Hawaii Business Search (Step-By-Step)

Are you forming a corporation, LLC or business entity in Hawaii?

How do you do a Hawaii Business Search?

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Let’s search in the Hawaii Business Search database!

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Step 1: Business Search Registry

In Hawaii, the state offers an online database to the public allowing anyone to perform a search to locate any business entity registered in the state.

To search for a business entity, you’ll need to access the Hawaii Business Search registry.

It’s called the Hawaii Business Express.

It looks like this:

Hawaii Business Search - Step 1 Business Search Registry

Once you access the online business database, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Database search methods

You can search for different types of business registered with the state, such as:

  • Domestic Profit Corporation
  • Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
  • Foreign Profit Corporation
  • Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
  • Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • Foreign Limited Liability Company
  • General Partnership
  • Domestic Limited Partnership
  • Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
  • Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership

There is one method that you can use to search for business entities and that’s by searching for the business entity name.

Hawaii Business Search - Step 2 Database search methods

Let’s look at each of these search methods one by one.

Method 1: Search by name

The search by name function is the most widely used type of business entity lookup.

Hawaii Business Search - Step 2 Method 1 Search by entity name

All you have to do is to enter the name of the business entity you are searching for to see if there is a match in the database or not.

You can further refine your search by using the search filters “Begins With” or “Contains”.

This will help you better narrow down your keyword research.

Once you have entered the required fields, click the button “Search”.

Step 3: Search results 

Once you’ve performed your desired search, you will then be presented with the business entity search results.

If you did a search using corporation, LLC or entity name, you will see the following search results page:

Hawaii Business Search - Step 3 Search results

The search results page presents to you the following information:

  • Business Name
  • Record Type
  • File Number
  • Status

If there is a company or business having a name that matches your search query, you will see it on the search results page.

Step 4: Select entity 

If you have found a business matching your query or a business entity that you would like to get further information on, you should click on the hyperlinked business entity name from the search results page.

Hawaii Business Search - Step 4 Select entity

Step 5: Business entity information

To complete your business entity search in Hawaii, you’ll end up getting the business entity records or information made available publicly by the state.

The entity information page looks like this:

Hawaii Business Search - Step 5 Business entity information

The business entity information provides some valuable information about the business entity selected.

Here is a quick overview:

General Information:

  • Master Name (Business Name)
  • Business Type
  • File Number
  • Status
  • Purpose
  • Place Incorporated
  • Registration Date
  • Mailing Address
  • Consent Name
  • Term
  • Agent Name
  • Agent Address 

Annual Filings

  • Filing Year
  • Date Received
  • Status


  • Name
  • Office
  • Date


  • Date
  • Class
  • Shares
  • Paid Shares
  • Par Value
  • Stock Amount

Other Filings

  • Date 
  • Description 
  • Remarks


There you have it!

You have now performed a Hawaii Business Search?

Let’s look at a summary of the process.

  • Step 1: Go to the Hawaii business registry
  • Step 2: Do a search by entity name or other search options offered by the state
  • Step 3: Assess the search results 
  • Step 4: Select the matching company in your search result
  • Step 5: View the business entity information made available by the state 
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