Presidents' Messages

February 2015



Before I begin, I’d like to invite all of you to watch episode 10 of the 3-D series, aptly entitled, “The Long Road to the Bench”, featuring guests Judge Alfred Laureta ret. (JD# 295) and Justice Simeon Acoba ret. (JD# 791), moderated by Host Howard Luke (JD# 2049). It’s an outstanding tribute to two of the pioneers of our legal community, as it details their amazing journey from plantation roots to our judiciary.

Reflecting on their careers, I am reminded of my own professional beginnings as a wide-eyed, ambitious, (and often sunburnt) Colorado transplant in Hawaii. I can still remember the whirlwind of lawyering for the first time—late nights with new colleagues, grappling over legal strategy, the earnest responsibility of advocacy, and finally, settling into my own as a litigator.

But perhaps the most beneficial to my development as an attorney were the opportunities to volunteer and participate in the community alongside my peers via groups like the HSBA Young Lawyers Division. That is why I’d like to use this as a chance to inform you of the upcoming events scheduled by the HSBA YLD. I encourage all those eligible to participate. Upcoming event include:

 YLD Social, at a location to be determined
April 27 – May 2: Law Week    
End of May: YLD Social
Mid/End of August: Project Street Youth
End of August: YLD Social
September/October: Annual Meeting with HSBA Board
October: Junior Judges
October/November: Mini Law Week Action Lines
November: Thank You Social/Appreciation

For more information on any of these events, please contact Ms. Miriah Holden (, President of the HSBA YLD.

- Greg K. Markham, HSBA President


At the Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s annual meeting held on February 4, 2015, the Foundation officers for 2015 were chosen. I will succeed Louise Ing as HSBF’s President. The other officers for 2015 are Rai Saint Chu – Vice President; Rosemarie Sam – Treasurer; and Caryn Okinaga – Secretary. Louise continues to assist HSBF as a Board member with Calvin Young, Curtis Saiki, Jodene Arakaki, and Lynne Toyofuku. Mahalo to Louise, and past HSBF Secretary and Treasurer, Bart Howk and Curtis Saiki, respectively, for their terrific work and dedication in helping HSBF come to fruition and setting the stage for it to fulfill its mission to increase public understanding of the law, improve the justice system, and facilitate the delivery of and access to legal services.

The first grant-making cycle for HSBF has started. Links to the Grant Application and the HSBF Grant Policy are set forth below. The HSBF is seeking grant applications from eligible organizations, so please see the Grant Policy for the eligibility criteria.

HSBF continues to welcome you to join us as a Foundation Fellow. Donors pledging and paying $1000 over four years qualify as HSBF Fellows, and those pledging and paying $5000 over five years will qualify as a Life Fellow. Those who qualify as members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar can become Associate Fellows for an annual donation of $100. Please contact me or any of the officers and directors about the Fellows Program and how you can help the HSBF.

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


- Jeff Sia, HSBF President

The YLD is hard at work planning Law Week, which is held in conjunction with the ABA's Law Week, held the first week in May.  We will be sponsoring legal clinics statewide, and will need volunteers for the clinics, so if you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.  On March 7, 2015, Moanalua High School, Hawaii Baptist Academy, St. Joseph School and Island School will be competing at the High School Mock Trial State Finals at the Hawaii Supreme Court.  The winner of the competition will represent Hawaii at the National Competition in North Carolina. The public is welcome to watch the competitions.  On March 20, 2015, the YLD will be hosting a YLD social at Fresh Cafe from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates, colleagues and meet other young lawyers.  View the event flyer and RSVP today!

- Miriah Holden, HSBA YLD President