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


The HSBA Annual Dinner sponsored by the HSBF is set for this coming Saturday, August 22, 2015, and features and salutes the Bar Association’s “Living Legend Lawyers,” the “three-digit” lawyers. The Dinner is the result of hard work by extraordinary people, who have given their valuable time to provide for what should be a tremendous night. For the HSBF, a warm aloha and thank you to all who have contributed towards the Dinner, including volunteers, donors for the silent-auction and contests, and purchasers of seats and tables. Your generosity with your time, donations, and monetary contributions is most appreciated.


When you have an opportunity, please visit the HSBF table featuring its Fellows Program. HSBF is extending its Founding Fellows and Founding Life Fellows program into 2015, and welcomes all of you to join the program. The program is an integral part of sustaining the Foundation’s mission and another way by which you can help to promote access to justice for persons in need of legal services and civics education, aid in improving our legal profession, and support the various worthwhile missions of the HSBA.





Archive of HSBF Board Messages



2014 HSBF Fellows


2015 Hawaii State Bar Foundation Board

Full Name Position Term Start Term End
Jeffrey H.K. Sia President 2/5/2015 12/31/2015
Rai Saint Chu Vice President 1/1/2013 12/31/2015
Caryn Hatsue Okinaga Secretary 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Rosemarie Shih Jia Sam Treasurer 2/5/2015 12/31/2016
Jodene Kamaile Arakaki Director 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Louise K.Y. Ing Director 2/5/2015 12/31/2015
Curtis Kenji Saiki Director 2/5/2015 12/31/2017
Lynne T.T. Toyofuku Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Calvin E. Young Director 1/1/2015 12/31/2017

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