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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, Jeff Sia (10/15/15)


As a proud member and former officer of the HSBA, it became clear to me that continuation and creation of impactful projects and endeavors through the HSBA was in jeopardy unless adequate funds were provided to the HSBA. Additionally, legal service providers and other public service groups in our community were in need of more funding. HSBA membership dues have not been raised for years and any discussion about increasing Bar dues always is a touchy subject.

To help address such needs and to avoid an across-the-board HBSA dues increase, the HSBF was created to support the HSBA and its projects consistent with promoting justice and equality in our community. In addition, the HSBF has granted funds to various public and legal service entities and providers to assist in their worthy endeavors.

While no longer an active officer of the HSBA, contributing to the HSBF allows me the opportunity to help not only the HSBA, but other deserving groups such as Friends of the Family Specialty courts, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, the Access to Justice Commission, the William S. Richardson School of Law, and the Courts in the Community Program. The HSBF’s Fellows Program, which is holding a reception on November 12, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goodsill law firm office, is a way for us to contribute and participate to help not only our legal community, but also our community at large. Please join me as an HSBF Fellow by donating to the HSBF through its Fellows Program. Detailed information is available through the HSBF portal on the HSBA website, and if you are asked to join, please do so.



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

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.


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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