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Our members know their states! Learn more about beautiful Hawaii from our members, Scott and Allison. 

Name: Scott Daniels, Allison Mikuni

City, State: Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii

Organization: Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health

How long have you lived in Hawaii?
(Scott) 29 years. The friendliness of the people and the beauty of the environment.
(Allison) Being born and raised here, I have a lot of family ties.

How is 3RNet impacting Hawaii?
It really provides us with an easy place to direct people that are interested in jobs in the state, particularly those that serve rural and underserved communities. It is also a place for all jobs. I keep having to remind the facilities that it isn’t just for doctors or clinical personnel, that it is useful for hiring for all jobs in the facility. We have also worked with the AHEC so they are aware of the postings on 3RNet.

What are the best cultural events that happen in Hawaii?
Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is the Super Bowl of Hula. People come from all over the world to compete and view the Festival. 

There are also several outrigger canoe competitions with the main long-distance race crossing the channel between Molokai and Oahu. 

The Iron Man World Championships are held in Kona every October.

The World Triple Crown of Surfing is held every winter on the North Shore of Oahu.

Hawaii International Film Festival brings films from all over the world to all of the different islands.


Why should a health professional choose Hawaii over surrounding states?
Well, there are no surrounding states, but if you like an active lifestyle, Hawaii is a great place as you can be outdoors pretty much every day. There is also a huge blend of cultures in Hawaii, which makes for all sorts of creative fusions in art and food. Hawaii also consistently ranks as having one of the healthiest populations.

What loan repayment programs does Hawaii have?
Hawaii does have a State Loan Repayment Program. It is open to providers in a number of disciplines, not just physicians. Details can be found at ahec.hawaii.edu/loan

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Hawaii?
We accept Conrad-30 waiver applications throughout the year and handle them on a first come, first served basis. We generally have slots available throughout the year.

We do accept specialists for the Conrad 30 program and we do use Flex spots when it fills a need that benefits the state as a whole.

Are healthcare professionals valued in Hawaii?
Yes, especially in rural communities where they are known and can quickly become a part of the community. Many rural communities have developed programs that try to create communities for professionals in order to ensure that there is a professional cohort within the community that they can socialize with. 

Why do people travel to Hawaii?
Mostly vacation. Hawaii’s main industry is tourism.

What sports teams does Hawaii have?
University of Hawaii at Manoa is an NCAA Division I school, but for traditional sports, there are no professional teams. However, several world championships happen throughout the state for other sports, including the Xterra.

What is your favorite local food?
Poke, which is raw fish with seaweed and seasoning.
Laulau, which is either pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves and then in ti leaves and steamed. Eat with chili water. Don’t eat the ti leaves, they are just for holding it together.

What is Hawaii best known for?
As being a cultural crossroads and for its friendly people.

What is the biggest misconception about Hawaii?
We don’t all surf, we don’t live in grass shacks, and the islands are far apart, you need to fly between them.

What is the biggest industry in Hawaii?
Tourism.

How is the weather/climate in Hawaii?
The climate is mild year-round. During the “hot” season, the average daytime temperature is around 85°F at sea level and during the “cold” season the average daytime temperature is 78°F at sea level.

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