Advice about moving to Hawaii to work

If you’re thinking of moving to the Hawaiian Islands, get hired for a job you can do here first, then move! And be prepared to sacrifice a lot to stay here.

Or be very rich.


  • Living here is very expensive.
  • Pay scales are not competitive with pay scales at other, similarly-expensive areas.
  • Many employers won’t hire people new to the islands until you’ve been here 3-6 months.

They’ve been burned too many times by people that came to the islands on vacation, decided they loved the islands so much they had to stay, got hired somewhere here – then went back to where they came from when our cost of living hit them. Like when their first two-weeks’ paycheck came to less than their apartment rent.


How going above and beyond at work became required – BBC Worklife

How very true! “Meets expectations” performance would net you a 3% raise (a net-pay cut vs inflation). Going “above and beyond” might get you 4-5%. Still a net pay cut.

Sad that this was from an employer that was always talking about and promoting employee health, well-being, and work-life balance.