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2019 YLD Board Priority is Member Development 


The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a member benefit organization and aims to serve as a launching pad for members, providing programs and tools for our members to grow and thrive!  Throughout the year, the YLD hosts member benefit programs, such as CLEs and socials, covering topics of interest to members.  These programs are driven by the needs and interests of our members, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas.  We want to hear from you.  We also understand that members enjoy giving back to their communities.  To this end, the YLD also hosts valued community service programs benefiting our communities across the state, such as Law Week, Junior Judges, and Legal Lines.  I look forward to working with you this year.

- Summer H. Kaiawe, HSBA YLD President






YLD is always looking for project volunteers for these projects: Legal Lines, Junior Judges, Mock Trial, and Law Week)  . E-mail us at yldhawaii@gmail.com






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.

YLD Board Members (left to right): Kelden Waltjen, Christilei Hessler, Bryan Chee, Michelle Ching, Summer H. Kaiawe, Kyleigh Nakasone, Michi Momose, Elaine Chow, Addison Bonner, Katherine Lukela, and Christopher St. Sure Not pictured: Marissa Agena, Laura Cushman, Cameron Holm, Jamil Newirth, and Daniel Padilla

Our Projects/Committees


  • Social Networking & Media
  • YLD Socials
  • Member Services & Development


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 NetworkingCommittee 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
  • Kelden Waltjen
  • Christopher St. Sure
  • Summer H. Kaiawe


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.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Summer H. Kaiawe

2019 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentSummer Hulali Miriam KaiaweWatanabe Ing LLP
Vice PresidentAddison Dale BonnerHosoda & Bonner, LLLC
SecretaryKyleigh Frances Keiko NakasoneLaw Off. of Leslie R. Kop
TreasurerKatherine Mie Mele LukelaKleintop & Luria, LLP
Director - East HawaiiKelden Braun Akoni WaltjenOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuMichi MomoseCades Schutte LLP
Director - KauaiMarissa Yukiko AgenaOff. of the Public Defender
Director - OahuElaine Ting ChowKlevansky Piper, LLP
Director - OahuCameron Toshio HolmLaw Off. of Allen M. Kaneshiro
Director - OahuMichelle Kyong Yae Ching 
Director - OahuBryan Wo Hop CheeSettle Meyer Law
Director - West HawaiiLaura Lynne CushmanLegal Aid Society of Hawaii
Director - OahuChristopher Paul St. SureGoodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
Director - MauiJamil Dwight NewirthR. Clay Sutherland, A Law Corporation
Director - OahuChristilei Healani Cecilia HesslerCox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen LLP
Director - OahuDaniel Joseph PadillaCarlsmith Ball LLP

Contact Us 



We invite and encourage members to take an active role in the YLD!  Contact us at yldhawaii@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions.