What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean To Hawaiʻi?

How will Web 3.0 shape this island chain’s future?

Mackenzie Plunkett
2 min readNov 10, 2021
Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash

Technological innovations including video-conferencing software like Zoom, robotic delivery systems like those created by Starship Technologies, and even contactless payments in stores are increasingly becoming the “new norms” of life.

Throughout the pandemic the State of Hawaii local government enacted temporary regulations like mandating that food establishments must only provide take-out services or at one point, in-person dining could only operate at 50% capacity.

Despite this, government-sanctioned coronavirus health protocols remain a challenge for businesses in Hawaiʻi, especially smaller ones, to adapt and maintain their profitability.

As we speak, AI is shaping new eras even during a pandemic.

What does this mean for Hawaiʻi?

Increased use of AI in the service sector will continue to eliminate jobs.

Self-ordering kiosks are widely used at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King.

Targets, Walmarts, Longs Drugs, Safeways, and many other stores provide self-checkouts.

We will continue to see lessened human interference.

The professional, financial, and agricultural industries will advance their operations.

First Hawaiian Bank released their new banking app that uses AI to categorize transactions and aggregate customers’ financial information including accounts with other banks.



Mackenzie Plunkett

A Young Native Hawaiian Woman Passionate About Indigenous Sovereignty & Life In Hawaiʻi Nei