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

How Much Of A Home Can You Afford To Rent In Hawaii?

If you’re planning a move to Hawaii, I recommend that you rent a home (rather than buy a home) for at least your first year in the islands. This will give you time to make sure you really want to stay put in that neighborhood, in that city, on that island, or even in Hawaii at all. Because of my recommendation, this next series of posts on home-hunting will focus

Grocery Prices In Hawaii

A common question I see posted on forum threads about moving to Hawaii is: “How much do groceries cost?” This question seems to spring from the common knowledge that Hawaii has higher grocery prices, because most goods are manufactured or grown outside of the islands and need to shipped over. It’s a good question to ask if you’re considering a move to Hawaii, because you’ll need to know how much

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

Islands, Cities, Districts, and Neighborhoods In Hawaii

Before you start looking for a home in Hawaii, it’s helpful to know which areas of the state you’re most interested in. Which islands have the right mix of natural beauty and modern amenities that you’re looking for? Which cities and towns offer the job, educational, or recreational opportunities you seek? And within those cities, which districts or neighborhoods embody the kind of lifestyle you want to have in Hawaii?

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

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 1: Oahu

Everyone knows that housing in Hawaii is expensive. In fact, when compared to other U.S. states, Hawaii’s average rent is the highest. But rents vary greatly throughout the state, depending on the island, city/town, and neighborhood. So which areas of Hawaii have the least expensive rents? And perhaps more importantly, why are they less expensive than other areas? To find out, I used Aloha Living’s Neighborhood Navigator tool to compare

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 2: Big Island

Yesterday I wrote about which neighborhoods had the least expensive rental housing on the island of Oahu. Today, let’s take a look at the cheapest ZIP codes on the Big Island. Pahoa (Puna District, on windward coast) ZIP Code: 96778 2-bedroom: $1020 4- bedroom: $1576 Why it’s less expensive: Rainier, less sunny than leeward (Kona) coast. Lava flow hazard zone 2. Why you should still consider it: Lush, tropical setting.

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 3: Maui & Molokai

In my last two posts, I wrote about which neighborhoods on Oahu and the Big Island have the least expensive rental housing. Today, Maui County is the focus of my search for the areas with the lowest Fair Market Rents. The towns listed below are on the islands of Maui and Molokai. Although the island of Lanai is also part of Maui County, it’s not included in the list because

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 4: Kauai

In my last three posts, I identified which neighborhoods had the cheapest rental housing on Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui & Molokai. Today’s post completes my series on the most affordable ZIP codes in Hawaii, with a focus on the island of Kauai. Kaumakani (West Side of Kauai) ZIP Code: 96747 2-bedroom: $1207 4- bedroom: $1649 Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities, mainly sugar plantations. Commute traffic to/from Lihue

Moving To Hawaii: One Man’s 5-Year Plan

I recently found out about a YouTube Channel called Hawaii Four-0, which is documenting (on video) one man’s progress toward his goal to live in Hawaii for a year with his family by the time he turns 40 (he’s 35 now). Jay’s dream of living in Hawaii is complicated by the fact that he’s not a U.S. citizen — he’s Canadian, from Toronto. But he’s not letting that stop him.

Shipping Cars To Hawaii

If you’re planning a move to Hawaii, you might wonder if it’s worth shipping your current car, motorcycle, or boat overseas, or if you should get rid of it and replace it once you’re living in Hawaii. The answer depends on several factors: Where would you be shipping your vehicle from? If you live on the West Coast of the U.S. mainland: It costs a little over $1,000 to ship

Registering Cars In Hawaii

How you register a vehicle in Hawaii depends on whether you ship it from out of state, buy it new from a Hawaii dealership, or buy it used from someone in Hawaii. If you ship your vehicle to Hawaii… If you buy a new vehicle in Hawaii… If you buy a used vehicle in Hawaii… If you ship your vehicle to Hawaii… …you must get it registered within 30 days

Shipping Household Items To Hawaii

The moving process is never easy, but moving all your stuff to Hawaii is particularly challenging in that it requires not only land transport, but also ocean or air transport to get across that big, beautiful Pacific. Approaches to the Moving Process There are several approaches that you can take when moving your household items to Hawaii: Sell, donate, or store most of your household items. Then all you have

Child Care In Hawaii, Pt. 1: Overview

Part 1: Overview Types Of Providers In Hawaii, there are 3 types of child care providers that are defined and regulated by state laws: A license-exempt provider (like a relative, friend, or babysitter) can care for up to 2 children who are not related to them. A licensed family child care home has a caretaker that must be trained in first aid and CPR. No more than 2 children under

Child Care In Hawaii, Pt. 2: Statewide Programs

Part 1: Overview Part 2: Statewide Programs There are hundreds of child care programs to choose from in Hawaii, and many are unique, stand-alone facilities. But there are some larger programs that have locations throughout the state, offering similiar services to families at various locations in Hawaii. College- & University-Affiliated Programs Six of the campuses in the University of Hawaii system and one private university in Honolulu offer on-campus child

Child Care In Hawaii, Pt. 3: Nannies, Au Pairs & Babysitters

Part 1: Overview Part 2: Statewide Programs Part 3: Nannies, Au Pairs & Babysitters Some families in Hawaii prefer to have their children cared for in their own home — sometimes for the sake of convenience (no drop off and pick up at a day care center) and sometimes for the sake of the children (if they’re more comfortable in the familiar environs of home). If you’d rather have child

Child Care In Hawaii, Pt. 4: School-Age Programs

Part 1: Overview Part 2: Statewide Programs Part 3: Nannies, Au Pairs & Babysitters Part 4: School-Age Programs Kindergarten Eligibility Hawaii is one of 12 states in the U.S. that doesn’t have state-funded preschool, so families in which both parents work outside the home must make their own arrangements for full-time child care — whether that be in a preschool setting or another type of child care environment — until

Preschools In Hawaii

Although Hawaii is one of 12 states in the U.S. that doesn’t offer state-funded preschool for all of its children, it does fund: Special-education preschool for children ages 3-5 with disabilities. Early-intervention services for children under age 3 with developmental delays or special health needs. To get more info or to enroll in either of these programs, contact Hawaii Keiki Information Service System (H-KISS). Even if your child doesn’t qualify