Presidents' Message

April 2021

Levi K. Hookano

Hawaii State Bar Association President

Hawaii is such a special place, and we are lucky to have such a diverse population, standing out as the melting pot of the Pacific. While we are fairly insulated from many of the problems facing our fellow citizens across the country, we still need to be mindful of their struggles. Recent violence against Asian-Americans demonstrates the need for tolerance, diligence, and education.

We must not forget our own dark moments of history, enshrined at the Hono’uli’uli National Historic Site. Hawaii’s own Eric Yamamoto worked with Fred Korematsu, and many others, to reverse injustices suffered during the internment. Professor Yamamoto demonstrated the impact that attorneys can have in ensuring justice is done, and that all people are treated equally.

As attorneys we are charged with upholding the rule of law and equal protection, and must do our part to ensure everyone is afforded the protections of a fair and unbiased judicial system. But such action must also extend beyond the courtroom. We should take the time to not only better ourselves as attorneys, but also as members of our communities.

Spring is in the air, and a time for growth. I want to thank all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to participate in HSBA’s volunteer programs, committees, sections, and trainings; and also our law related organizations and neighbor island bar associations for everything you do. We are a quarter of the way through the year, but there is still much to do. Let’s keep up the momentum to make 2021 a great year of growth. 

                                               - Levi K. Hookano, HSBA President