New Developments with Unemployment Insurance. The State of Hawaii’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program to include self-employed, 1099, project/gig employee claims!

The State of Hawaii’s Unemployment Insurance system has been revamped to include the acceptance and processing of bonafide self-employed, 1099 and project/gig economy claims for employees who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. These claims are covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, covered under the CARES Act.–To learn more about the PUA program click here:

–To go directly to the PUA program application process:

If you have any questions, or need to speak to someone regarding UI claims or the PUA program, contact Department of Labor and Industrial Relations:

For claims and benefits:

Oahu: 808-586-8970
Hilo: 808-974-4086
Kona: 808-322-4822
Maui: 808984-8400
Kauai: 808-274-3043