Microsoft Announces ‘Project Honolulu’


Microsoft has again invoked the Aloha State for a product name, this week announcing “Project Honolulu.”

Q. HMSA and Healthways Launch Blue Zones Project® to Improve the Well-Being of Hawaii Residents | Business Wire

HONOLULU & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HMSA, Blue Zones, LLC, and Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced the launch of the Blue Zones Project® in Hawaii, a major initiative to improve the well-being and longevity of all Hawaii residents. The Blue Zones Project brings together citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders to improve the living environment so the healthy choice is not only easy but often unavoidable.

Hawaii communities interested in participating in the Blue Zones Project may review application steps at A select number of Hawaii communities will be designated as Blue Zones Communities. Those that are selected will receive assistance from national experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environment, policy and social network changes that transition people into healthier behaviors. Key dates in the selection process are as follows:

September 15 is the deadline to schedule a visit to learn more about the Blue Zones Project and the community selection process. October 1-15, the Blue Zones Project team will conduct community educational visits. October 31 is the deadline to submit a statement of interest. November 13-21, community site visits will occur.

Community selection will take place in 2015.

“HMSA’s overarching goal is to advance the health and well-being of every resident of Hawaii,” said Michael A. Gold, HMSA’s president and chief executive officer. “The Blue Zones Project is one of HMSA’s most important initiatives to drive this transformation in Hawaii. We’re excited to be partnering with Healthways and the Blue...

Project Honolulu is described as a “flexible, locally-deployed, browser-based management platform and tools”. Recommended as a “graphical management solution”. Windows Server.

In announcing the tool, Microsoft doesn’t explain how or why it chose the name. But the company does share a number of customer reviews, which are amusing to read out of context:

I use Honolulu to manage hyperconverged cluster based on Storage Spaces Direct and what a tool. Honolulu provides me metrics, alerts and ease of management from a web interface. I can now easily manage my volume and get the state of my infrastructure. Honolulu looks like really flexible and Microsoft can add features really quickly.

This isn’t their first Hawaii shoutout. Back in 2010, Microsoft announced “Project Hawaii,”. Which included the “MAUI Project.”

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