About Us

The Department of Human Resources Development (“DHRD”) provides timely and responsive leadership, resources, and services to fully support the State of Hawai’i Executive Branch in the recruitment, management and retention of a high-performing workforce.

Guided by the Merit Principle (HRS Chapter 76-1), DHRD conducts recruitment and training activities; provides guidance and support for personnel actions; classifies positions based on duties and responsibilities; ensures compensation of employees at proper pay levels; supports the collective bargaining process; directs effective employee-employer relations; administers workers’ compensation benefits; and ensures a safe and healthy work environment.

DHRD’s mission is to recruit and retain “the best and the brightest” employees, so that State government can deliver efficient and effective services to the public.