Marla Hoffman, Home Buyer in Phoenix, AZ

Does anyone know about jobs in Kona? My husband and I are strongly considering relocating there. He is an

Asked by Marla Hoffman, Phoenix, AZ Sun Apr 27, 2008

IT Manager at Honeywell and I am a mental health therapist. If anyone has any advice or leads to find out, I'd appreciate it! It seems rather small, so it's one of our concerns. Thanks! Marla

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The best advice I can give you is to research job prospects keeping in mind that when you talk to the prospective employers, they will not come close to any kind of commitment because you do not live here yet. People are always dreaming about moving to Kona and most often it never happens so, they have heard it before.
At some point you may need to take a leap of faith and just do it.
When my wife and I moved here, I left a good paying, regional manager job at a nationwide mortgage bank and opened a small finance company here. We were nervous and had an abort plan should our bank account reach a certain level. We worked hard, had a few good breaks and never came close to leaving. Good luck with the path you choose.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 10, 2011
The Big Island economy is driven by three key sectors: (1) Tourism; (2) Construction; and (3) Agriculture.

Here are some key stats to consider when moving to the Island of Hawaii (aka Big Island):

Population: +/- 205,000 (up from 148,000 in 2000)
Big Island Labor Force: 88,350
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (August 2009) (Oahu: 6.0% & U.S.: 9.8%)
Hotel Occupancies (09-16-2009): 51.2% (Oahu: 79.7%, State: 68.8% & US: 59.8%)
Average Hotel Room Rate (09-16-2009): $153 (down 0.7%)

Unlike the mainland where there are probably seven degrees of separation, in Hawaii there are probably only one or two degrees of separation. As such, for the occupations that you are in, I would recommend contacting the local hospitals first and see what they offer, or if they know of any firm(s) that are need of the talents you possess.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Meislin
President

Lauhala Mortgage
74-5620 Palani Court; Suite 208
Kailua Kona, HI 96740

Phone: (808) 331-0585
Fax: (808) 331-0583
Email: Andrew@LauhalaMortgage.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 3, 2009
Aloha, Marla. My husband Dave was an IT professional in the Silicon Valley for over 25 years before we moved to the Big Island five years ago. He now runs several businesses and is currently looking to expand his IT business. I would be happy to introduce your husband to mine so they can discuss "tech" on the BI. Please feel free to call me: 808-895-4327 or email: katie@lavarockrealty.com directly. Warm aloha, Katie
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
http://www.pacadmin.com/downloads/provider%20directory-islan…
There are a few psychology contacts on page 4.
Mental Health Professionals in the area:
http://www.wellness.com/find/Psychiatrist/HI/KAILUA%20KONA
http://www.addictionsearch.com/treatment_facilities/city/kai…

IT is going very strong in Hawaii. Again, Waimea is probably the place to go. You may need to commute to Honolulu for a while until something pops up locally (or start it yourself)!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
Aloha
I have a master's in Oceanography and worked at CEROS in a technology transfer position in 1997-1998. Technical jobs are rare in Kona. An IT manager could find something at one of the aqua-businesses at NELHA. You might also consider the observatories such as Keck with offices in Kamuela (Waimea). All health care professionals are in demand. When I moved here, I knew that I would have to be versatile in my job choices and it's worth it! Laurel
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
There are plenty of available jobs. As a mental health professional I am sure you can find a job or open your own office, though you should check into lincesing at the dcca of hawaii. Perhaps your husband could open his own shop ... internet cafe or service center. It is small, but big. There is plenty of work for everyone ... you will just have to find your place. I always say whatever you do there you can do here, too.
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