Hawaii is Offering Free Round Trip Tickets to Remote Workers Interested in Temporary Residency

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Wishing that WFH stood for Work From Hawaii? 🌴

If you’re a remote worker getting tired of the view from inside your home, the state of Hawaii is inviting you to work from its scenic shores instead! In fact, Hawaii is offering free round-trip tickets to Oahu for a limited number of out-of-state workers who want to temporarily live and work there.

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Hawaii has launched a temporary residency program called “Movers and Shakas” to give out of state professionals a chance to experience the islands as contributing members of the community rather than tourists. Participants get free airfare in return for helping the state diversify its economy as it works to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Remote workers ages 18 and up can apply for the Movers and Shakas program now through December 15. Fifty people will be chosen from the first round of applicants to move to Hawaii within one month of being selected. Participants will be required to spend at least 30 consecutive days in the state.


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In addition to working remotely from an island paradise with the lowest COVID rate in the country, “Movers and Shakas” are also expected to be good neighbors. Participants will be asked to contribute to their Hawaiin communities by committing a few hours per week to a local nonprofit where they can use their knowledge and skills.

While participants will be responsible for their own living expenses in Hawaii, they will be eligible for special deals on lodging, dining, and coworking spaces, if desired. Head on over here for more information on the Movers and Shakas program, or submit your application here!


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Comments 9

  1. Elizabeth

    If I was single I’d jump on this chance!

    • smithjohnson16

      Yes! Exactly!

  2. queen62

    Too bad I’m retired. Excellent opportunity for a single person

  3. Emily

    So wishing my job was 100% work from home, so I could apply! But my job deals with critical infrastructure so I have to make site visits a few times per month… no Hawaii for me. Lol.

  4. Kathleen

    If I could afford the cost of living there, I would totally go for a month!

  5. nichole886

    Don’t do it! We thankfully left Oahu in October. March through October was awful. They keep shutting the island down… even beaches and parks 🙄. Truly a prisoner on “the rock.” Their local government and government ran agencies are ridiculously incompetent and deceitful.

    • hannahhh

      Accurate! I live on Kauai and we feel like we’re being held hostage by the rules and our economy is being decimated by the 14 day quarantine. You cannot come to our island without quarantine, during which you are not allowed to leave your property at all, and yes, the police check on you daily to make sure!

    • Molly

      Disagree. Born and raised in Hawaii, lived away for 7 years after college. Hawaii is more of a collectivist than an individualist society, strongly influenced by Asian culture. Thus, these restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of Covid and to protect our very limited healthcare resources. Finding the right balance is hard, but it is keeping us much safer health wise than most areas of the mainland, especially during these surges. The economy is suffering, though. Some restrictions have been too much, like closing the parks, but that was temporary and we learn as we go. I am grateful to live here and am glad my kids can be back to school safely (with masks and distancing), which would not be possible in many other places. Programs like this one are designed to help bring back the economy while we work through this pandemic. I’m grateful for the creativity!

  6. Marie

    Small groups of remote workers are going together and sharing the cost of renting a single home to keep costs down. Envy them.

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