O‘ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room

Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and First Circuit Deputy Chief Judge Mark Browning officially opened the Kapolei Access to Justice Room on December 7th, 2012. The Kapolei Access to Justice Room is located on the third floor of the complex and is open on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments are made for the clinic through the Hookele Self Help Desk on the first floor of the Kapolei Courthouse, (808) 954-8290.

“In this economy, we have an increasing number of self-represented litigants coming to Family Court because they cannot afford an attorney. Thanks to the support of the volunteer attorneys from the Family Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, litigants can go to the courthouse to obtain
basic legal advice and assistance.” - First Circuit Senior Family Court Judge Mark Browning


“The Hawai`i State Judiciary now has self-help centers and/or access to justice rooms in every circuit in the State. We are deeply grateful to our partners for making these services available, including the Hawai`i State Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i, AmeriCorps, and the attorneys who donate their time.” - Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald

The Ho‘okele Family Center

For all inquiries not regarding the Kids First program, please contact the Ho‘okele Family Service Center at (808) 954-8290.

Kids First Hawaii Oahu Homepage

This page contains some programs you might find helpful. These are not affiliated with Friends of Kids First so if any interest you, please contact them through the information below.

Resources outside of Hawai‘i

Below are websites you might find helpful during your divorce, separation or paternity proceedings. These are not associated with the Hawai‘i Judiciary system or the Friends of Kids First programs. We hope these might provide you and your family additional information.

Pages and Descriptions

Attending the Program
  • Find where and when you must attend class

  • See who should and should not attend class

  • Find how the judge will review your attendance 

  • Request an Interpreter (limited English proficient individuals or American Sign Language)

  • Review Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Rescheduling and Exemptions
  • Reschedule a future appointment

  • Relocate your class to a different island

  • Make up a class you missed

  • Request to be excused 

Legal Forms and Information
  • Access Request to be Excused form

  • Find out when you or family members attended Kids First

  • Look up your divorce case record

  • Purchase "The Purple Family" DVD

  • See this website`s Legal Disclaimers

Other Resources
  • Contact the Ho‘okele Family Center
  • Attend the Divorce Law in Hawai‘i program
  • Learn about the O‘ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room
  • Find other helpful resources outside of Hawai‘i

Locations and Contact Information
  • Find the address for your class
  • Find parking 
  • Contact the Kids First Program
  • Learn how to volunteer for Kids First O‘ahu

Hawai‘i Judiciary Sponsored Programs

​Other Resources

Divorce Law in Hawai‘i Program

The Divorce Law in Hawai‘i informational program is now in its fifteenth year assisting the public in understanding divorce law. A companion to the Kids First program, Divorce Law in Hawai‘i offers families going through divorce guidance on how to get organized, adopt an effective frame of mind, and fairly resolve divorce issues without needless expense or conflict.

The program is free and open to all who are interested in the divorce process. No reservations are necessary. For additional information on this program, please contact the Ho‘okele Family Center at (808) 954-8290