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Live Long and Prosper In Hawaii

Updated on January 16, 2020
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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Americans as a whole live longest in Hawaii, a beautiful Pacific cluster of islands. Find out why and you might want to relocate to this exotic locale.

Hawaii Business Trends in the 2020s

In Hawaii, many jobs are available and increasing in job listings in the following order:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Engineering
  3. Maritime
  4. Skilled Labor

Compared to the Continental USA, the island chain has experienced more job creation in IT (information technology) and healthcare industries than any of the lower 48 states during the decade of 2010 through 2019. This includes a starting increase under the Obama Administration and a continued upsurge under President Trump.

Jobs such as ship engineers nearly triples in 2014 alone, with a near-200% increase again by 2018. Commercial fishing and international trade expansions make future increases realistic as well.


Maritime Employment

Sailors, marine oilers, marine engineers, naval architects, ship's officers, motorboat operator, and crew positions provide job seekers the greatest number of job openings in a maritime field.

Computer and IT Jobs

Several IT management jobs are listed in the highest demand occupational titles to expand in numbers from 2020 through 2024.

Other Positions

Healthcare positions (especially travel positions) and skilled labor occupations continue to increase, joined by travel and tourism jobs, particularly in accommodations and entertainment.

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Lava Flow

Top Hiring Employers in Hawaii

The top employers listing largest numbers of job openings for Hawaii overall include:include:

  1. Kaiser Permanente- Healthcare and medical work in many different positions at a range of educational levels. Travel Nursing is another good option in Hawaii, for travel nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and others. Higher pay, increased benefits.
  2. Hawaii Pacific Health
  3. State of Hawaii
  4. Bank of Hawaii
  5. AT&T
  6. Booz Allen Hamilton
  7. Castle Medical Center
  8. Kamehameha Schools
  9. Robert Half International
  10. Hawaii Medical Service
  11. Hilton Brands
  12. BAE Systems for IT, electronics

Jobs Set To Increase Most Through 2020

  1. Home Health and Personal Care Aides; Patient Care Techs
  2. Computer Software Engineers
  3. Medical and Public Health Social Workers
  4. Cargo and Freight Agents
  5. Social and Human Service Assistants
  6. Personal Financial Advisors
  7. Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Operators
  8. Physical Therapists
  9. Nursing Aides, Orderlies
  10. Respiratory Therapists
  11. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, etc.
  12. Maritime: Captains, Mates, and Pilots
  13. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  14. Interpreters and Translators
  15. Pharmacy Technicians

Highest Demand Jobs 2018 - 2020

  1. Engineers in Electronics, Mechanics, Project Management, Combat Systems
  2. Nurses: RNs and LPNs
  3. Physicians: MDs and DOs
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Sales related jobs: Includes medical sales and sales of Caterpillar machinery and equipment.
  6. Military support jobs in the US Army and US Air Force.
  7. Teachers for Chinese and English Languages
  8. Network Administrators
  9. Jobs with the State of Hawaii
  10. Maritime Jobs

Recent Summary of Jobs Advertised:

  • In December 2013, over 7,200 jobs were advertised for Hawaii locations.
  • In August 2014, over 20,200 jobs were available in Hawaii.
  • A small increase in advertisements is evident on the chart below in January 2015.
  • By September 2018, job listings increased from over 12,000 to 16,000.
  • By January 2020, advertised jobs reached the number of 17,400.

Top Job Search Source

ALTRES - Hawaii's largest, most reliable staffing services and HR outsourcing: A Kamaaina company since 1969, ALTRES staffing is Hawaii's Employment Expert providing jobs and staffing solutions on all islands.

Job listings increased again from 2016 - 2018 throughout the year.
Job listings increased again from 2016 - 2018 throughout the year. | Source

Top Jobs Advertised

The Easter and Spring Holiday Season brings an increase in tourism related jobs each year to Hawaii, but from 2016 - 2018, jobs listings increased throughout the year in these job titles:

  1. Marriott International jobs
  2. Babysitters and Nannies
  3. Zippy's Restaurant and Napoleon's Bakery staffs are needed in a dozen major cities around the Islands. Positions includes cooks, bakers, hosts, sushi chefs, counter clerks, and others. This may be the fastest growing company in the Islands. Zippy's was named Hawaii's best family and late-night restaurant in 2018 by Hawaii's Best 2018. February 1st was named Zippy's Restaurant Day throughout the state in 2012.
  4. Grocery and dining personnel, all levels.
  5. Pharmacy Technicians
  6. Insurance-Related jobs
  7. Retail Salespeople and Managers
  8. Managers and Assistant Managers in many fields
  9. FCH/Zippy's jobs
  10. State of Hawaii jobs

Zippy's Restaurants

This chain was started in Hawaii by two brothers back in 1966, about a decade after McDonald's became an American chain on the mainland.

Zippy's staples were chili, chicken, and saimin. Baked goods were added and the signature turnover pastry is quite popular in the two dozen restaurants that offer about 100 dishes on the menu.

Catering services were expanded in 2013. Zippy's supports Special Olympics as well.

Comedy: Don't Sneeze When You Eat Saimin (Noodles)

Top Employers, According to Number of Annual Job Openings Filled

  1. Hawaii Medical Services, also the second largest employer statewide when considering yearly revenues, according to Hawaii Business.
  2. Army Installation Management Command
  3. Schofield Barracks
  4. State of Hawaii
  5. University of Hawaii
  6. Marriott International
  7. Bank of Hawaii
  8. Queen's Medical Center
  9. Tripler Army Medical Center
  10. St. Francis Healthcare
  11. Honolulu Police Department
  12. Kapiolani Medical Center
  13. Straub Clinic and Hospital
  14. TheBus - Public Transportation
  15. Hilton Hawaiian Hotel Resort

Additional Important Large Employers

  • Battleship Missouri Memorial is located at Pearl Harbor at 63 Cowpens St, Honolulu, HI 96818. Call: (808) 455-1600
  • Hilo Hattie seeks workers committed to "Aloha" culture. They state, "Hilo Hattie, The Store of Hawaii is the world's largest retailer of Hawaiian fashion, food, gifts and fun with stores in Hawaii, California, Florida, and Nevada." recognized many times as the Best Place for Hawaiian Fashions." This is a large retail sector of the Travel and Tourism Industry in the islands. Visit the website at There was a real Hattie and she was a famous local actress, singer, dancer, and businessperson.
  • Hoku Corporation (Hoku Scientific, Inc.) produces cutting edge fuel cell technologies. They are a subsidiary of Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd.

Outdoor and Sports Attractions

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Pearl Harbor Memorials

International Sporting Contests

  • Sumo Hawaii: Sumo Wrestling, a Japanese sport, is still popular in Hawaii and many islanders as well as other non-Japanese men have done well in large traditional tournaments in Japan. Fewer young men are interested in training for sumo these days, but sumo events still draw visitors.
  • World Ironman Championships

College and High School Sports

  • Hawaii Rainbow Warriors - Honolulu; University of Hawaii Athletics Teams. This is one of the few universities in the nation to have more women's teams than men's teams. However, two teams are co-ed as well: sailing and cheerleading. The Rainbow Warriors Football represents the U of H in NCAA Division I FBS.
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA)

Arenas & Stadiums

  • Aloha Stadium
  • Cannon Activities Center
  • Les Murakami Stadium
  • Lahaina Civic Center
  • Stan Sheriff Center
  • Neal Blaisdell Center
  • Vidinha Stadium
  • Waipio Soccer Stadium
  • War Memorial Complex - Maui
  • War Memorial Gymnasium
  • War Memorial Stadium - Located in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial

Aloha Stadium:  Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu HI.
Aloha Stadium: Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu HI.

Top Hawaii Colleges

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      At this moment, I find over 500 sales representative job listings for Hawaii, largely in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and solar energy, but nothing for chemical manufacturing sales reps. There is an Upstream Chemicals Sales Manager position related to oil fields, open at Mackinnon Bruce in Honolulu, but the job is in Houston, Texas.

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      5 years ago

      AA in Hospitality Management & an AA in Chemical Technology with over 10 years experience dealing with international sales reps and customers for a Philadelphia based chemical manufacturer.

      Anything in Hawaii related in that field?

      Been to Hawaii in 2011, loved it & am planning on moving soon.......assuming there is work.

      And since I work with international sales reps and customers on a daily basis, a change is not out of the question.


    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      And I learned recently that Hawaii is the state were Americans live the longest!

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      verina k. 

      6 years ago

      very interesting love the information and questions / comments. Good job makes me wont to move lol

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I don't see it advertised as frequently as other positions listed in Hawaii, but feel that it is probably consistent in need among tourists. During peak vacation months, the need for hair stylists should increase there.

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      6 years ago

      What about the beauty industry such as hair stylist?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      As of now, jobs are open most often in IT related work in Healthcare and Military sectors.

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      7 years ago

      My degree is in IT/Business Analysis and I have some experience working in mental health. Planning to prep now and move to Oahu in 3 years. Recommendations on training / skills needed

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi there - Decide where you'd like to move in Hawaii and look online at the county WIA jobs site. The staff there can suggest jobs and refer you to other resources as well. The website is

      Much success to you!

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      7 years ago

      I just found your page. Great Page... My husband is a Vet and he has his BA degree in Public Service. We would like to move to Hawaii and he would like to get a government job. Can you give me any pointers on how to make this happen?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Possibly, but advertised jobs for techs to do those tasks are low in Jan. 2013, around 45 jobs - so, the market may be down for these items.

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      7 years ago

      I repair laser printers and sell rebuild laser printers and toner. Is this something that's needed on Hawaii?

    • manashi12 profile image


      7 years ago

      I have been a property manager in this industry for over a decade and love the idea of moving my skills to Hawaii. Any input is much appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      Many of the people I work with keep talking about just "getting away" from the daily grind of their job and move to the island.

      You may have made their decision much easier!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi, Stephanie. I don't have that information, but have you tried LinkedIn for Honolulu-related discussion groups. That might be the thing to do to find out.

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      8 years ago

      I'm curious to know about the multi-family industry (apartments)in Hawaii? I have been a property manager in this industry for over a decade and love the idea of moving my skills to Hawaii. Any input is much appreciated.

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      Paul Bisquera 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great job, Patty! Loved your hub. Being from Hawaii myself, it's not to see this type of important information. You can be sure I'll refer to your article should anyone who is interested in moving to Hawaii has questions about employers and job trends.

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      bevan from South Australia 

      8 years ago


      (been twice, second time on honeymoon., been to 4 islands so far keen to do another island in 2012. keen for some more ALOHA time. Praying for my lovely wife to be keen to move to Wakkikikikikikiki so I can teach Surfing and SUP ing.

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I definitely agree with the boom in home/personal health care professionals here in Hawaii. Enrollment in the nursing program has greatly increased within the last few years. Yet the job market varies from island to island. Although I'm sure Oahu has many job openings, the job market here on the Big Island has been pretty slim lately :(

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      9 years ago

      i'm just sayibg hawaii is awesome and beautiful

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I'll be updating job trends for Hawaii soon, so check back often, Heather. Merry Christmas and I hope you make it back to your favorite place very soon. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Heather Jones 

      10 years ago

      I lived on Oahu, in Kailua for 14yrs. Five years ago we moved to the Mainland and I feel it was the biggest mistake I am homesick every day for Hawaii. This site will be saved in my favories, you have given me hope that I will make it back home where my 5yr old daughter was born, she may not remember Hawaii but she see's pictures and knows that is her home. Thank you and Aloha Heather I love you HAWAII!!

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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great hub! Great information on the job situation in Hawaii. I like hubs about Hawaii. I hope to go there someday. Very good photo! Keep up the good work.- Carol

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Soem updates are in place. On 10/06/09, about 8,000 jobs were open via Internet listings.

    • mhajnal profile image


      11 years ago

      I have a dream of moving to Hawaii, and this page helps a lot to make my dream come true. Thanks!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Congratulations on your move to Oahu. Some of this information should come in very useful for you. Best of success!

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      12 years ago from Ohio

      Aloha! Thanks for the information. My husband and I are planning a move to Oahu in the next year. He runs an Outsourced IT company in Ohio and will be closing up shop to move. This will be a big help to us as we get closer!

      Brilliant Hub -

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hello PegasusTeam. I'd like to move to the islands, but it looks like I'd have to run away to sea in order to do so. Thanks for your comments!

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      12 years ago from Hawaii


      Nice Hub! Very good information. Thanks

    • mclaire74 profile image


      12 years ago from General Santos City

      Very informative.  Your article ignited my desire to visit this place together with my family as soon as we can save enough for this. When?  only God Knows... I'll tell you the moment this dream would come true.


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