Hawaii Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Hawaii you have to:

1. Be a resident of Hawaii. If you are not a resident of Hawaii, but worked in Hawaii at your last job, you should still have Hawaii unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Hawaii.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Hawaii. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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To go back to the Hawaii Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Hawaii Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Hawaii Unemployment page, click here: Hawaii Unemployment

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# Pat 2011-02-22 19:31
If I resign from my current full time state position now ( scheduled to end in June) and accept an 89 day casual hire position with the state will i qulify to collect unemployment benefits at the end of the 89 day appointment. What pay rate would be used to determind my claim amount
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# Dave 2011-06-21 03:01
Can I get unemployment from Hawaii if I have to quit my job to move to another state?
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# Kit 2011-09-18 02:25
If I quit my job because I don't have a babysitter. Am I eligible to apply for unemployment? I asked my boss if they can give me at least part time job but they wouldn't. And I did not have chance to look for another job before I quit because the need to stay home with my baby is an ASAP.
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# Gwen 2011-11-23 18:07
I live in Hawaii but will be moving Las Vegas, NV and was wondering if I was able to file for unemployment?
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# Mild 2012-01-09 18:31
My employer was bought and the buyer consolidated functions so that my job assignments and function have changed drastically. Do i qualify for unemployment if I quit today knowing that my position will eventually move to the headquarters office in another island?
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# T 2012-01-23 17:09
Can I collect unemployement if I know my company is doing things that may not be leagal and ethically and morally I can not stay here. Also, there is harrasment everywhere around me.
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# Jo 2012-01-27 19:08
If my bf quits his one job ... then gets laid off from his 2nd Job. Is he able to collect unemployment?
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# JC 2012-03-29 15:49
If I resign my position due to a hostile work environment will I be eligible for benefits? If I dont resign I feel as though I will be terminated.
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# david 2012-04-20 09:29
I am a military contractor and I will be moving back to Virginia in a couple months. I need an income coming in but at the same time this job is very time consuming. If I quit my job so I can take care of things will I be eligible for unemployment?
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# Lyn 2012-06-22 06:48
Can I collect unemployment if I quit my job to move to another state because my spouse is in the military and will be stationed elsewhere?
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# Theresa 2012-11-23 23:43
I am active duty military in MD, but moving to HI to live with my fiance once my contract is up. Will I be able to collect unemployment as soon as I get to HI as I will be seeking a job soon after I get there but no garauntees- also if I decide to go to school while trying to work can I recieve unemployment while also recieving my MGI Bill for my school if I havent found a job yet??? Or can I not recieve both?
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# Shelby 2012-11-26 23:15
Worked as a security guard for a rent-a-car company. A "company" work vehicle left the premises and I was let go for that. My duties was to make sure that I check each "rental" vehicle that left the property was the driver and contract holder. Apparently, the "company" truck that left, was actually stolen. Personal vehicles we would just wave at them, being it was NOT a rental vehicle.
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# ALEXANDRA 2012-12-04 14:02
I have a question. I am currently employed PT - making $7.50/hr. There are a lot of staff members doing shifts so I do not work every day. My hours when I do work are 4-6 hours. My monthly income is approximately around $400/month.
I receive a monthly allowance from my parents of $1000 and live in their house. My sister and I do own a car and we pay for the car insurance ourselves. My sister and I share the utility bills. My parents only help pay for the electricity.

I left my last job that had medical benefits to go home for 3 months - because I was always getting sick with sinus infections, colds and needed to get healthier.

My parents are paying for my COBRA insurance because I can't afford to. Its $554/month.

Would I qualify for benefits? Probably not?
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# vania 2013-01-22 16:01
Hello, I resigned from my current position after 25 years of service due to stress. Would I qualify for unemployment?
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# Bill 2013-02-13 18:56
My company is reducing my hours in half. Can I collect half unemplyment?
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# Alissa 2013-02-14 12:56
if I resign due to stress am I eligible for unemployment while I search for another job?
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# Rochelle 2013-03-05 20:24
I'm currently a military contractor and retired from active duty. If I'm layed off due to sequestration. Does my retired pension in any way dictate my unemployment benefit amount?
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# Francis 2013-03-18 14:04
What if I quit my job here in Las Vegas and move to Hawaii, can I collect unemployment if I can't find any jobs within a month or two?
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# Jessica 2013-05-29 01:40
Iv been bullied for over a year and a half now. I want to quit but can i collect unemployment?
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# Ngie 2013-05-30 04:23
I was notified today that my teacher position was dissolved. I was told that I can apply for another teaching position but with a lower pay rate. Would I be able to qualify for partial unemployment if I get hired as a teacher ( because of the pay rate differential)
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# Sunshine 2013-09-03 18:28
I am on a DoD contract and working in Hawaii. I live in A different state. When the contract ends, will I be eligible to collect benefits from Hawaii or will I have to file in my home state?
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# Stephanie 2017-06-29 11:24
I got suspended for two weeks can I file for unemployment ?
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# Robert 2017-09-11 14:04
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My spouse's employer transferred her to California. Do I qualify for unemployment if I resign from my job to move with her?
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