If you suddenly hear the sounds of waves on your radio, it's just me broadcasting from the beach. I wish!

It could be a reality for some of you. Hawaii has launched the "Movers and Shakas" program, which offers free flights to remote workers looking to temporarily relocate. Got your attention?

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Here's how it works. Starting tomorrow, December 15th, officials will start accepting the first group of applicants. They will give 50 lucky people a free round-trip flight to Oahu. If you happen to be selected you will need to move within 30 days and commit to spending at least one month in the state. Those chosen will also be required to volunteer at local non-profits for a few hours every week. It's a catch, but helping out is always a good thing.

“Now that many people have the choice to work remotely, there’s an opportunity for former local residents to return home and for out-of-state individuals and families to live and work from Hawaii for a longer period of time,” Jason Higa, CEO of FCH Enterprises told the Huffington Post. “We believe this program will attract many former Hawaii residents and professionals seeking a safe, warm environment to continue living their normal lives while contributing to the Hawaii community.”

The program will also give you a hand at getting settled into island life. They will be offering "exclusive discounts on month-to-month accommodations, flights, restaurants, attractions, and other services they need."

Hawaii is hoping that the new residents will help boost the local economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with travel bans and a drop in tourism. Hawaii currently has the lowest rate per capita of COVID infections in the country, also making it one of the safest places to live and work.

If your bags are already packed and you're looking for a change of scenery, you can get more information the Movers & Shakas program and apply  at www.moversandshakas.org.

 

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