Other places to find legal help and information:
Hawaii's free legal information resources
- Access to Justice Rooms & Self Help Centers: located at courthouses across the state, volunteer attorneys provide limited legal advice, information and resources to unrepresented litigants. Click here for more information including hours and locations.
- lawhelp.org/HI is Hawaii's free legal information website.
- Hawaii Self Help Interactive Forms – Free interactive interviews that create court forms and legal documents.
Legal Assistance programs in Hawaii
The organizations listed below help people whose income is low for a family of that size. They don’t take criminal cases, only cases that you yourself can’t go to jail for.
Need free legal assistance? Check out the Hawaii Legal Services Portal to determine what resources are available to help you with your legal issue.
- Legal Aid Society of Hawaii: provides statewide legal assistance for low-income clients in areas, including, but not limited to family, housing and housing discrimination, public benefits, consumer, tax, and immigration.
- Phone: (808) 536-4302
- Intake Hours:
- M-F: 9:00AM-11:00AM & 1:00PM-3:30PM
- Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii: provides statewide legal assistance for low-income clients in areas of civil law including, but not limited to family, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, estate planning and veterans benefits.
- Phone: (808) 528-7046
- Intake Hours:
- In-Person M-F: 9:00AM-12:00PM
- Phone: M-F: 9:00AM-4:00PM
- Domestic Violence Action Center: Legal assistance for domestic violence victims.
- Native Hawaiian Legal Corp.: A non-profit public interest law firm focused on Native Hawaiian Rights Law.
If you need to hire an attorney, find a local one at:
- Lawyer Referral & Information Service - A Lawyer Referral Service for Hawaii run by the State Bar Association. (808) 537-9140; Open M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM.
Need help with food, clothing, shelter, medicine or other services?
Other helpful agencies:
- Disability Rights Center (assists clients with mental and physical disabilities) or call 1-800-882-1057
- University of Hawaii Elder Law Program - provides limited civil legal services and counseling on the island of Oahu to socially and economically needy older persons who are 60 years of age or older. UHELP does not handle criminal or traffic violation cases, commercial or income producing cases, personal injury, malpractice or other fee-generating cases.
Community Mediation Centers:
- Oahu: The Mediation Center of the Pacific: 245 N. Kukui Street, Suite 206, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; Phone: (808) 521-6767
- Kauai: Kauai Economic Opportunity: Mediation Program 2804 Wehe Road, Lihue, Hawaii 96766; Phone: (808) 245-4077
- East Hawai’i: Ku’ikahi Mediation Center 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2 Hilo, Hawaii 96720; Phone: (808) 935-7844
- West Hawai’i: West Hawai’i Mediation Center: P.O. Box 7020 Kamuela, Hawaii 96743; Phone: (808) 885-5525
- Maui: Maui Mediation Services: J. Walter Cameron Center 95 Mahalani Street, Suite 25 Wailuku, Hawaii 96793; Phone: (808) 244-5744
ABA Home Front
ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.