About the Disability Employment Initiative

Disability Employment InitiativeThe Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) seeks to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI projects improve collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels, including the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, and build effective partnerships that leverage resources to better serve individuals with disabilities.

Hawaii’s DEI will focus its effort on the following strategies:

  • Increase American Job Center (AJC) staff competencies through training on Disability 101, Customized Employment, Career Pathway Systems, Job Accommodation, Asset Development, Individualized Learning Plans, and Disability Benefits Planning.
  • Leveraging funding and resources across the public workforce system by meeting with partner agencies to coordinate services.
  • Expanding AJC capacity by recruiting individuals with significant disabilities through direct mail and agency partnerships.
  • Utilizing career pathway strategies to prepare individuals to obtain and advance employment through industry relevant certifications and higher education.

Jobseeker Services

DEI participants can obtain job services through DLIR Workforce Development Division and other American Job Center Partners.

  • Job Search & Placement Assistance
  • On the Job Training Opportunities
  • Career Pathways Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Social Security Disability Benefits Planning
  • Accessible Computer Use
  • Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program

Participating Locations

Oʻahu Worklinks (City & County of Honolulu)

Website: www.honolulu.gov/dcs/workforce.html

Princess Ruth Keʻelikolani Building
830 Punchbowl St., Rm. 112
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 586-8700

Dillingham Plaza
1505 Dillingham Blvd., Rm. 110
Honolulu, HI 96817
Telephone: 768-5700

Waipahu Civic Center
94-275 Mokuola St., Rm. 300
Waipahu, HI 96797
Telephone: 675-0010

Waianae Neighborhood Community Center
85-670 Farrington Hwy., Rm. 6
Waianae, HI 96792
Telephone: 768-5800

Hauʻula Civic Center (limited services)
54-010 Kukuna Street
Hauʻula, HI 96717
Telephone: 293-2626


2064 Wells St., Ste. 108
Wailuku, HI 96793
Telephone: 984-2091

Molokaʻi (limited services)
55 Makaena Pl., Rm. 4
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Telephone: 553-1755

Telephone: (808) 984-2091

Big Island Workplace Connection

1990 Kinoʻole St., Suite 102
Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: 981-2860
Fax: 981-2880

Kona (limited services)
74-5565 Luhia St., Bldg. C Bay 4
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Telephone: 327-4770

WorkWise Kaua’i

Website: www.workwisekauai.com

4444 Rice St. #302
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Telephone: 274-3056
Fax: 274-3059