Hawaii: A great Place To Live Work & Do Business
Hawaii is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in the pacific. Its geographical location, environmental resources, technological infrastructure, educational development, cultural diversity and outstanding “quality of life” make Hawaii a great place to live, work, and do business.
The State of Hawaii offers a host of incentives and advantages for U.S. and international companies seeking to start a business in Hawaii. These include a streamlined business registration process; a variety of tax credits; and subsidies and exemptions available to small businesses, high technology companies and the film industry. For more information, visit http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/business/locate_business/
The people of Hawaii enjoy an unsurpassed quality of life.
Breathtaking scenery and pristine beaches make Hawaii one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Low humidity, cooling trade winds and a lack of industrial pollution make Hawaii's air quality the best in the nation. Hawaii residents enjoy the longest average life expectancy in the nation. Hawaii's near-ideal year-round climate supports a variety of outdoor activities, particularly golf, tennis, and a wide range of ocean sports.
• 65 golf courses statewide
• 7 national parks
• 77 state parks,
• 586 county parks and a number of botanical gardens and
• Over 1,600 recognized surfing sites.
Cultural opportunities are rich and varied in Hawaii. Hawaii has 73 museums, state monuments, zoos and similar attractions and enjoys the greatest imaginable variety of arts from the many cultures represented in the islands. For information about each island, visit www.go.hawaii.com.
Education: Hawaii hosts higher education and research efforts. Hawaii is at the forefront of national research in astronomy, ocean and earth sciences. The State of Hawaii initiated the first statewide after-school program in the nation. The "A+ Program" allows working parents to concentrate on their jobs, while qualified personnel are caring for their children. Inquires about Hawaii public, private schools and universities and colleges, should be directed to the Department of Education at (808) 586-3232 or visit www.doe.k12.hi.us.
Cost of Living: Hawaii’s cost of living, while generally follows trends similar to the mainland, is approximately 30% above the national average.
Wages: Occupational wage and industry information can be found on the Department of Labor and Industrials Relations, Hawaii Workforce informer. www.hiwi.org
Taxes: All Federal taxes are applicable in Hawaii. The state personal income tax generally follows the national pattern. Detailed information can be found at the Department of Taxation at www.state.hi.us/tax/
Housing: As of April 2010 on Oahu, the median price for single-family, re-sale homes was approximately $563,000, for a condominium it was $308,000, as reported by the Oahu Real Estate report. There are no trailer courts or sites for mobile homes. For information, visit www.hicentral.com.
Shopping Malls: There are over 13 malls on the island of Oahu alone, with Ala Moana Shopping Center seeing over 42 million shoppers and diners each year. Visit www.gotomymall.com/hawaii/shopmals.htm
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Hawaii has 105,242 small businesses, according to the most current federal data available. Of those, 105,242 small businesses in Hawaii, 28,844 have employees. The remaining 76,398 are Hawaii small businesses that have no employees. These small business statistics for Hawaii do not include all self-employed individuals working in Hawaii.
• Job count by industry (2007): Service (45.7%); Government (19.5%); Retail (11%); Manufacturing (2.4%)
• Most of Hawaii's businesses are small. 52% have fewer than five employees and 94% have fewer than 50 employees.