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Limited Circumstances When Multistate PUA Claims Are Permitted

October 25, 2021
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The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program expired on September 6, 2021.  

You may qualify for a second PUA claim in Hawaii if you filed for PUA in another state and that state stopped paying PUA benefits before the program expired.  Please note that no PUA benefits will be paid for weeks ending after September 4, 2021.

In order to qualify for a second PUA claim in Hawaii you must:

  • have worked in Hawaii at the initial time of becoming unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of approved COVID-19 related reason(s) OR after you filed the original PUA claim in another state.
  • have remaining PUA entitlement.  PUA is available for a total of 79 weeks.  Any weeks in which you collected regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Extended Benefits or PUA in the other state between the weeks ending February 8, 2020, and the last week ending date for which the other state paid you PUA will be deducted from any potential PUA entitlement in Hawaii. 
  • verify or validate your identity;
  • submit documentation substantiating employment or self-employment (or the planned commencement of employment or self-employment) performed in [your state name].  No PUA benefits can be paid until this documentation is received and approved; and
  • meet all other eligibility requirements.

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, you may apply for PUA benefits at  Click on “UI PUA Appointments” and select an appointment time.  Please indicate on your request that you would like to apply for PUA benefits.   A representative will contact you at your appointed time to take your PUA application over the telephone.

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Honolulu Claims Office
830 Punchbowl St., Rm 110, Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 586-8970, Fax: (808) 586-8980
Email: [email protected]

Hilo Claims Office
1990 Kinoole St, Rm 101, Hilo, HI 96720-5293
Ph: (808) 974-4086, Fax: (808) 974-4085
email: [email protected]

Kona Claims Office
Ashikawa Building, 81-990 Halekii St, Rm 2090, PO Box 167, Kealakekua, HI 96750-0167, Ph: (808) 322-4822, Fax: (808) 322-4828 Email: [email protected]

Maui Claims Office
54 South High St, Rm 201, Wailuku, HI 96793-2198, Ph: (808) 984-8400, Fax: (808) 984-8444 email: [email protected]

Kauai Claims Office
4370 Kukui Grove St., Ste 3-214, Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: (808) 274-3043, Fax: (808) 274-3046 Email: [email protected]

Liable Interstate Unit
830 Punchbowl St., Rm 110, Honolulu, HI 96813 Ph: (808) 586-8970, Fax: (808) 586-8980 Email: [email protected]