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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Hawaii


Although Hawaii has no naturally-occurring asbestos deposits, it is home to two military bases as well as two major oil refineries – all of which have long been acknowledged as major sources of asbestos exposure.

A National Cancer Institute study of 4700 subjects who had worked at a Coast Guard shipyard between 1950 and 1963 revealed that such persons ran a significantly elevated risk of developing asbestos disease than the population at large. At Pearl Harbor, this was not only due to ship repair facilities but on-base oil refineries as well.

The irony when it comes to oil refinery workers is that the asbestos exposure was often due to the fire suits and gloves that were designed to protect them from burn injuries. This clothing was lined with asbestos, and when the linings became worn, those fibers were released into the immediate environment.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Hawaii

Over half of the 138 deaths from asbestos cancer reported in Hawaii between 1979 and 1999 were due to mesothelioma. The difference was even more pronounced on the less-populated islands of Kauai and Maui, where mesothelioma victims outnumbered those with asbestosis by two-to-one.

This seems odd, considering that mesothelioma is extremely rare compared to asbestosis. While there is no single answer to this, part of the answer lies in the fact that much of the asbestos insulation used in sea going vessels was made up of hard, needle-like amphibole fibers, which are known to work faster in causing the cellular mutations leading to cancer.

Another issue is the fact that all respiratory diseases exhibit nearly identical symptoms in their early stages, making mesothelioma difficult to diagnose until it has reached an advanced stage. Because it is malignant, mesothelioma can and does spread to many other places in the body. However, the progression of asbestosis' progression usually stops once the patient is removed from the source of asbestos. Contacting a mesothelioma lawyer in your area is important if you believe you were negligently exposed to asbestos.

Hawaii Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Hawaii where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Hawaii, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Hawaii Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these jobsites could put one at risk to develop malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer) or asbestos related lung cancer.


  • California and Hawaiian Sugar Company
  • Honolulu Plantation Company

Barbers Point

  • Chevron Usa Inc
  • Dillingham Petroleum Corp
  • Standard Oil

Hana, Maui

  • Kaeleku Sugar Company Ltd
  • Reciprocity Sugar Company


  • Erra Plantation
  • Ewa Sugar Mill
  • Hilo Electric Light Company
  • Kanoehe Rauch Company
  • Kohala Sugar Company
  • W.A. Ramsay, Ltd.
  • Waialua Plantation


  • C and C, Inc.
  • Hawaii Electric Light Company
  • Hawaiian Agricultural Company
  • Hawaiian Can Products
  • Hawaiian Electric Light Company
  • Hilo Coast Processing Company Ltd
  • Hilo Electric Company
  • Hilo Electric Light Company
  • Hilo Electric Power and Refrigerator Company
  • Hilo Sugar Company
  • Laupahoehoe Sugar Company
  • Olaa Sugar Company
  • Paauhau Sugar Plantation Company
  • Pepeeko Sugar Company
  • Waiakea Mill
  • Waiakea Steam Plant
  • Yamada Transfer

Island of Mani

  • Haiku Sugar Company
  • Kikei Plantation

Kahului, Maui

  • Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company Ltd.
  • Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company
  • Hawaiian Commercial Sugar
  • Matson SS Lines
  • Maui Electric Company Ltd
  • Maui Land Devlop and Pineapple Canning Corp


  • Chevron Hawaii
  • Tesoro Hawaii


  • Grove Farm
  • Kauai Electric Company, Ltd.
  • Kekaha Sugar Company


  • Puna Sugar Company, Ltd


  • Kekaha Sugar Company, Ltd


  • Kohala Sugar Company
  • R R Hind Hawai Plantation


  • H Hackfield and Company
  • Pioneer Mill Company Ltd


  • Alexander and Baldwin
  • Hawaiian Comm. and Sugar Company
  • Maui Electric Company


  • American Sugar Company
  • H R Worthington


  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Kaiser Cement & Gypsum


  • Halstead Brothers
  • Hawaiian Electric Company Inc.
  • Kahe Power Plant
  • Waialua Agricultural Company Station
  • Waialua Plantation


  • Hawaiian Agricultural Company


  • Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company

Papa Aloa

  • Laupahoehoe Sugar Company

Pearl Harbor

  • Hydro-Blast Corporation
  • Naval Fleet Air Base
  • Naval Smoke Abatement Facility
  • Navy Department Bureau of Supplies and Accounts
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Shipyard
  • United States Naval Station
  • Waiau Power Plant

Port Allen

  • Mcbryde Sugar Company
  • Olokele Sugar Company Ltd.

Puhi, Kauai

  • Grove Farm Company
  • Grove Farms Company Ltd.
  • Koloa Sugar Company

Wailuku, Maui

  • Maui Electric Company
  • Wailuku Plantation
  • Wailuku Sugar Company
  • Wailuku Sugar Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Hawaii

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers located in Hawaii. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

701 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

651 Ilalo Street, BSB 231
Honolulu, HI 96813

Mesothelioma Doctors in Hawaii

We have also compiled a list of top mesothelioma doctors that are located in Hawaii. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Michele Carbone
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
701 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Hawaii

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Hawaii, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Hawaii

Flood Victims Displaced For Months During Clean Up And Asbestos Testing

Flood victims who live on Umi Street in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be displaced for two more months while cleanup and asbestos tests are conducted.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


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Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. “Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007. (accessed 23 August 2010).

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine, October 2007.

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