Disability Rights Hawaii




DRH supports making all houses visitable by persons with disabilities. This will also allow Aging in Place, AARP's term for visitable homes. AARP and DRH are allied in this fight for accessible homes.


For more information on Visitability click here



Disability Rights Hawaii (DRH) is a grassroots non-profit disability rights organization. We were organized in 1992, and in 1993 received our 501(c)3 status as a tax-exempt non-profit with the Internal Revenue Service.

Note: We are not Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC).

HDRC is the former Protection and Advocacy Agency of Hawaii,

renamed in the year 2000. To reach HDRC click on

http://www.hawaiidisabilityrights.org/ or call 1-800-882-1057



Here are links to recent Newsletters; see what fun we have. If you'd like to see earlier Newsletters, email ronald@hawaii.edu. We have electronic copies back to July of 2002, and paper copies for the previous decade. There's been a lot going on!



Click here for the May 2012 Newsletter.


... the March 2012 Newsletter.


... the January 2012 Newsletter.


... the November 2011 Newsletter.


... the September 2011 Newsletter.


... the July 2011 Newsletter.


... the May 2011 Newsletter.


... the March 2011 Newsletter.


... the January 2011 Newsletter.




         If you're interested in our recent conflicts with Continental Airlines, and their violations of the Air Carriers Access Act, we have prepared a pdf copy of their apology for the arrogant attitudes of their staff in Hilo. Continental has only recently decided to make flights between Hilo and the mainland, and we welcome them for that reason. But we also insist that they obey the US federal laws about the treatment of people with disabilities. This letter from Continental higher-ups acknowledges their recent violations of the civil rights of wheelchair users arriving in Hilo.


Click here for the Continental Airlines acknowledgement of their violation of the Air Carrier Access Act.  



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IRS letters affirming our 501-c-3 status from 1993 and 2001 are here.


The purpose of DRH, as stated in the Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation is


to educate the public to the legal rights and needs of persons with disabilities; to advocate for the improvement of the quality of life of persons with disabilities, and to work toward the implementation of the ADA of 1990 and other similar legislation, and to do so in a way consistent with Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



Bylaws state that the membership of DRH is constituted by its mailing list. (We send complimentary copies of our Newsletter to legislators and other public servants, but consider them 'members' only if they request that we do so.) Newsletters coincide with DRH’s meetings, which are now bimonthly. The meetings are usually scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month in odd-numbered months. Because we sometimes have difficulty locating meeting spaces, to keep track of our meetings you should either watch the Calendar in the Saturday Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspapers, or simply sign up for our Newsletter. (It's FREE, after all!) We send Newsletters by email to people who have email accounts, but they are also available in hard copy and/or large print delivered by the good old US Postal Service.


Communication Policies: Switching to email allowed us to save around $75 per month, and stop passing the calabash and begging for donations online. Several private donors subsidize the costs of USPS mail to our members who need hard copies and/or LARGE PRINT. The recent tragic death of Betsy Whitney, the president of Dolphin Press, has meant that we no longer have access to free production of Braille copies of the Newsletter, but we are working on alternative sources of Braille.


NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME: If you wish to be on our mailing list, use one of the following contacts, and let us know the format that you prefer:




Ron Amundson, Secretary



(808) 961-5601

Danny Grant-Johnson, President. (An answering machine may greet you.)


Snail Mail:

Disability Rights Hawaii

P. O. Box 5575

Hilo, HI  96720



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Extra-special news from our January meeting:


In the DRH meeting of January 25, 2011, Dr. Ron Wagner-Wright announced the formation of a new organization in Hilo that would train and certify service dogs. DRH Board Member Martin Hodapp would be the beneficiary of the first dog trained by the organization, will be called "Hawaii 5-0" in honor of Jack Lord, whose wife has supported the service dog program.


Colin Stewart, from the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, reported on that meeting on the front page of the February 5 issue, with excellent color photos. HT-H has given DRH permission to offer a pdf copy of these two pages.


Click here for the pdf of that story. (PDF format, one-half megabyte in size)


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DRH was organized in Hilo, Hawaii, and that’s where we do most of our work. But we advocate at the County, State, and Federal levels, and we have members across the state of Hawaii and a few on the mainland.


Our Officers and Board of Directors (as of May 2011) are as follows:


President and Director: Daniel Grant-Johnson

Vice President and Director: Chris Cholas

Secretary and Director: Ron Amundson

Treasurer and Director: Laura Tobosa

Director: Donald Haumea

Director: Linda Toms Barker

Director: Martin Hodapp