Hawaii Talent Onboarding Program (HITOP) is a 6-week, place-based acculturation program, designed to 1) help new and returning residents live and work successfully in Hawaii and 2) support local employers in retaining and empowering their highly recruited leaders. Through cultural education, community service and networking, HITOP participants learn about Hawaii, increase work effectiveness, build lasting relationships and develop a sense of belonging and shared stewardship for their new home.

IDEAL PARTICIPANTS ARE leaders and skilled professionals who:

  • Relocated in the last 3-24 months (new transplants or returning kama’āina and their partners)
  • Help shape company culture
  • Frequently interact with local people
  • Are committed to attend all events and engage fully with an open mind
Beckett, our 9 month-old cohort mascot, getting involved in loʻi workday at Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi.

2024 Cohort Dates

Spring 2024

  • Sat. 4/13, 8am-12pm
  • Thurs. 4/18, 5:30-8:30pm
  •  Sat. 4/27, 8am-12pm
  • Thurs. 5/2, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Sat. 5/11, 8am-12pm
  • Thurs. 5/16, 5:30-8:30pm

Fall 2024

  • Sat. 9/7, 8am-12pm
  • Thurs. 9/12, 5:30-8:30pm
  •  Sat. 9/21, 8am-12pm
  • Thurs. 9/26, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Sat. 10/5, 8am-12pm
  • Wed. 10/9, 5:30-8:30pm

FOR EMPLOYERS: Key Enrollment Info 

  • Curriculum: 6 events over 6 weeks, 1:1 coaching, ongoing alumni events 
  • Format: in-person discussions, workshops, networking, community service events and guest speakers
  • Deadline: Enroll in a 2024 HITOP by March 15 for Cohort 5 and by August 2 for Cohort 6 (or until cohorts filled)
  • Pricing: $5,000 per cohort seat; inquire about discounted pre-paid packages and scholarships 
  • To enroll or learn more, contact us by email or use the form below: 

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If you are a recently relocated professional and would like your employer to sponsor you for our next cohort, please share this website with your employer and encourage them to enroll.

If you are self-employed, you are also welcomed to join our program.