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, Jeff Sia (2/16/16)


The Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s grant-making cycle is underway. The HSBF is excited to announce that it is accepting grant applications through June 30, 2016. The grant application form and the HSBF’s grant policy can be obtained through the links located at the bottom of this page and in the grant cycle notice below. 

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



2014 HSBF Fellows

 







2015 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board

 
Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Jeffrey H.K. Sia President 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Rai Saint Chu Vice President 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
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
Calvin E. Young Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017


HSBF Grants Awards


BUILDING A LEGACY OF GIVING

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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