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District 4
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/chiropractor/
License Verification:   
Regulatory Language:   
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.


(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 atlantooccipital joint); thoracic region (includes costovertebral and costotransverse joint); lumbar region; sacral region; and pelvic (sacroiliac joint) region.

Board Notes

Please send all correspondence through the Board office:

Hawaii Board of Chiropractic, PO Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Ricekke Araji | Executive Officer
Legal Advisor:   John E. Cole | Deputy Attorney General
Support Staff:   Susan A Reyes | Secretary
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/chiropractor/
Email Address:   chiropractor@dcca.hawaii.gov
Licensing Branch: 808-586-3000
Board Office: 808-586-2696
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   808-586-2874
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   PVL Licensing Branch, Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Street Address Cont:   335 Merchant Street
City:   Honolulu
State:    HI
Zipcode:   96813
Time Zone:   Hawaii Standard Time

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractic
Application Deadline:   None
Application Fee:   $50 (non-refundable) separate checks
Application Notes:   
Term:   Biennial
Term Notes:   Renew by December 31st
odd numbered years
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   n/a
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   $341 ; $170
Initial License Fee Notes:   
If applying for licensure between January 1st, even-numbered years, to December 31st, even-numbered years: $341 ($96 license fee + $148 Compliance Resolution Fund + $97 2nd Year of Biennium)
If applying for licensure between January 1st, odd-numbered years, to December 31st, odd-numbered years: $170 ($96 license fee + $74 Compliance Resolution Fund)
License Renewal Fee:   $342 ($194 plus $148 Compliance Resolution Fee)
Criminal Background Check:   No
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   No
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   60
Bachelor Degree Required:   Yes
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   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 for those who matriculated in any chiropractic college prior to 10/15/84.
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   Contact Board for specific information.

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   No
Supervised Practice:   None
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   Students or graduates (not yet licensed) may not practice under licensed D.C.

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Required
NBCE Acupuncture:   Required
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:    Restoration of lapsed license, disciplinary cases, and impairment review; may be used in lieu of Part IV

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   Modalities
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   No specific requirements
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   None
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   None
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   No
Malpractice Notes:   
Peer Review:   Yes
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:    Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   20 per year
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   No limit
Required Subjects:    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.
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   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 are not approved.
Additional CE Information:   Board accepts the uniform continuing education form
The following is not required: sexual boundaries training requires AIDS awareness and risk prevention training: No
Additional Accepts PACE:   Does not accept PACE

Regulatory Board Members

James A. Pleiss, D.C.
Rachel Klein, N.D., D.C.
Vice Chair
Alice Holm Ogawa, D.C.
Board Member
Public Member
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2023
Active Licenses:   473
Inactive Licenses:   107
New Licenses:   30 (issued over the last 12 months)
Resident Licenses:   353 (Active)
17 (inactive)
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 9-24-2022