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2016 YLD Board Projects a Priority

The YLD is responsible for a lot of community outreach for the HSBA, and as such provides a year-round opportunities for volunteering. It also provides benefits such as seminars and mixers. If you are interested in becoming involved, including new ideas, please contact the HSBA. Mahalo!”

  - Ryan K. Hew, YLD President

Left to Right:  Summer Kaiawe, Marissa Machida, Brent Kakesako, Sommerset Wong , Jamila Jarmon,
Abigail Holden, Sachi Hiatt, Brandon Segal, Ryan Hew, Ryan Loeffers, Trejur Bordenave, Noah Gibson,
Clayton Leonard, and Shauna Lee Cahill. 
Not pictured is Cat Taschner, Ryan Caday, and Morgan Early.


About Us 

Membership in the HSBA-YLD is automatic for all members of the HSBA in good standing under thirty-six years of age and members who have been admitted to their first Bar less than five years regardless of age. Membership in the HSBA-YLD terminates automatically at the close of the calendar year within which a member attains thirty-six years of age or five years after admission to the member's first Bar, whichever occurs last, or when such person ceases to be a member of the HSBA. See our Bylaws.
The HSBA-YLD is an affiliate of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. We aim:

  • To instill among Hawaii's young lawyers an interest in the objectives and activities of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA).

  • To promote camaraderie among young lawyers.

  • To provide young lawyers with a means to participate in improving the administration of justice and promoting the public welfare.

  • To assist the HSBA in carrying out its programs and goals, and to sponsor programs and projects of interest to lawyers and the public.

Our Projects

  • Law Week - In conjunction with the ABA YLD, the HSBA YLD plans various activities for both the public and its fellow members of the HSBA. Volunteer lawyers staff Legal Line Clinics to provide in-person free legal services to the community all over Oahu and the neighbor islands at various shopping centers and other public locations. In addition to the Legal Line Clinics, various other activities may be planned, including a Law Day fair, workshops and other programs.

    We invite you to join the YLD as a volunteer for our upcoming Law Week Program.  The Law Week program consists of two components: the KHON2 Action Lines during May 2nd-6th, and Law Day on Saturday, May 7th on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island.  Kauai’s Law Day will take place on Friday, May 6th.  


    KHON2 Action Lines:


    Dates: Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 6th.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Location: KHON2 Studio at  88 Piikoi St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

    Description:  Each day will feature a different area of law. 


    • Monday, May 2nd: Bankruptcy/consumer protection
    • Tuesday, May 3rd: Family law/divorce/child custody
    • Wednesday, May 4th: Eldercare and estate planning
    • Thursday, May 5th: Immigration law (tentative)
    • Friday, May 6th: Landlord-Tenant


    A binder with references and contact information where volunteers may direct callers for further assistance and information will be at the studio. This program is similar to the YLD's Legal Lines program through which volunteers provide general legal information to callers.

    To sign up for Action Line, please click here.


    Law Day:



    Law Day on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island will take place on Saturday, May 7th.

    Law Day on Kauai will take place on Friday, May 6th.


    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Description: Law Day is an excellent pro bono opportunity for attorneys to provide legal information (not legal advice) to members of the public at free legal clinics.  No specific area of expertise is needed to volunteer.  Volunteers will sign up for a two (2) hour shift, either 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


    Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island locations on Saturday, May 7th:

    Don Quijote at 801 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI 96814;

    Don Quijote at 850 Kamehameha Hwy, Pearl City, HI 96782;

    Don Quijote at 91-144 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, HI 96797;

    Windward Mall at 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744 (Sears Wing);

    Waianae Mall at 86-120 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 (in front of Longs);

    Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732;

    KTA Super Store, 50 East Puainako St., Hilo, HI 96720; and

    KTA Super Store, 74-5594 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.


    Kauai location on Friday, May 6th:

    Self Help Center and Multi-Purpose Room at the Pu’uhonua Kaulike Building, 3970 Ka’ana Street, Lihu’e, HI 96766.


    Please feel free to contact Summer Kaiawe (skaiawe@wik.com) should you have any questions or wish to sign-up.  Thank you for your support of the YLD! 

  • Professional Development Seminars- Brown bag seminars on various legal topics of general interest to attorneys. Topics include: Civil Motions in the First Circuit and Discovery Process in State and Federal Courts. The seminars are videotaped and available for attorneys who are unable to attend. There is no charge to view the videos.

    Sitting on a Nonprofit Board

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    For more information, click here.

  • Legal Line Hotline- Volunteer attorneys are always needed for the LEGAL LINE program which runs every Wednesday evening from the hours of 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attorneys answer a telephone hotline and provide free legal information to the public. This one-hour weekly program assists members of the public who may not have access to an attorney and need general advice or who just want to be pointed in the right direction to get information. All attorneys are welcomed to volunteer regardless of area of practice but those who handle Landlord Tenant, Creditor/Debtor, Consumer Protection, Family, Criminal and Real Estate cases are especially encouraged to volunteer.

  • Disaster Assistance Relief Manual- The YLD is the statewide contact to provide legal assistance to victims of disasters in Hawaii. Assistance is needed to update our Disaster Assistance Relief Manual and to help staff Disaster Assistance Relief Centers across the state when called upon by the State Civil Defense or FEMA.

  • Junior Judges- This project is designed to teach 3rd through 5th grade students facing tough choices to make good decisions. The Junior Judges Project addresses such issues as cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol, and gangs and weapons. Volunteer attorneys first show video-skits presenting real-life situations and then facilitate discussion in the classroom. Students become the “junior judges” who must make decisions on these simulated “real-life” situations. The duration of each presentation is approximately one hour. Program CurriculumSchool Sign Up Form & Attorney Volunteer Sign Up

  • Mock Trial- The Mock Trial program consists of high school teams state-wide who compete by acting as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges.Students work within teams, supervised and assisted by teachers and volunteer attorneys, to prepare a hypothetical courtroom trial. Case materials are supplied by the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and involve issues that are relevant to Hawaii law and the young generation.

How to Volunteer

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

2016 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentRyan Koon Yun HewAttorney at Law, LLLC
Vice PresidentTrejur Perren BordenaveHew and Bordenave, LLP
SecretaryCatherine Aiko TaschnerMcCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon
TreasurerRyan LoeffersHawaii Electricians Administrative Office
Director - East HawaiiRyan Kainoa CadayOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuBrent Noriaki KakesakoHawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development
Director - OahuSummer Hulali Miriam KaiaweWatanabe Ing LLP
Director - OahuMarissa Nicole MachidaHosoda & Morikone, LLC
Director - MauiBrandon Michael SegalDept. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - KauaiShauna Lee CahillAttorney at Law
Director - OahuNoah Hoebreckx GibsonCoates & Frey
Director - OahuJamila Eshe Jarmon 
Director - West HawaiiClayton Robert LeonardDarl C. Gleed & Assoc., LLLC
Director - OahuAbigail HoldenCox Fricke LLP
Director - OahuMorgan Lisa EarlyAlston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Director - OahuSommerset Keani Mie WongKamehameha Schools