Hawaii Official Landlord Tenant Complaint (2nd Circuit Court)
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Use this official court document to file for eviction in the Second Judicial Circuit; comprised of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokini.
Document Last Modified: 7/8/2023
This is the official Landlord/Tenant Complaint used to file for eviction in the Second Judicial Circuit, which is comprised of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokini. Note that this complaint cannot be filed until you have served the tenant with either the 5 Day Notice to Pay Rent (in the case of nonpayment) or the 10 Day Notice to Cure (in the case of a lease infraction/violation).
Who: This complaint is filled out and given to the Clerk of Court. You (the landlord) will be the only one required to fill out any fields on this form. It will not be given to the tenant – it goes straight to the court. However, it cannot be filed before the expiration of the notice period that started when you served your tenant with either the 5 Day Notice to Pay Rent or the 10 Day Notice to Cure.
What: This is the formal court complaint needed to begin the eviction process in Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court. In terms of format and required fields, it follows the format used on the complaint form for the First Circuit Court.
You’ll need to provide the following information:
- Your name (plaintiff)
- The tenant’s name (the defendant; make sure to list all tenants on the lease)
- The address of the property
- The lease situation (formal written, oral with no written lease, or expired lease)
- How the tenant broke the lease (nonpayment or a violation of lease terms)
- The type of notice provided to the tenant (the 5 Day Notice to Pay Rent, the 10 Day Notice to Cure, or the 45 Day Termination of Month-to-Month Tenancy notices)
- You’ll need to attach a copy of the lease with the tenant’s signature (if this is a formal lease situation)
When: This is completed and filed with the district court with any applicable fees. Make sure that the notice period has expired before filing the complaint. You cannot begin the eviction process until the waiting period is over (5, 10 or 45 days depending on the type of notice used). After filing, a summons will be issued to the tenant, and he or she will have to appear in court before the judge issues a ruling on the case.
- Hawaii State Judiciary
- Sample Hawaii Lease Agreement
- Hawaii’s Law Summary
- Further Reading: Move Out and Eviction Articles
Tips and Tricks for Landlords: Ensure that you’re familiar with the language of the lease agreement, as this is the grounds for your entire case.
Hawaii State Specific Documents
- Hawaii 5 Day Notice to Pay Rent: This notice should be used for Tenants that have fallen behind on rent payments. It’s a necessary first step in the eviction process.
- Hawaii 10 Day Notice to Cure: This notice should be used for a Lease violation other than nonpayment of rent. It’s a necessary first step in the eviction process.
- Hawaii Official Landlord Tenant Complaint (1st Circuit): This is the document Landlords on the Island of O’ahu should use to initiate eviction proceedings.
- Hawaii Official Landlord Tenant Complaint (2nd Circuit): Landlords in the 2nd Circuit, which includes Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokini, shoulduse this document to start the eviction process.
- Hawaii Official Landlord Tenant Complaint (3rd Circuit): Landlords on the Island of Hawaii should use this complaint to start an eviction.
- Hawaii Official Landlord Tenant Complaint (5th Circuit): Landlords in Kauai and Niihau should use this form to initiate eviction proceedings.
- Hawaii Landlord-Tenant Handbook: This user-friendly resource outlines Landlord and Tenant rights and serves as a helpful tool for Hawaii Landlords.
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