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Waiakea’s Lisa Ishimoto Honored for Essay

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Waiakea High School student Lisa Ishimoto was honored by representatives from the Hawai’i State Judiciary, Hawai’i State Bar Association and Hawai’i State Legislature at a ceremony on Thursday.

At the event held in the Hawai’i Supreme Court courtroom, Ishimoto was one of six high school students, and the only student from the Big Island, to be honored for their essay, “How to Inspire Others to Volunteer.”

Attorneys who helped unrepresented litigants by volunteering at a legal services provider or at one of the Access to Justice Rooms at the Honolulu District Court or Kapolei Family Court were also recognized at the ceremony.

The event was sponsored by the Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission and the HSBA as part of Pro Bono Week. National Pro Bono Week raises awareness of the need for free legal services, especially during times of economic hardship.


Students and volunteers were honored by numerous officials including Chief Justice Mark Recktenwalk, Justice Simeon Acoba, Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission Chair Judge Daniel Foley, HSBA President Calvin Young, Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Senator Gilbert Kahele, Reprentative Clift Tsuji, and Representative Marcus Oshiro.

In addition to Ishimoto, students recognized at the ceremony include Waimea High School’s Harley Broyles,  Leilehua High School’s Bayani Gamit Jr., St. Andrew’s Priory’s Ariana Kim, Maui High School’s Joseph Kim, and Leilehua High School’s Kelsey Uyeda.


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