The Division of Professional and Vocational Licensing (a section of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs) is responsible for implementing the licensing regulations for 45 different professions (including nursing) and vocations.
The division provides staff support to the licensing regulatory boards, handles applications, licenses, reviews and processes renewals, and maintains license records. The division provides guidance for proper implementation of the licensing laws and administrative rules for the 45 licensing areas. http://hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/main/about_pvl (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The legal framework for The Hawaii Board of Nursing (Article) is Chapter 457 – Nurses. http://hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/boards/nursing/statute_rules/ (accessed 22.04.2009)