UH Hilo Business class develops Web site for local business

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Date: Monday, May 1, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Students from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaii at Hilorecently partnered with KopeKope Espresso Café to develop a Web site for the business.

The students from the Managing Electronic Commerce class (QBA 365) taught by Dr. Kimberly Furumo, assistant professor of management information systems, worked with KopeKope owners Chantelle and Gerald Schieven to design kopekope.net, an Internet site for the specialty coffee and tea café located in the Hilo Shopping Center.

Furumo described the partnership between the students and KopeKope as a “win-win situation.”

“These projects are great for the students who get real-life, hands-on experience and beneficial for businesses who don’t have to pay a consultant,” she said.

Students in the class assumed roles as members of an Information Technology project team to obtain hands-on experience designing and developing a Web site. Tasks included interviewing the owners of KopeKope, identifying the layout style and items to be included in the Web site, developing and linking the Web site, training the client to update the We bsite, and providing a recommendation for the future adoption of an online payment system for coffee and tea sales.

The project was coordinated by Yani Ivanov, who acted as team leader and was responsible for identifying project tasks, developing a project timeline, and ensuring compliance with the timeline. Uilani Peralta, as lead programmer, worked with Quentin Medeiros and Jimmy Crider to complete the technical development of the site. Mari Sato and Haddie Notch were responsible for graphic arts, Onan Masaoka and Ryan Olszewski were responsible for researching options for an online payment system, and Trevor Morimoto and Vinny Biggs were responsible for client communications. Reporting requirements were handled by Justin Griffin, Terrance Troupe, and Leo Sing Chow.

An important aspect of the KopeKope Web site is the monthly calendar, which includes food specials and the entertainment schedule.

Dr. Marcia Sakai, dean of the College of Business and Economics, would like to see more of these partnerships in the future.

“Opportunities such as this provide our students with the experience that both they and potential employers value, while helping our Big Island business community,” she noted. “Interested community partners should contact us to determine whether such a project might be feasible for them.”

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