Many people think of Hawaii as a vacation destination. But what about the people who call it home? In this episode of Zip Code Economies, we travel to Honolulu to uncover “hidden” Hawaii. Through the stories of a blind shopkeeper, Filipino immigrants transitioning jobs, and a native Hawaiian working to build financial resilience, we encounter a community striving to adapt to tough economic realities in a landscape dominated by tourism.


  • Ryan Kusumoto
  • Zachery Grace
  • Shantel Jones
  • Kim Gillis-Robello
  • James Hardway
  • Janny Mendoza
  • John Dumayag
  • Lahela Williams


  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)
  • Hotel And Restaurant Industry Employment & Training Trust (HARIETT) Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Community Assets