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Hawaii Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

When you are attempting to bring a lawsuit against another party, you must abide by filing deadlines, also known as the statute of limitations. These deadlines are put into place to create a reasonable time frame for filing lawsuits. The Hawaii statute of limitations all depends on the type of civil claim you are attempting to file.

For example, if you've been injured in a car accident, you'll have two years from the date of the incident to file your case. However, if you are attempting to collect back rent from a wayward ex-tenant, you have up to six years. While these time frames are subject to change, it is always important to know the laws before filing your case.

This article provides a brief overview of Hawaii's civil statute of limitations laws.

Hawaii Civil Statute of Limitations Laws: At a Glance

The main provisions of Hawaii's civil statute of limitations are listed in the table below.

Injury to Person

Two years (H.R.S. § 657-7)


Two years (H.R.S. § 657-4)


Two years (H.R.S. § 657-7)

Injury to Personal Property

Two years (H.R.S. § 657-7)

Professional Malpractice

Two years from reasonable discovery to max. of six years (H.R.S. § 657-7.3)


Two years (H.R.S. § 657-7)

Collection of Rents

Six years (H.R.S. § 657-1)


Collection of Debt on Account

Six years (H.R.S. § 657-1)


  • Ten years from the court of record, if within the state, and six years if a judgment outside Hawaii (H.R.S. § 657-5)
  • Six years if the judgment is not from a court of record (H.R.S. § 657-1)

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Help With Your Case From a Hawaii Attorney

Hawaii's civil statute of limitations varies depending on the circumstances of the case. If you're dealing with a personal injury matter, it's in your best interests to contact an experienced Hawaii injury attorney who will be able to discuss the facts and legal aspects of your case with you and advise you about any applicable filing deadlines.

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