My understanding is that Hawaii does not have a Castle Doctrine law and we have to retreat into our domicile. When confronted within our home and there is a perceived fear physical harm only then we can use deadly force. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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It doesn't matter if you call it Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground. Hawaii has its own version of it, and you have to know when and where you can use deadly force.
You're allowed to protect your property and the safety of those on the premises as long as you're at your home or business. Otherwise, you have a duty to surrender property of retreat to a place of safety if possible to avoid taking a life. Since we, the peons, aren't allowed to carry outside of our homes and businesses, this statute falls right in line with the overall restrictions.
It rests, of course, upon the view that protection of life has such a high place in a proper scheme of social values that the law
cannot permit conduct which places life in jeopardy, when the necessity for doing so can be avoided by the sacrifice of the
much smaller value that inheres in standing up to an aggression.
However, a duty to retreat or take over evasive action is not imposed in two situations.
Subsection (5), subparagraph (b)(i), states that the actor is not required to retreat from his dwelling or his place of work unless
he was the initial aggressor or unless he is assailed in his place of work by another person whose place of work he knows it to be.
We would not normally expect a man to abandon his home to an aggressor and would allow him to stand his ground, although an
exception is made, consistent with paragraph (a), if the actor is the initial aggressor.