More civil liberties events in Hawai‘i

At our discretion, we also may list civil liberties-related events from third party community organizations, these events do not necessarily represent the positions of the ACLU of Hawaii. Details presented are accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. They are subject to change.  We assume no responsibility for the accuracy of third party events information. To request a listing, please email

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Upcoming Events, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014. 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. The Hawaii State Legislature’s Keiki Caucus presents: 21st Annual Children and Youth Summit: Hope for the Future, a bipartisan group of House and Senate members joined by a community resource group of children, youth advocates, and providers. Each year, the Caucus introduces a package of measures and initiatives to address a variety of issues affecting Hawaii’s children. FREE for Hawaii youth,  but registration is required. For info: Alisha or Tyrell: (808) 586-6130

Monday, October 20, 2014. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Harris Methodist Church Miyama Main Hall. The Kokua Council presents: 11th Annual Community Forum – What’s Ahead Legislatively? Representatives from nonprofit and other organizations involved with seniors as well as advocacy groups who have needs/concerns that can be helped legislatively or by other means will present their issues. $5 attendance fee includes a lunch.To reserve a lunch, ask for time on the agenda or for more information call Laura Manis, 597-8838 or email,

Friday, November 7, 2014. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Honolulu Community College. Harm Reduction Hawaii presents: Harm Reduction 2014: The Tipping Point. A collaboration of service providers, community organizations, and concerned citizens will convene for a one-day interactive conference to discuss ways of developing more holistic and culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions in the context of harm reduction practice. For more information: (808) 853-3243 or


Upcoming Events, 2015

Monday and Tuesday, May 18 & 19, 2015, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center. The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii is proud to sponsor the 31st Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Deep Impact!. For more information: (registration fees apply).


Past events

Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friends of Catholic Charities Hawaii Community Hall (1822 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96822). Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Catholic Charities Hawaii, and PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii’s Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly & Disabled) present: Social Advocacy Conference: Building Bridges to a
Progressive Change Agenda. 
The 2014 Advocacy Conference will bring together members of coalitions across the state to share information about their respective initiatives, and explore opportunities to collaborate on joint advocacy efforts in the 2015 legislative session. More info: Trisha Kajimura (808) 527-4810 or trisha.kajimura@catholiccharitieshawaii.orgWednesday, September 17, 2014. All day: Constitution Day!Friday, September 19, 2014. 6:00 p.m., Arts at Marks Garage. LaborFest Hawaii presents: 3rd Annual LaborFest Hawaii. LaborFest Hawai’i celebrates Hawaii’s important labor history, with a coming together of workers, unionized and non, to learn, teach, communicate, agitate, and strategize. Speakers for the discussion in 2014 include Gerald Horne, author of Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii, and Steve Early, author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. FREE and open to the public. For more information: ACLU Hawaii is a proud co-sponsor of this event.Saturday, September 20, 2014. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union (1226 College Walk-Honolulu). The Hawaii People’s Fund presents: Get Media Literate! Look Beyond the Frame. A one-day training program for youth and youth program mentors focused on building skills to read, see, and listen to media more critically. Feautred speaker: Andrea Quijada, Executive Director, Media Literacy Project Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information: (808) 593-9969 or

Oahu, Saturday, 8/23/14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Maui Room. The ACLU of Hawaii and the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii present “Policy Perspectives on Medical Marijuana” featuring Robert Jacob, Mayor of Sebastopol, CA and Executive Director of Peace in Medicine, a non-profit healing center and cannabis dispensary, and James Anthony, a former Oakland City prosecutor, now a full time attorney specialized in medical cannabis dispensary land use law.  RSVP by 8/20. request special accommodation by 8/18: or (808) 522-5906 (neighbor islands toll free, 1-877-544-5906.  Parking is $6 at Blaisdell, also served by major bus lines. Venue is ADA accessible. Light refreshments served.Saturday, 8/23/14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,St. Andrews Cathedral Offices, 2nd Floor Conference Room (229 Queen Emma Square). Common Cause Hawaii presents “Citizen Advocate Workshop: Livestreaming”” featuring H. Doug Matsuoka of the Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui. Free workshop, learn how to broadcast video live to the internet using your smartphone (iPhone, Android, WinPho). Space is limited, email hawaii@commoncause.orgHilo, Sunday, 8/24/14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, YWCA Hawai‘i Island (145 Ululani Street). The ACLU of Hawaii and the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii present “Policy Perspectives on Medical Marijuana” featuring Robert Jacob, Mayor of Sebastopol, CA and Executive Director of Peace in Medicine, a non-profit healing center and cannabis dispensary, and James Anthony, a former Oakland City prosecutor, now a full time attorney specialized in medical cannabis dispensary land use law.  RSVP by 8/20. request special accommodation by 8/18: or (808) 522-5906 (neighbor islands toll free, 1-877-544-5906.  Parking is free. Venue is ADA accessible. Light refreshments served.RESCHEDULED! Kona, Friday, 8/29/14, 2-4 p.m. The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii presents: “Medical Marijuana TalkStory”.  A free form conversation among patients, caregivers, doctors and advocates conducted by staff of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. 8/23: This event is being RESCHEDULED, mahalo for your patience!
Monday and Tuesday, May 19 & 20, 2014, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center. The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii is proud to sponsor the 30th Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For more information: (registration fees apply).
Saturday, May 24, 2014, noon to 2p.m., CHOW offices (677 Ala Moana Blvd, Floor 2, Suite 226. Enter on the Keawe St. side where street parking is available).The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii (“MCCHI”) presents: Honolulu Medical Marijuana Talk Story. FREE. Update on the 2014 legislative session, and discuss priorities for a dispensary system – MCCHI will be represented on the task force that will propose this legislation for the 2015 legislative session. Speakers: Michael Attocknie, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Action Group & the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii; Rafael Kennedy, Field Organizer for the Drug Policy Action Group. RSVP requested to info@mcchi.org, or call 808-988-4386.
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10a, PARADE – Magic Island starting point, marching to Kapiolani Park. Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:30a to 4p, FESTIVAL – Kapiolani Park. Honolulu Pride presents: 24th annual Pride Parade 2014 “Pupukahi I Holomua (United to Move Forward)”. FREE for individuals to march or attend festival (fee for businesses and organizations to enter parade or  have festival booths). A celebration and parade for Hawaii’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning community members and allies. For more information:, or call 808-672-9050. Join ACLU Hawaii to march! Contact Kit:
Tuesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 15, 2014, Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theater. The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation presents: The 25th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. For more information about the Festival, visit: Filmmakers! For information about submitting a film to the Festival, visit: (deadline for submissions is 12/16/13).
Friday, June 20, 2014, 8a to 4:15 p,  William S. Richardson School of Law, Classrooms 2 and 3
2515 Dole Street. The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission presents: “Meeting the Challenges of Equal Justice for All” – 2014 Access to Justice Conference. Keynote speaker  James J. Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation along with Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley, Chair of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald of the Hawaii Supreme Court. An exciting, provocative discussion about seeking justice for the underserved, including opportunities for audience participation. For more information visit:
Thursday, January 30, 2014. The State of Hawaii marks “Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day”. “to celebrate, honor and educate the public about these individuals’ commitment to preserving civil liberties.” Learn more: This date is also celebrated as “Fred Korematsu Day”, honoring Fred Korematsu’s resistance to the Japanese American mass incarceration during World War II and his subsequent court victories revealed one of the worst violations of civil rights in American history.
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ali`iolani Hale (417 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813). the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the Hawaii State Bar Association Civic Education Committee present: “Undaunted Courage and Civil Liberties” Presentation at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center. From standing up against mass internment of individuals because of their race, to demanding gender equality, to advocating for the rights of immigrant children, many have advanced the cause of equality and justice for all. The featured speakers at the “Undaunted Courage and Civil Liberties” presentation will be Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina S. McKenna, Law and Social Justice Professor Eric K. Yamamoto and Attorney John Egan.
Free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please call (808) 539-4999.

Thursday, January 30 & 31st, February 1st and 8th, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Leeward Community College Lab Theater (downstairs). PlayBuilders in partnership with Leeward Community College presents “Yes, I Am: Leeward Edition”. $10. A compilation and reenactment of stories told by real people in Hawaii’s LGBT community.  Actors and affiliates of PlayBuilers went out in search of Leeward students, friends, family and community members that were willing to share a part of themselves.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, YWCA Laniakea, 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu . The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations ( presents Nonprofit Advocacy Day. This event will provide an overview of nonprofit advocacy, an orientation to the legislative process, a tour of the State Capitol, and share inspiring stories of how local nonprofits are making a difference in the public policy world. Contact Nikki Love at or (808) 529-0456 for more information.

Wednesday, January 22: 41st Anniversary of the passage of key U.S. Supreme Court ruling on reproductive freedom, Roe v. Wade.Saturday, January 25, 3 – 5 p.m., YWCA Hawaii Island Ka Hale Hi‘ilani Hall (145 Ululani St., Hilo, HI 96720). The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii and the Drug Policy Action Group present: Medical Marijuana Talk Story. To RSVP or for more information, please call 469-5249.Sunday, January 26, 2 – 4 p.m., Pahoa Community Center (15 Kauhale Place, Pahoa, HI 96778). The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii and the Drug Policy Action Group present: Medical Marijuana Talk Story. To RSVP or for more information, please call 469-5249.
Sunday, December 15, 2013. Bill of Rights Day, marking the 22nd anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights by the states. Help the ACLU of Hawaii celebrate by adding your voice to the Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge, now thru 12/15/13. Visit to send your haiku! 
EVENT CANCELLED: Wednesday, October 9  2013, 5:30 p.m. to 7  p.m. State Capitol Auditorium, Honolulu. The William S. Richardson School of Law presents a symposium: Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions. Free. The symposium will also broadcast live on ‘Olelo channel 49. Moderated by Avi Soifer, dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law, the panel discussion will describe the religious exemptions in the proposed marriage equity bill and will discuss possible amendments. The panel includes Andrea Freeman, assistant professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law; James Hochberg, attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom and president of Hawaii Family Advocates; and Lois Perrin, legal director of ACLU of Hawaii. The proposed marriage equity bill and other materials are available on the Governor’s Marriage Equity website. For information about this symposium, contact Marnelli Joy Basilio at, October 11  2013, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. State Capitol, Honolulu. The State of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu (and supporters) present: Youth Summit. Free. A conference geared toward defining issues and developing priority legislative actions important to children (0-12 years old) and youth (12-21 years old). For more information, call 586-6130.Saturday, October 12  2013, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Kenolio Recreation Complex (N. Kihei) 131 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui. The State of Hawaii and Maui County present:  7th Annual Maui Children and Youth Day. FREE. Children and Youth Day comes to Maui for fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. For further information, please call the Kihei Youth Center at 808-879-8698.Monday, October 21 2013, 11:30 a.m. Harris Methodist Church, Miyama Main Hall, Honolulu. The Kokua Council presents: 10th Annual Community Forum – Be Part of the Solution. $5 donation for lunch suggested. Topics discussed include: caregiver support, community services, homeless concerns, long term care, unemployment, elder abuse, campaign reform. For more information, ask for time on the agenda and/or to RSVP contact Laura Manis, or (808) 597-8838Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10am-6pm -  Kapiolani Park/Bandstand. Hispanic Events Hawaii presents  Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. FREE. Live entertainment, food booths, crafts, cultural displays, specialty booths, children’s activities and information from different community/health agencies. Proceeds fund student scholarships.  For more information:
Island of Maui: Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6  2013, various times and Maui venues, Honolulu. Maui Pride and numerous community sponsors present: Maui Pride 2013. For event details (some are free, others require admission), see, October 6  2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. State Capitol and surrounding area, Honolulu. The State of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu (and supporters) present: Children and Youth Day. FREE. Fun for the whole family. Parking is free at all neighboring State and County parking lots in the Capitol District, Central Middle School and Alapai Transit Center Parking. Early Learning Zones, Teen Zone, Financial Zone within Teen Zone, Green Zone, Likelike Mall (between ‘Iolani Palace and the State Library) and Hotel Street Mall. For more information:, October 6  2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Honolulu. (Aliiolani Building, Hawaii Supreme Court) presents Center tours for Children and Youth Day. FREE. Fun for the whole family. Free. Learn about Hawai’i’s courts and our unique legal history through guided tours, gallery displays and short films. For more information, contact Toni Han Palermo at 539-4995. See above for parking information.
Friday, September 20,  2013, 6:30 p.m. LaborFest Hawaii and allies present the second annual LaborFest Hawaii – “They say austerity, we say class solidarity!”. FREE. Arts at Marks Garage. First of two nights of LaborFest activities. Speakers: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a nationally recognized author who has focused on indigenous struggles, always with an eye on class issues. She will be discussing her book The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgment on America. University of Hawai‘i professor Noel Kent will give a presentation related to his book Islands Under The Influence. The book examines the development of Hawaii’s political economy and 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of its publication. Supported in part by the ACLU of Hawaii. For more information:, September 21,  2013, 3:00 p.m. LaborFest Hawaii and allies present the second annual LaborFest Hawaii – “They say austerity, we say class solidarity!”. FREE. Arts at Marks Garage. Second of two nights of LaborFest activities. Speakers: Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America, will present on the state of labor today. His book has generated a national discussion on organized labor in the United States. Kauai based labor activist Ray Catania will discuss recent cultural and class struggles in the islands. Supported in part by the ACLU of Hawaii. For more information:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. State Capitol Building- Room 329.  Girlfest Hawaii presents: LGBT Youth and Our Community, Homophobia = Child Abuse. Presenters to include LGBT youth, community leaders, and supportive clergy. After the panel, there will be time for comments and a Q&A wherein which many voices may be heard. To be broadcast on Olelo Community Television.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 3:00 p.m. “Let Freedom Ring” – a half-century to the minute after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Gov. Neil Abercrombie invites the people of Hawaii to “ring a bell” at 3 p.m. (HST) Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, as part of a worldwide 50th anniversary commemoration. The Governor also requests that places of worship, government buildings and all facilities in Hawaii with the capability join in this gesture.The King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition called on governors of the 50 states and all people and organizations across the world to help culminate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr. King’s speech with “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing events. For more information about the 50th anniversary commemoration, visit: www.mlkdream50.comWednesday, August 28, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. State Capitol Building- Beretania Side. MoveOn volunteers in Hawaii present MoveOn To Equality: A Rally For Social Justice, Civil Rights, and Marriage Equality. Join and community allies in a Rally for Marriage Equality on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. Featured guests planned include Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Chris Lee, Associate Justice Steven Levinson (ret.) and more! RSVP here:
Sunday,August 11, 2013 - 1-3 p.m., Ward Warehouse. ACLU of Hawaii and allies present Marriage Equality Community Meeting  2. Letʻs turn our focus to practical, real-world strategies to win full marriage equality for all of Hawaii’s families!Join us for the second free, public community meeting, building on the excellent advocacy and grassroots activism ideas gathered at the first meeting. We invite those that attended the first meeting and all new friends to come!

Saturday July 20  2013, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Life Foundation, Honolulu (677 Ala Moana Blvd. #226). GSA Hawaii presents: GSA Hawaii Youth Leadership Summit 2013 – Build a Better Tomorrow. This event is for high school and middle school students. A full day of practical information about starting, running and initiating change through a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school.  FREE. For more information and to fill out an application:

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - Nico’s at Pier 38, 1133 N. Nimitz Hwy. ACLU of Hawaii and allies present Marriage Equality Community Meeting

  • 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.:  registration
  • 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.:  community meeting
  • Hosted heavy pupu and soft drinks
  • Attendance limited to the first 60 RSVPs, reserve your spot without delay by clicking here!

Following the Supreme Court’s historic decisions a few weeks ago, Hawaii has an emergent opportunity to push for marriage equality – and we want your input! Join us for an open, moderated conversation of Hawaii advocates – share your views and listen to others’ ideas about how we can work together for marriage equality.  We’ll discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t worked over the last few years – and how we can make things better moving forward – so that we, as a community, can see this through to our goal of full marriage equality for all of Hawaii’s families!

We encourage participation from the neighbor islands, and are currently exploring the available options for facilitating this. If you’d like to participate but are not able to attend in person, please contact Holly at or 522-5905. The room is ADA-accessible, and we will make every effort to fulfill requests for special accommodation.

Saturday July 13, 2013, noon - Room 329, Hawaii State Capitol. The GLBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i presents: Implications of the strike down of DOMA section 3 for Hawai’i and for YOU! Planned speakers: Justice Steven Levinson, Maile Hirota (Immigration Law), Lee Yarbrough (Tax Law), Keoki Cadiz (Family Law). For more information call DJ Porter at (808)664-3310. Register by completing the contact us form at: July 14  2013, 7 -9 p.m.- Kea‘au Community Center, Hawaii Island. Malu Aina Center for Non-violent Education and Action presents: Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright. Ann will speak about her recent visit to Yemen and Yemen-Victims of Drones and 56 Yemenis cleared for release from Guantanamo years ago but still held by the U.S.; and about the the Nobel Women’s Peace conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  FREE. for more information: (808) 966-7622 or email ja@malu-aina.org
Saturday June 1, 2013, Honolulu. Honolulu Pride  presents: 23rd Annual Honolulu Pride Parade – Stand UP, Stand OUT, Stand PROUD.  Free to march for individuals, small fee for organizations wishing to enter. March from Magic Island is followed by Pride Festival at Kapiolani Park. For more information call PFLAG-Oahu:  808-672-9050,
Tuesday, June 4 thru Sunday, June 9. The Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation presents: 24td Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival In Memory of Adam Baran.  Various times. Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater.  For more information, or call 675-8428. Fee for attendance.
Friday June 7 to Sunday, June 9, 2013, Honolulu. Lambda Aloha  presents: 20th Annual Kauai Pride Celebration – Over the Rainbow. Various events at Mariott courtyard in Kapa‘a.  For more information: Fee for attendance.
Sunday, May 12,  3:00 p.m.:  Revolution Books (2626 S King St Honolulu, HI 96826) presents “After Innocence,” the story of innocent people wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on seven men and their efforts to rebuild their lives after being thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. The film is 90 minutes and will be followed by an introduction to the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. Materials about the network will be available, along with information on how you can get involved. For more information call: (808) 944-3106
Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2013, Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii presents: 29th Pacific Rim International Forum on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For more information: email, 808956-7539, (registration fees apply).

Monday & Tuesday, April 29 and 30, 2013, Hawaii Convention Center.  The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii presents: 29th Pacific  Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. For more information: email, 808956-7539, (registration fees apply).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, (6:00 to 8:30 p.m. – doors open @ 5:15 for refreshments and mingling), Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Ave.).  FREE. The Hawaii Peoples Fund and co-sponsors present “Healing Our People, Healing Our Streets – Prison Is Not the Answer”, featuring special guests Dr. Manulani Meyer and Dr. Shane Edwards. For more information contact Charmaine, 808.956.7539 or email

Tuesday (5:00 -7:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.), March 26 and 27: Hawaii United for Marriage; Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii present: Light the Way to Justice: Hawaii State Capitol Vigil for U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases. Iolani Palace, Ewa Side, by Coronation Pavilion. All who support justice are encouraged to attend, whether it is equality for women and ethnic minorities, support for religious diversity, respect for the rights of workers, justice for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.
Monday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church (Nu‘uanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.). The Kokua Council presents “Reforming Hawaii’s Marijuana Laws” featuring speakers Pamela Lichty of the Drug Policy Action Group, and Heather Lusk of the CHOW Project (Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS/HIV). Small donation requested. For more information  see
Thursday, February 28, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Hawaii State Capitol. Diverse community activists and allies present Honk For Pot, a sign-waving event to raise awareness and support for the reform of Hawaii marijuana laws via legalization/decriminalization and improvement of Hawaiiʻs 12-year old medical marijuana program. Bring a sign, or grab one of the signs supplied by on of the community allies, including the ACLU of Hawaii and Fresh Approach Hawaii
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, location and time TBA. The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, UH Department of Sociology, TJ Mahoney, Community Alliance for Prisons, and Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women present a discussion of the new book Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation with guest speaker and author Dr. Beth Richie. 
Wednesday, February 6. 2013, 11:30 a.m. to noon, The Cathedral of Saint Andrew (corner of Beretania and Queen Emma), Honolulu. The Hawaii Coalition  for Immigration Reform and Faith Action for Community Equity present a press conference to respond to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposal recently presented by President Obama and the bi-partisan Senate “team of eight”. Event will occur in the narthex (the porch outside the main entrance to the cathedral).
Monday, Feburary 11, 2013, 11:30am,  Hawaii State Capitol.  Hawaii United for Marriage presents Marriage Equality Lobby Day.  The marriage bill will not advance this year unless the Legislature schedules a hearing by this Tuesday, February 12th, this lobby day is to urge legislators to hear the bill. RSVP and more information:
December 3-6. Free, various times, statewide. The Hawaii State Legislature’s Public Access Room presents: We the Powerful! Discover the Public’s Power in the Legislative Process. Speaker Virginia Beck, the Assistant Public Access Coordinator at the Public Access Room (PAR), will lead the presentations. PAR is a division of the Hawai‘i State Legislature’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. event times and locations as follows:  

Monday December 3 12:00 noon Kahului Community Center , 275 Uhu St. (in Kahului Community Park) 

Monday December 3 5:30 p.m. Kihei Community Center, 303 E. Lipoa St. (small meeting room) 

Tuesday December 4 12:00 noon Pukalani Tavares Community Center , 91 Pukalani St. (meeting room near pool) 

Wednesday December 5 5:30 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiilani (social hall) 

Thursday December 6 5:30 p.m. Wailuku Public Library, 251 High St. 

For more information:  (808) 984 2400, ext. 7-0478 • Email:  [contact if you need special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters. To communicate via the TTY device, call toll free 974 4000 ext. 7-0749 or 808/587-0749.] 

Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m., Aloha Tower’s Pier Ten. Free, but reservations suggested. Equality HawaiiFreedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Hawaii Pacific University Student Government Association present: “Winning The Freedom To Marry In Hawaii.”  Evan Wolfson, the civil rights attorney considered the architect of the national marriage equality movement, will headline the talk story event. As co-counsel in Hawaii’s landmark marriage case in the 1990s, Evan launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry, and went on to found Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Evan will talk about the recent ballot victories in four states, the status of the movement and the possibilities for Hawaii. reservations:
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Blaisdell Center, Maui Room (second floor above Galleria). Free, but registration requested to help our budget and planning. The ACLU of Hawaii presents “Annual Meeting & Bill of Rights Day Celebration”  ADA-accessible. Free, but requires reservations (to help our budget and planning). RSVP by Saturday 12/1  to, (808) 522-5906 (Neighbor islands toll free 1-(877) 544-5906 , or fax (808) 522-5909. Request special accommodation by 12/1 to our office. We will always try to meet accommodation requests. 
Tuesday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. t0 1:00 p.m., Ward Warehouse Kewalo Room (2nd Floor). Hawaii Youth Services Network  presents: The Hawaii Legislature: Tips and Tools for Effective Legislative Education and Advocacy/Key Issues for the 2013 Legislative Session. Panelists include: Deborah Zysman, Good Beginnings Alliance, Alex Santiago, former state legislator, Katie Polidoro, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, Kat Brady, Community Alliance on Prisons, Suzanne Marinelli, Public Access Room, Hawaii State Capitol. Fee for participation includes lunch.
Register by Friday, October 19, 2012. For assistance, please contact or call at (808) 531-2198 ext 6 and leave a message. Register online:
Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. t0 9:00 p.m., Kapaa Public Library, 1464 Kuhio Highway. ACLU of Hawaii, Planned Parenthood HawaiiYWCA of KauaiBoys & Girls Club of HawaiiRoccoʻs Pizza and Malama Pono present: Dinner and a Movie – “Letʻs Talk About Sex”. FREE. Watch the award-winning sex-education policy film, “Letʻs Talk About Sex” by Director Jim Houston, eat Roccoʻs Pizza and discuss why Hawaii teens need comprehensive, medically accurate sex-education. Space is limited, RSVP to or call 1(877) 544-5906. The Kapaa Public Library is ADA accessible, request special accommodation contact the ACLU of Hawaii by Monday, October 12. We will always try to fullfil requests. 

Monday, October 22, 8:00 a.m. t0 4:30 p.m., Ala Moana Hotel (room TBA). Harm Reduction Hawaii and co-sponsors present: Harm Reduction 2012: Doing More With Less. Fee for participation. A one-day interactive conference to discuss ways of developing more holistic and culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions in the context of harm reduction practice. Register at: 

Saturday, September 15: Constitution Day!  Commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Sunday, September 16: 11 a.m. to noon, AM 1080, K-108  “Insight into Our Government and Economy” with host Rod Tam and guest, ACLU of Hawaii talking about and taking your questions on civil rights.

Friday. September 21, 11:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Honolulu location TBA. Fee for attendance, limited scholarships available. The Hawaii People’s Fund presents: Tools for Justice.  3-day intensive training will emphasize base-building, campaign and leadership development as the building blocks of strong community organizing work. Registration information or more information: Darlene Rodrigues at or 593-9969.

Friday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., The Arts a Marks Garage.  the Arts at Marks and LaborFest Hawaii present: “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman.” Free. This film is a counter-argument to Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” which targeted teacher unions and pushed privatization, charter schools, and the business model of education. A panel and audience discussion will follow the screening. For more information:

ACLU Event! Saturday, September 29, (1:00 registration) 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Blaisdell Center, Maui Room (second floor above Galleria). Free, but registration requested to help our budget and planning. The ACLU of Hawaii presents “The Supreme Court: Politics and Principle in a Presidential Election Year” featuring guest speaker Steven Shapiro, legal director of the national ACLU. ADA-accessible. Free, but requires reservations (to help our budget and planning). Space limited so respond today. RSVP by Friday, 9/22  to, (808) 522-5906 (Neighbor islands toll free 1-(877) 544-5906 , or fax (808) 522-5909. Request special accommodation by Friday, 9/14 to our office. We will always try to meet accommodation requests. 

Monday, October 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the State Capitol Auditorium.  The Hawaii State Legislature presents the 19th annual Children and Youth Summit. Free, includes lunch, advance registration required. An important day-long event convening youth from across the state to discuss key priorities, draft legislation, and network. Youth -ask your school administrators if you would like to be involved! At the same time, a non-voting adult discussion group on youth issues, open to the public, will take place. ACLU of Hawaii to present a Civil Rights topic during the short plenary session.

Sunday, October 7, 2012, day-long, on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. Free. The State of Hawaii presents Children and Youth Day, a celebration of Hawaii’s youth. Entertainment, information, and more. An ACLU of Hawaii booth is planned.

Saturday, September 9: Student Journalism Conference, UH Manoa.   Invitation only. ACLU of Hawaii presenting  a press conference for youth journalists.

Wednesday, September 12: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, Sustainability Courtyard, UH Manoa, FREE. World Can’t Wait presents: Day of Resistance: “Humanity and the Planet Come First.”  Tables (including an ACLU of Hawaii table dedicated to Free Speech and Know Your Rights info), small workshops and film showings during the Festival.

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church (1020 South Beretania Street, Honolulu) Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), Catholic Charities Hawaii and the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association present: Immigration Info Workshop on the Deferred Action Program. FREE informational workshop on the new Deferred Action program. Immigration lawyers and community representatives will answer questions. Potential applicants can get the facts and start their planning now! Attend to ask questions and get informational materials.  Contact: Stan Bain – FACE:

Thursday, August 16, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. - Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus I, The Office of Youth Services and Hawaii Youth Services Network present: Resiliency in the Faces of Adversity. FREE. Topics include: Findings & Recommendations of the Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Hawaii Juvenile System Report, Christian Moore, Founder of “Why Try”, WCCC  “Prison Monologues, Roy Sakuma. For more information, see the Hawaii Youth services Network website,  Limited travel scholarships available; contact

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 4:30-6:30pm, YWCA Laniakea (1040 Richards St.). The YWCA of Hawaii presents: “Eliminating Gender Violence in Education: The Next 40 Years of Title IX”.  FREE, registration required. Panelists will include Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna, Professor Linda Krieger of the William s. Richardson School of Law, and Jennifer Rose, Gender Equity Specialist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. To register, or for more information, please contact: Allicyn Akahoshi Floyd, Gender Equity/Advocacy Office, UH Manoa  Phone: (808) 956-9977 Email: Co-sponsored by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Hawaii Women Lawyers, Hawaii State Bar Association DEAL

Thursday, July 19, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Honolulu location. The Hawaii Department of Education presents: Student Leadership Conference 2012. A meeting with representatives from school governments in Hawaii. Private event. An ACLU of Hawaii information table staffed by 2012 Summer interns and board member Brooke Wilson is planned.

Thursday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Ward Warehouse/Kakaako Room. The Hawaii Youth Services Network presents: Cyber-Bullying & Violence Prevention. $20 (scholarships available). Guest speakers: Antonia R.G. Alvarez, LSW Director of Youth Suicide & Bullying Prevention, Mental Health America of Hawai`i and Detective Christopher Duque, Retired HPD & Internet Safety/Security Expert. Register by Friday, July 13. Questions, please contact

Wednesday, July 4, 2012: Independence Day!  Celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Saturday, June 23, R&D Honolulu (691 Auahi Street) 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. FREE. The Asian American Journalists Association presents: “Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now.” Documentary film screening followed by discussion. In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, “it’s because of  you mother** that we’re out of work.” When the judge fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country  galvanized to form a real community and movement. Space is limited. RSVP by June 22 at 5p.m. via email at, on Facebook at AAJA Hawaii or call 741-1355.

Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Mililani High School  The Mililani Highschool summer “Project Citizen” presents its analysis of the social issue: same sex couples lack the same right to marriage as mixed sex couples. Presentation judge and speaker for the ACLU of Hawaii: Steven H. Levinson, Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court (Ret.).

Thursday, June 14, 2-4 p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona (Hawaii Island).  A community talk story about how we can malama our youth who are in contact with the juvenile justice system. A short update on recent juvenile justice research and an open discussion will follow. Co-sponsored by the Hawai’i Office of Youth Services and the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council.  For more info.:

Thursday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ward Warehouse Kaka‘ako Room. $20. Hawaii Youth Services Network Annual Membership Meeting presents: Cyberbullying & Violence Prevention. For more information and to register:;jsessionid=27953DC31912BD44825FB652A432EB00?Parameters=15324711911424798000&isPop=true

Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, various times, Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theater. The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation presents:  The 23rd Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. For more information:

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Magic Island, Honolulu. PFLAG Hawaii and Honolulu Pride present: Honolulu Pride 2012 – Time 2 Get Equal (Pride Parade & Celebration)Parade starts at 10:00 AM from Magic Island Saturday, June 2, 2012. FREE Pride Celebration to follow around the Kapiolani Park bandstand from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Following the celebration, the Hawaii Pride Festival Foundation will sponsor a PRIDE Dance Party at McCoy Pavilion (time TBA). For more information:

Friday, June 8, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach, Kapaa (Kauai Island). $20 conference fee, scholarships available. The Kauai LGBT Youth Council presents: LGBT Youth and Safety Conference: Support • Connect • Respect. Join Youth, parents, friends, educators, service providers and lawmakers for a day-long conference on issues facing LGBT youth on Kauai. Keynote Speaker: the Honorable Sabrina McKenna, Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. For more information or to register:

Saturday, April 28,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Hawaii State Capitol Building Rotunda. We are Women March – Hawaii presents: Unite Against the War on Women-Hawaii. Hawaii’s National Protest Against the War on Women Rally & Sign Waving. Guest speakers planned: Esther Kiaaina, Dr. Meda Chesney Lindm Rep. Chris Lee, Liz Rees, Music by Rolando Sanchez. For more information:
Tuesday, May 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., YWCA Laniakea, Fuller Hall. Tickets $12.00 (includes refreshments).  Documentary screening of “Vincent Who?” Vincent Chin was murdered in 1982 in Detroit because of his race. His death proved to be a pivotal and landmark case in the Asian American civil rights movement.Q&A panel featuring filmmaker Curtis Chin and guests to follow. Sponsored by the YWCA, JACL, AAJA, NAPABA, Media Council Hawaii and Hawaii International Film Festival. Tickets online at, $12 fee includes refreshments. Purchase by April 23. YWCA, 1040 Richards St, Honolulu 96813. Info:
Tuesday, May 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., YWCA Laniakea, Room 307. Suggested donation $10.00.  The YWCA of O’ahu, in partnership with ACLU and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, will be showing the film “Let’s Talk About Sex”. This event is co-sponsored by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and Women’s Fund of Hawaii. Following the event, representatives from ACLU, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, YWCA and the Commission on the Status of Women will talk story on key issues that affect women’s health this past legislative session.
Let’s Talk About Sex takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers and also compares European attitudes with American. The film concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions.

Within this film, real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation and archival material, all combine to paint an urgent picture of American youth in crisis. A crisis that not a lot of people are talking about. Let’s Talk About Sex challenges the viewer to take on this often uncomfortable subject and help protect the future of our young people. For more information & to RSVP:

Tuesday, April 24,  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Prince Kuhio Federal Building, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard. Faith Action for Community Equity presents: Vigil for Immigrant Justice. The US Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Join FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity) to stand in solidarity with those who believe in equal treatment and equal opportunity for all families! If the court strikes down the law, that would set a major precedent – that state-sponsored racial profiling will not be tolerated. for more information, or to join a virtual vigil:
Tuesday, April 24,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m., UH Manoa Law School, Moot Court Room. (includes refreshments).  
Lambda Law Students present: Two Spirits: Deconstructing Gender Norms. A discussion and film on a life unrestrained by gender expectations. 2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, William S. Richardson School of Law.
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Thursday, April 19,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Fort Street Mall (gather fronting Longs Downtown)  
World Can’t Wait Hawaii joins a national day of action to say: “NO TO MASS INCARCERATION”. Demonstrators will be at the bus stops near Long’s Drugs, which is a major bus transfer point. For more information about the growing movement to stop mass incarceration: National Day of Action
Thursday, March 8, 9:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., Kauai Community College. FREE. Kauai Community College presents First Amendment at KCC, featuring Daniel Gluck, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Hawaii.  What every journalist should know, what every student should know, what every citizen should know about the right to a free press and Hawaii’s media shield law.  Open to the public, priority seating for journalism students. For more information, contact Carol Bain, This event will be videotaped by KCC journalism students.
Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Studio 909 at the Musicians Building (949 Kapiolani). FREE
The Hawaii People’s Fund presents: Break the Code of Silence! A call for inclusion, equality and safety of LGBT youth. includes a screening of the award-winning documentary “Out in the Silence” followed by a facilitated discussion and a Q & A with the filmmakers.  For more information email 
Thursday, 1/26/12, 6:00 p.m., The ARTS at Marks Garage. FREE
Hawaii Women in Filmmaking and the ARTS at Marks Garage present Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, by Sharon La Cruise. Daisy Bates  was a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Post-film discussion panelists: ACLU of Hawaii Board Member Steven H. Levinson with Joshua Cooper, Njoroge Njoroge, Jill Leilani Nunokawa, Cindy Spencer. Film is 1 hour, and captioned. For more information: FLYER
Tuesday, 1/31/12, 6:00 p.m., William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2. FREE
The Hawaii Federalist Society & Harm Reduction Hawaii present Legalize it? Debate on the Legalization of Drugs between Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and law professor William “Bill” Otis. For more information:
Wednesday, 2/1/12, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Laniakea YWCA.  $10 suggested donation. 
The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and Harm Reduction Hawaii present: Cops from the frontlines say: end the war on drugs. Featuring Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a retired police major. Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a retired police major is a 33-year police veteran who led multi-jurisdictional anti-narcotics task forces for the Maryland State Police and ran training for the Baltimore Police Department. After seeing several of his law enforcement friends killed in the line of fire while enforcing drug policies, Neill knew that he needed to work to change these laws that cause so much harm but do nothing to reduce drug use. FLYER
Sunday, 2/12/12, 1:00 p.m., William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2. FREE
The Japanese American Citizens League, ACLU of Hawaii and Japanese Cultural Center present: Day of Remembrance 2012/From Honoluliuli to Guantanamo…Due Process Under Siege featuring keynote speaker Neal Katyal, Former U.S. Solicitor General, who spoke out against wartime injustice through the significant due process case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. This event will also include a screening of Ryan Kawamoto‘s short film “The 1800: the Untold Story of Internment in Hawaii”. For more information, contact Derrick Iwata (808) 945-7633. FLYER
Friday, 1/20/12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda. FREE
Planned Parenthood Hawaii presents Stand Up for Choice Roe v. Wade Commemoration - marking the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade- the landmark Supreme Court decision recognizing a woman’s right to privacy in making decisions about her health and her body. “This year, more than ever, it’s important we take time out to recognize the importance of our reproductive rights and our role in protecting them.”