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Kona Attorneys Recognized for Volunteer Service to the West Hawaii Community

Thirty attorneys were recognized for their volunteer service during the Self-Help Recognition Awards on November 6, at the Kona Courthouse in Kealakekua.

These attorneys provided free legal information to West Hawaii residents who visited the Self-Help Desk at the Kona Courthouse.

These attorneys provided free legal information to West Hawaii residents who visited the Self-Help Desk at the Kona Courthouse.

The Kona Self-Help Desk was established in October 2013 as part of the Hawaii State Judiciary’s commitment to increasing access to justice in the courts.  Since opening, the Self-Help Desk has helped more than 1,000 people, with volunteer attorneys providing approximately 400 hours of legal information on District and Family Court civil matters, such as temporary restraining orders and divorce.  These services have been provided at almost no cost to the state.

“I am grateful to the attorneys who volunteer their time at our Self-Help Desk, assisting individuals who must represent themselves in court.  The generous donation of professional services by these attorneys has been essential to advancing our goal of ensuring that all Hawaii residents have equal access to justice,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.

The volunteers were recognized by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Third Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra, Deputy Administrative Director of the Courts Iris Murayama, District Family Court Judge Aley Auna, Chief Court Administrator of the Third Circuit Lester Oshiro, and Third Circuit Deputy Chief Court Administrators Dawn West and Cheryl Salmo.

The individual attorneys who were honored are as follows:  Joanna Sokolow (recognized for the most volunteer shifts), Al Lerma, Charlie McCreary, Herman Heimgartner, Dean Kauka, Kaua Jackson, Dawn Henry, Kim Taniyama, Cynthia Tai, Michael Schlueter, Jason Kwiat, Catherine Gibson, Mark Van Pernis, Rebecca Colvin, Daniel Peters, Gerald Garcia, Fred Gianinni, Ann Datta, Stephen Whittaker, Mitch Roth, Jennifer Heimgartner, John Powell, Andrew Kennedy, Shawn Nakoa, Mike Matsukawa, Bob Borns, Wendy DeWeese, Peter Olson, Carol Kitaoka, and Robert Olson.

Also acknowledged were Erin Henschel, Madeline Taomia, and Heather Basham, the AmeriCorps Advocates who, through the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, organize the Self-Help Desk at the Kona Courthouse each week.

Dawn Henry, Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii in Kona said, “I am so pleased by the support the West Hawaii Bar Association and our local attorneys have given to this effort.  Every week, West Hawaii residents use the Self-Help Desk to gain information on how to file court papers and be active participants in legal actions.  The Kona Self-Help Desk is the result of a statewide collaboration of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and our local bar has enthusiastically gotten behind the effort. With the donation of their time, today’s honorees are helping to make justice a living reality in our community.”

The Chief Justice also thanked the West Hawaii Bar Association, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and the Access to Justice Commission for their support of the Self-Help Desk.

For more information on the Kona Self-Help Desk as well as the Self-Help Center at Hale Kaulike in Hilo see:  http://bit.ly/1MpcAOd

Big Island Resident Bryant Tadeo Makes Top 40 on American Idol Season 12

According to spoiler alerts coming out… Big Island’s own Bryant Tadeo has made it to the top 40 in American Idol Season 12.  This means we will be seeing him on national television soon.

Bryant updated his Facebook header today to reflect him moving to the top 40

Bryant updated his Facebook header today to reflect him moving to the top 40 (He’s the one w/ the Shaka)

From the American Idol YouTube site:

From the Big Island of Hawaii, Bryant Tadeo marks his second attempt in becoming the next American Idol. Listen to his story in his own words.


And from Wet Paint we learn a little more:

…Such is the case for Hawaii native Bryant Tadeo. He may have been cut in Hollywood last year but, but Bryant has made it all the way to the Las Vegas round, according to a recent spoiler list of the Top 40 contestants for Season 12

Tadeo most recently sang here publicly on the Big Island at a fundraiser for Mitch Roth:


Mitch Roth Wins Hawaii County Prosecutors Race

According my calculations…. Mitch Roth has won the race for Hawaii Count Prosecutor Race:

Videos From Monday’s Mayoral and Prosecuting Attorney Debates

On Monday evening at Kealakehe High School, debates were held between Mayor Kenoi and Candidate Harry Kim for the Hawaii County Mayor’s race.

Part I:


Part II:


The candidates for Hawaii County Prosecutor also debated on Monday:


Video’s from the KLEI youtube channel.

I’m still running the following polls:

TONIGHT – Mayoral and County Prosecutor Debates on the Radio

Mayor Candidates and County Prosecutor Candidates will debate tonight from 6 p.m. til 8:15 p.m. at the  Kealakehe High School Cafeteria and will be broadcast live on the radio at LAVA 105.3 fm. 

Candidates for Mayor,  Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Mayor Harry Kim, and Candidates for Prosecutor, Lincoln Ashida and Mitch Roth have agreed to attend.

Food sales by Kealakehe High Principal Wil Murakami and School Community Council at 5:15 p.m. featuring Chinese Chicken Salad and homemade cookies.

The moderator for tonight’s debates is Sherry Bracken.

Here are a couple polls that I’m running in these races:

Poll: Lincoln Ashida vs. Mitch Roth – Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney

Now that the primary elections are over and no candidate for Prosecuting Attorney received more then 50% of the votes… we are left with two candidates to choose from for the 2012 Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney race.

Who will you vote for Hawaii County Prosecutor in the 2012 General Elections?

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the recent Pahoa “Rock the Vote” event.

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Up Country Luncheon Planned by Friends of Mitch Roth

The community is invited to join Friends of Mitch Roth in a fundraising luncheon Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Thelma Parker Library Gym.  Hosted by Beth Mehau and Aunty Stephanie Lindsey, the event will begin at 11 a.m. with sign-waving, followed by a chili & rice lunch and upcountry entertainment.

Mitch Roth and his wife Noriko at the 2012 Merrie Monarch

At 2 p.m. there will be a presentation of the Kealakehe High School Student film, “Shattered Dreams” held at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library adjacent to the gym complex. Admission is by donation and all are welcome.

Mitch Roth, 47, is a candidate for Hawai’i County Prosecuting Attorney, campaigning with the concepts of “keeping our Big Island communities safe and healthy.”  Roth has 18 years’ experience as a Deputy Prosecutor, and joined the Hawai’i County Prosecutor’s office in 1998, at the invitation of former prosecutor Jay Kimura.  Roth is chair of the State of Hawaii’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan whose goal is to reduce traffic fatalities, and was instrumental in bringing the Shattered Dreams alcohol prevention program to High Schools on the Big Island.

For more information, visit www.mitchroth.org, or call Beth Mehau at 887-2289.

Poll – Hawaii County Prosecutor Race

Well this years Hawaii County elections feature a race for the position of Hawaii County Prosecutor.

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the recent Pahoa “Rock the Vote” event.

From what I can see, the two front runners are Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida although Ocean View resident, lawyer Paul Dolan, has also filed to run for the position.

If the election was held today… who would you vote for?

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