The Hawaii (HI) state sales tax rate is currently 4%, ranking 40th-highest in the U.S. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 4.5%. The average local rate is 0.35%. The average combined tax rate is 4.35%, ranking 45th in the US.
Hawaii does not have a sales tax; insted, it has the general excise tax (GET) , which is assessed on all business activities. The tax rate is .15% for insurance commission, .5% for wholesaling, manufacturing, producing, and use tax on imports for resale, and 4% for others which applies to almost all sales. However, businesses that are subject to GET can pass it on to their customers.
Use tax is due on goods, services, and contracting purchased from unlicensed sellers and imported for use in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, prescription drugs and prosthetic devices are exempt from general excise tax (GET). Food is taxable.