Presidents' Messages

A Message from Craig P. Wagnild, HSBA President:

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou and Aloha.

Allow me to start this first President's Message by saying "thank you" for entrusting me to lead the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2013. It is a privilege and an honor to serve you in the HSBA, and I want you to know that it is a responsibility that I do not, and will not, take lightly. I am excited and motivated by what Hawai’i attorneys are doing, but more importantly, by what we can become. I believe this year will be different, it will be a year we start to change the way our members see the HSBA, and it will be a year the HSBA takes unprecedented steps forward to advocate for our profession and our attorneys.

We have an exceptional group of attorneys serving this year on the HSBA's Board of Directors - people that are dedicated to improving the legal practice, our profession, and access to justice and our legal system. They are: Calvin Young (President-Elect), Greg Markham (Vice President), Alika Piper (Treasurer), Ronette Kawakami (Secretary), Nadine Ando, Russ Awakuni, Cecilia Chang, Steven Chow, Vlad Devens, David Farmer, Rhonda Griswold, Geraldine Hasegawa (East Hawaii), Carol Kitaoka (West Hawaii), Derek Kobayashi, Laurel Loo (Kauai), Tim McNulty (Maui), Mark Murakami, Stephanie Rezents, Suzanne Terada, and Jeff Kent (YLD President). We also have a dedicated and wonderfully caring Executive Director Patricia Mau-Shimizu, and great staff who are always looking for ways to better serve you. Over the course of this year I will be telling you more about them and many others who are serving you in divisions, on committees, in sections, and in many other capacities where they are making a difference. They are giving freely of their time, energies, knowledge and enthusiasm to improve our profession and the practice of law in Hawaii. For that, even if you are not aware of all that the HSBA is doing, we all have reason to be grateful. You have read this far, indulge me for a short bit more and let me tell you how we collectively are going to make a difference this year.

In December of last year, we held an orientation program for the 2013 HSBA Board of Directors. It was at this meeting that I had my first opportunity to share with the Directors and with the HSBA staff, my vision for 2013 and what I hope to accomplish over this next year. Here is what I said:

There are two primary things I hope to accomplish over this next year. They are processes, so there is no true end or finish line. Success may be hard to measure, to paraphrase the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, I think we will know it when we see it.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President Jeff Kent:


The Young Lawyers Division is looking forward to another active year. This year's board contains a mix of returning and new members who are eager to continue our community service projects and socials. I look forward to working with you all and encourage you to read up on opportunities to get involved. I also encourage you to connect with one of our board members to find out more about the YLD and what the HSBA can offer you.

If you're thinking of becoming more involved here are two projects you should consider:

First, we are going to repeat Project Salute which offered basic legal information to veterans. If you're interested please start the application process by completing form VA21a which is available at

Second, we are in the process of going through training to volunteer at the Judiciary's Access to Justice room. Volunteers help self-represented litigants with short-term legal advice at courtrooms throughout the state. Training is by appointment so contact for more info.

Read the full message here.

HSBA Notary Service - By appointment only. HSBA members' signatures at no charge. The cost for the general public is $5 per signature.

Information needed for Notarial Acts:

Name of document
Number of pages in document
Amount of Signatures needing notarization
Indicate member or non-member status

Call the HSBA office at 537-1868 or email to for more information.



January 16
- Probate & Estate Planning Section Roundtable

January 17-18
- 10th Hawaii Land Use Law Seminar

January 18
- Hawaii Women Lawyers Brownbag with Pam Chambers

January 23
- Appellate Section Meeting
- Professional Services Social

January 24
- HSBA Board Meeting

January 25

- Language Access Law Forum (3.25 MCPE)

January 28
- Hawaii County Bar Association Luncheon

January 30
- He Hali'a Aloha No Jon - International Symposium

January 31
- District Court E-Filing: CLE Course (2 MCPE)
- He Hali'a Aloha No Jon - International Symposium
- Insurance Coverage Litigation Section Meeting

Additional January CLE Course:

District Court E-Filing: Perspectives of a Judge, Attorneys, and Legal Staff (2 MCPE)
Date: Thursday, January 31 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: HSBA Conference Room, 1100 Alakea Street Suite 1000.

In August 2012, the Hawaii district courts implemented mandatory e-filing for all criminal cases. Many training sessions have been held by the Judiciary and the HSBA about how to use the e-filing system. Now hear from practitioners, legal staff, and the judiciary.

The course will cover rules governing e-filing, common mistakes practitioners make when e-filing, how to avoid those mistakes, and what your legal staff should know about e-filing. Register for the in-person course or live webcast option.

He Hali'a Aloha No Jon: A Tribute to Professor Jon Markham Van Dyke

He Hali'a Aloha No Jon: Memories of Aloha for Jon is a symposium tribute to the late Professor Jon M. Van Dyke. In this three-day symposium, the local and international legal communities pay an educational and academic tribute to a most inspirational and beloved professor, mentor, friend, and colleague. Guided by Professor Van Dyke's interests and passions, the symposium will feature engaging panel discussions with more than thirty of the world's most renowned legal scholars. Topics will include: Northeast Asian Seas – Conflicts, Strategies for Peaceful Resolutions and Accomplishments; International Environmental and Nuclear Law; Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, Protecting the Ocean and Its Resources, Human Rights in Asia, Utilizing Tradition and Custom in Decision Making, and International Law and the Development of the Rights of Indigenous People. The event is free of charge. Co-sponsored by the HSBA International Law Section.


Includes panel sessions at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2 on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the symposium webpage for more information.

Language Access Law Forum

The Language Access Law Forum will cover the basics of federal and state language access law. The program includes remarks by Hawaii State Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna and a panel of state agencies on best practices and their compliance efforts. The forum (free of charge) has been approved for 3.25 MCPE credits. For more information visit:

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