Top Constituent Questions and Answers

From the week of June 15 to 19.

A: The State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Unemployment Insurance Division has increased its capacity to receive claims.

File your initial claim at https://huiclaims2020.hawaii.gov/initial-claim 

Check the status of your UI claim at https://huiclaims2020.hawaii.gov/status.

A: UI benefits for self-employed persons and bona fide independent contractors and others who are disqualified from receiving UI for COVID-19-related reasons may be covered through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. File your PUA claim at https://pua.hawaii.gov/_/.

A: If you would like to contact the State DLIR regarding the denial of your UI claim, send an email to dlir.ui.disqualified@hawaii.gov with your full name, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, telephone number (including area code), and a screenshot of your disqualification message.

A: Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

The IRS has also established a phone line to answer questions about your Economic Impact Payments (EIP). You can reach them toll free at 1-800-919-9835. 

If you have questions about your EIP, please use this resource to get answers from the IRS or contact my office with any concerns or issues. For any further questions, please follow the link here.

A: On April 27, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting applications for the Payment Protection Program (PPP) from approved lenders on behalf of eligible borrowers. If your loan application for the PPP has already been submitted, you are encouraged to contact your lender to confirm that your loan application is complete and in the queue for loan review and approval.

Due to the large volume of applications, the SBA is unable to provide the status update of individual applications. If you have an application number beginning with “3”, your application has been received and is in the queue for review and decision.

The SBA has resumed accepting applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), but only for agricultural businesses due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their EIDL applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.