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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Board of Directors Meeting

Our meeting are held at: 715 S. King St., Ste. 410

HIWA Board Meeting Tuesday January 9th

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.

Welcome to Hawaii Injured Worker's Online

The celebration held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Culture Center was a fantastic event. It was free and open to the public and it was a great opportunity to meet and network for Peace.

In 2007, Hawai`i Act 23, declared:

“September 21st of each year shall be known and recognized as “Peace Day” to promote peace programs, improve international relations, and increase educational awareness of peace.”

Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Peace Day Hawai`i
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Welcome to Hawaii Injured Worker's Association Online

 

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.

Business, corporations and insurers dominate and control testimony at the State Capitol these days. Balance is gone when injured workers are afraid to testify for fear of retaliation. (Hawaii law has no protection for workers who testify against their employers' positions.)

 

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Hawaii Civil Beat Special Report

Waiting In Pain

 

About the Series

 

A Civil Beat Investigation: In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment and disability payments.
 
 
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Chapter One

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken

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In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment.

By John Hill / December 12, 2017

Chapter Two

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots

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Hobbled by pain from work injuries, Vanessa Sylva had to overcome medical reports by insurance doctors that challenged her need for surgeries.

By John Hill / December 13, 2017

 

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) recently sponsored their annual special educational workshop, held Saturday, June 24th. As with all our educational events for Hawaii's injured workers we would like to see as many people show up as possible, so we'd like to thank everyone that made the time to attend. Hopefully, they went away better informed on how to cope with and navigate Hawaii's broken, confusing and many times unjust Work Comp system. We'd also like to thank all those that worked tirelessly, generously donating their time to make this workshop a success; from marketing, to the hours of preparations, mahalo for your devotion.

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

(As relevant today as it was in 2014 when this artical was written)


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

IARP Report Submitted 11-08-2017

We have been keeping tabs on the statistics as they relate to Vocational Rehabilitation services for many years. We have been told VR “costs a lot of $” and we keep on looking at what the statistics say. The statistics however say otherwise. The vocational rehabilitation services statistics cost in percentages continually decreased over the past 20 years. The numbers of cases that enter VR services have decreased every year. As of 2015, VR services cost 1.53% of the total cost $290,000,000. So we ask you to review what we have put together here and you be the judge.

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Our Non-Profit Status

 

On 12/12/2012 HIWA was granted its non-profit status by the IRS, effective as of 11/30/2011

ER ID No. 45-4038392

 

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HIWA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization

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