Hawaii Disaster Relief

The Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii County Bar Association, West Hawaii Bar Association, Senior Counsel Division and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii have joined together to help residents of Puna recover from Hurricane Iselle and the recent lava flow. Initial assistance was provided through the State’s Disaster Relief Assistance Centers and through a special hotline that was set-up by the Hawaii State Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys provided legal services in these early efforts through Disaster Relief Clinics.

Renters' Rights

This brochure provides basic information about your rights if the property you are renting is affected by a natural disaster.








Document Replacement

Use this brochure for guidance on replacing lost or damaged documents and records. 

Insurance Claims

Read about Homeowner's insurance in the event of a natural disaster (like the lava flow destruction), how to get a police report, insurance claims tips, and more. 

Property Damage

Use these resources for information about mortgage payments, destruction of party walls, lateral and subjacent support, building repairs, tax liability reductions, and what to do in the event of property damage as a result of falling trees from natural disasters like Hurricane Iselle.


Find information about all mediation centers across the state to help solve landlord/tenant disputes, issues between family members, and more.


These resources provide information about issues related to heavy rains and resulting floods.

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