I just finished an assignment in Oahu, Hawaii. It was a 13- week assignment that lasted from the end of May til the end of August. I worked at Queen's Medical center in Honolulu, HI. My contract stated that I would rotate, but it was a night shift position. All other travelers received the same contract and I believe they were able to obtain more day shift positions than myself.
Queen's Medical center is the only magnet status hospital on the island. They were offering three month contracts in May, but towards the end of my contract, my agency said they were only providing month-to-month contracts. Queen's did an extensive amount of hiring and their need of traveling nurses has diminished. I took the paid housing and stayed in a studio apt in the heart of Waikiki. I did not receive a stipend for transportation. I biked to work four days of the week. A bit troublesome, but it was feasible.
I worked with a local agency called Kahu Malama. Other travelers that I worked with were using either nursefinders or altres. I believe all agencies are the same; they are all out for themselves. You just have to be careful and read over your contract!
And I agree with others; do not expect to go to Hawaii to earn a plethora of money. You can make a living out there with what the agency provides. I met another traveler who brought her two teenagers with her and honestly, she encountered a lot of financial hardship. You just have to fully assess both your personal and financial situation before you jump on an assignment in Hawaii; or any for that matter! :I Before I left, I was told Maui Memorial was in need of some traveling nurses.
If you guys have any other questions, feel free to ask! I'm an open book. I'm more then happy to share my experiences with others.