About HIWA


Officially organized on November 4, 2004 as Hawaii Injured Workers Association when over 50 concerned citizens of the state met, drafted and approved a charter. The now Hawai'i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) was formed on the example of parallel organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Like its many sister organizations, HIWA was formed to give voice to the many people and groups who feel they and the injured workers they support are being abused and victimized by a growing political agenda that has lost concern and compassion for the real victims of industrial injury, the workers.

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Support for HB 2161

The Hawaii Injured Workers Association (HIWA) respectfully supports the passage of this legislation to add much needed Disability Compensation Division (DCD) hearing officers with appropriate medical and legal training. Injured workers tell HIWA about the lengthy harmful delays in getting DCD hearings to resolve disputes causing many injured workers to go without appropriate medical treatment or very needed wage loss often for long periods of time. These lengthy delays cause great hardship to the injured workers and their families. Hearing officers need to be appropriately educated & trained in medical and legal issues, as these are issues they will be reviewing, analyzing & deciding. We know there are medical and legal experts, including members of the Hawaii Medical Association and members of the Hawaii State Bar Association, who can provide such education & training and are willing to do so. Therefore, please pass this legislation which will benefit injured workers and their families, as well as employers & insurance carriers who request hearing to resolve disputed issues.

Mahalo for your support & passage.
Douglas Moore, HIWA President


Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Workers' Compensation; Hearing Officers; Staff; Training; Appropriation

Appropriates funds for the hiring of six identified hearings officer positions and support staff within the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' Disability Compensation Division and to provide the officers and staff with legal and medical training. (HB2161 HD1)

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Mar 23 2016

workshop-banner INJURED ON THE JOB?

If you've been injured on the job, or know of anyone who has been injured on the job, then you will want to attend a workshop on your rights and benefits under the state workers’ compensation law.  

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) is sponsoring a special educational workshop on April 30th with information you will need if you or someone you know is injured on the job.  The workshop will be conducted by professionals with years of experience in the workers’ compensation field—attorneys, doctors, physical therapists, vocational counselors.  You'll have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. 

Jan 04 2016

Hummer limos, go-go dancers, a live alligator and glowing aliens in spandex at the national workers’ comp and disability expo. Journey into the little-known workers’ comp industrial complex.


LAS VEGAS — A scantily clad acrobat dangles from the ceiling, performing flips and splits as machines puff smoke and neon lights bathe the dance floor in turquoise and magenta. Dancers in lingerie gyrate on poles to the booming techno. Actors dressed as aliens pose for selfies with partygoers. There’s an open bar and waiters weave through the crowd passing out chocolate truffles.

Jul 14 2015

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) was recently honored with a $3,500.00 matching grant from the Hoosie Martin Foundation.  This grant will enable HIWA to gain the competitive skills to research, apply for, and secure education-related grants from private foundations and the government, both locally and nationally.

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Work Comp FAQs

  • How do I file a Work Comp claim? +

    The Basics If you believe you were injured at work or suffer from an illness Read More
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    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WC BENEFITS? Most employees who suffer from any injury or illness, Read More
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    You may obtain medical treatment from a physician of your choice. However, you may be Read More
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