Presidents' Messages

July 2015

Aloha All,

Summer is in full swing and many exciting things have been going on with the HSBA. First, I’d like to extend my personal congratulations to the most recent class of successful bar candidates and the newest additions to our HSBA membership. On June 12, 2015, I was honored with the opportunity to address these young men and women during their swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court.   On behalf of the HSBA, I look forward to getting to know all of you on a personal level and wish you all the best as you embark on your legal career.  

Next, I’d like to acknowledge the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s new board of directors, Mr. Michael Cruise (new appointment), Mr. Regan Iwao (reappointment), Mr. Gary Murai (reappointment), Mr. J. Blaine Rogers (new appointment), and Ms. Jodi Yamamoto (reappointment). Some of you may be aware that 2015 marks LASH’s 65th year in operation in Hawaii. Established in 1950, LASH has been a beacon of hope across all of the islands, providing those in need with superb legal counsel over a wide range of issues regarding tenant’s rights, identity theft, and anything in between. Considering the unique assistance that LASH provides, those committed to its service often become emblematic of our profession and symbols of our membership to the people and communities they serve. Sometimes, the only meaningful contact LASH clients ever have with an attorney is through the services LASH provides. I am proud that such community-minded individuals will guide LASH over the next few years, as each were appointed to individual three-year terms beginning on July 1, 2015.

As July moves forward, I’d like to remind all of you that our annual HSBA Dinner and Silent Auction will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm. Considering our unique and close-knit legal community, your attendance would be a fantastic way to reconnect with fellow HSBA members, as well as meet the some of the new membership. As you know, proceeds from the HSBA dinner will be allocated to fund various public service and civic education programs throughout the state. I am requesting to the Hawaii State Bar Foundation that the Courts in the Community program be designated as a primary beneficiary. During my term, I have been very impressed with the effect of this program’s outreach upon the students who attend, as well as the attorneys who argue the cases and the attorneys who volunteer in participating in classrooms.

Finally, I want to direct all of you to the most recent installment of the 3-D “Living Legend Lawyer” series, entitled “From Waco to Kapolei”, starring Thomas L. Stirling, Jr. (JD# 961), Geoffrey Hamilton (JD# 928), and Wayne W.S. Luke (JD# 828). This episode explores the unpredictable journey to Hawaii taken by some of the most esteemed lawyers in our membership. 


- Greg K. Markham, HSBA President


You are encouraged to visit the Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s webpage. You can access the webpage through the Hawaii State Bar Association’s website – just go to the “About Us” drop-down list and click on “Hawaii State Bar Foundation.”

On HSBF’s webpage, you will see a brief description of the Foundation and its purposes; a list of the Board members and 2014 HSBF Fellows; and links to the Foundation’s supporting documents. The current and all prior HSBF Board Messages are accessible through the webpage. There also is a link to photographs taken at this year’s Law Day Golf Tournament (and banquet), which was co-sponsored by the HSBF.

The HSBF also invites you to join in the HSBA’s Annual Dinner scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Sponsored by Foundation, this year’s Dinner is a celebration of our “Living Legend Lawyers,” fondly referred to as “three-digit” lawyers based on the three-digit Bar Association numbers assigned to them. The latest and archived videos featuring our Living Legend Lawyers are available for online viewing through a link on the HSBA website. Great stories, insights, perspectives, and conversation make these videos compelling viewing.

The HSBF’s grant application cycle recently concluded as of June 30, 2015. The Foundation is reviewing and considering the applications. Announcement of grant recipients will be forthcoming.

To learn more about the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, click here.


- Jeff Sia, HSBF President

Do you know of an attorney who deserves to be recognized for his/her outstanding pro bono work, support of legal services and/or encouragement of public education on legal issues, or a non attorney/organization that has made significant efforts to promote a better understanding of the legal system? If so, please click here to nominate someone for the YLD's Justice and Liberty Bell Awards! 

Also, the YLD plans to launch the ABA YLD's Project Street Youth on September 5 in the Waianae area.  Project Street Youth focuses on helping homeless children.  If you are interested in volunteering, please


- Miriah Holden, HSBA YLD President