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Hawaii Unemployment Job Training

WDD is a part of the Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR). This division provides the following core services and programs to job seekers and employers:

1)    Free job referral and search assistance for both job seekers and employers.

2)   Develop and maintain partnerships with private and public sector stakeholders to meet various emerging trends, advancements in technology and other issues facing our economy.

3)   Collaborate with educators, employers, and labor unions to identify basic skills of all workforce entrants.

4)   Provide consultative and support services to both employers and laid-off workers in times of financial trouble.

Employment and Training Services Available to Dislocated Workers

Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), comprehensive employment and training services are available to help workers cope with the trauma of layoff and to assist them with their efforts to become reemployed. These services include:

Retraining services to improve worker skills and retrain workers for new careers such as:

a)    On the job training

b)   Classroom training (basic – vocational)

c)    Other services to help a worker make the transition to a new job such as:15

d)   Vocational counseling

e)    Testing

f)    Job placement

g)    Support services

Contact one of the Workforce Development Division (WDD) offices listed below for more information.

WDD Office Address Contact Information
Honolulu Office 830 Punchbowl St, Rm 112, Honolulu, HI 96813-5080 Ph: (808) 586-8700


Dillingham Shopping Plaza 1505 Dillingham Blvd, Rm 110, Honolulu, HI 96817-4822 Ph: (808) 843-0733 ext. 225
Waipahu Civic Center 94-275 Mokuola St, Rm 300, Waipahu, HI 96797-3369 Ph: (808) 675-0010
Kaneohe Office 46-005 Kawa St, Ste 205, Kaneohe, HI 96744 Ph: (808) 233-3700
Waialua Sugar Mill


67-106 Kealohanui St, Waialua, HI 96791 Ph: (808) 637-6508
Hauula Civic Center 54-010 Kukuna St, Hauula, HI 96717 Ph: (808) 293-2626
Hilo One-Stop Center 1990 Kinoole St, Rm 102, Hilo, HI 96720-5293 Ph: (808) 981-2860,

Fax: (808) 981-2880

Kailua-Kona One-Stop Center 74-5565 Luhia St, Ste C4. Kailua-Kona, HI , 96740-3124 Ph: (808) 327-4770
Maui One-Stop Career Resource Center, 2064 Wells St, Rm 108, Wailuku, HI 96793-2251 Ph: (808) 984-2091


Molokai WDD 55 Makaena Pl, Rm 4, PO Box 929, Kaunakakai, HI 96748-0929 Ph: (808) 553-1755
Kauai Workwise! Kauai Workwise!, 3-3100 Kuhio Hwy, Rm C9, Lihue, HI 96766-1153 Ph: (808) 274-3056


  1. I have just recently filed for unemployment benefits. In 52 years of working, I have never applied for unemployment benefits ever. My question, where do I go to apply for vocational or college classes to improve my work skills. I am now 70 years young. Last job as a caregiver, lasted for a little over 11 years. I would like to train for a less stressful job, can you help me, as to where I need to go to talk to someone who will help me. I am a licensed esthetician, haven’t done a facial in over 11 years, need classes or retraining on this type of work.
    Aloha Donna R. Smith 569-58-2428

    • Each state not only offers employment assistance but also training programs to acquire vocational skills.We would have limited information on this.Please use the contacts link below to speak to a representative from the Hawaii department of labor to seek advise.Wish you best for all the endeavors.

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