Hawaii Small Business Guide: How to Start and Run a Business in Hawaii

Are you a business owner in Hawaii? Or, maybe you’re considering launching your next venture in the Alaho State]? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find guidance on how to start a business, fund your business, operate your business, hire employees, file for taxes, stay compliant in your state, and more. 

Bookmark this page and keep checking back to track new legislation and developments in Hawaii that may affect your company. Now, let’s dive in!

How to register your business in the state of Hawaii

First thing is first: Here is how you register your new business in Hawaii.

Find funding for your Hawaii-based business

Every business, whether new or established, requires funding. Luckily, there are business loans and grants specifically designed for Hawaii-based businesses. Check out the Hawaii business funding page to find a loan or grant that’s a fit for your company. 

How to file and pay business taxes in Hawaii

Navigating the tax landscape can be complex—especially for busy business owners. Here is an up-to-date tax guide for Hawaii businesses

Managing employees in Hawaii

  • Are you calculating employee paychecks? Use this  Hawaii salary paycheck calculator to determine withholdings and calculate take-home pay for your employees in Hawaii. (We do the math for you.)
Minimum wage in HawaiiSUI tax rate in HawaiiHawaii DOL website
$12 per hour

$11 minimum tipped wage per hour 
New employer tax rate: 4%

Tax rate range: 0.01% – 6.2%

Wage base: $56,700
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
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