2012 BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show

If you’re planning to build a home in Hawaii or have been thinking about renovating your existing home, here’s an upcoming annual event that you won’t want to miss, where you can talk to all kinds of local licensed contractors and vendors under one roof: What: 2012 BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show (also known as “The Big Show”) Who: Sponsored by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii (an

New Home Developments In Hawaii: Oahu

Looking for a brand-new condo, townhouse, or single family home in Hawaii? Here’s a roundup of all the current new-home construction on the island of Oahu. (In my next post, I’ll cover new-home construction on the neighbor islands.) All properties listed in this article are fee-simple. I did not include time shares (also known as “fractional ownership”) or home sites (land only). With the proliferation of master-planned communities in Hawaii,

New Affordable Condos In Honolulu: On Sale Now

I just found out about a brand-new condo building — Holomua — that is scheduled to open in early 2013. More than half of the condo units are being sold at reduced prices to qualified buyers under the state’s affordable housing program! Holomua is being built in the Makiki area of Honolulu — the location is close to downtown, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Punahou School, and University of Hawaii at

New Home Developments In Hawaii: Big Island, Maui & Kauai

If you’re looking for a new-construction condo, townhouse, or single family home on the Big Island, Maui, or Kauai, you’ll find them in all sorts of price ranges — from “affordable” to “the sky is the limit.” Looking for new home construction on Oahu? Read my previous article, New Home Developments In Hawaii: Oahu. Unfortunately, there are no new home developments right now on Molokai or Lana’i, unless you buy

Retirement Communities In Honolulu

I was recently asked, “What parts of Hawaii do retirees live in?” The truth of the matter is, retirees live everywhere in Hawaii, depending on where they can afford to live in, what their health care needs are, and whether they prefer an urban, suburban, resort, or rural setting. The geographic possibilities open up even further if you don’t have to live within commuting distance of a job! Having said

Retirement Communities On Oahu

This article is the second in a series on retirement hot-spots in Hawaii. In my last article, I talked about retirement communities within the city of Honolulu. This article will focus on the rest of the island of Oahu, outside of Honolulu. After all, there’s a whole lot more to the island than just “town”! If you’re looking for subsidized, low-income senior housing, read this section on affordable housing for

Retirement Communities on Maui, Molokai & Lana’i

This article is third in a series on retirement hot-spots in Hawaii. In my 2 previous articles, I talked about retirement communities within the city of Honolulu and elsewhere on Oahu. This article will focus on the islands within Maui County: Maui, Molokai, and Lana’i. If you’re looking for subsidized, low-income senior housing, read this section on affordable housing for seniors from my previous article, Senior Benefits & Programs In

Retirement Communities On The Big Island

This article is fourth in a series on retirement hot-spots in Hawaii. In my previous articles, I talked about retirement communities within the city of Honolulu, elsewhere on Oahu, and on Maui, Molokai, and Lana’i. This article will focus on the Big Island. If you’re looking for subsidized, low-income senior housing, read this section on affordable housing for seniors from my previous article, Senior Benefits & Programs In Hawaii. Whereas

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