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 Louise Ing


We became lawyers to help people and promote justice. Through the years, we all have given a lot and supported many worthy causes. You make a difference every day, and you may have thought about creating a legacy, either through your legal work or other contributions.

The Hawaii State Bar Foundation was created to support the Hawaii State Bar Association in promoting justice and equality. We recently received IRS approval of our 501(c)(3) status, allowing the Foundation to raise tax-deductible funds. With HSBA’s help, we intend to keep 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, HSBA (in conjunction with HSBF since 2013), has raised funds through our annual dinner for various public service projects, such as Self Help Centers in the Courts for pro se parties and the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community, bringing Supreme Court arguments to public high schools. Both programs have made a positive impact and stirred strong interest in access to justice in our State.

The Foundation board cordially invites you to become a Fellow of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation. All who join as a fellow in 2014 will be named “Founding Fellows.” 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

Please join us in creating and sustaining a special legacy dedicated to justice and equality in Hawaii.


Warm mahalo and aloha,

- Louise Ing, HSBF President

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

2014 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board


Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Louise K.Y. Ing President 1/1/2013 12/31/2015
Rai Saint Chu Vice President 1/1/2013 12/31/2015
Curtis Saiki Treasurer 1/1/2013 12/31/2014
Bart Howk Secretary 1/1/2013 12/31/2014
Jodene Arakaki Director 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Caryn Okinaga Director 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Jeffrey H.K. Sia Director 1/1/2013 12/31/2015
Carol L. Tom Director 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Lynne T.T. Toyofuku Director 1/1/2013 12/31/2014
Justice Simon Acoba (ret.) Advisor N/A N/A
Calvin Young Ex Officio N/A N/A

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