Launched on November 30, 2020, Movers & Shakas is a new remote work program aimed at individuals – former Hawai’i residents and those from out-of-state who want to work remotely from the islands.
Movers & Shakas is a grassroots initiative started by a group of local business and community leaders. As the pandemic ravaged the tourism industry in 2020, a group of volunteer CEOs from different industries took it upon themselves to help the community and explore ways to build resilience in the economy.
The program was launched through a partnership with the Hawai‘i state government, business leaders, alumni associations at schools and colleges, and founding organizations including the Central Pacific Bank Foundation, Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative, Island Holdings, Inkinen, and FCH Enterprises (parent company of Zippy’s restaurants). These partners developed Movers & Shakas to help provide some relief to Hawai’i’s tourism industry, a main economic driver for the state that has been impacted due to the pandemic, while also creating a way to increase knowledge resources by connecting local and out-of-state professionals.
As a program, Movers & Shakas incorporates a unique “give and get” approach, seeking those who are passionate about the values of Hawai’i and who have the skills and willingness to contribute to the local community.
As part of the “give” program elements, applicants to the program should take a “Pledge to Our Keiki”, making a commitment to respect the culture and natural resources of Hawai’i during their stay. The program also includes a skill match component, wherein Movers & Shakas participants commit several hours a week to a Hawai”i nonprofit. The participants will apply their expertise to strengthen local communities.
As return for the voulentee work, the “get” program elements of Movers & Shakas features exclusive discounts on month-to-month accommodations, flights, restaurants, attractions and other services for the participants while living in Hawai’i. Participants in the program also have access to networking opportunities with Hawai’i business professionals and with other Movers & Shakas program participants.
Remote workers interested in joining the first cohort of the program are encouraged to fill out an online application by December 15, 2020. 50 applicants who meet the qualifications will be chosen for the first cohort and will receive a free round-trip ticket to O’ahu.
Future applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis and will eventually expand to neighboring islands at a later date. Program participants will receive access to promotions, special program benefits and opportunities to interact with the local community. Participants will also be asked to contribute their skill sets and knowledge to the community and businesses during their time in Hawai’i.
Hawai’i currently has the lowest rate per capita of COVID infections in the country, also making it one of the safest places to live and work.