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The Hawaii State Bar Foundation is a nonprofit organization organized exclusively for the following purposes:

(1) To promote justice through programs such as access to justice for persons in need of legal services, civics education, and other public service programs and projects, including programs and projects of the Hawaii State Bar Association;

(2) To improve the administration of justice through the creation, development, funding, and delivery of continuing professional and legal education, and leadership, mentoring and other programs for the legal profession;

(3) To support the charitable, scientific, literary, religious, or educational missions of the Hawaii State Bar Association, its Divisions, and Committees; and

(4) To operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, religious or educational     purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code(or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law) (the "Code").

The HSBA is the sole member of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, and elects all of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s Directors.


A Message from 2015 HSBF President Jeff Sia



At the Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s annual meeting held on February 4, 2015, the Foundation officers for 2015 were chosen. I will succeed Louise Ing as HSBF’s President. The other officers for 2015 are Rai Saint Chu – Vice President; Rosemarie Sam – Treasurer; and Caryn Okinaga – Secretary. Louise continues to assist HSBF as a Board member with Calvin Young, Curtis Saiki, Jodene Arakaki, and Lynne Toyofuku. Mahalo to Louise, and past HSBF Secretary and Treasurer, Bart Howk and Curtis Saiki, respectively, for their terrific work and dedication in helping HSBF come to fruition and setting the stage for it to fulfill its mission to increase public understanding of the law, improve the justice system, and facilitate the delivery of and access to legal services.

The first grant-making cycle for HSBF has started. Links to the Grant Application and the HSBF Grant Policy are set forth below. The HSBF is seeking grant applications from eligible organizations, so please see the Grant Policy for the eligibility criteria.

HSBF continues to welcome you to join us as a Foundation Fellow. Donors pledging and paying $1000 over four years qualify as HSBF Fellows, and those pledging and paying $5000 over five years will qualify as a Life Fellow. Those who qualify as members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar can become Associate Fellows for an annual donation of $100. Please contact me or any of the officers and directors about the Fellows Program and how you can help the HSBF.

To learn more about the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, click here.


- Jeff Sia, 2015 HSBF President

A Message from 2014 HSBF President Louise Ing



Calendar year 2014, the Year of the Horse, was a very productive second year of operation for the Hawaii State Bar Foundation. We made great progress in establishing a strong infrastructure for the HSBF with a series of Saturday morning and weekday evening strategic planning mini “retreats” throughout the year. We hammered out a vision and mission statement, a grant application and award process, and fundraising strategies (more on that later). Retired Judge Riki May Amano skillfully and sagely facilitated the sessions. Board members and the facilitator always came through with delectable potluck snacks to fuel our discussions.

On August 11, 2014 we received long-awaited good news from the IRS that the HSBF application for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status was approved, effective January 27, 2012. Many thanks to Mike O’Malley and Karyn Okada from the Goodsill firm, who helped with the extensive paperwork and guided us through the process.

The news of the 501(c)(3) approval could not have been more timely as the 2014 Annual Fundraiser Bar Dinner was held on just 12 days later on August 23rd on the grounds of the Hawaii State Art Museum. The Bar Dinner Committee of Zale Okazaki, Mei-Fei Kuo, Brenda Morris and Alika Piper staged a well-attended dinner in a beautiful setting. A lively dessert auction featured tempting treats by lawyers-who-bake and bids on “pie-ing” a handful brave attorneys who were willing to sacrifice themselves to raise $500 each. HSBA President Calvin Young and former HSBA President Dale Lee received the full brunt of pies-in-the-face. What good sports! Over $56,000 was raised at the dinner. $25,000 of the net proceeds will help fund HSBA’s public service projects in 2015. Other net proceeds will be distributed under HSBF’s grant application process (see below).

Our other big fundraising initiative created through the strategic planning “retreats” was the HSBF Fellows Program. Donors who pledge and pay $1000 over four years will qualify as HSBF Fellows, while those who pledge and pay $5000 over five years will qualify as a Life Fellow. Those who qualify as members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar can become Associate Fellows for an annual donation of $100. Donors who join the Fellows Program before the end of 2014 will be Founding Fellows. HSBF Vice President Rai Saint Chu proposed and spearheaded the development of the Fellows Program and brochure. Official promotional efforts began in October and a “kick-off” reception was held on November 19th. To date over $55,000 has been pledged over four to five years, with Founding Fellows including Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna, Dean Avi Soifer, Sidney Ayabe, Riki May Amano, Lawrence Okinaga, Ted Pettit, Richard Turbin, Daniel Case, Colin Fritz, Alan Fujimoto and David Louie, members of the HSBF and the HSBA Boards and other public-spirited lawyers.

HSBF has instituted a grant application process for 2015 with an application deadline of June 30, 2015. The grant application policy statement and form are available on HSBF’s website or you can contact me at ling@ahfi.com or any other HSBF board member.

Calendar year 2015 promises to be another eventful year as we begin to plan for a May Law Week golf tournament, the Annual Fundraiser Dinner and continued fundraising for the Fellows Program. Mahalo to our 2014 board members Justice Simeon Acoba (ex officio-Access to Justice Commission), Bart Howk (Secretary), Calvin Young (ex officio-HSBA), Carol Tom, Caryn Okinaga, Curtis Saiki (Treasurer), Jeffrey Sia, Jodene Arakaki, and Rai Saint Chu (Vice President). With Bart Howk and Carol Tom departing as directors with our gratitude, we welcome our 2015 directors Calvin Young, Rose Sam and Greg Markham (ex officio-HSBA).

Finally, big thanks to the HSBA staff and Executive Director Pat Mau-Shimizu for their support, guidance and assistance in helping HSBF get off the ground.

Kung Hee Fat Choy! May you have a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Ram! 

- Louise Ing, 2014 HSBF President

For more information on becoming a fellow, please view the HSBF Brochure. MAHALO!

HSBF Grant Application

HSBF Grant Policy




2015 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board


Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Jeffrey H.K. Sia President 2/5/2015 12/31/2015
Rai Saint Chu Vice President 1/1/2013 12/31/2015
Caryn Hatsue Okinaga Secretary 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Rosemarie Shih Jia Sam Treasurer 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Jodene Kamaile Arakaki Director 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Louise K.Y. Ing Director 2/5/2015 12/31/2015
Curtis Kenji Saiki Director 2/5/2015 12/31/2017
Lynne T.T. Toyofuku Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Calvin E. Young Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017

Supporting Documents

Articles of Incorporation

Hawaii State Bar Foundation Bylaws

IRS 501(c)(3) HSBF Tax Determination Letter  

For more information on the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, please e-mail us at info@hsba.org


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