How can I live in Hawaii

Emigrate to Hawaii

Many emigrants dream of paradise under palm trees, bright sunshine and miles of sandy beaches. The word emigrant paradise is often mentioned in the same breath as Hawaii. Who doesn't dream of living on the dreamy islands in the Pacific? But if you want to fulfill this dream, you have to overcome numerous hurdles and a permanent life in Hawaii is not always heavenly.

Anyone who just wants to get out temporarily can stay in Hawaii for up to 90 days. A passport is sufficient for citizens of the European Union. If you want to live longer or even permanently in Hawaii, you have to overcome the same hurdles as when immigrating to the USA. There is no exception for the island nation. The easiest way to do this is via the green card lottery. Highly skilled professionals, applicants with specific qualifications, senior managers, and respected professors or researchers can also submit an immigration application. However, the application for this visa can only be made at an American embassy or consulate.

In contrast to many other states in the USA, Hawaii has weathered the global economic crisis very well. Tourism determines the economic situation of the island state and holidaymakers are pouring into the island paradise despite the crisis. Last year alone, over 7 million visitors came to Hawaii. No wonder tourism has the largest share of GDP.

Pali Lookout Hawaii

Honolulu Airport is also an important trendsetter in the Hawaiian economy. The number of take-offs and landings is increasing steadily. Many airlines lure with stops in Hawaii when flying over the Pacific. This means that even more tourists come. Understandably, emigrants have the greatest job opportunities in tourism. Marine research, the military and, more recently, the film industry are also important industries in Hawaii. The export is determined by agriculture. The main export products are bananas, sugar cane, pineapples, nuts, tobacco, cotton, papaya and orchids.

Anyone who manages to get a coveted residence permit or a green card for Hawaii is still a long way from working in paradise, at least not if they are not highly qualified. Most of the jobs that are offered are temporary or helper jobs. This mainly applies to the hotel, agriculture and gastronomy sectors. In addition, many of these positions are linked to seasonal times. As everywhere in America, the “hire and fire principle” also applies here. Labor law is not exactly designed to be employee-friendly. The weekly working time is usually 40 hours. In the event of illness, there is no wage and the annual vacation entitlement is just two weeks. However, you are only entitled to this after two years of work. If you do not have an academic education, you need several jobs in Hawaii to secure your livelihood. The minimum wage is just over $ 6. But the salary ranges are very large. Academics can get a starting salary of over $ 3,000, while full-time office workers can get as little as $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. These are the salaries that temporary jobs can only dream of.

It's not just the low wages that are a big problem for expats to Hawaii. The high cost of living also quickly leads households to become over-indebted. Food and everyday items are around 30% more expensive than on the American mainland. By far the biggest problem for new Hawaiians is high property and rental prices. Incidentally, these are steadily increasing and it is quite normal that you have to pay $ 1500 rent for a three-room apartment. The real estate market in Hawaii is comparable to the German island of Sylt.

about me

Rainer Hellstern

Who is writing here? My name is Rainer and I am the founder and author of the Emigration Handbook. Since 2008 I have been writing articles on the topics of work, life and retirement abroad in the blog. Here you will find information material on over 50 emigration destinations worldwide!