Celebrating Civil Liberties & Constitution Day: Honoring Ernie LauPosted on Jan 3, 2024 in Featured News, News & Reports, Press Releases
This Civil Liberties & the Constitution Day, we honor Ernest “Ernie” Lau, Kiaʻi Wai (water protector) and Manager and Chief Engineer of Honolulu’s Board of Water Supply.
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Aliʻiōlani Hale, 417 S. King St., Honolulu 96813
For years, Ernie Lau and his colleague Erwin Kawata felt largely ignored when they warned about their concerns relating to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility at Pearl Harbor. Why didn’t anyone pay attention earlier? Was it inevitable that nothing would be done until toxins were released and people got sick? What lessons have we learned?
Ernie Lau will share his story as a courageous public servant who refused to stay silent. Ernie will suggest why it is imperative for every person to be mindful that we each have an individual and collective kuleana to stand up to institutional indifference, with courage and civic responsibility. Hawai’i youth, families, workers, and lawmakers of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend, with a goal to bring caring community members together. There is much all of us can learn about how to improve the legal system that requires proactive consideration of potential impacts on stakeholders, fragile precious resources, and essential community values
On June 7, 2013, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Act 94, designated every January 30th as “Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day.” The day is meant to celebrate, honor, and encourage public education and awareness of the commitment of individuals to preserving civil liberties for Americans of Japanese ancestry and actions to promote equal rights for all citizens.
Mahalo to our program partner, the Hawaii State Bar Association Civic Education Committee.
While the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary provides a venue for diverse discussion, the speakersʻ remarks do not necessaily represent opinions of the Judiciary.
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