Akimeka LLC is a software technology company that combines its tech savvy with a commitment to giving back to the Native Hawaiian community.
A certified native-owned company, Akimeka's mission is to provide high-quality information technology services and products to government agencies, with a focus on the U.S. Department of Defense.
From 2001 to 2002, Akimeka increased its revenues 64 percent, from $3.9 million to $6.4 million, due to its strong industry reputation and prior working relationships with various federal agencies. It also has increased its number of employees from 21 at the end of 2001 to 48 today.
Akimeka's client base includes the U.S. Navy, Army, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Interior, National Defense Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences, NASA and various commercial companies.
President Vaughn Vasconcellos, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and West Point, makes a genuine commitment to recruiting local talent to work for the company and bringing a tech sector to Hawaii. The company has been profitable for the past two years, with about half of its revenues generated in the state.
With a corporate office in Honolulu and offices in the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei and in Maitland, Fla., clients throughout the United States have access to Akimeka's staff.
Akimeka is committed to hiring local, as demonstrated by its participation in the Kamaaina Careers program. The goal is to lure local talent back home by identifying promising students and then introducing them to various participating employers in Hawaii.
Having been raised by his grandmother on Hawaiian Homelands in Molokai and having served in the army for 14 years, he believes in giving back. "I'm pretty much a community person," he said. In April, Akimeka donated computers, software and technical support to help establish the startup Hawaiian Homelands Technology in Kauai.
Two years ago, Akimeka opened the office on Maui and now has a staff of 15 there, approximately half of them local hires. Akimeka also is participating in Digital Maui, a program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research with the goal of creating a "digital cloud" of continuous wireless Internet access throughout that island's central valley.
With an office in Maui, Akimeka can take advantage of the Maui supercomputer and the new Joint Information Technology Center. The long-term goal is to create a new science and technology industry in Hawaii.
Vasconcellos is a board member of the Maui Economic Development Board and Sandwich Isles Communications, and his company is a corporate sponsor of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance. He encourages defense contractors, especially the larger ones from the mainland, to become more involved with Hawaii's communities. – less – More from ZoomInfo »