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In Hawaii, District Courts and Circuit Courts comprise the state's trial court division. Hawaii's Circuit Courts handle some criminal cases, probate and guardianship matters, and civil cases valued at more than $25,000. District Courts have jurisdiction over traffic, landlord-tenant, small claims, and county ordinance cases. Hawaii's Family Courts handle matters including delinquency, adoption, divorce, child support, domestic violence, and paternity. Hawaii's Land and Tax Appeal Court exclusively hears cases related to applications for the registration of title to land easements or land rights. Hawaii's appellate courts include the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Hawaii Supreme Court.

If you're seeking Hawaii court records, you can use the state's eCourt Kokua system (http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/jims_system_availability.html) to view information about appellate and Supreme Court cases, as well as traffic cases in the District Court. Hawaii court's other online database is Ho'ohiki (http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/hoohiki_disclaimer.html), which provides information regarding Circuit and Family Court cases, and some civil District court cases. Note that these databases aren't guaranteed to be complete or up-to-date. Although you can view case information and a list of documents in a case, to obtain copies of the actual Hawaii court documents, you'll need to contact the court that handled the matter in question.
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20, Oct 2014 - Travel Agent Pleads Guilty to $360,000 Willard Band Scam
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Utah man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for stealing $360,000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, which cancelled a Hawaii trip for more than 300 students and chaperones. Calliope R. Saaga, also known as Ope, 40, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. In January 2011, Saaga was doing business as Present America Tours, LLC and ...
20, Oct 2014 - Judge may issue warrant for Hawaii man charged in Tredyffrin harassment
WEST CHESTER A Common Pleas Court judge is considering issuing an arrest warrant for a Hawaii man who has failed to appear in court to answer for the charges against him, after he allegedly sent threatening emails to a Delaware County lawyer who once represented him.
20, Oct 2014 - Rock star encourages drug court graduates
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. "I'm nervous here ...
19, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI $1.5 million settlement proposed in 2011 fireworks blast at Oahu storage bunker that killed 5
HONOLULU, Hawaii - A company sued by the families of five workers killed when seized fireworks exploded in an Oahu storage bunker in 2011 has proposed a $1.5 million settlement.
19, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Ex-guard, inmate convicted in gang trial
HONOLULU (AP) Jurors have convicted a former guard and an inmate of charges related to their roles in a Hawaii prison gang. The jury reached its verdict Friday in a trial that has provided an inside look at the operations of the "USO Family" prison gang.
18, Oct 2014 - Maui, HI 10 years for man who broke into vacation rental
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after violating terms of his probation for a 2012 burglary of a Kauai vacation rental. Noel Kinney pleaded no contest to breaking into the Hanalei vacation rental, saying he needed money to buy ...
18, Oct 2014 - Travel Agent Pleads Guilty in Willard High School Band Fraud Scheme
A travel agent pleaded guilty in federal court today for stealing $360,000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, which forced the cancellation of a trip to Hawaii for more than 300 students and chaperones.
17, Oct 2014 - Hawaii judge rules employer's arbitration policy is not enforceable
(10/17) After an employee sued, claiming she was terminated for race and age discrimination and whistleblowing, her former employer asked a federal judge in Hawaii to compel her to arbitrate her claims pursuant to its arbitration policy.
16, Oct 2014 - Judge to hear case against Hawaii on Pohakuloa
A Honolulu judge will take up a suit that claims the state failed to protect former kingdom lands that are important to Native Hawaiians.
16, Oct 2014 - Utah travel agent faces up to 20 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Utah travel agent faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking money for a high school band trip to Hawaii that never happened. Calliope "Ope" Saaga, 40, also faces a $250,000 fine and an order of restitution, the Springfield ...
16, Oct 2014 - Utah man faces up to 20 years in prison in marching band scam
Springfield, Mo. : A Utah travel agent faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking money for a Missouri high school band's trip to Hawaii that never happened. Calliope "Ope" Saaga also faces a $250,000 fine and an order of restitut...
16, Oct 2014 - Judge: Ex-soldier suing Burger King over needles should pay sanctions for conference no-show
HONOLULU, Hawaii - A federal judge says a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich should pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement ...
12, Oct 2014 - Kauai bottled water company warned to shut down
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai water bottling and distribution company continues to operate, even though it's been seven months since the state Supreme Court ruled against it.
12, Oct 2014 - Gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada struck down
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year ...
12, Oct 2014 - Hawaii, HI Ex-inmate describes life in Hawaii prison gang
A man who served 20 years for robbery, kidnapping, assault and sexual assault describes some of the inner workings of a Hawaii prison gang. William Woods says he joined the "USO Family" gang in 2000 while in an Arizona prison where some Hawaii inmates were sent. Woods testified Friday at a trial for Tineimalo Adkins, the inmate he says recruited him, and Feso Malufau, a former guard accused of ...
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