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2015 SCD Board Projects a Priority

As the President of the SCD for 2015, I am late in my New Year’s message so instead, I am wishing my fellow seniors a Happy Chinese New Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep. The Chinese believe, superstitiously, that this is not a good year. Therefore, for the Senior Counsel Division, I am calling this year the Year of “Each One, Reach One.” What does this mean? Let me explain. A very large number of the members of the Senior Counsel Division are either in the prime of their legal careers or are enjoying their Golden Years. After decades of working very hard, putting our children through school, building up a nest egg and just being very busy, we may have forgotten long time friends. I know I did. I made a conscious effort over a year ago to reach out to friends and relatives that I had not seen for many years and the results have been very gratifying. This year, make it a goal to reach out to one person that you have not seen or talked to for a long time. It could be a relative, a classmate, a teammate, a fraternity/sorority brother or sister, a fellow lawyer, a parent, a child, a teacher, whoever. It could be lunch, a phone call, an email, a text message, a letter, a card, whatever. At our age, relationships become more important. Someone once said: “Money cannot overcome a lack of love; but Love can overcome a lack of money.” So this year, make it a goal to touch one person.

The SCD is committed to reaching out to our members with topics that are interesting and practical to our age group. We have already held two very successful coffee hours this year. The coffee hours are generally held on the first Thursday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m., although there may be a month or two where one is not scheduled. The Board of the SCD is excited to announce the upcoming coffee hours:

March 5 – Tax Tips for Seniors presented by Mike O’Malley, Esq.
April 2 – Social Security presented by Jane Burigsay of the Social Security Administration
May – No Coffee Hour. Pro bono outreach to Molokai on May 9th led by Tim Lui-Kwan.
June 4 – Technology for Seniors—Part I.

Mark them in your calendar and be on the look out for those announcements. We will also be scheduling coffee hours later in the year for Technology for Seniors—Part II, Medicare and other topics. If you have a topic that you want covered, please let me know at ken@kenwonglaw.com. "

   - Ken Wong, SCD President

About Us

The Hawaii State Bar Association explored the idea of creating a Senior Counsel Division during its 2008 and 2009 bar strategic planning process. The Senior Counsel Division is a bar initiative to serve and engage our members who are age 50 and older, which comprises half of our membership.

During the bar's strategic planning, a key focus was to look to ways to both serve and engage this segment of the bar. Thus, a planning committee was formed to explore developing a Senior Counsel Division (SCD). The division was formally established April 23, 2009 upon the HSBA Board's approval of the SCD Bylaws.

Coffee Hours

The Hawaii State Bar Association’s Senior Counsel Division will continue to host Coffee Hours in 2015. Please stay tuned for more interesting topics! 

The Senior Counsel Division invites you to the following Coffee Hours! 



October 2, 2015 – Health Directives


You do not want to miss this FREE program so reserve your spot today! Email SCD@hsba.org or call (808) 792-7336. Mahalo! 

2015 Coffee Hours Archive


Travel! Retirement! How to Blend Them


Memory Loss Part 2


Tax Tips for Seniors

Social Security

Latest Projects

A Recap of the HSBA Senior Counsel Division's
Ask-a-Lawyer Moloka'i Community Service Project

For the second year in the row, our Senior Counsel Division decided to celebrate Law Week by conducting a free law clinic for the Moloka‘i community. This hana hou event was held on Saturday, May 9th at the Kaunakakai Elementary School library. The event was again co-sponsored with the Moloka‘i Community Services Council (MCSC) which provided all of the on-island coordination and outreach. Special mahalo to Kaunakakai Elementary Principal Janice Espiritu, MCSC’s Executive Director, Karen Holt (herself a SCD member) and her assistant B.J. Dudoit who secured use of the school library and got the word out to the community for this event. We were also joined at this year’s event by the Maui Mediation Services, whose table was ably manned by Jim Fiorino, its Executive Director. Brian Simon, HSBA Communications Coordinator again handled intake and referral services for residents attending the clinic.

The event was well-attended with over 30 members of the Moloka‘i community receiving legal information or referrals on a wide variety of topics from estate planning to criminal law provided by ten volunteers that traveled to the “Friendly Island” at their own expense and another four off-island attorneys who participated in providing information by telephone.

The volunteers traveling to Moloka‘i included SCD Directors Rosemary Fazio, Carole Richelieu, Tim Lui-Kwan and myself, Honolulu attorneys Rosie Goo, Carlton Chun, Mark K. Murakami, Harry Oda, Greg Lui-Kwan and Ivan Lui-Kwan who were joined by Moloka‘i attorneys Maria Sullivan and Karen Holt. Our off-island volunteers providing legal information over the telephone included Big Island attorney Charlene Iboshi and Honolulu attorneys Colin Kurata, John Nuha, Harry Oda and SCD Director Ian Sandison. Carlsmith Ball’s Public Affairs Director and Moloka‘i native, John Sabas, also assisted the group in greeting members of the community to the clinic.The group was treated to another post-event tour of places of local interest along the south coast by Moloka‘i kupuna, Billy Akutagawa. Other volunteers assisting the team included spouses Steve Geimer, Jennifer Goto Sabas and Marty Martinson Lui-Kwan.

We all felt that the event was again a success with all of the participants returning safely home after sharing a small portion of their Mothers’ Day weekend with the people of Moloka‘i. Special mahalo goes to Tim Lui-Kwan who spent an inordinate amount of time and aloha to coordinate the event.

To view pictures from the Ask-a-Lawyer Molokai Community Service Project, please click here. (photos will take a moment to load)

Kenneth Wong, 2015 SCD President


How to Volunteer or Get Involved

  • Contact any member of the SCD Board.
  • Contact our HSBA Staff liaison at info@hsba.org.

2015 SCD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentKenneth K.P. WongAttorney at Law
Vice PresidentCarole R. RichelieuDCCA
SecretaryElizabeth Kent 
TreasurerTimothy Lui-KwanCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - Big IslandCharlene Y. IboshiLaw Off. of Charlene Y. Iboshi
Director - KauaiJonathan J. ChunBelles Graham Proudfoot Wilson & Chun, LLP
Director - MauiJudith Neustadter NaoneLaw Off. of Judith Neustadter Naone, ALC
Director - OahuIan Lorne SandisonCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - OahuMichelle AlarconLaw Off. of Michelle Alarcon, LLLC
Director - OahuJames S. WillistonOffice of Council Services
Director - OahuWilliam M. TamAttorney at Law
Director - OahuCharles W. CrumptonCrumpton Collaborative Solutions
Director - OahuRosemary T. FazioAshford & Wriston, LLP