Media Advisory: UH Mānoa College of Engineering ALOHAnet IEEE Milestone Dedication Ceremony

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marc Arakaki, (808) 228-3215
Content Producer, UH Office of Communications
Kimberly Perez Hults, (808) 956-7426
Director of Marketing & Outreach Relations, College of Engineering
Posted: Oct 9, 2020

Media are invited to attend in-person at Holmes Hall or you can follow via Zoom livestream at If you plan to attend in-person, please RSVP by October 12 at 4:30 p.m. to Marc Arakaki at

WHAT: ALOHAnet, a pioneering computer networking system developed at UH Mānoa in 1971, will be recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as an IEEE milestone in a dedication ceremony.

WHY: All wireless communications in this day—including mobile, satellite, cellular and WiFi—utilize the protocol developed in the ALOHAnet system to establish an initial link. In June 1971, ALOHAnet was the first system to transmit data into a computer using radio waves as it provided interisland access to computing facilities at UH. ALOHAnet provided the first public demonstration of a wireless packet data network and led to the development of Ethernet and personal wireless communication technologies.

After being nominated by Hawaiʻi’s local IEEE chapter and undergoing a lengthy application and selection process, ALOHAnet has been approved as an IEEE milestone.

Visit the College of Engineering website to learn more about ALOHAnet’s history.


In-person speakers:

Governor David Ige

UH President David Lassner

College of Engineering Dean Brennon Morioka


Speakers via Zoom:

ALOHAnet founders Norman Abramson and Franklin Kuo

2020 IEEE President-elect Susan K. (Kathy) Land


WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Fronting the Dole Street side of Holmes Hall, UH Mānoa