President's Message

May 2024

Jesse Souki

Hawaii State Bar Association President

Aloha Bar Members,

A committee of your Board has been diligently crafting a strategic plan, a roadmap that will steer us toward our mission "to unite and inspire Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession." This plan, which we will share in the coming months, includes improving communication with you.

HSBA communicates with its members through several channels. For example, on the HSBA Communications website, you can find links to the e-Calendar and current and archived monthly e-Newsletters here. You can also find HSBA on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn—those social media links are available at the bottom of this e-Mail. The Hawaiʻi Bar Journal is available online. And lastly, the HSBA website has a plethora of information for members at

With all this communication, how can the HSBA communicate better? Maybe the answer lies in this quote I recently read, "The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it. We have talked enough; but we have not listened. And by not listening we have failed to concede the immense complexity of our society–and thus the great gaps between ourselves and those with whom we seek understanding." See William Hollingsworth Whyte, Is Anybody Listening?, Fortune, Sept. 1950, at 174. Or maybe “communication” means more than we think it does. As Inigo said to Vizzini, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." The Princes Bride (Rob Reiner, dir. 1987).

By communication, we could mean “the technology of the transmission of information (as by print or telecommunication),” and we could also mean “information communicated : information transmitted or conveyed.” Both definitions are provided for “communication” at I read all the HSBA e-Newsletters and the Hawaiʻi Bar Journal top to bottom and cover to cover. Those resources have a wealth of information, including notices for judicial vacancies and proposed court rules, HSBA and judiciary events, CLE offerings, new appellate decisions, and HSBA member benefits.

But we want more than merely to send out information. According to surveys of our members, the hope is to invoke a desire for engagement and participation. So, I wonder, what information do you value? What information do you expect from HSBA? Can that information be presented differently? What is missing from those communications (what does not need to be in those communications)? Share your ideas by filling out a short survey here. If you are interested, check the box to volunteer to improve HSBA communications.

Before I sign off, the HSBA Young Lawyers Division is celebrating Law Week from Sunday, May 19 to Saturday, May 25, 2024 to help educate the public about various areas of the law and offer free legal information. Learn more at!

Mahalo, and be safe.