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Best Cities in Hawaii to Form Your LLC

Although most of the urban population in Hawaii lives in and around Honolulu, there are several other cities that could be a good location to base an LLC.

Starting an LLC in Honolulu, HI

Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii, and is also its capital. It is a major business hub, cultural center and tourist destination. It is also the most remote city of its size in the world and is ranked as a highly livable city.

  • Area of city: 68 square miles
  • Population: 360,000
  • Population density: 5,800 people/square mile
  • Cost of living: 88 percent above national average; housing is 200 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: HST (UTC -10)
  • Sales tax: 4.5 percent

Major Industries in Honolulu, HI

In addition to travel and tourism, Honolulu is a major port and plays a significant role in trade and international commerce. Research and development, manufacturing and the military are all major contributors to the city’s economy.

Starting an LLC in Pearl City, HI

Pearl City is one of the larger cities in Hawaii and is located just to the north of Pearl Harbor.

  • Area of city: 6 square miles
  • Population: 48,000
  • Population density: 6,200 people/square mile
  • Time zone: HST (UTC -10)
  • Sales tax: 4.5 percent

Starting an LLC in Hilo, HI

Hilo is located in the southeastern part of the state between two volcanoes. It overlooks Hilo Bay and is an important center for astronomical research.

  • Area of city: 58 square miles
  • Population: 43,000
  • Population density: 810 people/square mile
  • Cost of living: 45 percent above national average; housing is 48 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: HST (UTC -10)
  • Sales tax: 4 percent

Major Industries in Hilo, HI

In addition to scientific research, Hilo is also involved in food manufacturing, retail and tourism.

Starting an LLC in Kailua, HI

Kailua is a residential city with a centralized commercial district.

  • Area of city: 11 square miles
  • Population: 39,000
  • Population density: 3,700 people/square mile
  • Time zone: HST (UTC -10)
  • Sales tax: 4.5 percent

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Hawaii?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$50 10 Business Days 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: The annual report or annual statement due date is dependent on the registration date. If the registration falls between:

  • January 1 and March 31, the annual report or statement is due by March 31 of each year;
  • April 1 and June 30, the annual report or statement is due by June 30 of each year;
  • July 1 and September 30, the annual report or statement is due by September 30 of each year;
  • October 1 and December 31, the annual report or statement is due by December 31 of each year;

Filing Fee:$15

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