10 Highest Earning Companies In Hawaii

Posted Apr 11, 2011 at 8:33pm
Aerial view of a red-roofed college campus nestled in green pastureland.

Kauai Community College in Puhi (near Lihue) is one of 10 campuses in the University of Hawaii (UH) system. UH is the third largest company in the state of Hawaii. (Photo credit: Christopher P. Becker)

Let’s talk about job hunting. Because unless you’re indepedently wealthy (in which I case I’m totally envious) or have a nice nest egg saved up for your retirement in Hawaii, you’re gonna have to figure out a way to earn an income here. And for most of us, that means finding a job.

When I was planning my move to Hawaii, the biggest hurdle in my mind was “How am I going to make a living over there?” I didn’t feel comfortable moving to Hawaii until I had some sort of concrete plan in mind as to how I was going to earn money.

I suspect I’m not the first or last person to have that worry about moving to Hawaii. So let’s tackle this potential roadblock, starting with a focus on the 10 top-earning companies in Hawaii — in other words, “good bets” on who’s hiring in Hawaii. Please note that this list does not include federal, state, county, and city government agencies, which are also big employers in Hawaii.

White-and-purple commercial jet takes off.

With more than 3,800 employees on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's fifth largest company. (Photo credit: Dylan Ashe)

Some of you might immediately find a natural fit for your job skills among the companies listed below. But if you don’t, have no fear. In subsequent posts, I’ll talk about the aforementioned government employers, websites that list job openings in Hawaii, and the option of self-employment.

Here are the 10 highest-earning companies in Hawaii, based on gross annual sales. All stats are from 2009; source: 2010′s “Hawaii Business Top 250.” (Please note that the “Positions” field lists known position types that the employer hires for, although vacancies in each position type are not guaranteed. There may also be additional position types available that are not listed. Please check each employer’s website for the most up-to-date information on available positions.)

1. Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)

818 Keeaumoku St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 948-5110
Fax: (808) 948-6555

Business: As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, HMSA provides health insurance for more than half of Hawaii’s population.

Gross annual sales: $2.4 billion
Number of employees: 1,700
Years in business: 73

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Aiea (Oahu), Kapolei (Oahu), Hilo (Big Island), Kailua-Kona (Big Island), Lihue (Kauai), and Kahului (Maui).

Affiliated companies: Integrated Services Incorporated and Benefit Services of Hawaii.

Positions: Accountants, administrative professionals, administrative support, analysts, auditors, call center, couriers, customer service/relations, finance, general office, general labor, graphic artists, health educators, hospital relations, information systems, mail room, marketers, medical directors, nurses, physicians, salespeople, underwriters, Web designers, and writers.

2. Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.

900 Richards St.,
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 543-5662
Fax: (808) 543-7735

Business: Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. supplies electricity to 95% of Hawaii’s population and provides financial services to individuals and businesses.

Gross annual sales: $2.3 billion
Number of employees: 3,400
Years in business: 120

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Throughout the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu.

Affiliated companies: Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, and Maui Electric Company.

Positions: Accountants, administrative support, budget analysts, engineers, human resources, information systems, machinists, maintenance, mechanics, planners, technicians, welders.

3. University of Hawaii

2444 Dole St., Bachman Hall 209
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8207
Fax: (808) 956-5286

Business: University of Hawaii is the state’s public university system, with 10 campuses and a multitude of training and research centers throughout the islands.

Gross annual sales: $1.5 billion
Number of employees: 8,442
Years in business: 104

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Kane’ohe (Oahu), Kapolei (Oahu), Pearl City (Oahu), Hilo (Big Island), Kealakekua (Big Island), Lihue (Kauai), Kahului (Maui), Hana (Maui), Lahaina (Maui), Kaunakaka (Molokai), Hoolehua (Molokai), Lana’i City (Lana’i)

Positions: Academic deans, administrative support, astronomers, audio-visual specialists, chancellors, civil service, facilities, fiscal specialists, human resources, information technology, instructors, lecturers, legal assistants, librarians, oceanographers, professors, program directors/managers, publications editors, researchers, security officers, and sports coaches.

4. Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

822 Bishop St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 525-6611
Fax: (808) 525-6652

Business: Alexander & Baldwin runs the biggest ocean transport company between the West Coast and Hawaii, Guam, and the Mid-Pacific; the biggest real estate development company in Hawaii; the biggest sugar plantation in Hawaii; and the biggest coffee plantation in the U.S.

Gross annual sales: $1.4 billion
Number of employees: 2,215
Years in business: 141

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Hilo (Big Island), Kawaihae (Big Island), Kahului (Maui), Pu’unene (Maui), Kalaheo (Kauai), and Nawiliwili (Kauai)

Affiliated companies: Matson, A&B Properties, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, Kauai Coffee Company, Kahului Trucking & Storage, and Kauai Commercial Company.

Positions: Administrative supervisors, carpenters, commercial property managers, drafters, electricians, import/export operations, inside salespeople, inventory control, land stewards, machinists, mechanics, offshore operations, operations supervisors, plumbers, real estate developers, service coordinators, technicians, truck drivers, warehouse workers, and welders.

5. Hawaiian Airlines Inc.

3375 Koapaka St., Ste. G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 835-3700
Fax: (808) 838-6746

Business: Hawaiian Airlines provides commercial airline service to 20 Pacific-region destinations and more than 150 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Gross annual sales: $1.2 billion
Number of employees: 3,844
Years in business: 82

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Kona-Kailua (Big Island), Hilo (Big Island), Lihue (Kauai), and Kahului (Maui).

Positions: Accountants, aircraft cleaners, customer service agents, dispatchers, executive assistants, financial analysts/planners, flight attendants, human resources, information technology, inside salespeople, maintenance, marketers, mechanics, payroll, pilots, procurement managers, quality assurance, ramp agents, reservation specialists, and training instructors.

6. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

3288 Moanalua Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819-1496
Phone: (808) 432-0000
Fax: (808) 432-5933

Business: Health maintenance organization including health plans, hospitals, and medical groups across the U.S.

Gross annual sales: $944 million
Number of employees: 4,400
Years in business: 53

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Kahuku (Oahu), Kailua (Oahu), Kane’ohe (Oahu), Kapolei (Oahu), Waianae (Oahu), Waipahu (Oahu), Kihei (Maui), Lahaina (Maui), Wailuku (Maui), Hilo (Big Island), Kailua-Kona (Big Island), Kamuela (Big Island)

Positions: accountants, actuaries, administrative support, compliance, construction, corporate communications, corporate trainers, customer service, dieticians, executives, facilities, finance, food services, health educators, health plan adminstration, home health aides, human resources, information technology, lab scientists, medical assistants, medical directors, medical records management, medical researchers, medical technicians, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, physicians, procurement, public relations, quality assurance, sales & marketing, social workers, and therapists.

7. Hawaii Pacific Health

55 Merchant St., 27th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 535-7401
Fax: (808) 535-7412

Business: With four hospitals and 44 clinics, Hawaii Pacific Health is the state’s largest health care provider.

Gross annual sales: $812 million
Number of employees: 5,344
Years in business: 10

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Aiea (Oahu), Kailua (Oahu), Kane’ohe (Oahu), Mililani (Oahu), Ele’ele (Kauai), Kapa’a (Kauai), Kilauea (Kauai), Koloa (Kauai), Lihue (Kauai), Hilo (Big Island), Kailua-Kona (Big Island), Lana’i City (Lana’i)

Affiliated companies: Kapi’olani Medical Center For Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Wilcox Health

Positions: Accounting, administration, administrative assistants, clerical, corporate communications, corporate trainers, customer service, dieticians, facilities, finance, food service, health educators, housekeeping, human resources, information technology, lab services, maintenance, management, marketing, medical assistants, medical records management, medical researchers, nurses, opticians, pharmacists, physicians, public relations, risk management, security, social workers, technicians, and therapists.

8. Bank of Hawaii Corp.

130 Merchant St., 22nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 643-3888
Fax: (808) 694-8440

Business: Bank of Hawaii Corp. is a bank holding company. Through its operating subsidiary Bank of Hawaii, it provides financial services for consumers, businesses, and governments throughout Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and Palau.

Gross annual sales: $765 million
Number of employees: 2,418
Years in business: 114

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Branches throughout Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Lana’i.

Affiliated Companies: Bank of Hawaii Leasing Inc., Bankoh Investment Services Inc., Pacific Century Life Insurance Corp., BOH Wholesale Insurance Agency Inc., and Bank of Hawaii Insurance Services Inc.

Positions: Accountants, administration, analysts, auditors, call center, clerks, compliance officers, corporate communications, corporate security, facilities, finance, human resources, information technology, international banking, legal, loan officers, marketing, operations, risk management, sales, tellers, and underwriters.

999 Bishop St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 525-7000
Fax: (808) 525-8708

Business: First Hawaiian Bank is the state’s oldest and largest financial institution, with 62 branches throughout Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan.

Gross annual sales: $755 million
Number of employees: 2,208
Years in business: 153

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Branches throughout Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai.

Positions: Accounting, client services & relations, compliance, corporate communications, credit, customer service, executive management, facilities, finance, food services, human resources, legal, lending, marketing, operations, risk management, sales, security, technology, and training.

10. The Queen’s Health Systems

1099 Alakea Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 532-6100
Fax: (808) 532-6118

Business: The Queen’s Health Systems is Hawaii’s oldest group of health care companies. It includes The Queen’s Medical Center, the largest private hospital in the state.

Gross annual sales: $749 million
Number of employees: 5,148
Years in business: 152

Headquarters: Honolulu (Oahu)
Other locations: Throughout Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai.

Affiliated Companies: The Queen’s Medical Center, The Queen’s Health Care Centers, CareResource Hawaii, Hamamatsu/Queen’s PET Imaging Center LLC, Queen Emma Land Company, Queen’s Development Corporation, Diagostic Laboratory Services Inc., Molokai General Hospital, and Hawaii Medical Library.

Positions: Administrative support, auditors, clerical, clinical documentation, compliance, finance, grant writers, housekeeping, information technology, legal, management, medical assistants, medical billing, medical coding, medical physicists, medical records management, nurses, pharmacy, physicians, psychologists, purchasing, recruitment, report writers, risk management, service representatives, social workers, technicians, and therapists.

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