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Hawaii business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of HI communities

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Hawaii Business Data*


Population: 1,295,178
Total Labor Force: 655,900
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Number of Manufacturers: 1,103
Manufacturing Jobs: 20,836
Right to Work: No
Unemp. Ins. Tax: 1.25.4%
Corporate Income Tax:
Graduated: 4.4 % of income up to $25,000; 5.4% of income up to $100,000; 6.4% of income over $100,000.

Sales Tax:
0.5% excise tax for manufacturers, wholesalers, processors, millers, refiners, packer and canners. 4% for all other entities.

Property Tax:
No personal property tax. Real property tax varies by region: Honolulu at $12.40 per $1,000 of assessed value; Maui: $6.25 per $1,000; Hawaii: $9.10 per $1,000 and Kauai: $7.90 per $1,000

Leading Manufacturing Industries:
(by % of total manufacturing employment)
36% Food and kindred products
15% Printing and publishing
8% Apparel and other textile products
7% Miscellaneous manufacturing industries
5% Stone, clay and glass products

Largest Manufacturing Establishments:
(by number of employees)
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (Puunene) - 775
Maui Divers Of Hawaii Ltd. (Honolulu) - 500
Oahu Publications, Inc. (Honolulu) - 450
Ke'aki Technologies (Honolulu) - 400
Meadow Gold Dairies (Honolulu) - 345
Counties with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Honolulu - 23,424
Hawaii - 3,317
Maui - 2,633
Kauai - 894

Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Honolulu - 15,492
Kapolei - 2,807
Waipahu - 1,870
Aiea - 1,758
Hilo - 987

Manufacturing Related Business Incentives:
No state tax on inventories, furniture, equipment or machinery
Credit against taxes paid on the purchase of capital goods, machinery, and equipment
No state tax on exported goods or services
Hi Tech Hawaii Tax Incentives Program
Hawaii Enterprise Zones Program
Hawaii Foreign Trade Zones Program
Hawaii Strategic Development Program (HSDP) Venture Capital Funds
Small Business Innovation Grants
Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Business Loan Program
Agricultural Loan Programs

Looking to reach Hawaii manufacturers? Access the Hawaii Manufacturers Database compiled by MNI.

*Manufacturing stats updated on 3/18/2014. All other stats updated on 3/18/2014. Listings updated on 4/23/2014.

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