Hawaii Benefits

Financial Assistance programs (TANF & TAONF)

Hawaii Financial Assistance is created for families in need of financial help and enables them to become self-sufficient. It's created for families with (or expecting) children, whose gross income does not cross the limit of Federal Poverty Level.

Food Stamps

The Hawaii Food Stamps (SNAP) program is a state and federal government funded program that supplements the food budgets for: low income families, individual on public assistance programs, people with disabilities, and senior citizens in the state of Hawaii. The Hawaii food stamp (SNAP) program is the basic distribution agency, for the federal government's food assistance program and helps to reduce hunger and promote proper nutrition in the state of Hawaii.


The Hawaii Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income households in Hawaii to offset the ever increasing cost of energy. The program helps its beneficiaries pay their shut off or regular electricity, heating and gas bills. Applications to this program are accepted in June, with the eligible households receiving their benefits in form of a onetime payment deposited into their utility accounts.

Medicaid (Medicaid and QUEST)

Medical Assistance program is a federally funded program created for low-income families, who are in need of medical care which they could not afford otherwise. Besides low-income Hawaii residents, this program can be used by senior citizens and individuals with certain disabilities.


The Hawaii Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed workers provided they have lost their employment through no fault of their own and meet other program eligibility guidelines. The UI benefits can be availed by filing a claim online or by visiting Department of Labor local office in person. Remember, these benefits are not retroactive which means your benefits start from the day you file a claim. To avoid losing benefits you should start the application process as soon as you become eligible for UI benefits in Hawaii.


Hawaii Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is an energy efficiency program for low-income families. The program addresses the most vulnerable and provides them weatherization services to improve energy efficiency and consequently reduce energy costs.


The Hawaii Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, And Children, commonly referred to as the "Hawaii WIC" is a program sponsored by the state of Hawaii and the US federal government, that is aimed at providing supplemental foods, nutrition education, and healthcare referrals to women, infants and children at no cost. Some of the groups that benefit from this program include: breast feeding women, infants and children below six years of age who have poor nutritional health and postpartum women.