#43 Hawaii


2.14 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

3.64 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

8.45 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

The High Tech Development Corp. awarded more than $1M in grants to six Hawaii-based companies to support their R&D efforts of new products and solutions. HTDC’s 80/80 Initiative is projected to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs that will provide high paying jobs for Hawaii residents.

Key Industries

Small business; manufacturing; filmmaking; digital production

Key Companies

Albert C. Kobayashi Inc.
Alexander & Baldwin
Continental Airlines
Delta Construction
Hansen Distribution Group
John Hancock Life Insurance
Pflueger Automotive Group

Key Contacts

Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourisim

Luis P. Salaveria, Director
808-586-2355
No. 1 Capitol District Building,
250 S. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/

CEO Comments

“Hawaii has a multi-layer tax system. Government is extremely slow in processing permits.”

“Government is quick to fine businesses for any type of violation.”

Current Developments

2016 REGIONAL REPORT: The West

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