Presidents' Message

May 2021

Levi K. Hookano

Hawaii State Bar Association President

I am proud to welcome our newest HSBA members who were just sworn in at the beginning of June. Our young lawyers are the future of the profession, so I wish them the best as they progress through their careers. To help them, and all of you, I encourage HSBA members to utilize the HSBA’s member benefits to make things just a little easier. My message to our new members was to “be a lei, be involved, and be well.” A flower on its own is wonderful, but when woven together as a lei, its true beauty shines through. By building relationships and being cooperative, communicative, and civil, you can get more done for yourself and your clients, while still being a zealous advocate. This is also your association and profession, help it grow by getting involved with the YLD and its projects, your sections, and specialty bars. And finally, be sure to take care of yourselves. You can more effectively help your clients if you first help yourself.

Although we are about halfway through 2021, and all of you have made tremendous efforts to keep our community safe and the justice system moving, there is still much to be done.

This month HSBA is once again partnering with the Hawaii Foodbank and its Neighbor Island affiliates to help our community’s most vulnerable members, especially our keiki and kupuna. After last year’s tremendous success, we set a goal of raising $75,000 towards this effort. We are well on our way, but still need your help. Visit the Hawaii Foodbank website to join the Law Coalition. You may designate your donation to go to the main Hawaii Foodbank or one of its neighbor island affiliates to ensure your donation goes directly to your community. Many of you have set up law firm or community group pages, and your generosity and initiative are greatly appreciated.

Finally, with gathering restrictions easing up, I hope you will be able to join the Hawaii State Bar Foundation’s Law Day Golf Tournament. Scheduled for August 23 at Oahu Country Club, it is an opportunity to support the Bar Association’s fundraising arm and provide support for equality and justice to improve the legal profession in Hawaii. It’s a chance to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii while supporting good causes and getting some exercise. 

Mahalo to all of you for continuing the hard work of improving the profession and your communities. Let’s keep up the momentum in the second half of 2021! 

- Levi K. Hookano, HSBA President

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