A lucky few will now be able to work from the beaches of Hawaii.
Late last month, the state announced a new program where former Hawaii residents and out-of-staters will receive a free round-trip ticket to temporarily live on the islands as they work remotely.
Called Movers & Shakas, prospective candidates can fill out an online application to apply for this unique opportunity.
The program — which was launched in partnership with the state’s government, businesses, and schools — aims to boost the state’s economy while also connecting local and out-of-state professionals.
The first wave of the program will accept 50 applicants, who will receive a free round-trip ticket to Oahu. Subsequent applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis and will potentially live on neighboring islands.
“We wanted to help fill the gap from the decrease we’ve experienced in the seven-day visitors to our state,” said Jason Higa, CEO of FCH Enterprises and a leader who has spearheaded the program.
“Now that many people have the choice to work remotely, there’s an opportunity for former local residents to return home and for out-of-state individuals and families to live and work from Hawaii for a longer period of time. We believe this program will attract many former Hawaii residents and professionals seeking a safe, warm environment to continue living their normal lives while contributing to the Hawaii community.”
Applicants must live in Hawaii for at least 30 days, and take a “Pledge to Our Keiki,” where they will commit to respecting the state’s culture and natural resources.
Those chosen must also commit several hours a week to a Hawaii nonprofit where they will apply their expertise to strengthen local communities.
In exchange for their volunteer work, participants will receive exclusive discounts on accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and other services.
Per The New York Times as of Monday, December 7, at 8:22 a.m. EST, Hawaii currently has one of the lowest amounts of COVID-19 infections in the U.S., with at least 18,581 confirmed cases and 260 deaths.