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Incorporating a Corporation in Hawaii

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation as required by the state law and help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Name of Hawaii corporation must be distinguishable from the name of any existing entity as well as fictitious names, trade names, trademarks or service marks registered with the Secretary of State. Company Expresswill research your company name to make sure it meets Hawaii's standards.

Permitted designations: Hawaii corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations:The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Banc
  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Cooperative
  • Cpa
  • Credit Union
  • Escrow
  • Escrow Depository
  • Exchange
  • Financial Institution
  • Financial Services Loan Company
  • Insurance
  • Interinsurance
  • Interinsurer
  • International Banking Corporation
  • Intra-Pacific Bank
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • Pa
  • Public Accountant
  • Reciprocal
  • Savings and Loan
  • Savings Association
  • Savings Bank
  • Trust
  • Trust Company
  • Underwriters
  • Underwriting

Prohibited designations:

  • Post office
  • Postal office

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation filed with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Turnaround time: About 12-15 business days. Expedited filings for an additional fee is available - 2-3 days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: The minimum three directors is required, if there are three or more shareholders, minimum two directors, if there are two shareholders and one director minimum,  if there is one shareholder. Corporations must also have a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Director qualifications: A director who is a resident of Hawaii must maintain a registered office and agent.

Appearance in articles: Not required. 

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Principal office to may be located outside of the state. Local registered agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: on or before the last day of the calendar quarter that marks the anniversary of incorporation. The state filing fee is $15.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

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