Past articles


Visiting Tattoo Artist Permits

Tattooing in Hawaii cannot occur outside of a permitted location, but there are some new developments.  Initial Hawaii permit applications must be accompanied by a fee of $125.   Hawaii Tattoo Shop permits still must be renewed annually at the renewal rate of $75, due by December 31st. This fee is still substantially below many [...]

How to become a tattoo artist in Hawaii

To become a tattoo artist in Hawaii you go to the nearest health department and they should have a specific room/section for sanitation, then just ask for the tattoo licensing application. all applications get mailed to oahu and tests are taken every 6 months, the test is around 70 questions long including questions on microbiology, [...]

Updating Hawaii’s Tattoo Regulations

by: Peggy Sucher (

Many wonder why tattooers are calling for Hawaii’s regulations to be updated…who would want more guidelines, increased fees? What’s up with that?

How would you like to visit a doctor who utilizes standards 25 years old? Your dentist? Not quite right, huh? Times have changed! Tattoo regulations and [...]

Hawaii State Contact information

The Tattoo industry in Hawaii is regulated by the Sanitation department.

Statewide Contact Information

Sanitation Branch
591 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-8000
FAX: 808-586-8040

Hawaii District Health Office/Hilo
1582 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-933-0917
FAX: 808-933-0400

Sanitation Branch/Kona (Office)
Keakealani Building
79-1020 Haukapila Street, Room 115
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Phone: 808-322-1507
FAX: 808-322-1511

Maui District Health Office
54 High Street, Room 300
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-984-8230
FAX: 808-984-8237

Kauai District Health Office
3040 [...]