EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to mid-size corporations representing a diversity of industries . So whether you employ people in Hawaii, throughout the United States or in over 200 countries abroad, we are your one stop shop for employment background checks.

Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Hawaii should know.


State Capital



The state of Hawaii has 4 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts:  The Hawaii State Circuit CourtsThe primary civil and criminal court in Hawaii  . They rule all jury trial cases and have exclusive jurisdiction over probate, guardianship and criminal felony cases as well as civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds USD 25,000.
  • Appellate Courts: The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from state trial court or administrative agency decisions. Its decisions, under certain circumstances, are subject to the Hawai`i Supreme Court’s review.
  • Supreme Court of Hawaii: The Hawaii State Supreme Court is the state supreme court. It is the high court of the state and makes binding decisions over appeals from the lower courts upon transfer from the Intermediate Court of Appeals and cases eligible to be heard directly by the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. It is also responsible for court rules, licensing and disciplining attorneys.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Hawaii are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ban the Box

Hawaii has a statewide ban the box law.

Credit Report

Hawaii has a law that restricts the use of credit reports in the hiring process and only allows employer use under limited circumstances: 1) only after the prospective employee has received a conditional offer of employment, which can then be withdrawn if information in the credit history or credit report is directly related to a “bona fide occupational qualification”; 2) if an employer is expressly permitted or required by any federal or state law; 3) for managerial or supervisory employees; and 4) If employers are financial institutions insured by a federal agency having jurisdiction over the financial institution.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

It is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire discharge or otherwise discriminate against an individual based on an arrest record.

Medical Marijuana

The state of Hawaii has a law which legalizes medical marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Hawaii does not restrict or limit private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.