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Home of the Akamai Kupuna
-- Wise Older Person

Prepare for the Worst and Expect the Best!

New in 2020



Available for pick up
at UH Law School
Clinical Building


2485 Dole St.
Call 956-6544


This publication was funded through

the Hawaii Justice Foundation

with Support from the William S. Richardson School of Law


Welcome to the University of Hawai'i Elder Law Program


At the William S. Richardson School of Law

Celebrating Over 30 Years of Service to the University and to the Community

UHELP has important legal and practical information about Covid-19. CLICK HERE.

To explain treatment options and concerns about decision making, especially during the Covid 19 Pandemic UHELP produced a video in concert with its annual “Nite of the Living Will” seminar for our kupuna.


Even though decision making is seen through the lens of traditional Halloween “spookiness,” the video provides valuable information that can help you make decisions on how to plan for the type of care you may want.


Watch “ ‘Nite’ of the Living Will”



Click here for: “Online Forms” to access an Advance Directive and other forms.


*More information about “Deciding What Matters to You,” click here for Covid 19 Update.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, UHELP’s direct legal services will be limited. Our office and the new Clinical Building are closed. Legal services will be provided to older persons and their caregivers over the internet or by telephone. There may be a delay in responding to requests for assistance.


We can be reached at 808 956-6544 or through e-mail at uhelp.edu@gmail.com.


If there is an emergency, please call our colleagues 

Legal Aid society of Hawaii at (808) 536-4302 (The legal services provider in Hawaii for legal services to older persons funded under the Older Americans Act) 

Volunteer Legal Services  at (808) 528-7046


Thank you for understanding and stay healthy and safe.

UHELP at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa celebrates over thirty years of service to our community. We  play a vital role in educating students and in providing qualified legal services to older people and their caregivers in our community. Our goal is to enhance, protect and preserve the  autonomy and  independence of older persons through education, training and direct  legal services. UHELP places particular emphasis on assisting older persons with limited assets and income.



We offer the following elder law courses to our students:  Law, Aging and Medicine, Health Law: Bioethics, and the Elder Law Clinic. These courses provide a foundation for legal practice with the elderly.


These courses are open to second and third year law students and to graduate students with the consent of the instructor. In the clinic, students have the opportunity to work with real clients with real legal issues. In addition to law students, students from the Geriatric Fellows and Psychiatry Fellows Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and Doctor of Nurse Practioners at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene are  provided courses of instruction to assist them with an understanding of legal issues facing health care providers and, in particular, medical-legal issues affecting older persons.


UHELP is staffed by an attorney/professor, a program administrator/legal assistant and sometimes a student law clerk. UHELP operates throughout the calendar year and provides uncontested  legal assistance, advice, information and referral.


UHELP is not permitted to assist with business or criminal law matters or with personal injury or other fee-generating cases. You may qualify for services if you are a resident of Oʻahu and are 55 years or older and have with limited assets and income or if you are a caregiver of an older person and need legal assistance on behalf of the older person. (Each case is evaluated according to its own merits and in accordance with staff capabilities and limited resources.)


Appointments are required as there are no walk-in services. Please call (808) 956-6544 for an appointment. 


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