Service Dog Laws in Hawaii


Like many other states, the service dog laws in Hawaii are structured to coincide with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As part of this, the training of a canine as part of service dog certification lends itself well in qualifying for all of the inherent rights of a disabled person as pertains to the use of a service animal (dog).

Section 347-13 of Hawaii’s law regarding the rights of the disabled in relation to public places and conveyances identifies what type of facilities, as well as the different modes of transportation that are covered by this provision. Special attention should be paid to sub section b which covers the use of a service dog accompanying the disabled individuals as their right of entry just like any other person. The service dog laws in Hawaii do, however, make the dog’s owner liable for any actual damages done to the premises by the animal. With this exception withstanding, service dog certification training should be considered as a safeguard to the service dogs behavior in public. Additionally, it is clearly stated that a dog cannot be denied entry deemed “dangerous”, only because it is not muzzled. Muzzles are not required to be worn by the service dog.

Violations to the right of entry of a disabled person and their service dog to public places and conveyances in Hawaii, could result in a civil action by the offended party of three times the actual damages incurred or $1,000, whichever is greater, for each violation. Even a simple violation could still bring with it a fine of up to $1,000.

Section 347-17 calls for reasonable precautions to be used by anyone operating a motor vehicle when approaching a blind, deaf or otherwise disabled individual near a roadway. Violation of the above law can result in a $100 fine and/or up to six months in jail.

Like any other canine, the service dog laws in Hawaii requires proper licensing. However, when your dog has been specially trained as in an accredited service dog certification training course, the director of finance may wave any licensing fee.

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