Licensure Date: 1925

Directory page last updated 3/22/2019

The Federation does not provide interpretation of the scope of practice laws or rules of any chiropractic licensing authority, nor can we provide specific details regarding licensing requirements.  The educational and testing requirements for each State or Province set forth in this Directory are intended as a general guide.  It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in becoming licensed in a particular State or Province contact the Board office or the Secretary of the respective board to secure current and complete details before matriculating in any school. 
Rise Doi, Executive Officer
​Daniel Jacob, Deputy Attorney General
For Information Contact:
Licensing Branch
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
335 Merchant Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-3000

Email: chiropractor@dcca.hawaii.gov

Web address: cca.hawaii.gov/pvl

Time Zone: Hawaii

Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm; M-F
Exam Dates: n/a
Application/ Transcript Deadline: None
Criminal background check: No
Fingerprinting: No
Application fee: $50 (non-refundable) separate checks
Term: Biennial, renew December 31 odd-numbered years
Initial license fee: If applying for licensure between January 1st of even-numbered years, to December 31st of even-numbered years: $318 ($92 license fee plus $134 Compliance Resolution Fee, plus $92 Half Renewal Fee)
If applying for licensure between January 1st of odd-numbered years, to December 31st of odd-numbered years: $158 ($92 license fee plus $66 Compliance Resolution Fee)
License Renewal fee: $318 ($184 plus $134 Compliance Resolution Fee)
Students: May not sit for board exams prior to graduation
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students or graduates (not yet licensed) may not practice under licensed D.C.
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure:

License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: 20 hours per biennium, due each odd-numbered year at time of renewal.
Distance Credits Allowed: No limit
Program Criteria: Board approves programs. Subject material must be directly related to the concepts of chiropractic principles and practice, including diagnostic procedures, patient care, patient management. Practice building seminars or acupuncture seminars not approved.
Other special areas of specific CE training required: CE courses must be approved by Hawaii board in order to apply credits toward license renewal. Must be practice related only; no practice building or acupuncture CE.

Accepts the uniform continuing education form: No
Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness / risk prevention training: No


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
Acupuncture: Not accepted
SPEC: Restoration of lapsed license, disciplinary cases and impairment review; may be used in lieu of Part IV
PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Modalities
Certification: Included as part of chiropractic license
Additional Education: No specific requirements

Additional Examination: Must have NBCE Physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None

Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Completion of 60 semester hours or equivalent of college credit leading toward a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college, as required by CCE Standards. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Graduation from a chiropractic college accredited by, or recognized as a candidate for accreditation, by any chiropractic accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
SCASA accreditation accepted for those graduating while SCASA was recognized by the USDE. (Before 6/04/93) Exemption: those who matriculated in any chiropractic college prior to 10/15/84.

SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
Chiropractic is defined to be the science of palpating and adjusting the articulations of the human spinal column by hand; provided that the practice of chiropractic as contemplated and set forth in this chapter may include the use of necessary patient evaluation and management procedures of the human spinal column, hot or cold packs, whirlpool, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, traction, electrical and electromechanical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, myofascial release, diathermy, infrared, and chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment and extraspinal evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions related to the human spinal column, subject to the restrictions contained in this chapter; and provided further that the practice of chiropractic as contemplated and set forth in this chapter shall not include the practice of lomilomi or massage. For the purposes of this section, spinal refers to the five spinal regions: cervical region (includes atlanto-occipital joint); thoracic region (includes costovertebral and costotransverse joint); lumbar region; sacral region; and pelvic (sacro-iliac joint) region.

Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: Silent
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: Not part of chiropractic laws/rules, but may be in insurance code/business code
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed above
Peer Review: Handled by separate investigative division, then Administrative Hearings Office hears the cases and makes recommendations to the Board for disciplinary actions.
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current or planned regulation
Chiropractors defined as Primary Care Physicians: Silent

Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Robert E. Klein, D.C., Chair, Exp. 6/2019
James A. Pleiss, D.C., Vice Chair, Exp. 6/2019
Lawrence A. Redmond, D.C., Exp. 6/2020
Kathleen T. Kang-Kaulupali, Public Member, Exp. 6/2019
Vacant, Public Member
Note: Please send all correspondence through the Board office - Hawaii Board of Chiropractic, PO Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of July 17, 2018: 614
# of Active licenses: 479
# of Inactive licenses: 135
# of Other Status:
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)             
# of New licensees:
# of Resident licenses: 372
# of Non-Resident licenses: 242  
# of Chiropractic Assistants: