HSBA Young Lawyers Division

About Us

Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is automatic for all HSBA members until the end of the calendar year in which you turn 36 years old or if you have been in practice less than five years anywhere. See our Bylaws for more information.

The YLD aims to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, to promote camaraderie among members, and to equip members with the skills to grow, thrive, and promote the public welfare.

We invite and encourage members to take an active role in the YLD! Contact us at yldhawaii@gmail.com with questions, comments, or suggestions. Feel free to join us at our monthly meetings. See our current meeting schedule.

The YLD is a proud affiliate of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA). For more information regarding the ABA YLD activities and resources, see the ABA YLD website.

- Addison Bonner, HSBA YLD President

YLD Board Members (left to right): Michi Momose, Kyleigh Nakasone, Leo Shimizu, Nelisa Asato, Christopher St. Sure, Addison Bonner, Jasmine Wong, Sabrina Kawana, Ryan Kanaka’ole, Kelden Waltjen
Not pictured: Marissa Agena, Nicole Bowman, Christilei Hessler, Tiffany Kaeo, Kristen Spees Marchello and Daniel Padilla

2020 YLD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentAddison Dale BonnerHosoda & Bonner, LLLC
Vice PresidentChristopher Paul St. SureGoodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
SecretaryKyleigh Frances Keiko NakasoneLaw Off. of Leslie R. Kop
TreasurerTiffany Liianela Hanako KaeoDept. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuJasmine Nicole Yin Wun WongHawaiian Electric Co., Inc.
Director - OahuLeo Yosuke ShimizuPorter McGuire Kiakona, LLP
Director - West HawaiiNicole K. BowmanOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuNelisa Kalaupapahiwa Mariko AsatoMatson Navigation Co., Inc.
Director - OahuRyan K.P. KanakaoleDept. of the Attorney General
Director - East HawaiiKelden Braun Akoni WaltjenOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuMichi MomoseCades Schutte LLP
Director - MauiKristen Catherine Spees MarchelloAttorney at Law
Director - KauaiMarissa Yukiko AgenaOff. of the Public Defender
Director - OahuSabrina M. KawanaGordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Director - OahuChristilei Healani Cecilia HesslerGilson Daub
Director - OahuDaniel Joseph PadillaCarlsmith Ball LLP

YLD Projects & Committees

Member Services & Development

2019 Chair: Summer H. Kaiawe


Description: YLD Directors coordinate professional legal and personal development opportunities to help enrich HSBA members both in their professional careers and personal lives. Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Summer H. Kaiawe

Social Networking & Media

2019 Chair: Daniel J. Padilla


Description: YLD Directors coordinate YLD social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. At least one member of the Social Networking Committee is expected to attend YLD events to provide timely information to YLD’s social network.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Marissa Y. Agena
  • Michelle Ching
  • Summer H. Kaiawe

YLD Socials

2019 Chair: Cameron Holm


Description: YLD Directors coordinate and schedule various gatherings and networking opportunities for HSBA members to help promote camaraderie and civility.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Christilei Hessler
  • Summer H. Kaiawe
  • Christopher St. Sure
  • Kelden Waltjen

Annual Projects

How to Volunteer or Get Involved

We invite and encourage members to take an active role in Young Lawyers Division!