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Asbestos exposure in Hawaii is a serious problem that can lead to the development of mesothelioma and related diseases. A local lawyer can help you get compensation to pay for treatments and hold companies accountable for their negligence. For your convenience, we have compiled information about mesothelioma laws and experienced lawyers in the state of Hawaii.

01. Laws and Regulations

Hawaii Asbestos Laws and Regulations

The primary state laws regulating asbestos in Hawaii are found in Chapter 342P of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, which also covers lead.

Asbestos Inspection in Hawaii

The Hawaii Director of Health has the power to inspect (or order an inspection of) any building or other place to investigate both suspected and actual asbestos use, in accordance with applicable laws and warrant requirements. Any violation of asbestos rules and regulations discovered as a result of such an inspection may result in written notice, a hearing, a plan for remediation, and/or penalties based on the intent of the violation (e.g., negligence, knowing endangerment, etc.). These actions apply to both initial and continuing asbestos violations. In extreme or emergency situations, the Hawaii Director of Health can order the immediate reduction or cessation of asbestos exposure, and even order a state of emergency if necessary.

Asbestos Abatement in Hawaii

Before starting any renovation or demolition on a regulated building containing asbestos, the owners or contractors are required to notify state, local, or EPA officials. During the demolition or renovation activities, licensed asbestos contractors are required to follow special procedures related to the removal, handling, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Like other states, Hawaii follows the EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

Asbestos Licensing in Hawaii

Licensed asbestos workers must at minimum be 18 years old and complete an initial four-day training session, plus any refresher courses that may be required periodically. In addition to taking training and refresher courses, contractors and supervisors must have experience in containment (six months) or general construction (three years) before they are licensed. Inspectors generally need two years of college education or a high school degree plus experience in industrial hygiene or asbestos abatement. Additional licensing requirements are required for asbestos management planners, asbestos project designers, and asbestos project monitors. Various initial and annual renewal fees apply to each level of asbestos licensing in Hawaii.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Hawaii Work Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Hawaii have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Hawaii.

Hawaii Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Barbers Point

    • Chevron Usa Inc
    • Standard Oil
  • Hilo

    • Hawaii Electric Light Company
    • Hawaiian Agricultural Company
    • Hilo Sugar Company
    • Paauhau Sugar Plantation Company
    • Waiakea Steam Plant
  • Honolulu

    • Bechtel Power
    • California Packing Corporation
    • Dole Company
    • H.R. Worthington
    • Hawaiian Pineapple Company
    • Honolulu Shipyard
    • Hutchinson Sugar Plantation Company
    • La Haina Plantation
    • Owens-Corning
    • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
    • Standard American Dredging Company
  • Lahaina

    • Pioneer Mill Company Ltd
  • Nanakuli

    • Kaiser Cement & Gypsum

In addition to the list above, asbestos exposure has occurred at many other locations in Hawaii as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact an attorney to see if the job site in question had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Hawaii Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hawaii residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Laupahoehoe, HI
  • Waianae, HI
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for Hawaii Residents

We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Hawaii.

  • $3.6 MILLION: Plantworker – 66 years old
  • $1.7 MILLION: Plantation Worker – 58 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Hawaii lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Represent Hawaii Residents

The following law firms have lawyers who specialize in handling mesothelioma cases. These firms either have offices in Hawaii or have filed lawsuits on behalf of Hawaii residents. They have knowledge of asbestos companies that have unknowingly caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national mesothelioma law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.
Simmons Hanly Conroy
As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.
06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Hawaii

Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in Hawaii. For individuals who die from this aggressive cancer, their surviving family members also have a limited period in which to submit a claim. The table below outlines the specific personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitation in the state of Hawaii.

Hawaii Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 years after death from mesothelioma

Gathering the evidence necessary to file a mesothelioma lawsuit can be time-consuming, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer experienced with asbestos-related claims to make sure that you and your family do not lose your right to compensation.

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