Tell us about barriers to doing business in Hawaii.


The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii wants to hear from you.


Which government regulations, including state and county fees and processes, burden your business and industry?


At the 2022 Hawaii Economic Association Annual Conference, experts identified that the perception of over-regulation is one of the most common challenges to Hawaii’s economic growth. The national think tank, Cato Institute, recently ranked Hawaii 45th in the nation among states with the most burdensome regulations.


High fees, complicated reporting and licensing requirements, and slow permitting may be barriers to business growth. The Chamber seeks feedback from Hawaii businesses about the government regulations and processes that make it difficult to do business in Hawaii.


The Chamber Business Advocacy team will collect this data and compile feedback received from local businesses to prepare a Hawaii Business Barriers Report for legislators before the 2024 State Legislative Session begins. This report will also be shared with local and regional government officials. The Chamber may contact those that respond for additional clarification and information, but identities of businesses and individuals will not be made public without approval.


Hawaii businesses can submit feedback at


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