Legal Assistance in the State of Hawaii

Access to Justice Rooms
Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal advice to unrepresented litigants involved in a civil cases

American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the only national organization dedicated to defending and expanding the civil liberties of all people. The ACLU of Hawaii has a variety of pro bono opportunities for individuals seeking to defend civil liberties an the fundamental principles of our Constitution, including opportunities for cooperating attorneys and individuals seeking to volunteer on various legislation and litigation projects.
Phone: (808) 522-5900

Community Mediation Centers
There are five Community mediation centers under contract to the State of Hawaii to provide volunteer mediators and affordable mediation services to the public. Contact the center nearest you for more information:

The Mediation Center of the Pacific
245 N. Kukui Street, Suite 206
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 521-6767
Fax: (808) 538-1454

Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Mediation Program
2804 Wehe Road
Lihue, Hawii 96766
Phone: (808) 245-4077
Fax: (808) 245-7476

Maui Mediation Services
J. Walter Cameron Center
95 Mahalani Street, Suite 25
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 244-5744
Fax: (808) 249-0905

Kuikahi Mediation Center
101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 935-7844
Fax: (808) 961-9727

West Hawaii Mediation Center
P.O. Box 7020
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
Phone: (808) 885-5525
Fax: (808) 887-0525

Domestic Violence Action Center
The Domestic Violence Action Center and Legal Hotline is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal service, individual and systemic advocacy and social change work.
Phone: (808) 531-3771

Hawaii Disability Rights Center
The mission of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center is to protect and promote the human, civil, and legal rights of individuals with disabilities through the provision of information and advocacy.
Phone: (808) 949-2922and 1 (800) 882-1057

Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center
Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center is a non-profit organization committed to providing immigration legal services and advocacy in the public interest for people living in Hawaii with particular emphasis on serving poor and low income immigrants and their families.
Phone: (808) 536-8826

Hawaii Legal Services Portal

This tool directs people with legal problems in Hawaii to helpful legal resources and referrals. Answer a few questions about yourself and your problem to help us guide you to the best help for your situation. We will not ask for your name or any information that will identify who you are. Check out the FAQ page for tips to help you get started. If you are accessing the portal on behalf of someone else, submit responses that are specific to that person's situation. Currently, this portal is only available in English. Please contact the referral organization if you need an interpreter.


Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is dedicated to assisting the low-to-moderate income community. Their mission is to achieve fairness and justice for Hawaii's people through quality representation, advocacy, community partnerships, education and outreach.
Phone: (808) 536-4302

Legal Lines
FREE Legal Information Hotline
Call (808) 537-1868 on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.
Volunteer attorneys will be standing by to take your calls.
A project of the Young Lawyers Division #yldhawaii

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai'i
The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaiʻi (MLPC Hawaiʻi) seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families in Hawai‘i through a unique partnership between the Law School, pediatricians of the Community Pediatrics Division of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, a federally qualified community health center. MLPC Hawaiʻi provides direct access to legal services for children and families in a community health clinic setting in order to address the social/legal problems that negatively impact children’s health.
Phone: (808) 371-2698 Client line: (808) 688-3313

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
The mission of the NHLC is to strengthen and enhance the lives of Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian communities through the protection and recovery of ancestral and trust lands, natural resources, and the preservation of customs and practices vital to the perpetration of Hawaii's indigenous people.
Phone: (808) 521-2302

Self-Help Centers
Volunteer attorneys and AmeriCorps Advocates provide limited legal information to help self-represented litigants navigate court forms and processes.

University of Hawaii Elder Law Program (UHELP)
UHELP has an attorney/professor, a program administrator/legal assistant and several student law clerks. UHELP operates throughout the calendar year and provides basic legal assistance, advice and information. UHELP is not permitted to assist with business or criminal law matters or with personal injury or other fee-generating cases. You may qualify for services if you are 60 years or older and are socially or economically needy or if you are a caregiver of an older person and need legal assistance on behalf of the older person. (Each case is evaluated according to its own merits and in accordance with staff capabilities)
Phone: (808) 956-6544

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii matches pro bono lawyers with individuals and families in need of legal assistance. The organization’s pool of volunteer attorneys handle non-criminal matters such as family law, guardianship, wills and probate, collections, small claims, veteran benefits, and bankruptcy. Services include legal advice, telephone consultations, document drafting, self help workshops and full representation.
Phone: Honolulu(808) 528-7046; Maui (808) 727-8210; Hawaii Island (808) 313-8210; Kauai (808) 698-8210

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