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Honolulu District Courthouse to Partially Reopen After 'Structural Damage'
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Honolulu District Courthouse To Reopen Tuesday 

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, August 21, 2023

HONOLULU – Kauikeaouli Hale (Honolulu District Courthouse), located at 1111 Alakea St., will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 22. An assessment determined the building to be safe for occupancy after a contractor inadvertently caused some structural damage last Tuesday evening.

Cases scheduled in courtrooms 4B, 7C, and 7D will resume tomorrow. Temporary restraining order and injunction hearings in courtroom 10B will also resume tomorrow.  

Cases scheduled in courtrooms 7A, 7B, 10A, 10C, and 10D at Honolulu District Court will be rescheduled. Small claims cases in courtroom 10B-PM will also be rescheduled.   

Cases in courtrooms 8B, 8C, and 8D will proceed as scheduled.

The Judiciary appreciates the patience and understanding of court users during the unplanned closure. 

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Honolulu District Court reopens after construction mishap

SA Aug 22, 2023: … Security Resources, a contractor for the state, damaged the ceiling of the parking garage’s below­-street level deck on Alakea Street.

Kinimaka said earlier Monday that several structural firms were “investigating the impacts of the damage and waiting for the final results to make the determination on final steps.”

The damage occurred during the installation of security systems in the parking garage, but there was no damage to the courthouse itself, she said….

(If the damage is in the garage, why are the 7th and 10th floor courtrooms closed?)

read … Honolulu District Court reopens after construction mishap

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Honolulu District Courthouse Closed on Monday  

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, August 20, 2023

HONOLULU -- Kauikeaouli Hale (Honolulu District Courthouse), located at 1111 Alakea Street, will be closed on Monday, Aug. 21. This is a precautionary measure due to inadvertent structural damage caused by a contractor working in the building last Tuesday evening. 

If you have a case scheduled at the Honolulu District Court on Monday, please read the following: 

  • Traffic arraignment and traffic infraction hearings (originally scheduled in courtroom 4B): Parties are encouraged to appear by Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 769 012 9369. If you prefer to appear in person, go to Kaʻahumanu Hale (Circuit Court), 777 Punchbowl St., and check the calendars posted on the third and fourth floors for your courtroom number.   
  • Preliminary hearings (originally scheduled in courtroom 7D): Go to Kaʻahumanu Hale (Circuit Court), 777 Punchbowl St., and report to courtroom 14. 

Arraignment and status hearings for defendants who are in custody (originally scheduled in courtroom 7C) will be heard at the Kaneohe District Court, courtroom B. 

Cases set for hearing in courtrooms 7A, 7B, 10A, 10C, and 10D will be rescheduled. Additionally, small claims cases, civil motions, and cases on the civil answer calendar set for hearing on Monday will also be rescheduled. 

Family Court cases scheduled in 8B, 8C, and 8D will be heard at Ka’ahumanu Hale, 777 Punchbowl Street. Some matters may be rescheduled.  

Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) petitions may be filed at Kaʻahumanu Hale, 777 Punchbowl Street.

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issued an order extending the deadline for filing documents due on August 21, 2023 to August 22. Hearings or trials that had to be cancelled shall be rescheduled to the next available date.  

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UPDATE Aug 17, 2023: There is no obvious external sign of structural problems, but guards at Kauikeaouli Hale, Thursday, were telling members of the public that they are 'playing it by ear' when asked if the Court would reopen Monday.  When this reporter identified himself as a member of the press, one guard clammed up saying only that they were told not to make any comments.  Judiciary press representatives referred us to DAGS for comment.   Christine Kinimaka, Public Works Administrator, DAGS – Public Works Division responded: “This matter is still under investigation.  It is premature for us to comment at this time.” 

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Honolulu District Courthouse Closed on Thursday

HONOLULU -- Kauikeaouli Hale (Honolulu District Courthouse) located at 1111 Alakea Street will be closed on Thursday as a necessary structural assessment continues. This is being done as a precautionary measure as a result of inadvertent structural damage caused by a contractor working in the building Tuesday evening. 

(CLUE: Friday is Statehood Day so courthouase is closed thru the weekend.)

“We sincerely apologize for this unplanned closure, but the safety of our court users and staff is paramount,” said Lori Okita, First Circuit Chief Court Administrator. “Individuals with court hearings and trials that have been canceled will be notified of their new court dates.” 

All Honolulu District Court cases in courtrooms  4B, 7A, 7B, 7D, 10A, 10B, 10C, and 10D will be rescheduled. We are also continuing the non-custody criminal arraignments scheduled in 7D. 

Family Court cases scheduled to be heard in 8B, 8C, and 8D and new custody matters will be heard at Kaʻahumanu Hale on Punchbowl Street. All other matters will be rescheduled. 

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issued an order extending the deadline for filing documents due on August 17, 2023 to August 21, 2023. Hearings or trials that had to be cancelled shall be rescheduled to the next available date.  

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Honolulu District Courthouse Closed Today 

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, August 16, 2023

HONOLULU -- Kauikeaouli Hale (Honolulu District Courthouse) located at 1111 Alakea Street will be closed today for a necessary structural assessment. This is being done in an overabundance of caution as a result of inadvertent structural damage caused by a contractor working in the building yesterday evening..

All Honolulu District Court cases in courtrooms  4B, 7A, 7B, 7D, 10A, 10B, 10C, and 10D will be rescheduled.

Family Court cases scheduled to be heard in 8B, 8C, and 8D and new custody matters will be heard at Kaʻahumanu Hale on Punchbowl Street. All other matters will be rescheduled. 

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issued an order extending the deadline for filing documents due on August 16, 2023 by one day to August 17. Hearings or trials that had to be cancelled shall be rescheduled to the next available date. 

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PDF: 081623_scmf-11-88_InReClosingOfCourt-Dist-Ct._ORD.pdf (state.hi.us)

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