Presidents' Messages

September 2014


On August 23rd over 460 members and guests gathered under the stars at the Hawaii State Art Museum lawn to enjoy an evening of fine wine selected by Master Sommelier Roberto Viernes, extraordinary Pacific cuisine prepared by renowned Chef Ed Kenney of Town Restaurant, a silent auction of over 125 items which included a Nissan Leaf courtesy of King Windward Nissan, Bill Mickelsen and Kaleo McCabe, an entertaining live dessert auction conducted by Eric Schiff, the smooth jazz of Bruce Hamada, Jim Howard, Darryl Pellegrini and Scott Tamura, and most important, great company. The evening was the Bar’s traditional Annual Dinner sponsored by the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, which is now an approved IRS 501(c)(3) entity.

The success of the evening is a product of the hard work of dinner Chairpersons Zale Okazaki, Brenda Morris, Alika Piper, Mei-Fei Kuo and Patricia Mau-Shimizu along with the staff of the HSBA, the YLD Board, Vlad Devens, Willie and Trish Domingo, the 2015 Leadership Institute Fellows and new law students Sara Hayden, Chase Suzumoto and Nina Ki.

When all the revenues and expenses are tallied, we will realize a net profit of over $56,000. A portion of the proceeds will fund the Bar’s community and public service projects such as the YLD’s statewide Mock Trial competition and Law Week clinics, and activities of the HSBA’s Civics Education Committee.

MAHALO to the generosity and enthusiasm of the attendees, donors and volunteers that made this year’s annual dinner a smashing success!


- Calvin Young, HSBA President