How to Register Your Business in Hawaii

Is your company hiring an employee in Hawaii, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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From Maui to Oahu, Molokai to Lanai, the beauty of the Hawaiian islands are unsurpassed. The most recently admitted of the U.S. states, and the only state not in North America, Hawaii is a beloved vacation destination, and a stunning place to call home. The lucky residents of The Aloha State enjoy world-class surfing, incredible food, and nearly year-round gorgeous weather. If you hire a Hawaiian, chances are, they’re going to want to stay there. Fortunately, though, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines, or in this case, the Pacific Ocean, is easy.

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your business with the state of Hawaii.

Register your business in Hawaii in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register your business with the Hawaii Department of Taxation. Once you’ve created an account, the registration wizard on Hawaii Business Express can walk you through the process. It can take 2-3 days for the registration process to complete.
  2. Next, you’ll need to register with the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. You can create an account and complete the registration process online. You’ll receive your account number by email, immediately after registering.

If you need more help registering with Hawaii Business Express, here is an explanatory video that walks you through the process.

Once you’ve registered with the Department of Taxation and the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes. Unemployment taxes are due quarterly, and if you are a liable employer, you must submit a tax report every quarter, even if you had no paid employees for that quarter or are unable to pay your unemployment taxes.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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