In the email era, work rarely stops for vacation.
About 60 percent of people report working while they’re on vacation, according to a survey by the Hawaii Tourism Association. But 83 percent of millennial respondents also said they feel more productive when working away from the traditional office setting — which is why the state of Hawaii will host six stressed-out New Yorkers for a weeklong work escape.
Hawaii Tourism United States is giving away six free trips to Hawaii with their new initiative, “Work From Hawaii.” The program will allow musicians, writers, techies, and entrepreneurs to work on their best ideas in paradise.
Each of the six different residencies is in a different location: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island).
Each getaway is designed for a person with a specific type of career. The stay includes a workspace (with Wi-Fi, of course), a daily allowance for meals, and a curated itinerary. The “Corner Office” intends to be a retreat for future leaders and executives. Accommodations are at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, with views of Hulopoe Beach. The itinerary includes a visit to the royal residence of King Kamehameha to study his leadership style. Creative types can stay at the “Design Loft” in Waikiki’s Surfjack Hotel and collaborate with local artists in Honolulu. Techies in Maui can program from their indoor/outdoor workspace and then explore the island on nature treks.
The Hawaii Residency program is only available to those in the New York metropolitan area aged 24 through 36 who have a public Instagram account. Contestants can apply online through June 4 for a chance to win. The weeklong residencies will be held in September — giving you plenty of time to craft the perfect “OOO” e-mail auto-response.