The UI Division of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations runs the Hawaii unemployment benefits program. Qualified workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of theirs, can get temporary financial aid through this program until they can find new suitable jobs. Employers pay taxes on their payrolls to fund the system with no contribution from the employees.
Hawaii UI Benefits Calculator
The Hawaii Unemployment Benefits Calculator helps you estimate your UI weekly benefits amount.
Register for work with the Hawaii State Workforce Development Division
Apply for 3 jobs each week
Take part in reemployment services
Be physically and mentally able to work
Be ready and willing to accept full-time work
Attend required interviews and appointments
Be a United States citizen or have a legal right to work in Hawaii
After filing an initial application for benefits, you will receive an Unemployment Determination of Insured Status form. This form will tell you:
How much you earned from each employer in the past year and total wages paid during your base period
Your weekly benefit amount
Your maximum benefit amount
Unemployment compensation is based on how much you earned during your “base period.” This base period consists of the first four out of the past five most recently worked quarters before you the week you filed for benefits. In some cases, an alternate base period may be used, which typically uses the four most recently completed quarters.
In order to continue receiving unemployment compensation, you must file a weekly or bi-weekly claim certification. When filing your claim certification, you will need to be prepared to supply information about:
After you’ve filed for unemployment benefits, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the process to maintain your eligibility and continue receiving benefits. If you fail to follow the unemployment regulations established by the state of Hawaii, your claim for benefits may be denied. Please take into account the following:
Hawaii unemployment fraud
Intentionally providing false information or withholding important facts to receive benefits is considered unemployment fraud, and may result in swift penalties. This includes being dishonest about why you’re unemployed, failure to report earnings while filing claim certifications, or lying about your job search activities.
If it is determined that you received benefits you were not eligible for, it creates what is known as an overpayment. When this happens, you will receive a Notice of Overpayment of Benefits letter that outlines the overpayment amount, the week in which it occurred, and how to re-pay it.
Extended benefit programs
The state of Hawaii participates in federal extended benefits programs once its unemployment rate reaches a certain threshold or during extenuating economic circumstances. The state also maintains its own “additional benefits program” for county-specific natural and man-made disasters.
There are currently no extended benefit programs in place in Hawaii. Residents of Hawaii are eligible for 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
Job Training Assistance
Hawaii offers a variety of job searching resources and programs to help unemployed workers find new employment. By contacting potential employers, you can meet your work search requirements for unemployment. These programs are available in a variety of languages, including Hawaiian, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
A few of the most popular programs and resources include:
American Job Center Hawaii
Hawaii is Hiring
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment
Workforce Development job fairs and training workshops
If you are looking for help with finding a new job, including resume writing help and training programs, you should visit your local American Jobs Center.
Common questions about Hawaii unemployment insurance
Can I file for unemployment benefits if I am traveling or sick?
If you are not able and available for work, you will be deemed ineligible for UI benefits, according to the state law in Hawaii. Traveling or recovering from an illness means you are not able to work.
What happens if I earn more than my weekly benefit amount?
When submitting your claim certifications, it is essential to disclose your gross earnings (earnings before taxes). They will be subtracted from your weekly benefit amount.
Do I need to keep filing claim certifications after I find a full-time job?
You do not need to continue filing claim certifications if you have resumed full-time employment.
Can you claim unemployment benefits as a student or educational worker?
Yes. Questions about educational institution employment are consistently included in the “Eligibility Review” section, asking whether you have worked for an educational institution employer in the last 18 months, and whether your employment was conditional upon your status as a student.
How do unemployment benefits work with a permanent change of station in the military?
While individuals who resign from their jobs due to relocating with their spouse (PCS) are generally eligible for UI benefits, this may not always be the case. Other factors, such as the inability to be available for work, can lead to disqualification.
What is the maximum benefit amount I can receive?
The minimum weekly benefit amount is $5 and the maximum weekly benefit amount is $763. The maximum amount is updated each year.
Can I move to another state and still receive Hawaii UI benefits?
Hawaii provides UI benefits to qualified claimants, even if they move to another state.
If you have an active claim with the state of Hawaii before relocating, you must update your address with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Q. Is there a tax incurred on unemployment benefits?
Yes, a tax is incurred on unemployment benefits. Claimants have the option to withhold 10% for federal taxes and 5% for state taxes in Hawaii from applicants UI benefits. Claimants can log in to their account to set Tax Withholding preferences.
Form 1099-G is sent in January showing claimants total benefits paid in the previous year. The form also states federal income taxes can be kept under hold in the previous calendar year. Always make sure to keep the receipts of your payment of tax returns.
Q. Are ex-military individuals and federal civilians eligible to qualify for UI benefits?
Applicants who worked in the military in the last eighteen months are eligible to qualify for unemployment benefits. Claimants need to present their member 4 DD-214 to their respective claims office. Ex-military persons can file their claim in any state no matter where they were stationed in the military. Though you must keep in mind that you must be present in that particular state when filing claims.
If you wish to file claims in the state of Hawaii you must be present in Hawaii at the time you file your initial claim. Once this step is complete, you can move to another state and continue to file UI for your Hawaii claim. If claimants worked in the federal government in the past 18 months, they are eligible for UI benefits provided they have the Standard Form 8, Standard Form 50 or pay the necessary stubs if available.
Q. What does an interstate claim mean?
If you move to another state, you can receive benefits from Hawaii provided you meet Hawaii’s eligibility requirements.
Applicants can file a claim against Hawaii even when they reside in another state. The state where claimants file claims is called the “agent state” because the state is an agent to help you file your claim as soon as possible.
Q. How does a claimant sign up for a Direct Deposit ?
For claimants to sign up for a direct deposit, claimants must have an online UI account. You can create a new account by visiting https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/ and filling up the application online. Always make sure the financial institution routing number and account number are correct.
It’s highly suggested you use the bank routing number and correct account information on your personal check. You also have the option to have your benefits deposited into your savings account. All you need to do is provide your direct deposit information which should be submitted once per claim.
Q. Can claimants receive UI benefits being partially employed
Yes, claimants can receive UI benefits being partially unemployed. Claimants in the state of Hawaii are allowed to earn $150 and receive unemployment benefits. If claimants are associated with a regular employer and not working, or working less hours than your weekly benefit amount. Claimants are eligible to qualify for difference between the earnings of over $150 and your weekly benefit amount.
For example, if you earn $200 a week and your weekly benefit amount is $300, you are still entitled to receive $250. If by any chance what you earn in a week exceeds your weekly benefit amount, you will not receive benefits.
Q. What happens if an applicant is denied unemployment insurance?
If a notice is sent to you stating that you are denied UI benefits, you have the option to request for reconsideration or file an appeal. Applicants can mail their reconsiderations and appeals to any of your local UI claims office.
Applicants must write the request in writing, on the form provided by the department or by letter. Your request must be filed within 10 calendar days immediately after the notice date was mailed to you.