Judge rules prison must accommodate Native Hawaiian practices
A circuit court judge rules the state Department of Public Safety violated a prisoner's right to practice his Native Hawaiian religion.
The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation filed the suit on behalf of Halawa Correctional Facility inmate Robert Holbron.
Alleging, the state failed to respond to several of Holbron's requests including: being allowed outside at sunrise for group worship and being allowed to build a stone alter or ahu. Judge James Ashford found the state violated federal law and gave the state 28 days to review Holbron's requests and offer alternatives if any cannot be accommodated.
A spokesperson for the department of public safety says they are reserving comment until they can discuss the details with their deputy attorney general.