DBEDT has launched Phase III of its Hawaii Defense Economy project with two contracts with tech company Referentia and the Military Affairs Council (MAC) of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Learn more about these initiatives here.
To access and register for Referentia’s Hawaii Defense Economy Cyber Compliance Education Program’s free webinar about Department of Defense cybersecurity contracting mandates, click here.
For more information about the MAC’s Hawaii Defense Alliance and initiatives, visit www.
The State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is pleased to announce three new projects that will focus on strengthening and growing Hawaii’s second largest economic driver – the defense sector.
The U.S. Navy recently awarded a multi-million dollar contract to Hawaii-based Pacific Shipyards International, or PSI, to service up to three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.
May 3, 2021
The military is weighing putting a $1.9 billion defense radar on Oahu or Kauai after Hawaii’s congressional delegation thwarted a Pentagon attempt to defund the project last year.
March 21, 2021
Hawaii officials want to form a new organization to get more local businesses in on lucrative defense contracts — and to find ways to use military money to grow other sectors of the state’s economy.
February 9, 2021
Defense spending in Hawaii — about $5 billion annually in payroll and $2 billion-plus in contracts — has been “an incredibly important stabilizing force” in the state with an economy otherwise wracked by COVID-19.
January 10, 2021
The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce fully support the U.S. military’s training mission at Pohakuloa Training Area.
November 1, 2020
The largest was a $245 million contract shared by six companies, including four from Hawaii, for Navy construction projects over the next five years.
August 28, 2020
The Military In Hawaii
An Economic and Community Partnership
In addition to its strategic importance, Hawaii’s relationship with the military is a vital part of the state’s economy. From jobs for civilians and contracts for local businesses, to spending by active duty military personnel deployed in Hawaii and their families, the defense industry is the second largest industry segment in Hawaii.
Hawaii Defense Economy
A Community and Business Resource
The Hawaii Defense Economy project is undertaken by the State of Hawaii, through the Department of Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism – Business Support Branch and is funded by the DoD – Office of Economic Adjustment. This project has been tasked with analyzing the impact of DoD contracts and grants awarded in Hawaii. It does not include other types of defense spending such as payroll of military personnel.