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.

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.)

Legislators who have tried to express the injured workers' perspectives are vilified in the media as anti-business. We believe it should not be considered anti-business to treat injured workers fairly and compassionately. After all, the sooner an injured worker can be rehabilitated and returned to the workplace, the better for business in general.

We want positive change. We seek ways to heal and rehabilitate injured workers with all due speed. And, we plead with legislators and the media to endorse workers' compensation reform that, first and foremost, does no harm to injured workers!



President: Dr. Scott McCaffrey

Vice President: Douglas T. Moore

Co-Vice President: Francis Smith, Jr.

Secretary: Anne Noto

Treasurer: Laurie Hamano

Director: Steve Birnbaum

Director: Richard Allgire

Director: Beverly Jeanne Lum, Ph.D.

Director: Curtis Yoneda



DISCLAIMER: This article is intended to provide guidance on some of the legal entitlements under the WC process (by no means exhaustive) and should not be used as legal advice on the handling of a workers compensation claim. Contact the State of Hawai’i, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Disability Compensation Division, or the Labor and Industrial Appeals Board, or the union, or retain an attorney for legal advice, as appropriate, because each claim is different. This website is intended for educational and informational purposes only. We expressly disclaim any responsibility for actions taken or not taken based on information on this website. The information is provided “as is” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. The content is general and may not reflect current developments and is subject to change without notice.

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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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