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June 24, 2015
36 U.S. Code ? 109-Father's Day

(a) Designation.- The third Sunday in June is Father's Day.
(b) Proclamation.- The President is requested to issue a proclamation-
(1) calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Father's Day;
(2) inviting State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Father's Day with appropriate ceremonies; and
(3) urging the people of the United States to offer public and private expressions of Father's Day to the abiding love and gratitude they have for their fathers.


A little late but happy Father's Day to all our dads!
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Legal Aid Honolulu Blood Drive

60% of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives yet  only 2% of the population in Hawaii donate blood. 


The Legal Aid Honolulu office is partnering with the Blood Bank of Hawaii's Save Our Summer 2015 program. The blood mobile will be outside of the Honolulu office on Bethel Street.

Monday, July 6 from 9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Open to friends and families


Give Blood, Go to Disney (unless otherwise barred) 

Donate blood between May 25, 2015 and September 7, 2015, at a donor center or mobile blood drive, and enter to win a 4-night/5-day getaway to Disneyland. Package includes airfare, hotel and park passes for a family of 4 (2-adults and 2-children under the age of 10). First time donors get double entry. Must be 18 or older to enter. Prize is non-transferrable.


Kona Office Open House


The Kona Legal Aid office celebrated its move to a new office with an open house on June 17th. The community was invited to visit the new office, received a warm welcome from the Legal Aid staff, and had the chance to win raffle prizes along the way.


The Kona Legal Aid office's new address is: 

Hualalai Center

75-170 Hualalai Road Suite B303A

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Previous Kona Managing Attorney Joanna Sokolow visits the new Kona office and Kona staff attorney Charles McCreary.



Congratulations to the winners of the "Fair Housing Is Our Kuleana" Art Contest!



 Congratulations to the winners of the "Fair Housing Is Our Kuleana" Art Contest:


Kiley Igarashi, 11th grade winner

Lina Takada, 11th grade runner up

Kayla Mae Cuizon, 9th grade winner

Abigail Jones, 9th grade runner up

Click here to read more about the Fair Housing Art contest

In the Community



Hawaii Access to Justice Conference 2015 

The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission sponsored this year's Access to Justice Conference with the theme of "Narrowing the Justice Gap." Jonathan Asher, Executive Director of the Colorado Legal Services served as the keynote speaker and opening remarks were given by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald and Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley, Intermediate Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Recktenwald highlighted some of the projects that Legal Aid was involved in this year; from the A2J online forms to our partnership with the state public libraries. 

Hilo Managing Attorney Valerie Grab  shared her experience in organizing disaster relief legal clinics in a workshop for "Delivering Pro Bono Services to Rural Communities." Legal Aid Executive Director M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina  was part of a panel presentation on "Technology and Access to Justice." She shared about upcoming projects that will help increase the resources available to self-represented litigants. One project seeks to create an online-portal that directs the public to the resources that best matches their legal needs.

Future Projects: the Online Portal
Future Projects: the Online Portal