The work of HPJ draws on the long tradition of organizing and struggle in Hawai’i for workers’ rights, land and sovereignty, environmental protection and human dignity
Hawaiʻi Peace & Justice (HPJ) is an organization with deep roots in Hawaiʻi. Originally founded in 1968, the Hawai’i Area Program of the American Friends Service Committee has become Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice. The work of HPJ draws on the long tradition of organizing and struggle in Hawai’i for workers’ rights, land and sovereignty, environmental protection and human dignity. HPJ is working to grow an alternative future based on meeting human needs, protecting the environment and preserving culture, self-determination and human rights. We also support grassroots struggles that resist the destructive impacts of war and militarization and unjust social and economic policies.
We will create a more peaceful, just and sustainable Hawaiʻi and the world by working for demilitarization in Hawaiʻi and address the historical injustices caused by the military takeover of Hawaiʻi. We oppose military expansion and work for the transformation of militarized places into centers for peace, justice and environmental protection. We advocate for a more just and ecologically sustainable economy for Hawaiʻi. Our approach includes growing the organizing capacities of communities and constituencies negatively affected by militarization and strengthening alliances and networks with other groups that share our concerns for peace and justice. We engage in research, outreach, public education, media and communications and creative nonviolent actions to reduce militarism in Hawaiʻi. We work to counter the militarization of youth and advocate for non-military alternatives.