Hawaii became a state nearly two hundred years after Delaware became
the first state of the nation. The state of Hawaii is the state
furthest west and is the only state to have two state languages:
English and Hawaiian. The Hawaiian Creole is a dialectical language
that many state residents speak in addition to English.
Hawaii is also one of the most diverse populations with much Asian
influence. Being the only state that cannot be reached by land, Hawaii
has a large military base in its state government. This government
decides the laws where the nation's federal government has not set
specifics. Some of these laws include divorce laws, bankruptcy laws,
labor laws, expungement laws, felony convictions, gun laws, and others.
Bankruptcy in Hawaii has been designed through the national government
to assist those who have find themselves in debt through extraneous
circumstances. Some of these include loss of employment, loss of a
major client, and hospitalization. New bankruptcy laws were recently
included to eliminate the abuse of the bankruptcy system.
Paperwork has now tripled and a more extensive screen process is now
performed. Upon filing an individual's income, debts, and other
personal expenses will be measured against the mean of all Hawaii
residents. Depending on where the individual falls, he or she will be
eligible for one of two kinds of bankruptcy. Chapter Seven bankruptcy
will allow an individual to liquidate his or her personal property to
eliminate debts. Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy will allow an individual
to obtain a personal payment plan for paying debts each month.
Every state has its own requirements for how divorce is to be handled.
Hawaii requires that those filing for divorce be state residents for at
least six months prior to filing. Only one individual in the marriage
is required to be a state resident. Individuals who are stationed in
Hawaii for the United States military are also considered state
The county circuit courts of each state handle all divorce cases. Under
this designation individuals are to file in their counties of residency
or the counties of their spouses. If a divorce petition is filed in the
incorrect county, the petition will be dismissed.
Those who are charged with driving under the influence will have
punishments based on prior offenses. After five driving under the
influence offenses in the state of Hawaii, an individual will be
charged with a felony offense. Punishments can include alcohol abuse
education courses, fines, imprisonment, community service, and ignition
interlock devices. Aggravating circumstances can also increase an
individualís punishment, even if it is a first offense.
Expungement does not mean that a criminal record will be erased, rather
the record will be sealed from public view. Not all offenses can be
expunged and usually do not include driving under the influence
convictions, felony convictions, and misdemeanor convictions.
When an expungement is granted an individual may have his or her
fingerprints removed from government databases as well as arrest
records and photographs. Expunged records may later be accessed when an
individual runs for public office or when he or she choose to enter the