Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) describes processes that offer alternatives to litigation (filing and proceeding with a lawsuit), and provides opportunities for early, party-driven and fair resolution of conflicts. Methods include, but are not limited to, mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, consensus-building, early neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences. The purpose of ADR is to facilitate settlements and agreements on issues defined by the parties.


How can ADR help in my case?

It may:

  • Produce greater satisfaction with results
  • Create more flexibility, control and participation
  • Lead to a better understanding of the case
  • Improve case management
  • Reduce communication barriers


How do I find ADR services?

  • Community mediation centers offer mediation services by trained mediators statewide to assist in helping in the resolution of various types of disputes.
  • Private mediators, facilitators, and arbitrators are available throughout the state.


About the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (Center) is dedicated to making ADR processes broadly available to Hawaii citizens and agencies of state and local government.

Learn more about the Center

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Why does the Court offer ADR?

A message from the Chief Justice.


Frequently Asked Questions


Volunteer Settlement Master Process

The VSM process may help you settle your divorce disputes.


Kauai Contested Divorce Mediation



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Opening Statements…and Beyond: A Strategic Approach to Mediation – This workshop will be held at Ali`iolani Hale in the Supreme Court Conference Room on May 19, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In relationship-based disputes, beneath the facts presented to the mediator lie a host of other unstated issues… View the flyer for more information and to register online.

CADR hosted a special continuing legal education seminar on the successful application of Ho`oponopono in legal settings and mediation on March 16, 2017.  “Native Hawaiian Peacemaking Concepts,” presented by Ho`oponopono Haku Beadie Kanahele Dawson, drew more than 150 attendees to the Hawai`i Supreme Court Courtroom.  Read more about the March 16 event.

CADR training opportunities for state and county employees – CADR’s Training Schedule for January – June 2017 is now available. Please visit our training page for more information.



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