Bully Center Cyberbullying Support

Hawaii Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

School responsiblity


What to do if you or a friend are being bullied?

If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:

  1. School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
  2. School Superintendent.
  3. Parents

If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,

  1. Website, application, server administrator.
  2. Parents

Is it bullying?1

In the state of Hawaii “Bullying” is defined as the, verbal, graphic, or physical act by a student or group of students toward other student(s) in which may cause: 

  1. Mental or physical harm to the other student(s);
  2. An intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).

“Cyberbullying” is defined as electronically transmitted acts, i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless hand-held device that a student uses to traget another student(s) or faculty member and is intended to do the same as listed above;


State Hawaii
Bullying Law Yes 
Include "cyberbullying" Yes 
Include electronic harassment Yes 
Criminal Sanction Proposed 
School sanction Yes 
Require School Policy Yes 
Include off campus behaviors? No 



  • State has a law pertaining to bullying
  • The term cyberbullying is specifically included
  • The law does include electronic harassment
  • The law is PORPOSING criminal sanctions
  • The law does have a school policy on bullying
  • State does NOT follow federal law for off-campus bullying behavior


School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

There is no official policy for OFF-CAMPUS incidents in the state of Hawaii, however

School may enforce policy if either physical or electronic bullying occurs:

  1. On campus, other DOE premises, DOE transportation, sponsored activities or events on or off school property;
  2. Through a DOE data system without DOE authorized communication;
  3. Through an off campus computer network (BUT ONLY IF THE COMMITTED OFFENSE IS: sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student or school personnel, or both)

News about Bullying in Hawaii




1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield