Civil unions. State law in Hawaii gives couples in a civil union the same rights, benefits, and legal responsibilities as married couples (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 572B-1 et seq.). A "civil union" under the act is defined as the union between two individuals under the law.
To be eligible to enter into a civil union, individuals must:
• Not be a partner in another civil union, a spouse in a marriage, or a party to a reciprocal beneficiary relationship;
• Be at least 18 years of age; and
• Not be related to each other as parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, siblings, aunt or uncle and nephew or niece, or in any relation as ancestor and descendant of any degree.
Officials authorized to certify civil unions include any judge or retired judge, or any ordained or licensed member of the clergy. The state Department of Health has authority to ...