Hawai‘i Friends of Justice & Civic Education
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (NGO) established in 1980 that is committed to advancing civic behavior and improving the justice system.

Nature and Purpose of Hawai‘i Friends
Hawai‘i Friends of Justice & Civic Education’s mission is to increase democratic behavior by engaging people in positive civic activities and decision making. It designs, implements and measures pilot projects using applied learning in an effort to generate evidence-based knowledge of what works to improve civic behavior.

Public Health Approach
Since its inception in 1980, when it piloted a Street Law program to rehabilitate youth involved with the justice system, Hawai‘i Friends has used public health approaches, including cooperative education, solution-focused, restorative justice and other engaged learning practices, to promote positive civic experiences and improve the justice system.

We envision a humanitarian justice system that provides processes for hope, healing and rehabilitation.

Hawai‘i Friends of Justice & Civic Education trains, advocates, develops programs, researches and educates evidence based practices that rehabilitate, heal and give hope.

As an organization, we hold these governing values:


  1. Respect and Dignity; Includes Humanitarian, Justice and Community
  2. Healing Opportunity; Emotional and Physical


  1. Democratic/Autonomy/Transparent
  2. Integrity
  3. Solution focused
  4. Repairs harm
  5. Creates hope
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Criminal Justice System needs to be restorative and alues of these concepts (current system is authoritarian, paternalistic and harmful).


  1. Forgiveness
  2. Responsibility/Restitution
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Communications
  5. Resiliency and value Human spirit
  6. Rehabilitation

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