Lawsuit: Hawaiiʻs “Preschool Open Doors” Program Violates Separation of Church and State

State must ensure that public monies subsidizing preschool attendance are not used to promote religion. Read the complaint: ACLUvMcManaman HONOLULU, HAWAII – A lawsuit filed Monday, 3/31/14, in the First Circuit Court against the Director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services (“DHS”) charges that, lacking safeguards to ensure that public monies are not being used […]

Rules for Protests at Hawaii State Capitol Challenged as Unconstitutional in Federal Court

Public access to grounds and rotunda, noted in the run-up to 2011 APEC meeting, now an issue for upcoming ASEAN meeting, April 1-2. Read the complaint: Complaint3.27.14 HONOLULU, HAWAII – A federal lawsuit against the State Department of Accounting and General Services (“DAGS”) charges that outdated rules restricting public use of State property (including the […]

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Popular “MAUIWatch” Facebook Page Founder Files Federal Lawsuit Against Maui County For Unlawful Attempts to Silence Speech

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The ACLU of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU”) announced today that a lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) have been filed against Maui County based on the County’s efforts to restrict what Neldon Mamuad may say on his prominent “MAUIWatch” Facebook feed.  The lawsuit asks for a court order declaring the […]

New Federal Lawsuit Charges Maui County with 1st Amendment Violations

Pastor Strat Goodhue and his wife, Doreen Goodhue, were unconstitutionally ordered to leave a Maui County public sidewalk where they were distributing religious literature. Read the complaint: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/maui_goodhue_complaint.pdf HONOLULU – Maui County (“County”) is again in federal court, accused of violating the free speech rights of a Maui pastor and his wife.  In October, Pastor […]

Hawaii Support for Marijuana Law Reform Surges

Updated opinion poll: increasing majority favors medical marijuana dispensaries, decriminalization & legalization (Honolulu, 1/31/2014) Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across […]

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Hawai‘i Supreme Court: indigent parents have the right to court-appointed counsel during child welfare proceedings

Local civil rights advocates praise decision as necessary safeguard for fair court procedure January 7, 2014 HONOLULU – In a unanimous opinion, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled on 1/6/14 that indigent parents have a constitutional right to legal counsel in cases where the State seeks to place their children into the foster care system. Prior […]

Hawaii Supreme Court to hear oral arguments 12/5/13 on case involving the due process rights of indigent parents in child welfare proceedings

Extensive “friend of the court” brief in support of the right to court-appointed counsel was filed by Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation. In the Interest of TM to be heard Thursday, 12/5/13 at 8:45 a.m. at Ali‘iolani Hale Honolulu […]

2013 Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge is On!

Our 3rd annual haiku challenge is on! People in Hawaii and around the world are invited to flex their poetic skills in reflection on the U.S. Constitutionʻs Bill of Rights – celebrating the 222nd anniversary of its ratification. Join the challenge here: http://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/bor_hc/

Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill Signed into Law by Governor

The state that began the global movement for marriage equality has taken its place alongside other states and countries that allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the marriage equality measure into law during a joyous ceremony attended by hundreds of invitees at the Hawaii Convention Center, and broadcast […]

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Senate Approves Marriage Equality; Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature

Hawaii will become the 15th state in the nation to grant couples the freedom to marry after the State Senate overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality measure today. The bill awaits Governor Neil Abercrombie’s signature. “This is a joyous occasion because Hawaii is a state that prides itself for its aloha, diversity, kindness and openness,” said […]