The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000, but there is no limit in landlord-tenant residential security deposit cases. For the return of leased or rented personal property, the property must not be worth more than $5,000.
Small claims cases in Hawaii are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).
For information on Hawaii's statute of limitations periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
You are allowed -- except in landlord-tenant security deposit cases -- to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Hawaii.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Hawaii, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Hawaii, if a party entitled to a trial by jury in a case filed or pending files a jury trial demand, the case will be tried in teh circuit court under the procedure provided for jury trials.
For more information about Hawaii small claims court, see http://www.courts.state.hi.us/self-help/small_claims/small_claims.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015