Jobs on the Big Island

There is no one place to go for a complete picture of the jobs market here on the Big Island, but certainly if you are looking for employment, one place to look is the two major newspapers on the island. The most complete list of job opportunities is in the Sunday paper. For Kailua-Kona (Kona for short), Waikoloa, Waimea and the Kohala Coast, please see the classifieds in West Hawaii Today. For Hilo and surroundings areas, please see the classifieds in The Herald Tribune.

There is an overview on the economy in West Hawaii on the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce website.

Hilo is the seat of the island's local government. Click Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce to view the Hilo site.

If you are looking for employment in the resort industry, many of the large hotels have their own websites where you may be able to submit a resume or view positions available. Check out Outrigger and Hilton.

To search for a job in a given area of the State of Hawaii, try the following link: Hawaii Job Bank.

Here are some sites specific to certain types of jobs:

If you are looking for employment in a hospital, please check the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation website. You can choose the region you are interested in and then view jobs. There is a very popular hospital called North Hawaii Community Hospital in Kamuela (or Waimea as it is also known) which has a webpage on careers. Check Kaiser Permanente's website also.

If you wish to work at the Keck Observatory offices located in Waimea or on top of Mauna Kea, please check out the Keck Observatory website.

Here are some other sites that might be of interest to you:

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has a website with more links to possible jobs on it.

Try the State of Hawaii Recruiting Office.

Altres Staffing, an employment placement agency, also has a site.

Starting a Business

The following links address starting a business in Hawaii. If you are relocating a business, you may want to look at the State of Hawaii's Business Registration Division. This site will show you how to register a business in Hawaii.

If you wish to look into starting a business in Hawaii and what type of resources may be available, the State has some good websites. Check out the Business Action Center.

If you are an entreprenuer, please have a look at the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation.

Check the Small Business Administration for more information and loan programs that may be available.

HiTechHawaii calls itself the gateway to Hawaii's technology industry and appears to have several useful links and pages of information on many business-related topics.

If you are a contractor looking to obtain a license in Hawaii, check Professional and Vocational Licensing. Another site which walks you through the licensing steps is the Contractor's License Reference Site.