Second largest sector of Hawaii’s economy

The Military In Hawaii

An Economic and Community Partnership

The U.S. Military is a critical part of the Hawaii community and benefits everyone in the State.

Hawaii has long been recognized for its strategic importance and unique relationship with the military. Hawaii is one of the only states that is home to all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard. And the military is also present in all four of the counties across the state.

Hawaii’s strategic importance was re-emphasized when, in 2011, President Obama announced a “pivot,” or rebalancing of US interests to the Asia-Pacific region. With the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which has an area of responsibility encompassing nearly half of the earth’s surface, headquartered in Honolulu, as well as other strategic and important commands, facilities and bases in the state, Hawaii clearly is vital to US interests in the region.

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.

As one of the state’s top economic drivers, the defense sector generated $7.8 billion in spending in fiscal year 2015 and supported more than 64,000 personnel across the islands.

The state of Hawaii continues to receive military investment in areas such as construction, ship-repair, and building maintenance. Hawaii is also home to many cutting-edge research and development projects with some of the nation’s top defense contractors. And Hawaii-based businesses have the unique opportunity to partner and innovate on numerous projects such as cyber-security and missile defense.

Hawaii Defense Economy

A Community and Business Resource

The Hawaii Defense Economy project is focused on enhancing understanding of the economic impact of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts and grants awarded in the state of Hawaii.  With approximately $2 billion in total value of defense contracts in Hawaii annually, any changes in DoD spending will have an impact on the economy.. It is critical that the state proactively prepare for any changes the future may bring to Hawaii’s defense economy.

The Hawaii Defense Economy project is undertaken by the State of Hawaii, through the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – Office of Community Services 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.

The defense industry is a major economic driver in Hawaii and defense contracts bring billions of dollars into the state each year. This project will provide insights into the relationships between the DoD in Hawaii and companies contracted to do business performed in the state.

Governor David Ige

Data Analysis Tools

The Hawaii Defense Economy website includes the following data analysis tools that can help you gain insights into contracting trends and business opportunities.


Value of Contracts by County

Explore how much money DoD contracting agencies spent in each Hawaii county.

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Search by Contracts

Investigate all DoD transactions since 2008.  Seach by company name, product and categories and more.

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Top Products and Services

Rank the top products and services that the DoD bought since 2008.

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Flow from Agencies

Explore how money flows from DoD contracting agencies to products and services.

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Top Contractors

Rank the largest contractors by dollar value.

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Value of Contracts by Agency

Explore which products and services the DoD spent the most money on.

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Growth in Special Set Aside Categories

Explore the number a value of special category contracts.

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Key Growth Areas

View trends in product and service purchases by the DoD.

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Top Small Businesses

Rank the top small business contractors by dollar value.

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Find Companies in Special Categories

Explore which companies qualify for special business categories.

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Search for organizations and individuals who do business with the military in Hawaii, both directly and indirectly

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Business Map 

View locations of organizations doing business with the military across Hawaii. 

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Sub-Award Flow

Discover relationships between prime vendors and sub-contractors.

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Data Analysis Tool – The Value of Contracts By County

This tool allows you to see the total amount of defense contracts and grants awarded statewide, by county and by year. To filter the results, you can click on the County (Box B) and/or Year (Box A) and you can hover over the County to see total number of contracts and grants.