Mele Kalikimaka! It is the happiest time of 2014 and I wish for everyone the most joyous of holiday seasons.
My buzz words for this year were “imua” and “kokua” and I started the year by encouraging our members to volunteer, give back and be productive members of our legal community.
I am proud that hundreds of HSBA members stepped up this past year and provided positive leadership for the people of Hawaii. The HSBA Civics Education Committee spearheaded the effort that resulted in President Obama awarding the Medal of Freedom to Patsy Mink. Attorneys on the Big Island provided needy counseling and warm smiles to the victims of Iselle and the lava flowing into Pahoa Town. And Oahu attorneys provided counseling to Pahoa and Puna residents who called the hotlines. The Honolulu and Kapolei Access to Justice Rooms on Oahu and the Self-Help centers on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island continue to be staffed and hundreds of people are being helped. Attorneys mentored dozens of high school students in the mock trial competition. The weekly Legal Line was staffed by our YLD attorneys and many questions were fielded and answered. The SCD helped scores of residents on Molokai. And attorneys by the dozens turned out to teach students about the Supreme Court cases argued in Kona and Mililani as part of the Court in the Community program.
I want to extend my biggest mahalo to everyone who contributed to making our community a better place by representing your profession so well. Every little bit helps someone in need and collectively, we have made a huge impact.
As 2014 winds down, please safely enjoy the holiday season. And let me be the first to say to you: “Hauoli Makahiki Hou for 2015!”
- Calvin Young, HSBA President