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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 President, Rai Saint Chu (7/15/16)

The Hawaii State Bar Foundation's officers and Board of Directors hosted an 'Independence Day' donor appreciation dinner for our Fellows of various levels.  We enjoyed the perspectives of our esteemed former HSBA President (1969) and the longest serving Governor of Hawaii (1973-1986) George Ariyoshi.  He provided perspectives and historical challenges to the independence of lawyers, judges and the Judiciary branch of government.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald introduced Governor Ariyoshi and moderated the discussion among the guests.  The times have changed, however, the challenges remain the same. 

Our Fellows program, not unlike the ABA Foundations' Fellows program, accepts donations from individuals of $250 per year for 4 years and Life Fellows' donations of $1,000 per year for 5 years.  We also have an Associate Fellows level for those who qualify for the Young Lawyers Division at $100 per year. To date we have a total of 45 individual donors. The HSBF provides grants to legal service organizations that assist individuals in furtherance of our common access to justice goal. For more information visit www.hsba.org - go to the Hawaii State Bar Foundation page, found under "About Us." 

The HSBF is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization which supports the HSBA and its mission to promote justice and improve the legal profession.  The HSBF is working toward building a legacy for the legal profession.  Thank you to many of our donors and the HSBA for their support. 

To view past HSBF board messages, please click here.



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

HSBF will be accepting grant applications until June 30, 2016. 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.


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

Hawaii State Bar Foundation Fellows


2014 Fellows
2015 Fellows

2016 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board

Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Rai Saint Chu President 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Calvin E. Young Vice President 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Caryn Hatsue Okinaga Secretary 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Rosemarie Shih Jia Sam Treasurer 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Craig P. Wagnild Director 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Louise K.Y. Ing Director 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Curtis Kenji Saiki Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Lynne T.T. Toyofuku Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Jeffrey H.K. Sia Director 2/5/2016 12/31/2017
Derek Kobayashi Advisory Director 1/1/2016 12/31/2016

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.


2016 Proceeds


Hawaii State Trial Judges Association

Provision of educational and professional development programs


Girls Court (Kapolei)

Preservation of gender specific programs and services

to at-risk and delinquent teens and their families


Self Help Centers

Kauai, Maui, Hilo and Kona

Provision of legal information services to pro se litigants


Access to Justice Rooms

Honolulu and Kapolei

Provision of legal advice to pro se litigants


Access to Justice Commission

Pro bono awards event


Note: An open grants application process will be announced in January 2017



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


Hawaii Innocence Project

William S. Richardson School of Law

Allows the program to continue to serve selected

 clients wrongfully imprisoned


Big Island Mediation, Inc.

dba West Hawaii Mediation Center

Help sustain and continue community and foreclosure mediation programs


Mediation Services of Maui, Inc.

Provision of basic and advanced mediation training for adults, and conflict resolution training for island Boys and Girls Club houses


Lanai Community Health Center

Assist in the establishment of a medial legal partnership

 for the provision of needed island services


Ku’ikahi Mediation Center

Continuation of access to mediation services for the resolution of

family issues after separation and in foreclosure actions 


Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii

Establishment of an online access program for qualified clients

 to obtain needed legal services for civil issues


Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education

William S. Richardson School of Law

 Continuation of programs which serve educational objectives to provide young adults with an understanding of Hawaii’s State court system and responsible citizenship principles


Domestic Violence Action Center

Provision of needed outreach, educational

and counseling services to victims


Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice

Provision of legal services during incarceration and

guidance to prepare women for release and community re-entry


First United Methodist Church (Oahu)

Provision of immigration legal services through clinics,

 and selected direct representation cases


Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice

   Improve Hawaii’s Children’s mental health system by

ensuring compliance with Medicaid’s Early Periodic Screening,

 Diagnostic and Treatment requirements


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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