50 Years of Service in Hawai‘i Nei

Aloha! The ACLU of Hawai‘i turns 50 this year — wow! Our mission to protect fundamental rights for all people would not be possible without extraordinary support from the local community.  As a private non-profit, your ACLU delivers legal, legislative and public education services everyday at no cost to the public. We do not accept […]


Know your rights and join the fight for fair, equal treatment by government of Honoluluʻs homeless! This information provided by the City as part of a stipulated court order in our lawsuit with the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Martin v. City and County of Honolulu. Activists! Are you documenting these sweeps? […]

Court Order Requires City to Follow Law: Impound, Not Destroy, Property Seized in Sweeps

Court date of 1/12/16 set for Martin v. City and County of Honolulu Read the Order: MartinVCC_2007523-0–10888-2 HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – In response to new evidence, Federal Judge Helen Gillmor has ordered that the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) must stop “immediately dispos[ing] of any property” under the Sidewalk Nuisance and Stored Property Ordinances (“Ordinances”). […]

Pastor and Maui County Settle 1st Amendment Lawsuit

County Drops Appeal, Maui Police to Receive Additional Training on Free Speech in Public Spaces Read the settlement agreement: Goodhue_106StipulationforDismissalwithPrejudiceandOrder HONOLULU – In a victory for free speech, a federal 1st Amendment lawsuit brought by a Maui pastor and his wife has been settled. As part of the settlement agreement, the County of Maui has […]


Holding fast to our values

In the face of terrorism, our most cherished ideals are under attack. Fortunately, Hawai‘i and other states have loudly expressed and re-doubled their commitment to the shared values of a free and open society. Hawaii’s ACLU and community allies strongly support the commitment of Gov. David Ige to welcome Syrian refugees fleeing extremist horror and […]


Kaua‘i County’s proactive rule change upholds privacy rights

Read the memo: 20151103150645040 Kudos to Kaua‘i County for voluntarily changing its pre-employment requirements to comply with the Constitution! Now, only “safety sensitive” positions are subject to medical screenings. This follows our recent court victory against Hawai’i County – which led to Hawai‘i County’s compliance as well. Maui County continues to require drug tests as […]

New Evidence, New Legal Action Asks Court to Halt City’s Immediate Destruction of Property

• Read the motion (6 pages, PDF): ACLU_AHFIMotion_PI_6pg • Read the memo in support (49 pages, PDF): ACLU_AHFI_memo49pg HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – Citing new evidence that the City and County of Honolulu is using ‘sweeps’ of homeless individuals to continue bypassing Hawai‘i laws and violate the Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) and […]

ACLU Complaint Leads to Change in Sand Island Shelter Rules

City reverses course, says that survivors of domestic violence and persons with mental illness may access shelter Honolulu – In response to a complaint from the ACLU of Hawai‘i and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) has reversed course on discriminatory rules at the proposed Sand Island homeless facility. […]


City and County of Honolulu Sued Over Homeless Sweeps

DOCUMENT: 9/16/15: Read the complaint: MartinvCC_Complaint DOCUMENT: 9/22/15: Request for Temporary Restraining Order (unsuccessful): MotionMemo Declarations Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 More than a dozen homeless and formerly homeless individuals file class action lawsuit over City’s immediate destruction of property HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) and the law […]

Settlement in Hawai‘i County Free Speech Case

Unconstitutional ordinances revised as a result of First Amendment lawsuit Read the settlement: 72 Stipulation and Order Dismissing Case HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation and the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston today announced a settlement of a lawsuit that challenged Hawai‘i County’s laws prohibiting individuals from holding signs […]


Hawai‘i County Settles Lawsuit Over Pre-Employment Medical Testing

County will no longer force workers to submit to urinalysis, reveal private medical history Read the settlement agreement: 59 Stipulation and Order Honolulu – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation and the law firm of Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Kane & Carr today announced settlement of a lawsuit against Hawai‘i County over its […]