State Resources

Hawaii Business Resources

During the 18th century Hawaii had a basic self-sustainable society with an economy that relied on fishing and farming. In the latter part of the 19th century, Hawaii developed a plantation-based economy that focused on cultivating products such as sugar and pineapples for export. In the 1930s, the U.S. government developed a military instillation there, and federal expenditures quickly became a major source of employment and income. Today Hawaii’s economy has shifted gears, with tourism constituting the largest portion of GDP. Visitors from around the world are drawn by the state’s paradise-like beaches, subtropical climate and bountiful natural attractions such as waterfalls and volcanoes. Agriculture is another critical industry, led by the production of coffee, macadamia nuts, cattle, pineapple and sugarcane.

Business Data

Per Capita Real GDP$38,083 Rank: 16/50 (2006)
Population1,211,540 Rank: 42/50 (2000)
Per Capita Personal Income$36,299 Rank: 19/50 (2006)
Unemployment Rate3.10% Rank: 6/50 (2008)
Business Tax Climate IndexRank: 22/50 (2008)
Corporate Tax Rate4.4% - 6.4%
Individual Tax Rate 1.4% - 8.25%
Sales Tax Rate 4%

Business Tax Climate Index

Individual Income Tax Index Rank43
Sales Tax Index Rank17
Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank23
Property Tax Index Rank4
Business Tax Climate Index22
Corporate Tax Index Rank9

State Information

Nick NameAloha State
State Web Site
MottoThe life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

Top 5 Export Partner Countries

Singapore, Japan, Guatemala, China, El Salvador

Top 5 Export Merchandise

Food Sales

Major Cities



Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Millions) $61,532.00 (2007)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$38,850.00 Rank: 17 (2007)

Population Stats

Population 1,288,198 Rank: 42 (2008)

Age Distribution

Under 18 Population295,767
Under 18 Percent of Total Population24%
65 and older Population160,601
65 and older Percent of Total Population13%

Gender Distribution

Male Population50.2%
Female Population49.8%
Non-English Speaker (at home)262,567
Net International Immigration30,068
Birth Rate14.5%
Percent of People Under Poverty Level9.8%


Per Capita State Spending$12,659
Energy Expenditures per Person$4,438
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems$715,321


Personal Income$46,646
State Internal Revenue Collection$7,666,494
Cash and Deposits by State Government$538,330
Per Capita State Tax Collection$3,864


High School Graduation Rate67.7%
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree19.1%
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree9.5%

Largest Universities

Hawaii Pacific University University of Hawaii, Hilo University of Hawaii, Manoa
High School Graduation Rate67.7%


Public Road Length (Mile)4,330
Gas Tax Rate (%)16%
Highway Planning and Construction (USD Thousands)136,719
Number of Public Airports14

Main Airports

HNL: Honolulu International ITO: Hilo International KOA: Kona Internationa LIH: Lihue OGG: Kahului


Barbers Point, Oahu, Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Maui, Kawaihae Harbor, Nawiliwili, Kauai



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State Business Links

Honolulu Advertiser

Secretary of State

Hawaii Secretary of State
The Business Registration Branch maintains the business registry for all corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships conducting business activities in the State. In addition, the registry contains trade names, trademarks and service marks.

Small Business Administration

Hawaii Small Business Administration
The Hawaii District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is located in the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building, at 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 2-235, Box 50207, Honolulu, Hawaii 96850.

Top 10 Business Links

Enterprise Hawaii
Enterprise Hawaii is an economic development organization with the goals of attracting, helping to develop, and retaining businesses. There is a section on why Honolulu is a good place to do business, economic research and info, targeted sectors, and building and sites.
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
From this page, businesses can directly access important business documents, as well as take advantage of online filing services. There is also information on different kinds of required licenses.
Hawaii Reporter
This section of Hawaii Reporter offers many articles with advice for increasing business success for small business owners. Other sections of the website also have business articles, in addition to articles on a number of other topics.
Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network
This resource, supported by the University of Hawaii, provides business consulting to prospective and current small business owners. Some consulting is free of charge, while there is a nominal fee for other services. Training and programs are also offered to aid in business development.
Hawaii Business Magazine
This is a comprehensive source for business news and information in Hawaii. The magazine features many useful sections in addition to news articles, including Hawaii data, industry, regions, and events, in addition to compilations of articles on specific business topics.
U.S. Export Assistance Center of Hawaii
The Hawaii branch of the Department of Commerce that specializes in helping small to medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided.