Hawaii State Bar Association

1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Web: http://hsba.org

Overview

Established: 1989
Total Number of Members: 7,276
Out of State Members: 2,236
Membership is: Compulsory

Bar Profile:
The Hawaii State Association (HSBA) was founded on June 24, 1899. It was formally incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit trade organization under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Effective November 1, 1989, the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 17, created a unified bar. Henceforth, all persons admitted to the practice of law in Hawaii were required to be members of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and the HSBA was designated as the administrative entity of the unified bar.

In so doing, the Supreme Court democratized the governance of the legal profession byconferring upon the HSBA the power and responsibility to aid the Court in regulating, maintaining, and improving the legal profession. Whereas prior to unification the HSBA was viewed by some lawyers as a "social" or "elitist" group, the HSBA is now represented by diverse groups such as government and neighbor island lawyers and sole practitioners. Inbued with a new sense of direction and purpose, the newly constituted HSBA leadership created HSBA"s very first mission statement: "to unite and inspire Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession." Lawyers all across the state are now working in unity to fulfill this mission and HSBA'S 7 goals:

Goals

  • To develop and maintain an effective democratic organizational structure to serve the needs of the members, the Judiciary and the public.
  • To promote the integrity and competency of lawyers in Hawaii.
  • To eliminate unfair bias, prejudice and discrimination and to create meaningful opportunities for underrepresented groups in the legal system.
  • To educate the public about legal rights and responsibilities, the legal process, and the role and responsibilities of lawyers.
  • To increase the availability of quality legal services to all who need them.
  • To recognize and address the needs and problems of lawyers on each island.
  • To recognize and address the needs and problems of lawyers on each island.

TThe HSBA Board consists of 21 voting members (5 officers, 15 directors and the YLD President). Invited guests include the- immediate past president, standing committee chairs, ABA delegate, neighbor island representatives, the president of the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association. There are 15 Committees, 20 Sections, and an elected Young Lawyers Division Board comprised of 16 members.

The HSBA has 16 staff members, including an Executive Director who is in charge of the overall operation and administration of the HSBA and is responsible for making sure that the Board's policies and HSBA programs and activities are carried out.

The HSBA staff, together with hundreds of attorney volunteers, conducts a variety of projects to benefit HSBA members and the public.

Annual Meetings:
Meeting Name: Annual Bar Convention
Location: Varies
Date: Annually in the fall

The purpose of the Annual Bar Convention is to provide the membership with continuing legal education courses and exhibits to improve the profession. The meeting also consists of the annual luncheon which reveals election results, awards and a keynote speaker.

Current Officers & Leadership

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

President
Hugh R. Jones
Dept. of the Attorney General
Supervising Deputy Attorney General
425 Queen St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-1473
Fax: (808) 586-1477

President-Elect
Louise K.Y. Ing
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
American Saving Bank Twr.
1001 Bishop St., Fl. 18
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-1800
Fax: (808) 524-4591

Vice-President
Carol K. Muranaka
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 240288
Honolulu, HI 96824
Phone: (808) 753-7686
Fax:

Treasurer
Craig P. Wagnild
Bays Deaver Lung Rose & Holma
Alii Place
1099 Alakea St., Fl. 16
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 523-9000
Fax: (808) 533-4184

Secretary
Ronette M. Kawakami
Office of the Public Defender
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Ste. A-254
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 586-2200
Fax: (808) 586-2222

Neighbor Island Director
Geraldine N. Hasegawa
Dept. of the Attorney General
Family Law Div./Hawaii Family Support Unit
688 Kinoole St., Ste. 214
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 933-8604 ext. 108
Fax: (808) 933-8608

YLD President
Lisa K.Y. Nakahara
Kobayashi Sugita & Goda
First Hawaiian Ctr.
999 Bishop St., Ste. 2600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 535-5882
Fax: (808) 539-8799

Executive Director
Lyn Flanigan
Hawaii State Bar Association
1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Email: lflanigan@hsba.org

Assistant Executive Director
Iris M. Ito
Hawaii State Bar Association
1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Email: iito@hsba.org

Director Of Operations
Debra White
Hawaii State Bar Association
1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Email: dwhite@hsba.org

FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Craig P. Wagnild
Bays Deave Lung Rose & Holma
Alii Place
1099 Alakea St., Fl. 16
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 523-9000
Fax: (808) 533-4184

Louise K.Y. Ing
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
American Savings Bank Twr.
1001 Bishop St., Fl. 18
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-1800
Fax: (808) 524-4591

Carol K. Muranaka
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 240288
Honolulu, HI 96824
Phone: (808) 753-7686
Fax:

Alika L. Piper
Klevansky Piper Van Etten, LLP
Pauahi Twr.
1003 Bishop St., Ste. 770
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 536-0200
Fax: (808) 536-0221

Elmira Tsang
O'Connor Playdon & Guben
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Makai Twr.
733 Bishop St., Fl. 14
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-8350
Fax: (808) 531-8628

Lyn Flanigan
Hawaii State Bar Association
1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Email: lflanigan@hsba.org

Debra White
Hawaii State Bar Association
1100 Alakea St., Ste. 1000
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 537-1868
Fax: (808) 521-7936
Email: dwhite@hsba.org

Contacts

Executive Director
Lyn Flanigan
Phone: (808) 537-1868 Ext: 212
Email: lflanigan@hsba.org

Assistant Executive Director
Iris Ito
Phone: (808) 537-1868 Ext. 211
Email: iito@hsba.org

Director of Operations
Debra White
Phone: (808) 537-1868 Ext: 215
Email: dwhite@hsba.org

Director of Programs
Paulette Suwa
Phone: (808) 537-1868 Ext: 205
Email: psuwa@hsba.org

Sections

ADMIRALTY LAW
Co-Chair: Don Fisher
Copulos Fisher & Roylo
American Savings Bank Twr.
1001 Bishop St., Ste. 1510
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 536-0500
Fax: (808) 536-0021

Co-Chair: Mark Murakami
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
Pauahi Twr.
1003 Bishop St., Ste. 1600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 531-8031
Fax: (808) 533-2242

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Co-Chair: John Barkai
University of Hawaii
2515 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6546
Fax: (808) 956-5569

Co-Chair: Ellen Godbey Carson
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
American Savings Bank Twr.
1001 Bishop St., Fl. 18
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-1800
Fax: (808) 524-4591

Co-Chair: Charles Crumpton
Crumpton & Hansen
Pioneer Plaza, Ste. 1710
900 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 599-5200
Fax:

Co-Chair: Tracey Wiltgen
Mediation Center of the Pacific
245 Kukui St., Ste. 206
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 521-6767
Fax: (808) 538-1454

BANKRUPTCY LAW
Jerrold K. Guben
O'Connor Playdon & Guben
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Makai Twr.
733 Bishop St., Fl. 24
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-8350
Fax: (808) 531-8628

BUSINESS LAW SECTION
Steven Egesdal
Carlsmith Ball, LLP
American Savings Bank Twr.
1001 Bishop St., Ste. 2200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 523-2500
Fax: (808) 523-0842

CHILD LAW
Trina Yamada
Badger Arakaki, LLLC
Pioneer Plaza
900 Fort St. Mall, #1140
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 566-0855
Fax: (808) 566-0955

COLLECTION LAW
Steven Guttman
Kessner Umebayashi et al.
Central Pacific Plz.
220 S King St., Fl. 19
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 536-1900
Fax: (808) 529-7177

CORPORATE COUNSEL
David Franzel
Attorney at Law/Mediator/Facilitator
217 Prospect St., B-11
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 371-0303
Fax:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & CORRECTIONS
(Vacant)

ELDER LAW
Lowell H. Kurashige
Kurashige & Suzuki, LLLC
1188 Bishop St., Ste. 1706
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 548-4455
Fax: (808) 356-1940

FAMILY LAW
Chunmay Chang
Attorney at Law
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Mauka Twr.
737 Bishop St., Ste. 2100
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808) 536-2288
Fax: (808) 536-8807

GOVERNMENT LAWYERS
Matthew Coke
State Capitol
415 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 587-0661
Fax: (808) 587-0681

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & TECHNOLOGY
J. Stephen Street
Rush Moore LLP
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Mauka Twr.
737 Bishop St., Ste. 2400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 521-0400
Fax: (808) 521-0597

INSURANCE COVERAGE LITIGATION
Keith K. Hiraoka
Roeca Louie & Hiraoka, LLP
Davies Pacific Ctr.
841 Bishop St., Ste. 900
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 538-7500 ext. 513
Fax: (808) 521-9648

INTERNATIONAL LAW
Rex Fujichaku
Bronster Hoshibata
Pauahi Twr.
1003 Bishop St., Ste. 2300
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 524-5644
Fax: (808) 599-1881

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW
Elizabeth J. Fujiwara
Law Offices of Elizabeth Jubin Fujiwara
Topa Financial Ctr., Fort St. Twr.
745 Fort St., Ste. 1501
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 203-5436 ext. 515
Fax:

LITIGATION
Lisa A. Bail
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
Alii Place
1099 Alakea St., Ste. 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 547-5787
Fax: (808) 441-1202

NATURAL RESOURCES LAW
Aarin Gross
Hawaii Supreme Court
Chamber of Honorable James E. Duffy
417 S. King St.
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone:
Fax:

PROBATE & ESTATE PLANNING
Curtis K. Saiki
First Hawaiian Bank
Wealth Planning Department
999 Bishop St., Ste. 2810
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 525-6232
Fax: (808) 525-6233

REAL PROPERTY & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Cynthia Ching
Kamehameha Schools
Kawaiahao Plaza .
567 S. King St., Ste. 310
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 534-3913
Fax: (808) 537-1229

TAX
Ryan M. Wilson
Cades Schutte
Cades Schutte Building
1000 Bishop St., Ste. 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 521-9260
Fax: (808) 540-5097