Resource Listing for Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC)

If you feel you are being discriminated against because of your race, religion, sex, or ancestry when it comes to employment, housing and public accommodations, and access to state and state-funded services, the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) will investigate your complaint.

What is the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC)?

The HCRC is a group of five volunteer Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor with the approval of Senate, and chosen based on their civil rights expertise and passion for preserving the equality for all individuals in Hawaii. The HCRC was organized in 1990 through enactment of Act 219 in 1988 and Acts 386 and 387 in 1989.

What does the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) do?

The HCRC protects civil rights in Hawaii by investigating and resolving discrimination claims in areas of employment (H.R.S. Chapter 378, Part I), housing (H.R.S. Chapter 515), public accommodations (H.R.S. Chapter 489), and access to state and state-funded services (H.R.S. 368-1.5).

The Commission has the authority to hold hearings, sue complainants, order appropriate relief or affirmative action, and appoint necessary support personnel including an attorney to represent the HCRC in litigation.

Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC)

Contact Information:

830 Punchbowl Street, Room 411
Honolulu, HI 96813

Oahu: (808) 586-8636
Kauai: 274-3141, Ext. 6-8636
Maui: 984-2400, Ext. 6-8636
Hawaii: 974-4000, Ext. 6-8636
Lanai and Molokai: 1(800) 468-4644, Ext. 6-8636

Fax:(808) 586-8655

TDD:(808) 586-8692