HSBA Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 awardees!

'Ikena Award (Legal Education) - 2013 Award Recipient: Mr. James Hoenig is the 2013 recipient of the HSBA ‘Ikena Award for outstanding service to the public or profession toward legal education.  Mr. Hoenig, licensed in California and an affiliate member of the HSBA, is currently a family law mediator who has spent many years of countless hours training attorneys, judges, and others in the areas of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  He has donated his time and made a difference by participating in the Volunteer Settlement Master Program; the Hawaii Appellate Mediation Program; and the Divorce, Custody, Paternity Procedures Improvement Group.  In addition, he has trained advanced mediators at the Mediation Center of the Pacific and contributed to the alternative dispute resolution section of the Hawaii Divorce Manual.

List of 'Ikena Award Recipients

President's Award (Distinguished Service) - 2013 Award Recipients: The HSBA President’s Award is presented for extraordinary contributions and lifetime achievement that best exemplify the mission statement of the Hawaii State Bar Association: to unite and inspire Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession.  The 2013 President’s Award is being presented to the following Hawaii State judges who were instrumental in establishing Self Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms at their respective court complexes:

First Circuit Deputy Chief Judge & Senior Family Court Judge R. Mark Browning
Third Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra
Second Circuit Court Judge Rhonda I.L. Loo
Third Circuit Deputy Chief Judge & Senior Family Court Judge Greg K. Nakamura
First Circuit District Court Deputy Chief Judge Barbara P. Richardson
Fifth Circuit District Court Deputy Chief Judge Trudy K.T. Senda

The Self Help Centers and the Access to Justice Rooms were designed to assist self-represented litigants in certain civil matters such as landlord tenant disputes, collection issues, temporary restraining orders, and divorce cases.  While the Self Help Centers on the Neighbor Islands limit their assistance to providing legal information, the Access to Justice Rooms at the Kapolei Complex and the District Court on Oahu offer limited legal advice. 

This free public service, staffed by volunteer attorneys and Americorp representatives, is a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the HSBA Family Law Section, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Kauai Bar Association, the Hawaii County Bar Association, the Maui County Bar Association, and the West Hawaii Bar Association.

List of President's Award Recipients

Champion for Social Justice Award - Not awarded in 2013.

List of Champion for Social Justice Award Recipients

C. Frederick Schutte Award(Service toward the legal profession) - Not awarded in 2013.

List of C. Frederick Schutte Award Recipients

Golden Gavel Award (Judicial Administration) - 2013 Award Recipient: Ms. Susan Ichinose is the 2013 recipient of the HSBA Golden Gavel Award for outstanding service to the State judiciary in Hawaii.  As a member of the Judicial Selection Commission, Ms. Ichinose was instrumental in making the Commission’s work and the judicial selection process more transparent to the public by developing procedures that led to the release of the judicial candidate list when it was delivered to the appointing authority.

Later, as the Commission Chair, Ichinose led great efforts to educate the legal community about the judicial selection process by holding informational meetings in each circuit to inform HSBA members about the Commission’s operations and why HSBA members should apply for judicial office.

Ms. Ichinose has also served as a Director on the HSBA Board, on several HSBA Committees, and currently is a Director on the Senior Counsel Division.

List of Golden Gavel Award Recipients

Ki'e ki'e Award (Pro Bono) - Not awarded in 2013.

List of Ki'e ki'e Award Recipients

Greeley Key Award for Innovation - Not awarded in 2013

List for Greeley Key Award Recipients

Malama Hawaii Award - 2013 Award Recipient: Ms. Cynthia Alm is the 2013 recipient of the HSBA Malama Hawaii Award for outstanding and effective non-legal community service activities that make a difference and improve the quality of life in Hawaii.  Ms. Alm is honored for selfless accomplishments in the legal community and community at large.  She has worked tirelessly in volunteering her time and efforts for the Mediation Center of the Pacific as a mediator, facilitator, active committee member, board member, and current President.

In her unassuming manner, Ms. Alm has effectively led a Capital Campaign for the Pacific Buddhist Academy while serving on its Board and helped to raise over $5M to construct the school’s first stand-alone building.  
She has also donated her time towards the National Association for Conflict Resolution, the local chapter of ACR, the HSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the Honolulu Board of Realtors, and the Kawananakoa Middle School Campus Renovation Plan.


• C. FREDERICK SCHUTTE AWARD for service towards the legal profession: Justice James E. Duffy, Jr. (retired)
• CHAMPION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD for courageous legal work: M. Victor Geminiani
• ‘IKENA AWARD for legal education: Calvin E. Young
• PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Justice Simeon R. Acoba and James Kawashima


Front, l-r: Hon. Michael Broderick (ret.), Mihoko Ito, Jennifer Rose, Hon. Trudy Senda, President Louise Ing, President-elect Carol Muranaka, Bar Con keynote speaker Eric Yamamoto
Back, l-r: Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Steven Chow, Nancy Youngren (for Case, Lombardi, Pettit), James Kawachika, Hon. Joel August (ret.), Gary Slovin, Roger Epstein, Vice President Craig Wagnild.


Back (l-r): CJ Moon, Leigh-Wai Doo, Tracey Wiltgen, 2010 HSBA President Hugh Jones, Judge Simone Polak, Judge Michael Town, Justice Simeon Acoba, CJ Recktenwald. Front (1-r): Blake Oshiro, Jo Kim, Linda Krieger, 2011 HSBA President Louise Ing, & Kapua Sproat.





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