Hawaii Is Offering Remote Workers Free Round Trip Flights to Temporarily Live There

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If you’re a remote worker or currently looking for a job and willing to temporarily relocate to Hawaii, this might be the opportunity you are looking for.

According to CNN, The state has created a new program called Movers and Shakas and is giving away roundtrip tickets to Oahu for people who want to live and work from Hawaii. Since welcoming visitors back, the Movers and Shakas program was launched to encourage remote workers a unique opportunity to stay and contribute to the state’s economy.

"Movers and Shakas is a small step towards economic recovery and diversifying our economy,"

Founder, Jason Higa (CNN)

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. The program is accepting its first group of applicants until Dec. 15 and picking 50 people to participate in its first cohort. Workers who apply must commit to staying in Hawaii for at least 30 days.

For the lucky applicants who are selected to participate, they will be required to move to Hawaii after one month of being accepted. Even since reopening, Hawaii is leading the country when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Reportedly having the lowest rate of infections in the country.

"The pandemic has normalized remote work for the foreseeable future, so we believe this situation presents an opportunity for local residents to return home, and for out of state professionals to experience Hawaii, not as tourists, but as contributing members of our community," Movers and Shakas Founder, Jason Higa told CNN.

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Giving back to Hawaii

Movers and Shakas is looking for individuals who want to contribute to Hawaii's local communities in various ways. Those accepted into the program are required to commit a few hours every week to a nonprofit where they can use their knowledge and skills to help others.

Though the program will accept remote workers from the United States, it's also geared towards former Hawaii residents who want to return as well.

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