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Hawaii Jobs Outside the Box


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Looking for ways to make a little extra money? It may be time to think outside the box whether you want some side income or an entirely new career.

Photo: Courtesy Cori Rilliet

Turn your hobby into a business

Five years ago, Cori Rilliet was teaching at an elementary school. “I was done with my job and ready for a change.” She decided to turn her hobby of making jewelry into a living. Rilliet had already created relationships with storeowners. “Eventually I showed them what I was doing and they put my jewelry in their stores,” she says. “That was the beginning.” Her jewelry can be found at Riches in Kahala Mall, Silvermoon in Haleiwa town, Get Wet! in Windward Mall and other boutiques around the island. Visit beachcomberdesignhawaii.com to see what she has created.

Participate in a study

Neurobehavioral Research Inc., located on Kapiolani St, is always looking for people to participate in one of its study projects. Currently, they need drinkers, non-drinkers and abstinent alcoholics. Participants in this study may receive $400 plus a travel reimbursement. “The applicant will be tested for any drugs before getting approved as a participant,” according to a representative from the testing center. For more information visit nbresearch.com.

Covance, another testing center located in Honolulu, is one of the largest and most comprehensive drug development companies in the nation. It is currently looking for post-menopausal women to participate in a clinical research study. Participants receive all study-related exams at no cost and compensation up to $3,450. For more information call at 808-441-6361 or visit the website Covance studies.

Bike messenger

This job requires a bike, good health and street smarts. Kendall Sexton, owner and operator of Crosstown Couriers, says, “You really can’t do deliveries any other way downtown with the traffic other than on a bike.” The company’s delivery area spans from the Honolulu Airport to Kahala and deliveries take no more than 30 minutes. The messengers are independent contractors and have a potential to make up to $100 a day. “It just depends how busy we get, some days we are slamming and other days we aren’t.” But Sexton believes it’s the best job: “We get to ride our bikes all day.” For more information, call Crosstown couriers at 536-3778.

Teach what you know

The average pay for a tutor starts at $20, per half hour. Hang signs at coffee shops, schools and libraries, or market yourself on Craigslist, but word of mouth and referrals seem to be the most common way to gaining new business. Michelle Stanley, a state worker, found a national company on Craigslist that connects her with kids from public schools in need of help. “When they furloughed me, I needed to find a way to compensate that income. I meet the kids at the public library or a coffee shop, and now I am starting to tutor other kids from referrals. It has been great way to be in control of my own schedule, and I feel like I am doing something good and productive in the community.”

Be a trainer

Raul Torres turned his experience as a triathlete into a career path with a vision. Now he owns and runs BOCA Hawaii, a multi-sport training center. “We are a triathlon store, bike repair shop and training headquarters,” says Torres. He coaches and trains individuals who want to explore and excel in the world of triathlons. “I am lucky,” he says. “I always told myself I would continue if I could make enough money to live on and I was happy. It’s not easy, but I love it.” For more information, visit bocahawaii.com.

Be an extra

Being an extra allows you to make some money on the side and gives you a chance to see yourself on TV. A good starting point is the Hawaii Actors Network, which posts current casting notices, or you can check the classifieds in the paper for jobs being posted. Rachel Sutton, Hawaii Five-0 casting director, says, “Our days start as early as 6 a.m. and can last 10 to 12 hours, so we ask for a full day commitment when we hire you.”

If you are interested in being an extra for Hawaii Five-0, you’ll need to submit your name, phone number, address, car make/model/year, your height, weight, clothing sizes and two 4x6 photos, (1 full body and 1 bust to top of head). If you want to do beach work, include an additional bathing suit photo. Non-union extras are paid $65 for an eight-hour day plus overtime, if there is any. AFTRA members make the current AFTRA rate for background performers. Models in swimwear are paid $200 for an eight-hour day plus any overtime. Mail your information to Hawaii 5-0 Extras Casting, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy. #207, Mail Box 146, Honolulu, Hi. 96817.

Substitute teach

If you have a bachelor’s degree, complete the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) substitute teaching course and you will be a step closer to becoming a substitute teacher. The course can be taken in a classroom setting at one of the Community Schools for Adults (CSA) across the state, or online. The next step is to arrange for an interview with a principal, vice principle or designee for placement on a school’s substitute priority/preferred list. Once you’re in the system, the per diem rate starts at $135.20 per day. For more information, visit substitute teaching in Hawaii or call the various private schools, each of which has different requirements.



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