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.
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.