Just like the landscape and lifestyle changes between different Islands in Hawaii, so do employment opportunities. A large percentage of jobs in Hawaii are driven by the tourism and hospitality industries, with career opportunities in the construction, financial, and healthcare, and retail industries following right behind.
Certain localized industries like the coffee farms in Kona and Parker Ranch in Waimea on the Big Island, the port and the naval base in Oahu offer a varied range of jobs on different islands.
While there are many employment opportunities on the Hawaiian Islands, remote work culture powered by the pandemic is the biggest game-changer in how people live and work. With many companies allowing remote work, it's easier than ever to live where you want to vs. where you have to. More and more companies are hiring fully remote and geographically distributed workforce giving employees many options.
The pandemic has given us the freedom to live our best life now. My husband, a Silicon Valley engineer, lives and works in Hawaii every day. With a good internet connection and a designated home office, he feels he is equally, if not more, productive. While his day starts early working in the California time zone, he also finishes relatively early. He has the freedom to pursue a hobby in the evening or end his day at the beach watching the sunset or with a swim in the pool.
So, if you really want to pursue your dream of living in Hawaii, let your job not be the thing
that stops you.
Besides job opportunities, there are many opportunities for small businesses in Hawaii.
Here is an interesting blog listing the Top 10 Small Business Investment Opportunities in Hawaii.