About Us

Vision:  Hawaii, the Aloha State, is a special place where work environments are beneficial to the well being of individuals and where everyone respects each other’s rights and benefits.

Mission: The Wage Standards Division, as an active community participant, assures a lawful working environment by:

  • Equitably administering and enforcing labor laws for which the division is responsible;
  • Being responsible to our customers; and
  • Being a valued and respected resource  of the labor laws for which the division is responsible.

The Wage Standards Division is assigned the administration of the following labor laws:

  • Chapter 104, HRS, relating to wages and hours of employees on State or county public works construction projects
  • Chapter 378, Part II, HRS, relating to lie detector tests in employment
  • Chapter 378, Part III, HRS, relating to suspension, discharge, or discrimination due to a work related injury or on-site drug screening
  • Chapter 387, HRS, relating to minimum wage and overtime
  • Chapter 388, HRS, relating to unpaid wages and timely payment of wages
  • Chapter 390, HRS, relating to child labor
  • Chapter 398, HRS, relating to Hawaii family leave


Primary activities of the program are:

  • Investigation and hearing of complaints regarding minimum wage, overtime, unpaid wages, illegal deductions, family leave, work injury termination, prevailing wages, child labor, and lie detector tests.
  • Conducting educational workshops and consultative meetings with employers, employees, business associations, labor organizations, and State, federal and county agencies on the assigned labor laws
  • Issuing certificates for the employment of minors, payday exceptions, and special minimum rates
  • Conducting random compliance investigations of employers



By phone:
On Oahu, our information line is (808) 586-8777.  An automated attendant allows callers to select from a menu to obtain more information on the laws listed above.  If callers stay on the line after listening to the recorded information, they will be connected to a specialist to ask questions or to file a complaint.

On neighbor islands, contact the nearest district office of the department:
Kauai:  (808) 274-3351
(808) 243-5322
  (808) 974-6464
West Hawaii:  (808) 322-4808

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 7:45am to 4:30pm, except State holidays.

You may also visit or write to us at the following locations:

  • Oahu
    830 Punchbowl Street, Room 340, Honolulu  96813 | Map
  • Kauai
    State Building, Room 202, 3060 Eiwa Street, Lihue  96766-1887 | Map
  • Maui
    State Building #2, 2264 Aupuni Street, Wailuku  96793 | Map
  • Hilo
    State Building, Room 108, 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo  96720 | Map
  • West Hawaii
    Post Office Building, 81-990 Halekii Street, Kealakekua 96750 | Map
    (Mailing:  P. O. Box 49, Kealakekua  96750)