What better way to survive a pandemic than to do it on a beach in Hawaii?

Hawaii is offering free round-trip tickets to Oahu to out-of-state remote workers who want to live and work there.

The state launched the temporary residency program, known as Movers and Shakas, in collaboration with schools and businesses. It’s accepting its first group of applicants until December 15.

“Movers and Shakas is a small step towards economic recovery and diversifying our economy,” Jason Higa, the group’s founder, told CNN.

“The pandemic,” he said, “has normalized remote work for the foreseeable future, so we believe this situation presents an opportunity for local residents to return home, and for out-of-state professionals to experience Hawaii, not as tourists, but as contributing members of our community.”

Fifty people will be chosen for the first cohort. Later applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, you must be a remote worker and at least 18 years old, and you have to commit to at least a month in Hawaii.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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