story began.

With most of us being former small business owners, we understood the entrepreneur’s dilemma of the nice-to-have’s and the need-to-have’s when considering services that support our businesses. With the cost of doing business in Hawaii at an all-time high, price is always a factor.

Our vision began to take the shape of a paperless, easy-to-use HR solution that would support businesses in Hawaii at an affordable price, letting owners choose the level of HR services that fit their needs. Beautiful to gaze upon, but complex below the surface, like the majestic ocean that surrounds us.”

2. TurnoverBnB


Founded: 2016

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“TurnoverBnB is an online platform that helps vacation rental hosts with turnovers by offering hosts software to schedule cleaning. In addition, TurnoverBnB allows hosts to find local cleaners for their short-term rental cleaning.

As hosts, we understand the amount of time and energy involved with scheduling cleaning for your short-term rentals. Our software allows you to connect with your existing Airbnb and VRBO calendars to automatically schedule your cleaners via SMS text messaging and email. After a very short set-up process, scheduling of cleaners becomes completely hands off for the host. To make life easier, we also offer the option to pay your cleaners via credit card, which takes the stress out of payment while earning miles.

In the event no one is available for your turnover, you will be notified and given the option to find a cleaner in your area for your turnover from our marketplace. When we find a cleaner for you, we charge a modest 10% commission based on the cleaning price you set.”

3. mappy


Founded: 2019

“Geospatial applications developer and data analytics.”

4. Smart Yields

Smart Yields

Founded: 2015

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“Together we can farm smarter. Smart Yields is building relationships through a groundbreaking analytics system powered by the people who know it best – our farmers.

We connect farmers, agricultural researchers and their communities through crowd-sourced data gathered from a network of integrated sensors that measure everything from soil health to inputs such as water, energy and nutrients. In turn, these users tap into a vast wealth of local, regional and national knowledge to increase productivity, yield, and revenue.

Our inspiration is the ahupua‘a, a traditional land division in Hawaii that stretches from the mountains to the ocean, containing the many important resources needed for the communities within. Hawaii, home to our global headquarters, is committed to doubling its food production by 2030. We see significant unmet needs here and around the world, as well as great potential in empowering ‘agripreneurs’ – the aspiring, growing farmer.”