Hawaii Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Weekly benefits to dependents determined by number of dependents. Spouse with no dependent children receives 50% of deceased’s average weekly wage; spouse with dependent children receive 66 2/3%. There are reduced benefits for other survivors, depending on their dependency status and relationship to the deceased. The sum of all weekly benefits shall not exceed 66 2/3% of the employee’s average weekly wage.

Contact:
Hawaii Workers’ Compensation Disability Compensation Division
Labor and Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 209
Honolulu, HI 96813-5080
Phone:(808) 586-9161
Website: www.hawaii.gov
E-mail: dlir.workcomp@hawaii.gov

(Reference: Hawaii Code 386-41-2, attached to work sheet)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Employer shall pay funeral expenses not to exceed ten times the maximum weekly benefit rate. Burial expenses shall not exceed five times the weekly benefit rate. Payments paid directly to the mortician and cemetery selected by the family or next of kin. If expenses are prepaid, benefits go directly to the survivors or next of kin.

Contact:
Hawaii Workers’ Compensation Disability Compensation Division
Labor and Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 209
Honolulu, HI 96813-5080
Phone:(808) 586-9161
Website: www.hawaii.gov
E-mail: dlir.workcomp@hawaii.gov

(Reference: Hawaii Code 386-41-2, attached to work sheet)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Most career firefighters are registered in a contributory plan through state of Hawaii Retirement system. Survivors have a range of payment options. The lump sum ordinary death benefit consists of the return of the member’s accumulated constitutions and payment of an amount equal to 50% of the salary earned by the member during the year immediately preceding the death.

Contact:
Hawaii State Retirement System (HSRS)
City Financial Tower
201 Merchant Street, Suite 1400
Honolulu HI 96813-2980
Phone: (808) 586-1735 or 888-659-0708 (Members residing on the continental United States)
Fax: (808) 587-5766
Website: ers.ehawaii.gov


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

None.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Initial presentation plus educational assistance; provides immediate financial assistance and covers all the island.

Contact:
Hawaii 200 (Hilo)
899 Ululani St. #2
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-1119

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:
Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org


COUNTY & LOCAL JURISDICTION BENEFITS


 

Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.