At some point you may need to take a leap of faith and just do it.
When my wife and I moved here, I left a good paying, regional manager job at a nationwide mortgage bank and opened a small finance company here. We were nervous and had an abort plan should our bank account reach a certain level. We worked hard, had a few good breaks and never came close to leaving. Good luck with the path you choose.
Here are some key stats to consider when moving to the Island of Hawaii (aka Big Island):
Population: +/- 205,000 (up from 148,000 in 2000)
Big Island Labor Force: 88,350
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (August 2009) (Oahu: 6.0% & U.S.: 9.8%)
Hotel Occupancies (09-16-2009): 51.2% (Oahu: 79.7%, State: 68.8% & US: 59.8%)
Average Hotel Room Rate (09-16-2009): $153 (down 0.7%)
Unlike the mainland where there are probably seven degrees of separation, in Hawaii there are probably only one or two degrees of separation. As such, for the occupations that you are in, I would recommend contacting the local hospitals first and see what they offer, or if they know of any firm(s) that are need of the talents you possess.
74-5620 Palani Court; Suite 208
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 331-0585
Fax: (808) 331-0583
There are a few psychology contacts on page 4.
Mental Health Professionals in the area:
IT is going very strong in Hawaii. Again, Waimea is probably the place to go. You may need to commute to Honolulu for a while until something pops up locally (or start it yourself)!
I have a master's in Oceanography and worked at CEROS in a technology transfer position in 1997-1998. Technical jobs are rare in Kona. An IT manager could find something at one of the aqua-businesses at NELHA. You might also consider the observatories such as Keck with offices in Kamuela (Waimea). All health care professionals are in demand. When I moved here, I knew that I would have to be versatile in my job choices and it's worth it! Laurel