Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Hawaii


Fast Facts: The newest of America’s 50 states, only Hawaii is comprised wholly of islands. The state’s capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.

Hawaii Careers: As of 2008, U.S. Census data estimated Hawaii’s population at almost 1.3 million. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Hawaii as the 27th “Best State for Business.”

Hawaii Career Education: Hawaii ranked 46th in a 2009 K-12 “Academic Achievement” study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Hawaii Economy: The cost of living in Hawaii is almost prohibitively high, but did we mention that the average temperature in wintry January is 74 degrees?

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Hawaii Fast facts:

Location, Location, Location...:  Hawaii is located on an archipelago in the central region of the Pacific Ocean.  It is the only state in the nation made up entirely of islands.

Cities:  The state’s capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of Oahu, followed in size by Hilo and Kailua.

Behind the Name:  Hawaii is nicknamed the “Aloha State” and the “Pineapple State.”

A Closer Look:  Hawaii is widely considered the most ethnically and racially diverse state across the country, incorporata mix that includes Caucasians, Americans of Japanese descent and Polynesians, among others.

Did You Know?  The newest of the 50 U.S. states, Hawaii is the only state made up entirely of islands, encompassing nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island Chain and comprised of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km).

Hawaii Careers and Employment:

Population:  1,288,198 (6.3% increase since 2000) – 49.7% Female, 50.3% Male (2008 U.S. Census Bureau).

Business Environment:  Ranked 27th in Forbes Magazine’s “Best States for Business,” 2008.

Top Industries:  In terms of paid employees, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study: (1) accommodation and food services; (2) retail trade; (3) health care and social assistance; (4) administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; and (5) construction.

Taxes:  Income Tax, 1.4% to 8.25% and Sales Tax, 4% (Federation of Tax Administrators).

Cost of Living:  162.8 in relation to the “National Average” of 100 (Federal Cost of Living Index).

Quality of Life:  Ranked 4th of 50 states by CNBC, 2009.

Weather:  Average Temperature (In °F) – Jan: 74; Apr: 76; July: 80; Oct: 80 (

K-12:  Ranked 46th of 50 states in “Academic Achievement” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009.

Hawaii Economics:

In General:  Many jobs in Hawaii can be found within the service industry (41%) or in the context of military and government related services (18%). Other notable sectors include wholesale and retail trade (20%), transportation (8%) and farming (4%).

Service Industry:  Community, business and personal services (private health care, law, accounting, engineering firms, hotels, restaurants, rental car agencies) make up Hawaii’s leading service industry.  Ranking second in the services sector are government services in support of Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases on Oahu. Also included is the operation of public schools.

Agriculture:  In terms of revenue generated, Hawaii’s top five agricultural products are greenhouse and nursery products, pineapples, cane for sugar, macadamia nuts and coffee.

Manufacturing:  Food processing, primarily refined sugar and canned pineapple, is Hawaii’s leading manufacturing activity; other processed food products are bread, candy, dairy products, juices and soft drinks.

Fishing:  The most important commercial fish are swordfish and bigeye tuna.

A Closer Look:  The economy has developed over the years from a farming community into a manufacturing and military center. As expected, tourism also represents a major source of revenue and is a steady provider of new jobs for residents of Hawaii.

Did You Know?  The service industries produce about 90% of Hawaii’s gross state product.

Hawaii Education:

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Sources:  In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include:  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service;;;; and

General Information
1,211,489 Population (as of 2000)2.4 Average Persons Per Household (as of 2000)
1,177,978 Population (current)$237,287 Average House Value (as of 2000)
5,775.5 Square Miles of Land$44,028 Average House Income (as of 2000)
7.2 Square Miles of Water

Business Information
30,980 Number of Businesses (as of 2003)$3,370,929,000 Total First Quarter Payroll (as of 2003)
454,918 Number of Employees (as of 2003)$13,968,401,000 Total Annual Payroll (as of 2003)

Gender (as of 2000)
Ethnicity (as of 2000)
Median Ages (as of 2000)
No employer information available.