Presidents' Messages

July 2014


It is July.  Summer is here, the weather is warm, but the hottest event of the year is coming up next month.  I am talking about this year’s Annual Hawaii State Bar Association Dinner being held on Saturday August 23, 2014 on the grounds of the Hawaii State Art Museum.  And this year’s dinner is all about award winning personalities.  Here is what I am talking about.

First of all, the food is being prepared by Chef Ed Kenney, Jr., owner of the award winning Kaimuki restaurant, Town, feted annually as one of the best restaurants in Honolulu.  And a few months ago, Chef Kenney was named a 2014 semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Best Chef of the West Award and the only chef nominated from the entire State of Hawaii.  I don’t have to tell you that the food will be ‘onolicious’ because you already know that.  So come and enjoy.

Next, the dinner this year is on the lawn, under a big tent with great accent lighting.  And everyone will be serenaded by the award winning jazz recording artists Bruce Hamada and Jim Howard.  Wow, award winning chef and award winning musicians.  We aren’t done yet.

Our silent auction sale this year will be headlined by an automobile lease opportunity.  King Windward Nissan will lease to the fortunate winning bidder a brand new Leaf automobile.  The Leaf is a past winner of Car of the Year, is 100% electric, and EPA rated 126 MPG.  There are over 82,000 Leaf owners worldwide saving thousands of dollars on fuel costs.

Food prepared by a top chef, cool jazz on a hot summer night by world renowned musicians, a chance to lease a great car.  Wow, what a terrific event this will be.


I hope to see you there. 

- Calvin Young, HSBA President


At the beginning of this month we wrapped up another successful Law Week.  On May 3rd we held legal clinics throughout the State offering Legal Information on a variety of topics.  Our initial reports showed that we had a good turnout.  Also during the preceding week the YLD took over the Action Line at KHON.  Volunteers answered callers' questions for 2 hours each day on different areas of the law.  Thank you to all of you who volunteered for any of the Law Week events.  Also a special thank you to our Law Week committee of the Young Lawyers Division for organizing another successful event.

Lastly, I want to provide you with a quick update on the progress of the Mock Trial State Champions from Moanalua High School.  They traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the national championships.  They represented themselves well and won the first annual Larry Bakko Professionalism and Civility Award which was voted on by their fellow competitors.  Thank you to all of you who volunteered throughout the year with Mock Trial.  This is a great example of how your efforts can truly help make a difference in the community.

- Malcolm Barcarse Jr. - Young Lawyers Division President