Licensing Area: Acupuncture

Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers

Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements

RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272

Business Registration Division
(808) 586-2727

Executive Officer

Christine Rutkowski

(808) 586-2698

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai 274-3141
Maui 984-2400
Hawaii 974-4000
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644

P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Acupuncturist


Biennial June 30 every odd numbered year

Online renewals begin on April 22, 2013 10 a.m. (HST) through midnight (HST) June 30, 2013. Late renewals must be submitted by mail or in person.
Acupuncture licensees will be mailed a postcard renewal notice only.  Postcard notice will be mailed out Friday, April 19, 2013.

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within 1 year after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current license requirements.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS , any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met. Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet .

Regulating Body

Board of Acupuncture

Board Composition
5 Members

Michael Howden, L.Ac., Acupuncturist, Chairperson

James R. Corcoran, Ph.D., Public

Mike Hashimoto, D.Ac., Acupuncturist

Jayne Tsuchiyama, L.Ac., Acupuncturist

Vacant, Industry

3 Acupuncturists
2 Public