50th_logo_USEME

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 […]

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 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 woman who is about to begin […]

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 […]

AAFF-Postcard_01.indd

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 […]

FACgenericwebbutton

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 […]

ANNMtg2014button

2014 Bill of Rights Day Celebration & Annual Meeting set for Sat., 12/13/14

On Saturday, December 13th, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Crossroads Weaver Hall, the ACLU convenes its Bill of Rights Day Celebration – free, open to the public and ADA-accessible. Topics include breaking developments in civil rights, program updates, and discussion about upcoming challenges in Hawaii as the ACLU gears up […]

Improved housing protection for Hawai‘i Medical Marijuana patients becomes law 11/1/14

10/30/14 – Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i (“MCCHI”) welcomes the enactment of Act 60, which, as of 11/1/14, voids provisions in Hawai‘i rental agreements that previously would have allowed eviction of a tenant based on their status as a registered patient with Hawaiiʻs medical marijuana program. Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i and […]

First Amendment Victory in Kona “Panhandling” Case

Judge grants temporary restraining order against Hawaii County HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – Advocates declare a victory for freedom of speech as United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway entered a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against Hawai‘i County. The TRO prohibits Hawai‘i County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless […]

State Settles Lawsuit, Will Revise Rules for Demonstrations at State Capitol and other state properties

Plaintiffs call settlement “A win for freedom of speech” Read the settlement agreement: 17 Stipulation to Dismiss with Prejudice and Order HONOLULU, HI – 9/18/14 – Advocates are pleased with the promise of new rules for free speech activities on state land – including at the State Capitol – in the wake of a federal […]