Hawaii Self-Help Interactive Forms goes live!


Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Hawaii Judiciary and the Hawaii State Bar, with funding from the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiatives Grant, have collaborated to bring free interactive interviews that create court forms and legal documents to help self-represented individuals throughout Hawaii. The interactive forms were developed for use by limited income persons representing themselves in a civil legal matters, but are available free of charge to all persons. The interactive interviews ask a series of questions to complete a legal form or court approved document. The interactive interview also provides helpful information and instructions for next steps.


Click here to access the forms


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Legal Aid's 2nd Annual Justice Games 2013 Scavenger Hunt and Pau Hana Fundraiser took place on Friday July 19, 2013.


Fifteen teams raced around Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu taking pictures and posting to their Justice Games team Facebook page.


Proving that the odds were in their favor, Team AmeriCorps, sponsored by the Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, was victorious. Second and third place went to the teams from Cades Schutte, LLP and Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP respectively. Congratulations and until next year, may the odds be ever in your favor!


Check out pictures from this year's event


This event would not have been possible without the support of our gold level sponsor RCO Hawaii LLC, a Mortgage Banking Law Firm.

Do you need help filing past tax returns?


Legal Aid's Honolulu office helps prepare and file back tax returns for free.


Tax assistance is available first come first serve every Wednesday starting at 9:00am.


To get your taxes prepared you must bring the following documents:

• 1. Government Issued Picture ID

• 2. Social Security card for yourself and any dependants

• 3. All relevant tax documents (1099's, W2's, deduction documents)


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Legal Aid's first annual Justice Games Scavenger Hunt and Pau Hana Fundraiser took place on Friday October 12th, 2012.


Fifteen teams raced around Downtown Honolulu taking pictures and posting to their Justice Games 2012 Twitter Feeds. Using their wits and brawn teams battled to win the title of Justice Games Victor.


Proving that the odds were in their favor, Team GAQniss Everdeen from Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel were victorious. Second place went to Legal Aid's AmeriCorps Team followed by Team Shimabukuro.


Check out pictures from the event


This event would not have been possible without the support of our gold level sponsor RCO Hawaii LLC, a Mortgage Banking Law Firm.


The RCO Hawaii LLC Team

From Left to Right: RCO Hawaii LLC attorneys Andrew Tellio, Peter Keegan, Steven Idemoto, Dulce Diaz, (Director of Default Operations Hawaii), and Ron Denesha (Judicial Specialist).

To learn more about RCO Hawaii LLC


Access to Justice Room at the Honolulu District Court


The Honolulu District Court Access to Justice Room (AJR) is a joint effort of the Judiciary, the Hawai`i Access to Justice Commission, the Hawai`i State Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i to increase access to justice for self-represented litigants at the District Court.


Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide legal advice through short-term limited legal services and help self-represented litigants better understand the court process and the law which may apply to their case.


Training for attorneys wishing to volunteer will be held at the HSBA from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. One hour of Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) and two hours of Voluntary Continuing Legal (VCLE) credits will be available to those who attend the training.


Please contact Natalie Millon, HSBA CLE Assistant, at nmillon@hsba.org or at 808-571-7936 to schedule training.


We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online sign up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. Please sign up - here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

• 1. Go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot

• 2. Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot.)

• 3. Sign Up! Choose your spots. VolunteerSpot will send you automated confirmation and reminder messages.Easy!


Help Fight Housing Discrimination & Become a Volunteer Tester!


The Fair Housing Enforcement Program (FHEP) of Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i is seeking individuals to assist in the investigation of housing discrimination complaints. Testers pose as home seekers in a variety of housing rental situations. This is not a part time job but on an as-needed basis. Hours are flexible and attention to detail is a must. Access to personal transportation is helpful, but not required. You must be 18 and without prior felony convictions.


The Fair Housing Enforcement Program of Legal Aid provides investigative services (testing), advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral, and community education. State law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, family status, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and HIV infection.


Fair Housing Testers upon successful completion of each assignment receive a stipend plus mileage.


If you are interested in becoming a fair housing tester tester, contact the Fair Housing Tester Coordinator at 527-8078.


Legal Aid's Wayne Keawe and Bank of Hawaii's Chantell Smeiser are featured in Hawaii News Now's Smart Money Monday segment highlighting Legal Aid's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Check out the video here.


PBOT Training 2011- Click on a link below to download the PowerPoint presentations from PBOT 2011

Kids SSI

Special Needs Trust

Update to PBOT 2011


Medical Programs



Domestic violence and Public Benefits

Food Stamps



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The Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i publishes a quarterly newsletter, Ka Leo Kaulike, featuring information about Legal Aid’s activities throughout the year. Keep up to date with all the great and much needed work our staff are doing state-wide for the people of Hawaii.


If you would like to be on our mailing list, please send an email to: info@lashaw.org


(These newsletters are in Adobe PDF between 1M and 2M in size).


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Newsletter Highlights: 

- Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Enforcement Unit’s large settlement for client

- Client stories – helping clients with public benefits, fair housing and custody issues

- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Spotlight on the Kona Office

- And More!


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