Trial is the third court hearing in the eviction process for Honolulu and the second hearing for other courts. You and your landlord will appear before the judge and present your case. Your landlord will present his/her case first and you will follow. There will be no jury. The Judge will decide the case based on 1) the evidence, testimony, and exhibits; and 2) how those facts fit the law.
Your landlord must prove to the Judge that the facts in the Complaint are true. For example, you have not paid your rent, you were given proper notice, or you violated your lease/house rules. Your landlord will also have to prove that you are still living in the unit.
If the Judge decides that your landlord has not proven the facts in the Complaint, you then get a chance to tell the Judge your side of the story. Once the Judge hears from you and your landlord, he/she will decide which one of you he/she agrees with.