- Have a portfolio of previous projects
- Have a list of references
- Get people to vouch for you on LinkedIn
Most importantly, though, is to meet people face-to-face and talk to them, and it's especially important in Hawaii -- the island is small and people are used to meeting face-to-face. Click on the "Events" tab on TechHui and start attending events and talking to people. Start posting on forums that are based on a community of geographically connected people (TechHui) instead of simply based on topics/technologies. We have a blog feature here that will allow you to write a technical article (or series of them) and gain exposure.