Hawaii – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Hawaii’s current minimum wage rate is $10.10.

For more information on Hawaii’s minimum wage laws, visit our Hawaii Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Hawaii labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate of pay when they work over 40 hours in a workweek. HI Wage and Hour Laws. Federal overtime laws may also apply. For federally-defined exemption and other federal overtime laws see FLSA: Overtime.

Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Hawaii may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Hawaii Wage Standards Division, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.

Meals and Breaks

Hawaii labor laws require employer to grant a meal period of at least 30 minutes to employees 14 or 15 years of age after five (5) consecutive hours of work. HI Statute 390-2(c)(3).

Hawaii does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees 16 years of age or older, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually 30 minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Hawaii labor laws require employers to provide employees who are nursing mothers with reasonable breaks times to express breast milk up until the child is one year old unless:

  • the employer has fewer than 20 employees and
  • doing so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer

Employers must provide nursing mother employees with location to express breast milk that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public. Bathrooms do not meet the minimum standards for the nursing mothers location.

Whether an employer will suffer an undue hardship involves how significant the difficulty or expense of meeting the legal standard for nursing mother breaks will be related to such factors as:

  • the size of the business
  • its financial resources
  • the nature and structure of its operation

HI Statute 378-92

Vacation Leave

Information about Hawaii vacation leave laws may now be found on our Hawaii Leave Laws page.

Sick Leave

Information about Hawaii sick leave laws may now be found on our Hawaii Leave Laws page.

Holiday Leave

Information about Hawaii holiday leave laws may now be found on our Hawaii Leave Laws page.

Jury Duty Leave

Information about Hawaii jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Hawaii Leave Laws page.

Voting Leave

Information about Hawaii voting leave laws may now be found on our Hawaii Leave Laws page.

Severance Pay

Hawaii labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Under certain circumstances, Hawaii residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Hawaii State Unemployment Benefits.

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