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, 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


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.

 


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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