Business in Hawaii is pretty unique. Aloha shirt is considered formal wear. The high school you graduated from matters. Even though Pidgin (Hawaii Creole English) is often disparaged, it might give you an advantage with networking.
Business and capitalism as a whole didn’t always exist in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiians ran a feudalist society with a subsistence economy based on the ahapuaa (the land division based on the water sources that ran from mountain to sea). After Captain James Cook arrived in 1778 and made European contact, foreigners started coming to Hawaii and engaging in trade with the Hawaiian people. Hawaii’s economy evolved into a capitalist one, with the industries including the sandalwood trade, whaling, agriculture (sugar, pineapple, coffee), and tourism.
The New York Herald
published the first business section in a daily newspaper, a money page, in 1835, and other daily U.S. newspapers eventually followed suit, including Hawaii’s establishment (conservative) newspapers in the late 1800s. Many of reported business and financial news catering to businessmen and included a list of stock exchange prices for local companies and news about major agricultural industries (e.g. sugar).
The following Hawaii newspapers ran a business section in the late 1800s and/or early 1900s.
– Alice Kim
Search Strategies – Newspapers with Business Sections
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – “Commercial News”
Newspaper: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Phrase: Commercial News
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – “In Business Circles—News and Review”
newspaper: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, phrase: in business circles, within 5 words: news review