Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

HRS 127A-20

Summary Title

Liability: Providing Shelter


When an emergency declaration is in effect, an individual or organization owning or controlling real estate who, voluntarily and without compensation, allows it to be used to shelter people will not be held legally responsible for death, injury, or damage to a person's property while on their real estate.

Full Title

Immunity from liability of private shelter

Full Text

(a) Any individual, partnership, firm, society, unincorporated association, joint venture group, hui, joint stock company, corporation, trustee, personal representative, trust estate, decedent’s estate, trust, or other legal entity whether doing business for itself or in a fiduciary capacity, owning or controlling real property, that voluntarily and without compensation grants a license or privilege for, or otherwise permits, the designation by the emergency management agency of the county in which the building is located for the use of the property, in whole or in part, for the purpose of sheltering persons during emergencies and disasters, shall, together with its successors in interest, if any, not be civilly liable for negligently causing the death of or injury to any person or damage to any personal property on the property of the licensor in connection with the use of the licensed premises for the purposes designated.