About Us

Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice (formerly 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
The mission of Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice 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 Restorative Justice trains, advocates, develops programs, researches and educates evidence based practices that rehabilitate, heal and give hope.


As an organization, we hold these governing values:

• Approach individuals with respect and dignity in a humanitarian manner which is just
• Provide the opportunity for emotional and physical healing
• Act in a manner that is solution focused, repairs harm, and creates hope
• Do this in a confidential manner that is democratic and fosters autonomy and transparency

The current system is authoritarian, paternalistic and harmful. An effective Criminal Justice System must be restorative and value:

• Forgiveness
• Responsibility/Restitution
• Reconciliation
• Communications
• Resiliency
• Rehabilitation
• The Human Spirit