We mobilize to the monthly Hawaii Correctional Systems Oversight Commission (HCSOC, or "the Commission") meetings in order to advance our goals and provide public input and testimony. Faith Pods, kupuna releases, more Pu’uhonuas not new prisons or jails—these are our aloa to genuine security and healthy collective future. We support plans for a future that recognizes and increases the dignity and health of our incarcerated ‘ohana.

Join us each month at HCSOC. Information on the HCSOC meeting and how to join, below.

Ohana Ho’opakele goals:


1) Bring our kūpuna home from prison; support increased compassionate release and sentencing reforms (such as eliminating mandatory minimum sentences) that facilitate release of kūpuna from Hawaii prisons and jails.


2) Implement Faith Pods based on kapu aloha


3) Implement Act 117 and open one Pu'uhonua

Why now?

Hawaii is in a state of urgent crisis in its prison and jail system. In Hawaii’s prisons and jails, there are intersecting crises of high rates of Covid-19, crowding (populations over-capacity of facility design, also called “overcrowding”), and lack of adequate emergency preparedness plans and conditions. Crowding stems from a number of causes, including a classification system which is far too punitive, extensive use of pretrial detention, harsh sentences and long mandatory minimums (an obstacle for compassionate release for kupuna), a dysfunctional re-entry system, punitive release conditions, and the reliance on imprisonment to address what are actually social, economic and political problems. The high rates of Covid-19 inside are compounded with the vulnerable kupuna population, described above in social inequity.

The crisis is even acknowledged on a state level through the creation of the Hawaii Correctional Oversight Commission (HCSOC) in 2019 (which became staffed and functional in 2022-2023). Source: https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/04/hawaiis-prison-oversight-commission-finally-gets-a-staffer-3-years-later/



Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Monthly Commission Meeting

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR)
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 310
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


·       Agenda (link)

·       September Oversight Coordinator Report (coming soon)


Meeting ID: 964 1109 6050