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 […]

Input Sought on Youth Rights Guide for Hawaii’s Public and Charter School Students

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation today unveiled a prototype of the Youth Rights Guide (“Guide”) – a ”know your rights” resource for people under the age of 18 in Hawaii. The Guide was released at Journalism Day – a yearly gathering of working reporters mentoring Hawaii’s student journalists held at the University […]

County of Hawai‘i Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Panhandling Laws

Case to be heard by Judge Mollway on Friday, 9/19/14, 9:30 a.m. Complaint: 1-0 Complaint Motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO):2-0 Motion for TRO Motion in support of the TRO: 2-1 Memo ISO TRO County’s memo in opposition to Motion for a TRO: 10-0 Memo in Opposition to TRO Reply to County’s memo in […]

Statement on dismissal of voting rights lawsuit

Case: Lathers et al. v. Abercrombie et al. Every day, the ACLU works to defend and protect civil rights, including the right to vote.  Every person’s vote is important, and every person who wants to vote should to be able to do so.  Unfortunately, many voters in the Pahoa community were prevented from exercising that […]

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 […]