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Summary of Hawaii Military and Veterans Benefits: Hawaii offers special benefits for service members, Veterans and their families including property tax exemptions, Hawaii National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, vehicle license plates, tax exemption on passenger cars, preference in state and county classified employment, as well as state Veterans cemetery benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services: The Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services can assist Veterans, retired service members and their families find and apply for Veterans’ benefits under federal, state, and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Hawaii Office of Veterans' Services, List of Services Provided
Hawaii Office Veterans’ Services Directory
Hawaii State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Hawaii National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax: Service members serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces can exclude $7,345 of their military pay from their Hawaii state taxes.
Who is eligible for National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax? Service members serving in the Hawaii National Guard and the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves are eligible for this exemption.
Hawaii Income Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by a resident service member that is included in their federal adjusted gross income is taxable in Hawaii.
Hawaii Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is exempt from Hawaii Income taxes.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.
Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
- Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their families
- Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
- Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or
- Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.
Hawaii State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), and Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP annuities are not taxed in Hawaii.
Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions: Each Hawaii county has a variation of a property tax exemption for disabled Veterans and their surviving spouse. Each county has their own assessment rate, eligibility requirements and forms for their exemption.
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption Information for Counties in Hawaii:
For more information and to apply disabled Veterans or their unremarried surviving spouse should contact the tax assessment office in the county where the property is located.
County and City of Honolulu, Real Property Assessment Division Contact Information
County of Kauai Real Property Assessment Division Contact Information
County of Maui Real Property Assessment Division Contact Information
County of Hawaii Real Property Assessment Division Contact Information
Hawaii Passenger Vehicle Tax Exemption for Vehicles Furnished to Disabled Veterans: Specially adapted vehicles that have been provided to service-connected disabled Veterans by the VA are exempt from all Hawaii taxes.
Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: The Hawaii Department of Education, Kupono Diploma Program grants honorary high school diplomas to World War II (WWII), Korean, and Vietnam War era Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
- Was enrolled in a Hawaii public high school prior to entering the U.S. Armed Forces
- Received an honorable discharge
- Served was during WWII, the Korean War, or Vietnam War
Veterans who received a General Education Diploma (GED) are also eligible for an honorary diploma. Diplomas may be awarded posthumously to Veterans who are deceased. There is no cost for this program.
Veterans can send their completed application and proof they received an honorable discharge and service dates by mail or email to:
Hawaii State Department of Education
Kupono Diploma Program
PO BOX 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804
Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes for Nonresident Veterans, Service Members and Dependents: Nonresident Veterans, service members who are stationed in Hawaii and their dependents are eligible to attend colleges in Hawaii at the resident tuition rate. In addition, students using VA educational benefits and the Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are also eligible for resident rates.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes for Nonresident Veterans, Service Members and Dependents? Nonresidents are authorized resident tuition if they meet one of the following requirements:
- Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces Service and their authorized dependents while stationed in Hawaii
- Hawaii National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve service members serving in a unit based in Hawaii
- Veterans who are using VA educational benefits
- Students using the Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
- Students using transferred VA educational benefits from a transferor serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Veterans using educational assistance under the Veteran Readiness and Employment program (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP): Hawaii STAP offers tuition reimbursement for eligible Hawaii National Guard service members up to 100% of tuition at a community college and 50% of tuition at a Hawaii state university.
Who is eligible for STAP? To be eligible for STAP Hawaii National Guard service members must meet the following requirements:
- Hawaii resident serving in the Hawaii National Guard
- Enlisted service member, warrant officer or commissioned officer 0-3 and below
- Must be enrolled in a degree producing program
For complete eligibility requirements and to request an application service members should contact the Hawaii Army National Guard Education Office at 808-672-1019.
Hawaii Army National Guard Education and Incentives Facebook Page
Army National Guard Education Benefits Book
Hawaii Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the prompt enrollment of children of military families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
- Facilitating the student placement process through which children of military families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military families
- Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military families under this compact
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents, and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student
Points of Contact
Phone: 808-262-5008 / 808-271-5724
Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty:State and city employees receive 15 days military leave with pay for military duty per calendar year. An additional 15 days from the next year may be used if required.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty?State and city employees who are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.
Hawaii State Employee Military Caregiver Leave: Hawaii State employees are eligible for up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to care for their military relative (spouse, child, parent or next of kin) if they have a serious illness or injury they received in the line of duty while serving on active duty.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all who have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war, or
- During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30% .
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
- Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of spouses, surviving spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a spouse (including surviving spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and:
- Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Hawaii State Veterans’ Preference for Public Employment: Hawaii offers Veterans’ hiring preference when hiring for open competitive positions in public employment for eligible Veterans and their spouses.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Veterans Preference for Public Employment?
5 points Veterans’ preference is awarded to honorably discharged Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who meet one of the following service requirements:
- Served from December 7, 1941, through July 1, 1955, or
- Served for more than 180 consecutive days from January 31, 1955, through October 14, 1976 (does not include active duty for training), or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal was authorized
10 points Veterans’ preference is awarded to:
- Honorably discharged Veterans who have a service-connected disability, or were awarded the Purple Heart
- Spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran who has a service-connected disability that prevents them from working in state employment or their usual occupation
- Unremarried surviving spouse of a service member who died while serving on active duty
- Unremarried surviving spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran who served during the time periods listed above
All Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 to verify character of discharge and period of service, disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their VA disability award letter as proof of their service-connected disability (dated within the past 12 months). Spouses or surviving spouses must also provide proof of marriage, and of the Veteran’s death (if applicable).
Additional information regarding Veterans’ preference can be found on the Hawaii Application for Civil Service Positions.
Hawaii Workforce Development Division (WDD) Veteran Services: The Hawaii WDD and One-Stop Career Centers offer a wide range of employment and training services for Veterans and service members transitioning to civilian employment.
One-Stop Career Centers have Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) who are Veterans themselves and have received special training to understand how to bridge the skills and experiences of Veterans with the job requirements in local industries.
One-Stop Career Centers offer priority of service for eligible Veterans and their spouses. Priority of service means those eligible will be given priority over non-Veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services through the U.S. Department of Labor employment and job-training programs.
Veterans can access employment search engines online at the HireNet Hawaii webpage or by visiting any WDD office or One-Stop Center. Additional information on Veteran services and programs can be found in the Hawaii WDD Brochure.
Hawaii One-Stop Career Center, (American Job Center) Directory
Hawaii Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Hawaii UI program provides temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.
Applicants should file their initial claim using the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, UI online claim portal.
Online UI claim portal hours of availability:
- Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST)
- Weekends and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. HST
Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:
- Social Security Number
- If not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number
- Employment information for the past 18 months, including employer’s name, address, zip-code, phone number, dates of employment, and reason for separation
- DD214 (member copy 4) if a former service member during the last 18 months
- Form 8 (SF8) for former federal employees if a former federal government employee during the last 18 months
- Bank account and routing numbers for your bank or credit union for direct deposit
For more information or assistance please contact the nearest Hawaii Unemployment Office, or call the Unemployment Claims and Benefits Call Center at 833-901-2272, 833-901-2275, 808-762-5751, or 808-762-5752.
Information Needed to File Hawaii UI
Hawaii Handbook on UI Benefits
Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles: Hawaii does not have a statewide department of motor vehicles, each county regulates and manages driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration and license plates.
Hawaii Revised Statutes 17-286-41 through 71
Customers with specific questions may contact their county office:
- County of Hawaii, Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division
- City and County of Honolulu, Motor Vehicle, Licensing and Permits Division
- County of Kauai, Department of Motor Vehicles
- County of Maui, Motor Vehicle and Licensing
Hawaii State Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption: Hawaii offers a partial motor vehicle registration fee exemption of $46 for one vehicle for disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for the Hawaii State Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
- Hawaii resident
- Received a discharge other than dishonorable
- Has a 100% service-connected disability rating
Veterans will be required to provide the following documentation to the Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services:
- Copy of driver’s license
- Copy of current vehicle registration
- Copy of current VA Disability Letter
· Current mailing address if different from license
Veterans can submit documentation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to 808-433-0385. The Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services will verify the documentation and provide a letter that Veterans must use when registering their vehicle.
"Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and Instruction Permits: Hawaii offers a” Veteran" designation for Hawaii driver’s licenses, state ID cards and instruction permits for eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and Instruction Permits? Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions are eligible.
- DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
- NGB 22 (National Guard Report of Separation from Active Duty)
- Prior to January 1, 1950 - WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO, 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, NAVCG 553, DD Form 217
- Discharge Certificate reflecting characterization of discharge
- Verification letter issued by the VA
- Verification letter issued by the Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services
- Military Retired ID Card (DD2, Retired)
- Official military orders
- Veteran's Health ID Card (VHIC)
For more information Veterans can contact their Hawaii county driver’s license/state ID office:
- County of Hawaii: 808-961-2222
- City/County of Honolulu: 808-532-7730
- County of Kauai: 808-241-4242
- County of Maui: 808-270-7363
- Molokai: 808-553-9067
- Lanai: 808-565-7878
Hawaii Vehicle Weight Tax Exemption for Service Members: Nonresident service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who are stationed in Hawaii are exempt from the Hawaii vehicle weight tax for one vehicle they own.
In addition, Hawaii resident service members who are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Hawaii National Guard or a U.S. Armed Forces Reserves unit in Hawaii are also eligible for a Hawaii vehicle weight tax exemption for one vehicle they own.
Hawaii Military and Veterans License Plates: Hawaii offers 10 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible service members, Veterans, retired service members, and certain family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.
Hawaii Military and Veteran license plate designs available:
- Gold Star Family
- Combat Veteran
- Combat Wounded (Purple Heart)
- Pearl Harbor Survivor
- Former POW (prisoner of war)
- World War II Veteran
- Korean War Veteran
- Vietnam Veteran
- Persian Gulf Veteran
These license plate may be used on noncommercial passenger motor vehicles, motorcycles and motor scooters. The cost of Hawaii military and Veteran license plates is the same as standard Hawaii license plates. Applications and proof of eligibility must be submitted at the local county department of motor vehicles.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard service members) and their families who meet the following qualifications:
- Not on active duty orders
- Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
- Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a family member
This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits for Veterans, active and reserve component service members and their families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
- Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
- Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
- Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
- Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
- Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)
- Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
Hawaii National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred In the Line of Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws: HawaiiNational Guard Service members who are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under Hawaii Workers’ Compensation Laws.
Workers' compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation.
Who is eligible for Hawaii National Guard Compensation for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death Incurred in the Line of Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation Law? Hawaii National Guard Service members who are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible compensation.
Hawaii Hunting Licenses at Resident Price for Nonresident Military: Nonresident active duty service members and their dependents stationed in Hawaii can purchase resident hunting licenses.
Hawaii National Guard State Family Program:The Hawaii National Guard State Family Programs maintains a webpage that provides useful links for service members, retired service members, Veterans and their families. The links provided are chosen to support resiliency and growth by providing education, resources, and assistance for those connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
For more information, please call 877-212-2696.
Free Certified Copies of DD214 for Hawaii Veterans: The Hawaii Office Veterans’ Services will provide free certified copies a Veterans’ DD214 if they have them on file.
For more information, please contact the local Hawaii Office of Veterans’ Services
Hawaii Office Veterans’ Services Directory
Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo: The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, provides high quality long term nursing and personal care, applied with courtesy and compassion for Veterans and their eligible family members.
- Skilled nursing care
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Long term care
- Hospice care
- Geriatric mental health care
- Alzheimer’s care
- Dementia care
- Adult day care
- Respite care
- 95 beds - Large private rooms with showers or spacious semi-private suites
- Home-like atmosphere
- Family dining room for special occasions
- Landscaped grounds with lanai and strolling garden
Who is eligible for care at the Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo? To be eligible for care the Veteran must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Require skilled or long-term nursing home care
- Must be at least 55 years of age (admission under age 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
- Received an honorable discharge
- Resident of Hawaii prior to entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or for one year prior to application
- Must be able to pay the resident’s portion of the cost of care
- On a space available basis spouses, surviving spouses, and Gold Star Parents may be admitted
- Admission priority is based on:
- First -Severity of disability
- Second -Capacity to earn a living
- Third - Length of military service
- Fourth -Amount of combat experience
- Fifth -Circumstances of immediate family
For questions and more information please call 808-961-1500.
Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home - Hilo, Information Packet and Application
Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery (HSVC): HSVC offers a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible family members.
HSVC will provide a gravesite, marker, grave liner, perpetual care of the gravesite, and will open and close the grave.
Family members utilize a one grave concept with interments at 6', 8', and 10' depths. Cremated remains may be placed in a niche in the columbarium wall or buried in a ground plot.
When both spouses are Veterans, two gravesites and two headstones may be provided, if requested. Funeral honors are available through the Hawaii National Guard.
Hawaii Office of Veterans' Services Funeral Honors Webpage
Who is eligible for burial at the HSVC? Eligibility requirements for burial at HSVC are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
- Discharged from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or
- Died while serving on active duty, or
- Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is eligible for military retired pay (or would have been eligible except their death occurred before age 60), or
- Reserve component service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)
- Spouses and children (burial of dependent children is limited to unmarried children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a child who develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
To establish burial eligibility at HSVC, a copy of the Veteran's official military discharge document with the character of discharge is required, i.e., DD214, WDAGO 53-55, or a VA Statement of Service. The following information must also be provided:
- Veteran's full name, rank, branch of service, SSN/VA claim number
- Date of entry and discharge of service
- Date of birth and death
For more information or assistance, please contact:
Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
45-349 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Hawaii also has seven County Veterans Cemeteries that offer burials for Veterans and their eligible family members.
- East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery-No. I (Closed) -County Of Hawaii (Island Of Hawaii)
- East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery-No. II -County Of Hawaii (Island Of Hawaii)
- West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery -County Of Hawaii (Island Of Hawaii)
- Kauai Veterans Cemetery -County Of Kauai (Island Of Kauai)
- Maui Veterans Cemetery -County Of Maui (Island Of Maui)
- Molokai Veterans Cemetery -County Of Maui (Island Of Molokai)
- Lanai Veterans Cemetery -Maui County (Island of Lanai)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Hawaii: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Hawaii: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemetery, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Hawaii. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Military Installations in Hawaii
Please see the Hawaii Military Resource Locator for additional information
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Hawaii Department of Defense
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
9th Mission Support Command