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 President, Calvin E. Young (1/16/18)

Happy New Year!

As we start off the new year, I encourage each one of you to renew your commitment to the legal profession. Find a way to give back. Sign up and volunteer. Accept and agree to handle a pro bono matter. Support one of our fine legal service providers and make a contribution or find some other means to help that organization fulfill their mission statement. Holding a license to practice law is a privilege and many people and groups need and deserve our help. Please find your own way to make a difference in someone’s life.

One way to help is to support the Hawaii State Bar Foundation. Become a Fellow of the Foundation and join us in supporting the legal profession. The Foundation has made grants that directly impact those in need. The Foundation is proud to help the Judiciary reach out to the students of our State by providing funds for the Courts in the Community program. To date, thousands of students have watched oral arguments of actual cases before our Supreme Court. The enthusiasm of these students at these events validates the worthiness of this program.

Please join us in making 2018 a year to remember.


Hawaii State Bar Foundation Fellows


2014 Fellows
2015 Fellows
2016 Fellows
2017 Fellows

2017 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board

Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Calvin E. Young President 4/13/2017 12/31/2020
Rai Saint Chu Vice President 4/13/2017 12/31/2018
Caryn Hatsue Okinaga Secretary 2/5/2015 12/31/2019
Craig P. Wagnild Treasurer 4/13/2017 12/31/2018
Rosemari Shih Jia Sam Director 4/13/2017 12/31/2019
Louise K.Y. Ing Director 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Curtis Kenji Saiki Director 1/1/2018 12/31/2020
Lynne T.T. Toyofuku Director 1/1/2018 12/31/2020
Jeffrey H.K. Sia Director 2/5/2016 12/31/2019
Jan Boivin Director 1/1/2018 12/31/2020
Diane Ono Director 4/13/2017 12/31/2018
Carol Kitaoka Director 4/13/2017 12/31/2019
Marty Fritz Director 413/2017 12/31/2019
Cheryl Kakazu Park Director 1/1/2018 12/31/2020
Derek Kobayashi Advisory Director 1/1/2018 12/31/2018

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.

Hawaii State Bar Foundation's second annual grant-making cycle has begun!

HSBF will be accepting grant applications until June 30, 2017. Here are links to HSBF's grant-making policy and its one-page application form, with instructions on additional submissions as needed.

HSBF is seeking grant applications from organizations and programs that further HSBF's mission, including improving delivery of legal services to those in need, facilitating access to justice, and increasing public understanding of the law in Hawai`i. communities.  Please feel free to spread the word to deserving programs and nonprofits. 

To submit a grant application, please transmit to Patricia Mau-Shimizu (patms@hsba.org).

For more information, please contact HSBF's grant committee: Louise Ing (ling@ahfi.com) or Lynne Toyofuku, LToyofuku@marrjones.com


2013 Proceeds

2014 Proceeds

2015 Proceeds

2016 Proceeds
2017 Proceeds



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


HSBF Tax Returns


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


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