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Learn about your rights under the Federal and State of Hawaiʻi Fair Housing laws to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin/ancestry, familial status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age and HIV infection.

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As a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Hilo and Kona Fair Housing seminars will be postponed until further notice.

Fair Housing:

It is illegal to discriminate against any person in the sale, rental or financing of housing because of a protected class:

Federal Fair Housing Act

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National origin
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

State of Hawaiʻi Fair Housing Laws

  • Race
  • Sex (including gender identity or gender expression)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Marital Status
  • Familial status (including Hanai)
  • Ancestry
  • Disability
  • Age
  • HIV infection

Filing a Complaint

If you believe your rights may have been violated, here is how you can file a complaint:

Because there are time limits on when a complaint can be filed after an alleged violation, please submit your complaint as soon as possible and provide as much information including:

  • Names of parties involved
  • Address or other identification of the housing or program involved
  • Date(s) of the alleged violation
  • Description of the event(s) that cause you to believe your rights were violated

File a Complaint with HUD

Learn about filing a complaint with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

File a complaint with HUD online

File a Complaint in Hawaiʻi

Call or complete a Pre-Complaint Questionnaire form (download pdf form)

Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission
Princess Keʻelikolani Building
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 411
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Phone: 808-974-4000 extension 68636#

Fair Housing Enforcement Program – Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi

This agency offers statewide services to victims of housing discrimination, regardless of their income or assets. If you believe that you are a victim of illegal housing discrimination, visit their website at or call 1-866-527-FAIR (1-866-527-3247)

If you have additional questions or need assistance in completing any of the complaint forms, please call the County of Hawaiʻi, Office of Housing and Community Development at 808-961-8379 or email

Fair Housing Resources:

Legal disclaimer:

This webpage is provided by the County of Hawaiʻi’s Office of Housing and Community Development for general information and educational purposes only. Nothing on this webpage may be considered or deemed to constitute legal advice. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the law, information may become outdated. The information presented should not be used by lawyers as a substitute for independent research or by non-lawyers as a substitute for legal or other advice.