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 […]


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 […]


Constitution Day is September 17th! ACLU-HI Pop-Up in booth #713 at Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con!

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is proud to be 50 years old, defending the Bill of Rights in Hawai‘i Nei. This yearʻs Constitution Day is special, and we are celebrating with an affiliate Pop-Up in booth #713 at the Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con.  We will be there all three days for the Con. Stop by for […]

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Dispensary Bill Now Law, Lauded by Advocates

“Diligent efforts” by Hawai’i lawmakers praised Honolulu, Hawai‘i: HB 321 was signed into law by Governor Ige as Act 241 on July 14th, 2015. Act 241 establishes a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaiʻi. The Department of Health will establish administrative rules and procedures governing the program, with the first dispensaries set to open […]

Federal Court Orders Hawaii County To Suspend Urinalysis for County Employee

Federal judge rules that County policy violates prospective employee’s constitutional rights Read the Court’s full order here. Honolulu – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i and the law firm of Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Kane & Carr sued Hawai‘i County in federal court on Monday, March 9 on behalf of Rebekah Taylor-Failor, a Kailua-Kona […]

Sold Out Davis Levin First Amendment Conference Plans Statewide Simulcast

EVENT IS SOLD OUT • NO WAITLIST • NO WALKINS Live conversation with Edward Snowden (via video link from Moscow, Russia) and his attorney, Ben Wizner to be simulcast statewide and to web Watch live, Saturday, 2/14/15 noon to 1:30 p.m., HST: Akakū Maui Community Media: Channel 55 Nā Leo ‘O Hawai‘i Community Access Television […]


ACLU-Hawai‘i co-sponsors screening of Albie Sachs biopic “Soft Vengeance” 2/8/15

Sat., February 7, to Sun. February 22, 2015: Hawaii Museum of Art Doris Duke Theater. The Hawaii Museum of Art presents: The 4th Annual African American Film Festival. Various dates and times. Fee to attend. For more information and ticket purchase: http://honolulumuseum.org/14862-4th_annual_honolulu_african_american_film_festival The Sun. February 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. screening of “Soft Vengeance“, the inspirational […]


Edward Snowden LIVE via video link at upcoming Davis Levin First Amendment Conference

Can democracy survive secrecy? What is the future of the First Amendment in a surveillance society? These questions will be the focus of a rare and provocative public discussion at the Davis Levin First Amendment Conference (“Conference”) happening Saturday, February 14th, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Edward Snowden’s release of […]