Employee Benefits

Full time positions come with the following BENEFITS and associated deductions:

Pay Raises

Pay raises are negotiated by the respective union collective bargaining agreements.

Paid Vacation Time

Employees start accruing paid vacation time IMMEDIATELY upon hire!

14 hours are earned after a full month of service which means 21 days per year!

Paid Sick Leave Time

Employees start accruing paid sick leave time IMMEDIATELY upon hire!

14 hours are earned after a full month of service which means 21 days per year!

Paid Holidays

The County recognizes 13 holidays per year as well as General Election Day every other year.


This position is eligible to participate in the State sponsored defined benefits retirement plan.

The State of Hawaii Employees' Retirement System (ERS) is the current retirement plan which requires employees to contribute a portion of their earnings to the retirement plan. Currently, most employees must contribute 8% of their pay to the retirement system. However, there are exceptions, for example Police Officers and Fire Fighters contribute 12.2 to 14.2%.

Please see the ERS website at https://ers.ehawaii.gov/members/active for more information.

Health Insurance

The County pays a portion of the premiums for employee's enrollment in a State sponsored Medical, Drug, Vision, and Adult Dental Plan. This is managed through the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF). Please see the EUTF website at https://eutf.hawaii.gov/ for current employee contribution rates.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees can increase their take-home pay by having the County deduct the cost of health care premiums, medical and dependent care expenses before payroll taxes are withheld.

Group Life Insurance

The County provides a free life insurance policy (currently worth $38,505) for active employees for those employees who pass away while employed. For more information, go to the EUTF website https://eutf.hawaii.gov/health-life-insurance-providers/securian/active-benefits/ for more information. Age reductions apply and coverage decreases beginning at age 65.

Deferred Compensation (IRC Section 457 Plan)

Employees are eligible to join the State of Hawaii Island Savings Deferred Compensation Plan and defer portions of their income taxation on retirement savings into future years. Please refer to the Island Savings website at https://islandsavings.preparewithpru.com/index.html for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Benefits are subject to legislative and negotiated changes.