VC  Kolohala Ventures

     Office Locations:

335 Merchant Street, #835
Honolulu, HI 96808
Phone: 808-595-0740
Fax: 808-546-4325



  • Early



  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media



    Kolohala Ventures, founded in 2006, is an early-stage venture capital firm committed to investing in Hawaii companies with a global reach. Kolohala targets specific technology sectors where Hawaii has a natural advantage, including renewable Energy/CleanTech, life sciences, and ocean sciences. The firm capitalizes on Hawaii's investor tax incentives for technology. Kolohala taps into a broad network of expertise and co-investment opportunities with the Hawaii Angels-one of the most active angel networks in the country. The Kolohala Venture Fund I, with more than $13 million under management, invests in Qualified High Technology Businesses (QHTBs) in Hawaii to leverage tax advantages. The Fund is now closed to new investments, but has a focus in several market sectors and provides early and follow-on funding opportunities. The Heaven Fund has $4 million under management and focuses on early stage investments. The Kolohala Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Fund supports the increased use of Hawaii-based renewable energy resources with pathways to using hydrogen as an energy carrier. The fund is managed on behalf of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and uses the hydrogen expertise of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Michael T. Pfeffer Co-Founder and Managing Partner
    Robert J. Robinson Co-Founder and Managing Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Asia Pacific
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      Atlantis Cyberspace
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      Avatar Reality
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      Blue Lava
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      Hawaii Biotech
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      Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc
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      Kai Medical
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      King Ahi
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      Kuehnle Agrosystems
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      Pineapple Pictures
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      Pipeline Micro
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      TalkStory Productions
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