Hearings Office (OAH)

NOTICE

Effective September 27, 2021, all visitors to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, King Kalakaua Building (KKB), 335 Merchant Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, including any and all parties, witnesses and attorneys appearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Medical Inquiry and Conciliation Panel and the Design Claims Conciliation Panel, shall comply with the following before access to the KKB will be granted:

  1. Prior to entry into the KKB, each visitor shall present verification of being fully vaccinated or, if not fully vaccinated, shall produce a negative test result of a COVID-19 test as a condition to being allowed to enter or remain in the KKB;
  2. Visitors will be allowed to provide verification of being fully vaccinated or, if not fully vaccinated, their negative test result by: i. showing official documentation evidencing their vaccination status or negative test result of a COVID-19 test, or by the use of various publicly available health status applications provided by the State of Hawai‘i Smart Health Card, CommonPass applications, CLEAR Health Pass, Azova, IBM Digital Health Pass, and other similar products available to the public; and
  3. All visitors, whether fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, shall wear a mask the entire time they are present in the KKB, physically distance themselves from others, and comply with all signs limiting room capacity.

In order to minimize any delays in the start of the scheduled hearing or other proceeding, please arrive at the KKB at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Thank you for your cooperation.

*Please note:

“Fully vaccinated” means 2 weeks have passed since (1) the visitor’s second dose in a two-dose series or (2) a single-dose vaccine.

“Covid-19 test” means a diagnostic or screening test for SARS Cov-2 administered or observed by a laboratory, testing site, or healthcare provider or facility or authorized agent of the laboratory, testing site, or healthcare provider or facility of a sample taken not more than 72 hours prior to entry into the facility.

In light of the continuing public health emergency, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Medical Inquiry and Conciliation Panel, and the Design Claim Conciliation Panel (collectively referred to as OAH) will be closed to the public until further notice. 

During this period, all hearings, conferences and other proceedings will be held as scheduled by telephone or video conference unless otherwise ordered by the presiding Hearings Officer or Panel Chair.  In addition, you are encouraged to submit all briefs, motions, responses, records, requests for hearings, and other documents, along with any questions, to OAH by emailing to [email protected] or [email protected] (for MICP/DCCP matters).  All emailed documents will be accepted for filing Monday – Friday (except weekends and holidays) between 7:45 am and 4:30pm only.  We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.  If applicable, a file-stamped copy of the document will be returned to you by email upon request.  If you are mailing a document to OAH, the original and one copy of the document should be sent to 335 Merchant Street, Room 100, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  Please include additional copies along with a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have a file-stamped copy of the document returned to you.  If a filing fee, bond or other payment is required, a copy of your check should be emailed to OAH and the check should be deposited in the mail within 2 business days.  Please do not mail time-sensitive documents.  All such documents should be emailed to ensure timely receipt of your documents.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.  Please continue to check this website for the latest news, information and updates.

FOR FASTER RESPONSE:

If your inquiry involves the registration of a business entity or a business name, please send your questions to [email protected]

If your inquiry involves the application for, or renewal/status of, a professional license application, please send your questions to [email protected]

If your inquiry is intended for the Insurance Division or Insurance Commissioner, you may send your questions to [email protected]

The Office of Administrative Hearings is responsible for conducting administrative hearings and issuing recommended or final decisions for all divisions within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs that are required to provide contested case hearings pursuant to the provisions of Hawai`i Revised Statutes Chapters 91 and 92.Additional matters heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings include: 1) medical inquiries under the provisions of Hawaii Revised Statutes § 671-11 et seq. (the Medical Inquiry and Conciliation Panel) beginning January 1, 2013; 2) tort claims against design professionals under the provisions of Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 672B (the Design Claim Conciliation Panel); 3) disputes arising from the State’s procurement laws pursuant to Hawai`i Revised Statutes Chapter 103D; 4) contested case hearings involving the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii; and 5) disputes among manufacturers, distributors, or dealers of motor vehicles covered by Part II of Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 437.