WorkWise Kauai is a proud member of the American Job Center network
Veterans Employment and training

WorkWise Kauai is here to assist the veteran in getting into the 21st century workforce by maximizing your employment opportunities, protecting your employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today.

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Workforce Development Division office in Lihue provides services to veterans to include job placement, job development, and vocational counseling and guidance. Classroom training and supportive services will be provide via appropriate vendors pursuant to federal and state procurement requirements.

  • All current and former active duty US Veterans.
  • Priority of Veterans to be Served:
    • VR&E Veterans
    • Returning wounded or injured service members
    • REALifelines participants
  • Discharge must be other than dishonorable.

  • Assessment
  • Counseling
  • Case management services
  • Vocational guidance
  • Institutional and on-the-job training
  • Job search assistance
  • Additional services and follow-up services provided by other programs

Documents Required
  • DD Form 214 Separation papers
  • Intake forms to be completed by Counselor

Job Hunting Tips
  • Dress properly even if you are only picking up an application or dropping one off.
  • Have all the dates, addresses and phone numbers ready with you. Better yet, bring a resume. If you don't have one, HireNet Hawaii or WDD staff can help you create one.
  • Carry and use your own blue or black pen.
  • Fill out your application completely. Don't simply attach a resume and write "see attached resume".
  • Use your best spelling and penmanship.
  • Keep a record of all the contacts you made related to your applications so you can follow up with them in a timely manner.
  • Be prepared to be interviewed when you pick up or drop off an application.
  • Use as many sources as you can to find job leads - HireNet Hawaii, family, friends, newspapers, Workforce Development Division, etc.

Job Interview Tips
  • Practice job interviewing. WDD can help you.
  • Know something about the business and job you're applying for and how you can fit in.
  • Dress neatly and appropriately. No excessive makeup, jewelry, perfume or aftershave.
  • Go to the interview alone.
  • Arrive ten minutes early to relax and review your notes. Be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Don't chew gum or smoke.
  • Smile! Smile! Smile! Be friendly, polite, and courteous to everyone you meet.
  • Watch your body language. Sit up straight and confidently. Don't fidget, fold your arms, etc.
  • Speak clearly and answer questions directly and truthfully. Don't ever speak badly about former employers or co-workers.
  • Don't talk about personal, family or money problems or what makes you "stress out".
  • Be ready to ask questions about the job and the company and avoid asking about salary.

Online Services:

At the WorkWise Kauai AmericanJobCenter:

  • Get registered to be listed on our resume bank
  • Prepare yourself for a successful job search with the help of individual career counseling
  • Find out which training and education programs you may be eligible for
  • Free use of our business center for the job search, including computers, copy and fax machines
  • Access to government and unemployment services through our partners
Office of Veterans Services

The Office of Veterans Services (OVS) is the principal state office responsible for the development and management of policies and programs related to veterans, their dependents, and/or survivors. The OVS acts as a liaison between the Governor and veterans' organizations and also between the Department of Veterans Affairs and individual veterans. Our objectives are to assist veterans in obtaining State and federal entitlements, to supply the latest information on veterans' issues and to provide advice and support to veterans making the transition back into civilian life.

Address 3215 Kapule Hwy, #2
Lihue HI 96766
Telephone (808) 241-3346
FAX: (808) 241-3818
Hours Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Appointments recommended
  • Home, worksite and hospital visits, if necessary
  • Group presentations available

Veteran Center

Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues.

Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family.

Address 3-3367 Kuhio Hwy, Room 102
Lihue HI 96766
Telephone (808) 246-1163
FAX: (808) 246-4625
Hours Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Appointments recommended
  • Home, worksite and hospital visits if necessary
  • Group presentations available

Outpatient Clinic

Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

The purpose of the CBOC is to provide primary health care to eligible veterans using available resources. Primary health care means non-emergent care for veterans with stable chronic health problems or minor acute illnesses.

The CBOC is not equipped to provide emergency services. If emergency services are needed, you should seek treatment at the hospital emergency room.

Address 4485 Paheʻe Street Suite 150
Lihue HI 96766
Telephone (808) 246-0497
FAX: (808) 246-9349
Hours Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Appointments recommended

Questions about this program can be emailed to

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