10 Highest Earning Companies In Hawaii

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

Best Companies To Work For In Hawaii

Yesterday I listed the highest earning companies in Hawaii (based on annual gross sales), and how they might be good places to look for a job. Well, if you care more about the quality of a workplace than the quantity of money it earns, you’ll be happy to know that this month, Hawaii Business Magazine published its annual “Best Places To Work” issue. And if the size of a company

State Government Jobs In Hawaii

The state government in Hawaii is one of the biggest employers in the islands. According to Hawaii’s State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, there were 73,700 state government jobs in 2009. Although the state government’s salaries aren’t remarkable (considering Hawaii’s high cost of living), its benefits package is generous: Insurance coverage: medical, prescription, chiropractic, dental, and vision Paid holidays: 13 per odd-numbered year (14 in even-numbered years, for Election

City And County Government Jobs In Hawaii

While most of Hawaii’s government jobs are at the state level (73,700 jobs in 2009), there are still over 18,000 jobs in Hawaii’s local city and county government agencies. And like the state government, they offer enticing benefits packages. Nonresidents of Hawaii are welcome to apply for county and city jobs — just be aware that most positions require you to become a Hawaii state resident within 30 days of

Federal Government Jobs In Hawaii

Like the state government, the U.S. government is a huge employer in Hawaii. According to the State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, there were more than 33,000 federal government jobs based in Hawaii in 2009. More than half of those jobs were in the Department of Defense, thanks to Hawaii’s strong military presence. The other half of those federal jobs, unrelated to the military, include postal workers, airport security

Hawaii Job Listings Roundup

As my series of posts on job hunting nears its end (I promise I will write about something else soon!), here’s a roundup of job listings and major employers I’ve found that are specific to Hawaii. Some of these you will recognize from previous posts, but most are new. Browse by location: Entire state of Hawaii | Big Island | Maui Browse by industry: Banking | Construction | Health Care

Self-Employment In Hawaii

In a state with such a high cost of living, it’s not uncommon for Hawaii residents to delve into some form of self-employment. Some have a “side business” to supplement their day job. For others, running their business is their full-time day job. Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, work from home, set your own hours, be your own boss, or become a self-made millionaire, self-employment may be a

Startup Weekend Coming To Hawaii

Interested in starting a tech business in Hawaii or working for a tech startup in the islands? Here’s your chance to network with like-minded people. Startup Weekend, a nonprofit event that has taken place in over 100 cities worldwide, is coming to Honolulu September 16-18, 2011. During the intense 54-hour event, software developers, graphic designers, and businesspeople pitch ideas and form teams to start developing a new mobile or Web-based

Wahine Forum 2011: Register Now and Save

Are you a woman living in Hawaii (or intending to live in Hawaii) who’s interested in hearing about Hawaii’s business trends, improving your business and negotiation skills, learning from Hawaii’s female leaders in business and civic services, and networking with other women like yourself? If so, you should consider attending Wahine Forum 2011, the leading conference of its kind in Hawaii. Produced by the Junior League of Honolulu and Hawaii

Global Opportunities For Hawaii Businesses: Upcoming Seminars

If you are a Hawaii business owner new to export trade, or seeking international buyers or partners, here are two upcoming seminar series that should interest you. APEC 2011 Opportunity Series This 9-part seminar series kicks off Thursday with a focus on market opportunities in Japan and South Korea. In anticipation of the APEC 2011 conference being held in Honolulu this November, the series will cover each of the 21

Hawaii Career & Business Info Found On Local TV & Radio

This weekend I discovered some really great locally produced TV and radio shows that offer valuable “insider” info on job hunting, entrepreneurship, and the tech and film industries in Hawaii. If you want to find a job, start a business, work in the tech industry, or learn about film production — all specific to Hawaii — then you’re in luck. All of these shows have full episodes archived online, so

Who Is Hiring In Hawaii? Find Out

Yesterday, I came across another good resource for finding jobs in Hawaii: Job Link Now, which is part of the “Hawaii News Now” website. Like many job listing websites, Job Link Now includes a search function that allows you to look for positions by keyword, category, or city in Hawaii. The site also has a “Now Hiring” module — a scrolling list of featured companies that have current job openings

Hawaii Small Business Resources: 5 More Finds

In the 3 months since I wrote my post on self-employment incentives and resources in Hawaii, I’ve come across a few more that I’ve been saving up to write about. This week I found one more resource that is so nifty, I just had to share it right away. It’s listed in the No. 1 spot below, along with 4 more resources that you should know about if you’re interested

Resources For Hawaii Entrepreneurs

In less than two weeks, Startup Weekend will be happening for the first time in Hawaii. This is a very exciting news for the state’s growing number of high-tech entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in founding your own startup company in Hawaii — in the high-tech, biotech, telecom, alternative energy, agriculture, medical, or other industry — below are more local resources that can help. (My recent list of small business resources

Service Providers For Hawaii Startups

After publishing my last post, Resources For Hawaii Entrepreneurs, I’ve discovered that High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) here in Hawaii has its own comprehensive list of recommended service providers for local startup companies. HTDC assures that all the consultants listed have experience working with startups and “are well aware of the challenges faced by fledgling companies in their first few years of business.” Better yet, most of them offer a

Hawaii Venture Capital Summit 2011

If you’re an entrepreneur in Hawaii (or want to be one), here’s an event you should definitely consider attending: What: Hawaii Venture Capital Summit When: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 from 9:30am – 6:00pm Where: Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu Cost: $75 – $100 Who Should Attend: First-time and experienced entrepreneurs, consultants to startups, service providers to entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Why You Should Attend: Find out how local venture funds

HTDC Holiday Science & Tech Fair 2011 (Update)

NOTE: There are 2 different tech job fairs happening in Hawaii this month. This one will be happening on Oahu, and the other will be held the next day on Maui. If you’re looking for a tech job in Hawaii, you’ll want to attend the 12th Annual HTDC Holiday Science & Tech Fair, which has been scheduled for Wednesday December 28, 2011 from 5-7pm at the Japanese Cultural Center in

High Tech Maui Career Fair 2011

Interested in working for a high-tech company in Hawaii? Here’s a rare opportunity to meet with Maui-based employers in fields such as information technology, telecommunications, health & medicine, earth & ocean science, and space science. What: The 10th Annual High Tech Maui Career Fair Who: Sponsored by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB). Companies that have participated regularly in the fair include Akimeka, Boeing, the State of Hawaii’s Workforce Development

Upcoming Job Fair: JobQuest 2011

If you missed yesterday’s WorkForce 2011 job fair in Honolulu, have no fear. There’s another big job fair coming in September — JobQuest 2011: Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Time: 10am-3pm (on-site ticket box office opens at 9:30am) Place: Exhibition Hall at Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu Cost: $3 for general admission; $1 for students, seniors 55+, and military personnel with a valid ID. On-site ticket box office opens at 9:30am

Foreign Nationals: How You Can Live In Hawaii, Too

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published in my newsletter. I have since changed the format of my newsletter and have moved all articles previously published under the old format to my blog, where they can be more easily found.) Surprise, surprise: Americans citizens aren’t the only ones who want to move to Hawaii. During fiscal year 2009, nearly 7,000 green-card holders took up residency

Colleges, Universities & Vocational Schools In Hawaii

When it comes to post-secondary education in Hawaii, there are surprisingly many options for a relatively small U.S. state. Public post-secondary schools include the Hawaii Department of Education adult community schools and the state’s expansive University of Hawaii system. There are also several private colleges and universities to choose from, as well as vocational schools for those students who want to work in certain trades. To meet representatives from many

Which Hawaiian Island Should You Move To?

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published in my newsletter. I have since changed the format of my newsletter and have moved all articles previously published under the old format to my blog, where they can be more easily found.) Deciding on which of the six major islands in Hawaii to call home is a nice problem to have. They are all beautiful and have

Women: Dress For Success In Hawaii

Today I had an interview with the APEC hosting committee, to work as a volunteer at the upcoming APEC  summit in Honolulu. It was an easy interview and lasted only about 5 minutes, but I spent hours preparing for it. No, I wasn’t researching what APEC is all about and memorizing its 21 member-countries. Believe it or not, I was trying to figure out … what to wear. Business casual?

Men: Dress For Success In Hawaii

A few days ago, I wrote about the vaguely defined “business casual” dress code for women in Hawaii. After doing some research on behalf of my male readers, I’m happy to report that business-attire guidelines for men in Hawaii are more spelled-out and straightforward. Of course, there are always going to be exceptions to these rules, depending on the type of work you do and how conservative or liberal your