About HIWA


Officially organized on November 4, 2004 as Hawaii Injured Workers Alliance 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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Feb 05 2015

6621498 GIn 2001, William Kealoha fell from a drydock. He suffered multiple injuries. But his workers' compensation claim was denied. He's been trying to get it for 12 years.

"The insurance company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny William benefits," attorney Jay Friedheim said.

In 2003, a depressed Kealoha attempted suicide. He survived, but the shotgun blast severely disfigured the left side of his face.

"I'm going to be a better man," Kealoha said.

Now, a judge has ordered Kealoha's former employer and their insurance carrier to pay him tens of thousands of dollars in workers comp benefits with interest, dating back to 2003.

Apr 28 2014

Thank you  to Alan Yonan Jr. for the great article in the Star-Advertiser's Sunday edition. The article is reprinted below.

Hula Dancer at Sunset Oahu HawaiiQuestion: What role does the Hawaii Injured Workers Association play in Hawaii's workers' compensation system?

Answer: The Hawaii Injured Workers Association (HIWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization concerned with the well-being of many injured, disabled and displaced workers in Hawaii who suffer financial and personal hardships due to work-related industrial injuries and occupational diseases.

HIWA's mission is to educate, organize and support injured workers. HIWA also educates the general public. HIWA promotes safe and healthy work environments.

HIWA meetings afford an opportunity for injured workers to network with one another and with professionals to help them navigate Hawaii's workers' compensation system.

Workers who become injured are often unfamiliar about workers' compensation and do not understand their rights. HIWA provides education about the process, the law and the professionals who can assist injured workers' return to work.

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