What should I do if my child is facing a Title IX case at their high school in Hawaii? VIDEO

If your child is facing a Title IX case at their high school in Hawaii, you need to take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school in any capacity. Too much is at stake. Although the Title IX Final Rule allows for a more structured and arguably equitable process than previous guidance, you cannot assume it will be a fair process, and it will require a dedicated approach and effort for an accused student to be found not responsible.

the Title IX Final Rule also allows for a high school to resolve the case, address and adjudicate the case that is through either the investigation, or a live hearing model, and each has its own pros and cons. Every step through the process needs to be calculated because it is an involved process and it is a high stakes process. An experienced attorney advisor will be your son or daughter's best ally if they're facing a Title IX case in Hawaii. They should be involved as early as possible in the process to help navigate the process and to work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome.

Hawaii high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:



  • Farrington High School
  • Kaimukī High School        
  • Kaiser High School  
  • Kalani High School
  • McKinley High School
  • Moanalua High School
  • Radford High School
  • Roosevelt High School


  • Academy of the Pacific
  • ASSETS School
  • Christian Academy
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy
  • Hawaiian Mission Academy
  • ʻIolani School
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • La Pietra (Hawaii School for Girls)
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Maryknoll School
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Myron B. Thompson Academy
  • Pacific Buddhist Academy
  • Punahou School
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Andrew's Priory School
  • Saint Louis School
  • Saint Francis School
  • Varsity International School
  • Waldorf Academy

Public charter

  • Hawaii Technology Academy
  • University Laboratory School

Greater Oʻahu


  • ʻAiea High School
  • Campbell High School
  • Castle High School     
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate School        
  • Kailua High School 
  • Kalāheo High School
  • Kapolei High School             
  • Leilehua High School          
  • Mililani High School
  • Nānākuli High & Intermediate School    
  • Olomana High & Intermediate School
  • Pearl City High School          
  • Waiʻanae High School           
  • Waialua High and Intermediate School             
  • Waipahu High School        
  • Planned East Kapolei High School            
  • Planned High School


  • Friendship Christian School
  • Hanalani Schools
  • Hale O Ulu School
  • Island Pacific Academy
  • Lanakila Baptist High School
  • Le Jardin Academy


  • Niʻihau High & Elementary



  • Kapaʻa High School
  • Kauaʻi High School 
  • Waimea High School


  • Island School
  • Kahili Adventist School
  • Kula High & Kula Intermediate School


  • Molokaʻi High School   


  • Lānaʻi High and Elementary School    



  • Henry Perrine Baldwin High School           
  • Hāna High and Elementary School
  • King Kekaulike High School         
  • Lahainaluna High School        
  • Maui High School         
  • Kihei Charter School Kihei     


  • Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus
  • Maui Preparatory Academy
  • Anthony High School
  • Seabury Hall College Preparatory School

Big Island


  • Hilo High School
  • Honokaʻa High & Intermediate School
  • Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary School
  • Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino       
  • Keaʻau High School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Kohala High School            
  • Konawaena High School    
  • Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School
  • Pāhoa High & Intermediate
  • Waiakea High School


  • The High School of the Pacific
  • Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy (HPA)
  • Hualalai Academy
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus
  • Makua Lani Christian Academy
  • Parker School

It is critical to make certain the Title IX investigation at your child's Hawaii high school is handled properly and that the accused student's interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process.  One major reason is because even at high schools where a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct charges is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at high schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused student is found responsible or not responsible for Title IX charges.

Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, sexual misconduct allegations and Title IX charges would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at schools throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused high school student's academic future is on the line. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX attorney advisor to high school students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Hawaii and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National High School Title IX Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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