Hawaii Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Hawaii Military and Veterans Benefits: Hawaii offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans 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 State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Hawaii National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax: ( HRS §235-7(a)(3) ) Income received by members of the reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States of America, and the Hawaii National Guard as compensation for performance of duty, equivalent to pay received for forty-eight drills (equivalent of twelve weekends) and fifteen days of annual training duty, at a pay grade of E-5 and below after eight years of service is exempt from state taxation.
Who is eligible for National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax?
Reserve Component Service members are eligible for this exemption.

Learn more about Hawaii National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Exempt from Hawaii Income Tax

Hawaii Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Excluded from gross income, adjusted gross income, and taxable income any compensation received in the form of a pension for past services.

Learn more about Hawaii Retired Military Pay Income Tax

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Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: There shall be excluded from gross income, adjusted gross income, and taxable income any compensation received in the form of a pension for past services.

Learn more about Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Hawaii State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Hawaii State Tax Benefits: ( §235-7 ) There shall be excluded from gross income, adjusted gross income, and taxable income any compensation received in the form of a pension for past services.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Hawaii State Tax Benefits

Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions: ( HRS §14-246-29 ) Real property owned and occupied as a home by any person who is totally disabled due to injuries received while on duty with the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from all property taxes and other than special assessments.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions? The exemption remains in place with no expiration, provided:

  • The Veteran provides proof of service and disability (DD214 and award letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs)

  • The Veteran claiming exemption remains 100% disabled

  • The exemption is not allowed on more than one house for any one person

  • housing That the property in which the Veteran resides is not used for a commercial purpose.

Non-remarried Surviving Spouses of disabled Veterans are also eligible for the tax exemption, provided the Spouse submits proof of marriage and the deceased Veteran's disability.

Property taxes are assessed by each of the four counties in the state of Hawaii. Each county has their own special assessment rate and forms for the exemption.
County and City of Honolulu - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Kauai - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Maui - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
County of Hawaii - Real Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans

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Hawaii Passenger Vehicle Tax Exemption for Certain Cars Furnished to Disabled Veterans: ( HRS §14-249-6 ) Passenger cars owned by persons who, by reason of their service disability, have been furnished such cars by the federal government and have been so certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, shall be exempted from the tax herein provided for. This exemption shall not extend to vehicles used for commercial purposes, nor to more than one vehicle of any disabled Veteran.

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Hawaii Passenger Vehicle Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans: ( HRS §14-249-31.5 ) Passenger cars owned by a Veteran that has a service-connected disability rating of 100% as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is exempt from payment of all annual vehicle registration fees; provided that this exemption does not extend to any vehicle used for commercial purposes or to more than one vehicle owned by the disabled Veteran.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Education Benefits ?

Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) Kupono Diploma Program grants honorary high school diplomas to World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War era Veterans, as well as individuals whose schooling was interrupted due to internment in relocation camps during World War II.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Kupono Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans?
Veterans applying for this program must match the following criteria:

  • Veterans must have been enrolled in a State of Hawaii public high school prior to enlistment in military service

  • Evidence of military status eligibility must be included with the program application (DD214 or Enlisted Record with proof of honorable discharge)

  • Military service must have been during World War II, the Korean War, or Vietnam War

  • Internees must have been enrolled in a State of Hawaii public school prior to internment and must provide evidence of being interned in a relocation camp.

Under this program, qualified Veterans or internees who successfully completed a General Education Diploma (GED) program will also be granted an honorary high school diploma. Diplomas may also be awarded posthumously and awarded to Family members. There is no cost to participate in the Kupono Diploma Program.

To apply for the Kupono Diploma Program:

  • Application requests may be sent by e-mail to cherry_okahara@notes.k12.hi.us . Or mail to: Hawaii State Department of Education, Kupono Diploma Program, PO BOX 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804

  • Applications may be submitted at any time. However, applications must be submitted no later than January 30 to participate in the current year graduation ceremony.

  • Application processing will take four to six weeks. The Department of Education will contact all applicants regarding program eligibility.

Hawaii State Department of Education, Kupono Diploma Application

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Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents): Non-resident Veterans, military Service members who are stationed in Hawaii and their dependents are eligible to attend colleges in Hawaii at the resident tuition rate.
Who is eligible for Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents)?
Nonresidents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify as one of the following:

  • United States military personnel and their authorized dependents during the period such personnel are stationed in Hawai‘i on active duty

  • Members of the Hawai’i National Guard and Hawai’i based Reserves

  • Veterans eligible to use Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30) Active Duty educational benefits, who live in Hawaii, and enroll at the University within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more

  • Individuals eligible to use transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30) Active Duty educational benefits, who live in Hawaii, and enroll at the University within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more

  • Individuals eligible to use Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) educational benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, who live in Hawai‘i

  • Individuals eligible to use transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) educational benefits, who live in Hawai‘i, and whose transferor is a member of the uniformed services who is serving on active duty.

Learn more about Hawaii Residency for Tuition Purposes (Veterans, Service Members and Dependents)

Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: The Hawaii Army National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) offers tuition waivers for eligible Service members who have completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. The waiver covers 100% of your tuition if you are a community college student, and 50% of your tuition if you are a four-year university student. In order to be eligible for STAP, you must:

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree

  • Be enrolled in courses pertaining to that undergraduate degree

  • Be a satisfactory performer in your assigned Hawaii National Guard unit

STAP can also be used in conjunction with your G.I. Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance benefits.

Learn more about the Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Hawaii Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely 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 requirementsyoung men at computers

  • 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 promulgation and 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.

Primary Point of Contact:
Kathleen F. Berg, Brig Gen (Ret), Hawaii Commissioner
Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Address: 1229 Kuuna Street
Kailua, HI 96734
Email: kberg@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-262-5008

Cherry Torres Okahara, Military Liaison
Hawaii Department of Education
Address: 1390 Miller Street, #309
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
Email: cherry_okahara@notes.k12.hi.us
Phone: 808-271-5724

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty: ( §78-16.5 ) State and city employees receive 15 days military leave per calendar year. Additional 15 days fromSoldiers standing in line the succeeding year may be used provided that the officer's or employee's entitlement to fifteen working days under this section for the succeeding calendar year shall be canceled and the officer or employee shall so agree in writing.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty?
State and city employee on orders for Military unit training or active duty are eligible.

Learn more about Hawaii State Employee Leave for Military Duty

Hawaii State Employee Military Caregiver Leave: A State employee is eligible for up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to care for your military relative (Spouse, Child, parent, or next of kin) if they have a qualifying serious illness or injury incurred in the line of duty on active duty.

Learn more about Hawaii State Employee Military Caregiver Leave

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting 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 dutytank shooting a round and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as 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 convalescing 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 (the long-standing "escalator" principle), 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. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is 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 to 102 percent 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 the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both 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 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent 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 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A 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 Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A 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 as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouses) may be entitled to preference on the basis of 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 Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173 .

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Hawaii State Veterans Preference for Public Employment: The State of Hawaii Department of Human Resources Development manages the Veterans Preference Program for public employment. Non-disabled Veterans receive 5 Veterans preference points; disabled Veterans receive 10 points. Preference points are added to examination scores completed by applicants for open competitive recruitments only.
Who is eligible for Hawaii State Veterans Preference for Public Employment?

5 points Veterans preference may be awarded to honorably separated Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces:

  • During the period December 7, 1941 to July 1, 1955

  • For more than 180 consecutive days from Jan. 31, 1955 through Oct. 14, 1976 (Not including initial active duty for training under Reserve or National Guard programs)

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal was authorized.

10 points Veterans preference may be awarded to:

  • Honorably separated Veterans with service-connected disability; including those awarded the Purple Heart

  • The Spouse of an honorably separated Veteran with a service-connected disability which disqualifies the Veteran from State positions in their usual occupation

  • An un-remarried, Surviving Spouse of a person who died while on active duty, or of an honorably separated Veteran who served during the periods cited above.

To receive 5 points, you must submit a copy of your DD214 showing dates of honorable service with this application. To receive 10 points, you must submit an official statement from the Veterans Administration or armed service dated within the past 12 months which confirms your qualification to receive10 points preference. Spouses or Surviving Spouses must also submit evidence of marriage, and, as applicable, Veteran’s death.

Additional information regarding Veterans preference points can be found on the State of Hawai'i Application for Civil Service Positions .

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Hawaii Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment insurance is a program administered by the Unemployment Insurance Division of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The purpose of this program is to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet the requirements of the Hawaii Employment Security Law. Unemployment insurance benefits are paid as a matter of legal entitlement and past employment, and not on the basis of need. In Hawaii, employers pay all the costs of unemployment insurance through a payroll tax or reimbursable basis. Employees do not pay any part of their wages to finance the program.

You can apply online.

The online claim portal may be accessed during the following hours:

Monday – Friday
6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Hawaii Standard Time

If you require assistance contact your nearest local office. You must present photo identification.
Hawaii Unemployment Office Directory

You will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Your social security number

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you need your alien registration number

  • Your employment information for the past 18 months, including employer’s name, address, zip-code, phone number, dates of employment, and reason for separation

  • If you were separated from active duty military, you need your DD214 member 4 copy. Do not delay your filing if you do not have your DD214. You can provide this documentation at a later date. If you don’t have a copy of your Form DD214, request a copy online at the National Archives Military Service Record Request Webpage .

  • If you were in federal employment, you need your SF8 or SF50 or pay-stubs

  • Your bank account number and your bank’s routing number. Use your bank routing number and account information on your personal check. To deposit to a savings account, contact your financial institution to obtain the correct routing and account information.

You must file between the hours of 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday to Friday or between 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekends and holidays (Hawaii Standard Time). A confirmation page will be displayed at the end and you will also receive a confirmation email. Ensure you follow all instructions provided to you on confirmation page after your application has been completed. You must also download and submit applicable forms as required.
State of Hawaii, Handbook on Unemployment Benefits

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Hawaii Veteran Unemployment Services: The Workforce Development Division (WDD) and its network of One-Stop Career Centers not only offers its array of employment and training seunemployment servicesrvices to Veterans, but also provides relevant applicant recruiting assistance tailored to the needs of the business community. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) are employed at the centers to offer assistance to employers seeking to hire Veterans with specific skills and experiences. LVER staff members are Veterans themselves and have received special training at the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI).

Job seekers can access employment search engines online at the HireNet Hawaii webpage or by visiting any WDD office or One-Stop Career Center. Additional information on Veteran services and programs can be found in the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Division Brochure .
WDD office or One-Stop Career Center Directory

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Department of Transportation Benefits?

Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles: A statewide Department of Motor Vehicles does not exist in Hawaii; each county has been given the responsibility of regulating and providing driver licenses and vehicle registration.
Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 286, Sections 41-71

Customers with specific questions may contact their county driver license/state ID office:

Learn more about Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles

"Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State Identification Cards: A "Veteran" designation for Hawaii driver licenses and state ID cards is now available for eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Hawaii veterans designation on licence
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State Identification Cards? Veterans of the uniformed services of the United States and who were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions are eligible. Applicants must provide a completed State of Hawaii Driver's License Application or State of Hawaii Identification Card Application and proof of qualification. Acceptable documents include:

  • 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 Veterans Administration

  • Verification letter issued by the Office of Veteran Services

  • Military Retired Identification Card (DD2, Retired)

  • Official Military Orders

  • Veteran's Health Identification Card (VHIC)

Applicants whose driver's license, permit, or state ID's are not within the renewal period may add the Veteran designation by applying for a duplicate by presenting one of the documents listed above at a driver license issuing facility; regular duplicate fees will apply.

Applicants for new or renewal driver's licenses, instructional permits, and state ID's are required to provide the necessary documents for proof of name, date of birth, Social Security number, principal residence, and legal presence status. Please visit the following links for details:

Customers with specific questions may contact their county driver license/State ID office at:

  • 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)

Learn more about "Veteran" Designation for Hawaii Driver Licenses/State Identification Cards

Vehicle Weight Tax Exemption for Non-Resident Military Service Members: HRS §14-249-6 .5 Members of the United States Armed Forces on active duty stationed at a military installation in Hawaii and who are residents of another state are exempt from payment of Hawaii's motor vehicle weight taxes for one vehicle registered in their name. Individuals who are members of a reserve component on temporary active duty do not qualify for this exemption. If you qualify and want to be exempt from the tax, you must submit a completed Non-Resident form. Non-resident forms can be obtained from the county office:

A completed form is required each time you are applying for the following:

  • Renewal of a Hawaii registration

  • Hawaii registration of a vehicle previously registered in another state or county

  • Hawaii registration of a newly purchased vehicle, and

  • For transfer of ownership of a previously Hawaii registered vehicle.

Should you leave active duty, change your residency to Hawaii or are stationed out of the state of Hawaii but your vehicle remains in Hawaii, you are no longer exempt from Hawaii's motor vehicle weight tax. To avoid a penalty for delinquent registration, you must re-register your vehicle within 30 days of the effective date of your change in status.

Learn more about Hawaii Vehicle Weight Tax Exemption for Non-Resident Military Service Members

Hawaii Military and Veterans License Plates: ( HRS §249-9.2 ) The State of Hawaii offers 10 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. Currently available are:

  • Hawaii Gold Star plate Gold Star Family

  • Veteran

  • Combat Veteran

  • Combat Wounded (Purple Heart)

  • Pearl Harbor Survivor

  • Former POW

  • World War II Veteran

  • Korean War Veteran

  • Vietnam Veteran

  • Persian Gulf Veteran

State of Hawaii Military and Veteran License Plate Examples

For the same cost as regular license plates, qualified Veterans can acquire distinctive Veterans' license plates for their car or motorcycle. An application must be submitted to obtain these plates. Applications must be obtained from the applicants County Department of Motor Vehicles.

Who is eligible for Hawaii Military and Veterans License Plates? The applicant must submit current vehicle registration and supporting documentation for the requested plate (i.e., DD214 showing dates of service). Gold Star Family members must provide proof of relationship (marriage/birth certificate), Certificate of Casualty report, or death certificate.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:Mother holding two kids

  • 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.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to 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:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Hawaii National Guard Medical Coverage under Worker’s Compensation laws for Injury or Illness incurred while on State Active Duty: ( Title 21 §386-161 ) If a member of the Hawaii national guard or Hawaii state defense force suffers a personal injury arising out of and in the performance of the member's duty therein, compensation shall be paid to the member or the member's dependents by the State for such injury in the manner and in the amounts provided for in this chapter; provided that if in any case arising after May 10, 1951, any such member or the member's dependents receive compensation from the federal government by reason of such injury, the amount of the compensation shall be deducted from the amount which may thereafter become due from the State.
Who is eligible for Hawaii National Guard Medical Coverage under Worker’s Compensation laws for Injury or Illness incurred while on State Active Duty? National Guard Service members that suffer an injury or illness, which occurred in the line of duty, while serving on State Active Duty are eligible for coverage.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Parks & Recreation Benefits?

Hawaii Hunting Licenses at Resident Price for Nonresident Military: Active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Hawaii are considered to be residents foFeral pigr the purposes of obtaining a hunting license.

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What are my Hawaii Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Hawaii National Guard State Family Program: The Hawaii National Guard State Family Programs is a resource for Service members, Retirees, Veterans and their Families to support their resiliency and growth by providing education, resources, and assistance for the unique environment of today's military way of life. This site has been established to better support Service members and their Families. Programs, benefits and valuable information will be posted here. The main goal is to offer services in support of Family readiness and Service members.
Who is eligible for Hawaii National Guard State Family Program?
Any Service member, Retiree, Veteran, or their Family members may find useful links, resources and information at their website.

Learn more about Hawaii National Guard State Family Program

Free Certified Copies of Vital Statistics Forms for Hawaii Veterans: Free certified copies of vital statistics forms when needed for Veterans' claims.
Who is eligible for Free Certified Copies of Vital Statistics Forms for Hawaii Veterans?
When the Veteran's documents are to be used in determining their eligibility to participate in benefits made available by their federal agency. Contact your local Office of State Veteran's Services for more information.
Office of State Veteran's Services Directory

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Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo: The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, Hawaii's first State Veterans Home, provides high quality nursing and personal care, applied with courtesy and compassion. The home has been entrusted to the management of Avalon Care Center aHawaii state veterans homend its dedicated staff to provide care with a reverence for life emphasizes the sacred individuality of every person. The home is a VA and Medicare/Medicaid certified health care community, striving to honor Veterans through dedicated and compassionate care. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home is located at 1180 Waianuenue Ave.
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:

  • Must require skilled or long-term nursing home care as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), MedQuest, or Medicare as certified by a physician

  • For adult day health services, they must meet VA or MedQuest criteria as certified by a physician

  • Must be at least 55 years of age

  • Admission of persons under age 55 is considered on an individual basis by the admission team with consideration given to the ability of the Home to meet the needs of the Veteran population

  • Must be honorably discharged

  • Resided in Hawaii prior to induction in the military or have one-year residency in Hawaii

  • Must be able to pay the resident’s portion of the cost of care (if not covered by other payer sources such as Medicare, MedQuest, etc.)

  • On a space available basis, the Home may accept Spouses, Surviving Spouses, and Gold Star parents

  • In case of a waiting list the admissions team will utilize the following priority for admissions:

    • Severity of disability

    • Capacity to earn a living

    • Length of military service

    • Amount of combat experience

    • Circumstances of immediate Family

  • Must meet all other patient clinical criteria for admissions outlined in clinical related policies.

Additional information and an application may be found in the Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home - Hilo, Information Packet and Application .

Learn more about the Yukio Okutsu, Hawaii State Veterans Home in Hilo

Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries : Burial in one of the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries (HSVC) located on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, or State Veterans CemeteryLanai is an honor reserved for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible dependents.

Family members utilize a one grave concept with interments at 4', 6', 8', and 10' depths. Cremations may be placed in a niche in the columbarium wall or inurned in a ground plot. HSVC will provide a gravesite, marker, perpetual care of the gravesite, and will open and close the grave.

The Veteran's Family must pay for mortuary services provided by funeral directors and other related costs, usually including transportation of remains. There is a standard plot or interment allowance fee of $700 for each interment payable to State of Hawaii, Department of Defense.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay the plot or interment allowance fee ($700) for wartime and peacetime Veterans. Families are responsible to pay the plot allowance fee ($700) for active duty, and dependents. 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 Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Webpage
Who is eligible for interment at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries?
This cemetery is for Veterans, their Spouses, and minor Children who are under 21 years of age or under 23 years of age if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Unmarried adult Children who are physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 years also are eligible for burial.

To establish burial eligibility in the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, a copy of the Veteran's official military discharge document with the character of discharge is required, i.e., DD214, WDAGO 53-55, or VA Statement of Service verifying the Veteran's military 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 additional information or assistance, please contact:

Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
45-349 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-369-3575
Fax: 808-233-3633

Learn more about the Hawaii State Veterans Cemeteries

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Hawaii

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.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Hawaii

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Hawaii: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (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.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Hawaii

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Military Installations in Hawaii

Please see the Hawaii Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:
Army
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

Navy
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Air Force
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Marines
Marine Corps Base Hawaii

National Guard:
Hawaii Department of Defense
Army National Guard
Air National Guard

United States Army Reserve (USAR):
9th Mission Support Command

Resources

Hawaii Department of Taxation

Hawaii Department of Veterans' Services

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Hawaii Revised Statutes

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Hawaii

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Education, Military Families Information

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Document Review Date: 20 November 2020