Welcome to the Hawaii State Bar Foundation Page

About Us


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 HSBF Vice President, Rai Saint Chu (9/15/15)


Building a legacy in the pursuit of justice and equality is what the Hawaii State Bar Foundation is about.

Formed in 2012, we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, allowing our Foundation to raise tax-deductible funds. With HSBA’s help, we have kept our overhead quite low, so most of our fundraising can go to support programs that further our mission.

Above and beyond the HSBA projects funded by member dues, our Foundation (in conjunction with HSBA since 2013), has raised funds through our Annual Dinner for various public service projects, including Acess to Justice Rooms on Oahu and Self‑Help Centers on the Neighbor Islands all located in state judiciary facilities for pro se parties, and the Courts in the Community program, which brings Supreme Court arguments to public high school students. Both programs have a positive impact and stirred strong interest in access to justice in our State. We have also awarded grants to the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii; the Friends of Children’s Mental Health; the Friends of the Family Specialty Courts; the Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice; the State Court Pro Bono Appellate Project being coordinated by Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii and the HSBA Appellate Section; the YLD Mock Trial Competition and the list continues.

We continue in our second year with our Fellows program for individual donations, similar to the ABA Fellows Program. We are extremely grateful that in the inaugural year of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation Fellows Program in 2014, 45 distinguished members of the HSBA became Founding Fellows or Founding Life Fellows. Our dream of creating a legacy to promote justice and equality continues.

Our Foundation cordially invites everyone to become or continue as a Fellow of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation with your 2015 support. Our “Founding” Life Fellows and “Founding” Fellows designations will be extended into 2015. We offer the following categories, with the corresponding donation levels:

  • Founding Life Fellow - pledge $1,000 per year for 4 years and continuing each year
  • Founding Fellow - pledge $1,000, payable $250 per year for 4 years and continuing each year
  • Associate Founding Fellow - $100 per year while eligible to be a member of the Young     Lawyers Division

You are invited to our Foundation’s reception on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Offices of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, located in the First Hawaiian Center, 16th Floor, to recognize our Founding Fellows to date and to recruit prospective Fellows.

Join us in creating and sustaining a special legacy dedicated to justice and equality in Hawaii. Visit our website for more information.  


Archive of HSBF Board Messages



2014 HSBF Fellows


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

HSBF Grants Awards


Since its formation in 2012 the Hawaii State Bar Foundation has sponsored the Annual Hawaii State Bar Association Fundraiser Dinner. Proceeds from each year’s Annual Dinner and the Foundation's Fellows Program fund projects and activities consistent with Foundation and Association goals and objectives in the subsequent grant awards cycle.


2015 Proceeds


Courts in the Community

Bus transportation & lunches for participating public, private and charter school participants attending actual Hawaii Supreme Court oral arguments is high school setting


Access to Justice Commission

Pro bono awards event


NOTE: The open grants application process for 2015 proceeds will be announced in January of 2016.



2014 Proceeds


Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

on behalf of the Consortium of Legal Service Providers

“Making the Case for Funding Civil Legal Services in Hawaii”

Conduct a study to determine and analyze unmet civil legal service needs


Friends of Children’s Mental Health

“Project Kealahou”

Provides an alternative to traditional juvenile justice intervention to young women which seeks to avoid incarceration


Friends of the Family Specialty Courts

Assists counseling sessions with parents and at-risk teens


Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice

Establishment of a Family Law Clinic at the Hawaii State Women’s’ Correctional Facility


Volunteer Legal Service and the

HSBA Appellate Section

State court pro bono appellate project


William S. Richardson School of Law

Students for Outreach and Civil Education (SPOCE) summer institute for disadvantaged high school youth


Hawaii Mock Trial Competition

Local qualifying statewide competitions and award for Hawaii representative team to attend the National Competition


Civil Liberties & Constitutional Day

 Commemorative events


Patsy T. Mink Medal of Honor

Celebratory activities including a student calendar contest


JR Judges Program

Volunteer YLD attorneys mentoring grade school students throughout the State to “make the right choices”


HSBA Senior Counsel Division

Molokai “talk story” legal clinic


Access to Justice Commission

Pro bono awards event



2013 Proceeds


Courts in the Community

Bus transportation & lunches for participating public, private and charter school participants attending actual Supreme Court oral arguments in high school settings


The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc.

Paternity mediation program


Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Public benefits assistance to low income individuals & families


University of Hawaii Elder Law Program

Legal services to socially & economically needy elders 60+ years

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation

Title search apprenticeship program


Volunteer Legal Service Hawaii

Delivery of legal services to low & moderate income individuals & families


ACLU of Hawaii

Supported civil rights and liberties litigation and public education projects


Hawaii Disability Rights Center

Provision of services to protect and advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities


Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic

Obtained clean, safe and habitable living conditions for residents of residents of the Mayor Wright public housing facility



Supporting Documents

Articles of Incorporation

Hawaii State Bar Foundation Bylaws

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

HSBF Brochure

HSBF Grant Application

HSBF Grant Policy

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


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