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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 and Board Member, Louise Ing


In 2014, the Hawaii State Bar Foundation provided funds to legal services entities that provide critical services in the community and in so doing, helped make access to the justice system a reality.

A substantial portion of the proceeds from the HSBA’s 2013 annual dinner totaling $40,000 was designated, at the recommendation of 2013 HSBA President Craig Wagnild, as grants to 9 legal service providers, $4,444.44 each. The follow up reports requested by HSBF are heartwarming, for they demonstrate how our funds helped many individuals with nowhere else to turn or who were on the brink of a disaster.

The Domestic Violence Action Center applied the funds to emergency assistance programs for individuals fleeing for safety from violence. Legal Aid Society aided individuals with public assistance issues, medicare and food stamps, etc. The ACLU has created a Youth Rights Guide to public school students in Hawaii and continues to advocate for “open records” and against infringements on free speech. The Elder Law program also created its “Kokua Packet” for elders and their families about resources and preparedness.

The Mediation Center of the Pacific used its HSBF grant for a Paternity Mediation Program. Of the 234 cases, 155 were managed in-house and 57 were managed on-site at Family Court with 52% of the cases resulting in written agreements. HSBF funds have supported the Volunteer Legal Services by partially funding a Pro Bono Placement Coordinator, key to matching an attorney to a qualified individual. Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and economic Justice continued to do its tremendous work in improving conditions for low-income families living in subsidized housing.

Additionally, the Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation were able to continue their good work through HSBF’s grant. NHLC used its grant to help fund its Title Search Apprenticeship Program, designed “to ensure that the type of expertise and knowledge required to competently complete these Hawaii State Bar Foundationsearches [from documents in the Hawaiian language] is passed down to the next generation.” The grant inspired one intern to research her own genealogy, develop a college independent learning project of creating a guidebook on researching genealogy and land title, and return to NHLC as a summer intern.

HSBF is accepting grant applications until June 30 with distribution decisions to be made by July 30, 2015. Click 
here for a grant application.



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

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