Hawaii Association of
Public Accountants


We represent public accounting practitioners throughout the State of Hawaii, and HAPA is the only accounting and tax organization with Chapters on Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai.  We are volunteer driven and rely upon members to help the accounting profession and fellow practitioners.

We welcome those who are interested in joining HAPA.  We provide special membership rates for Young Professionals and Students.  

Please take some time and explore all of the various functions HAPA has to offer.

Upcoming events

  • 1 Oct 2022 8:15 AM | Jason Nakano (Administrator)

    Download Seminar Materials

    Manoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

    2454 S. Beretania Street, 5th floor

  • 1 Oct 2022 7:25 AM | Jason Nakano (Administrator)

    We have several important virtual seminars coming this fall:

    Steve Dilley and Doug Van Der Aa teach VIRTUALLY for HAPA members 

    Business Tax Update

    Option 1: November 16 & 17, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:50 pm) 
    Option 2: December 5 & 6, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:50 pm) 

    Individual Tax Update 

    Option 1: December 1 & 2, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:50 pm)
    Option 2: December 15 & 16, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:50 pm)  

    Ethics Webinars

    New Client Ethical Issues: the CPAs Challenge

    December 8, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:45 pm) 

    Tax Practice Ethical Challenges and Circular 230 

    December 12, 2022 (9:00 am – 12:45 pm) 

    click here to download flyer with details, and links to sneak peek videos

    complete event details and registration coming soon

  • 18 Jul 2022 10:23 AM | Jason Nakano (Administrator)

    Upcoming seminar dates:

    Maui - September 20 and 21   (live seminar)

    Big Island -  September 29 and 30  (live seminar)

    Oahu  -  October 3 and 4   (Hybrid seminar and webinar)

    More information will be provided when registration starts. Locations are TBD

    Recommended CPE Credits/Hours:  16

    Learning Objectives:

    This course provides an update and review of all relevant authoritative pronouncements that a CPA must have an understanding of in order to properly prepare and report on the historical financial statements of small and medium sized businesses.  This course also provides practical guidance to help accountants avoid common reporting and financial statement preparation mistakes.  

    Major Subjects:                  

      •   Amendments to the U.S. Accounting Standards Codification issued during the 18-month period prior to the program including implementation Guidance for the new lease account standard

      •   Update and review of the tax and cash special purpose frameworks

      •   Update and review of the AICPA Financial Reporting Framework for SMEs

      •   Analysis of the AICPA Auditing standards issued during the 18-month period prior to the program, including the new audit reports requirements

      •   Analysis of the Preparation, Compilation, and Review Standards as amended by SSARS 25 with detailed SSARS 25 implementation guidance.

      •   Update on common errors and deficiencies as identified in peer reviews and in litigation

    Designed For:

    This course is designed for accountants who have the responsibility for the preparation of the financial statements of small- and medium sized entities and practitioners who must report on the financial statements of those entities.

    Program Level:

    Update / intermediate

    Instruction Delivery Methods: 

    Lecture and discussion of participants questions

    Course Author, Instructor:  

    Walter J. Haig II, CPA

  • 17 Jul 2022 10:40 AM | Jason Nakano (Administrator)

    Upcoming Seminar Dates:

    Wailuku, Maui – January 3 & 4, 2023

    Hilo, Hawaii – January 4 & 5, 2023

    Honolulu, Oahu – January 5 & 6, 2023

    Currently, all seminars are live. More information will be provided when registration begins.

    Recommended CPE Credits / Hours: 16

  • 28 Jan 2022 2:16 PM | Jason Nakano (Administrator)

    CPA Mobility – Why the Big Fuss?

    Hawaii Laws already allow out-of-state CPAs to practice in Hawaii through temporary permits to practice, without having to obtain a Hawaii CPA license.

    Hawaii CPA mobility legislation has nothing to do with movement by Hawaii CPA licenses to other states. Since CPA licensing laws are enacted by each state and no two states’ laws are alike, practitioners should check the other state laws concerning not only individual CPA mobility but CPA firm mobility if they seek to practice in other states.

    Why are the HSCPA and AICPA promoting “No Notice, No Fees, No Escape” mobility?

    The business model for large international CPA firms has changed over years. 

    The proposed legislation promoted by the HSCPA is meant to meet the needs of large international CPA firms. Building on their large domestic regional offices and their overseas outsourcing offices, the international firms now want to foreign-insource into the United States. The combination of 1) interstate individual mobility, 2) licensing of foreign accountants as U.S. CPAs in certain other states, and 3) CPA firm mobility completes the framework to maximize profits with foreign staff working on U.S. soil, including Hawaii. Currently under Hawaii law, foreign accountants who reside overseas cannot obtain a Hawaii CPA license. If the licensing scheme sought by the international CPA firms is adopted in Hawaii, the casualty will be jobs for Hawaii’s residents and students.

    Why No Notice?

    Without notice, CPAs from other states or countries can come and go like ghosts, leaving no tax audit trail for the Hawaii Department of Taxation and without paying their fair share of Hawaii taxes.

    From HAPA’s previous two year study of individual CPA temporary permit holders, over 70% of the out-of-state CPA firms, whose partners or employees obtained temporary permits to practice in Hawaii, did not obtain a Hawaii GET license or pay taxes as required by the State of Hawaii.  Without any notice, the State of Hawaii will be unable to collect taxes from out-of-state practitioners and their firms, leaving Hawaii’s tax burden on the shoulders of resident CPAs.

    HAPA’s position is that notice is required to ensure non-resident CPAs and their firms pay their fair share of Hawaii’s taxes for the privilege of doing business in Hawaii.

    Why No Fees?

    Again, without fees, there is no trail revealing non-resident CPAs and their firms worked in Hawaii. Furthermore, fees fund the governmental administration of CPA licensing and related consumer protection in the state. No fees for non-resident CPAs and their firms means resident CPAs and their firms will pay the entire bill for investigating and sanctioning non-resident CPAs and their firms who hurt Hawaii’s consumers. The combination of No Notice and No Fees will result in a “catch me if you can” tax haven for non-resident CPA practitioners working in Hawaii.

    Why No Escape?

    In January 2010, HAPA submitted a written complaint with the Board of Public Accountancy regarding nonpayment of Hawaii taxes by out-of-state CPA firms. The complaint identified the out-of-state CPAs, their firms, and their clients. More than the 5 years after the filing of the complaint the matter remains stalled in RICO. Despite the numerous follow-up inquiries by State Representative Isaac W. Choy, there has been no enforcement action or sanctions by the Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy for these numerous violations of ethical standards governing the practice of public accounting in Hawaii.

    It is simple common sense that No Notice + No Fees = No Enforcement

Hawaii Association of Public Accountants is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 61043, Honolulu HI 96839

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