Hawai‘i County Election Challenged in Hawai‘i Supreme Court

8/21/14: read the complaint: 1. Complaint 8/25/14: read the First Amended Complaint: First_Amended_Complaint 8/25/14: read the Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and for Permanent Injunctive Relief: Memo_in_Opposition_to_Motion_to_Dismiss A lawsuit filed Thursday, August 21 by Pahoa residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) asks the State Supreme Court to […]

Medical Marijuana Policy Advocates Announce Series of August Events on Oahu, Hawai‘i Island

The Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (co-founders of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii) have announced three free, public events on medical marijuana policy in August. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested by 8/20, walk ins welcome, space permitting. RSVP for any event to: office@acluhawaii.org or […]

Updated Voting Rights Guide!

We’ve updated our Voting Rights Guide, just in time for election season! Did you know? As long as you’ve voted before, you do NOT need to show identification when casting your ballot You are allowed to bring anyone you want into the voting booth with you (as long as the person is not your employer […]

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Free Speech Victory for MAUIWatch!

Maui County agrees not to interfere with County official’s personal Facebook news site HONOLULU, HAWAII – The federal lawsuit alleging unconstitutional interference with plaintiff Neldon Mamuad’s prominent “MAUIWatch” Facebook feed settled on 5/8/14. Honolulu-based attorney Marcus Landsberg IV, Maui-based attorneys Phillip Lowenthal and Samuel MacRoberts, and the ACLU of Hawaii represented Mr. Mamuad and were […]

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

Legal Documents: 3/4/14 Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Memo in Support: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/mamuad_prelim.pdf 5/21/14 County opposition brief against PI: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/mauicounty_opposition.pdf 5/2/14 Reply Brief: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/mamuadreply.pdf 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 […]

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 […]