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5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 

SHERATON WAIKIKI

2255 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Friday

MAY 31

2024

$350 Individual Ticket
$200 Student Ticket

*Student sponsor tickets available

Dinner, beverages & parking provided

Attire: Elegant Aloha

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

1970s

Abelina (Abby) Madrid Shaw, Class of 1976

Abelina Madrid Shaw, the first Filipino-American graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, is a dedicated public servant and immigration attorney. Born and raised on Kaua`i, she was driven by a passion for community service instilled by her upbringing in a close-knit plantation camp. Abby earned degrees in Education and Communications from U.H. Manoa before graduating from law school in 1976. Her career in public service began as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Menor. Throughout her career, Abby held various executive positions in state government and served as Mayor Jeremy Harris's Chief of Staff. She remained deeply involved in community organizations, advocating for causes like healthcare and WWII Filipino -American Veterans rights. In 2005, Abby established her own law firm specializing in immigration law. Her dedication to service was recognized in 2023 by the Filipino Community Center, with commendations from both the State Senate and House of Representatives. Despite her numerous achievements, Abby cherishes most the graduation of her daughter, Renee, from the Richardson Law School in 1992.

John D. Waiheʻe III, Class of 1976

Governor John David Waiheʻe III is a 1976 graduate. Born in Honokaʻa, he graduated from Hawaiian Mission Academy, and earned bachelor’s degrees in business and history from Andrews University. He is the first Native Hawaiian governor of Hawaiʻi who served from 1986 to 1994 and made history with two consecutive terms. Governor Waiheʻe played a vital role in the 1978 Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention, contributing to the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and official recognition of the Hawaiian language. After a term in the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives, he became lieutenant governor and later governor, emphasizing achievements like developing Kapolei as Oʻahu's second city. His tenure saw economic growth in tourism and foreign investment, particularly from Japan. He was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm, Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand, where he was in charge of Pacific Asian Affairs. Post-governorship, he stayed active in Hawaiian affairs, contributing to initiatives like Kanaʻiolowalu. His legacy includes advocacy for Hawaiian language and culture, contributions to Hawaiian governance, and leadership during economic prosperity.

1980s

Esther Kwon Arinaga, Class of 1985

Esther Kwon Arinaga is a 1985 graduate. She is a retired immigration lawyer, writer and community worker. Born in Honolulu to Korean immigrants active in Korea’s Independence movement, she gained a lifelong interest in her heritage and passion for social and political justice. After graduating from the UH Mānoa with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science and Asian studies, she worked as a state and federal criminal justice planner and served as a member of the first Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women. At 54, she enrolled in law school, to assist those marginalized by society. After graduation she joined Bill Hoshijo and Pat McManaman at Na Loio no na Kanaka to represent poor immigrants and to advocate for social justice. Throughout her career and into retirement Esther has worked to provide legal services to indigent clients. In 2017 she worked with community activists to start The Legal Clinic, (TLC), a public interest law firm that today offers legal help to immigrants in need in Hawaii.

1990s

Scott K. Saiki, Class of 1991

State Representative Scott K. Saiki is a 1991 graduate. He was born and raised on Oʻahu and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Mānoa. As a law student, he was instrumental in establishing the pro bono program as a requirement for students. Since his election to the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives in 1994, Representative Saiki has achieved significant milestones, including leading as Speaker of the House during the 2018 legislative session and serving as House Majority Leader from 2013-2017. Notable accomplishments under his leadership include the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013, the passage of a groundbreaking renewable energy law in 2015, and the establishment of the state's mail-in voting system in 2019. In addition to his legislative role, Representative Saiki practices law, specializing in disability law, and was named President-Elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures in August 2019.

2000s

William Keoniakelelani Shultz, Class of 2000

Keoni Shultz is a 2000 graduate. He has a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.  As a partner at Cades Schutte LLP with a primary focus on real property litigation including quiet title and partition law, Keoni has represented a diverse set of clientele in matters across Hawaiʻi.  Keoni also practices general civil litigation including trust litigation.  Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2019, Keoni is also actively engaged in the community.  Presently, Keoni serves as a Board Member for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaiʻi, a Director with the Hawaii State Bar Foundation and sits on the boards of both the Friends of the William S. Richardson School of Law and the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association.  He is admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaiʻi, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and State Courts of Hawaiʻi.

Cameron Nekota, Class of 2002

Cameron W. Nekota is a 2002 graduate, an Executive Vice President at First Hawaiian Bank and President of the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation. He has forged a distinguished career in finance and real estate. Also holding a bachelor’s degree in political science from UH Mānoa, Cameron is an accomplished professional with a commitment to both corporate and community success. His diverse background spans leadership positions, such as Vice President at D.R. Horton and community service involvement on boards like the Queen’s Health Systems, St. Andrews Schools and Na Kama Kai. In addition to community work, Cameron also serves as a director for the James Campbell Company LLC and was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine in its annual “20 for the next 20” edition.

2010s

Kimi Murphy Ide-Foster, Class of 2014

Kimi Ide-Foster is a 2014 graduate and a partner at Chun Kerr LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate, finance, and general business transactions.  Ms. Ide-Foster works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from major real estate developers to a number of nonprofits. Ms. Ide-Foster is a 2017 alumna of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Leadership Institute and has been recognized as a “Rising Star'' by Hawaii Super Lawyers since 2020 and by the National Association of Women Lawyers since 2022.  She is a past-president and a current director with Hawaii Women Lawyers, in addition to serving as a board member for the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, and the ‘Iolani Alumni Association.  Kimi's dedication to serving her various communities underscores her commitment to service, making her an impactful attorney with a multifaceted approach to law and community engagement.

ʻOlu Campbell, Class of 2015

‘Olu Campbell is a 2015 WSRSL graduate who also has a bachelor’s degree in biology and Hawaiian language certificate from UH Mānoa. He currently serves as President and CEO of Hawaiʻi Land Trust. ʻOlu has had the privilege of working in the public and private sectors on topics such as conservation, community empowerment, education, Native Hawaiian rights, food systems, climate change, housing and development, and business. He previously served as the Community and Government Relations Manager for Kamehameha Schools, where he worked to address systemic issues through advocacy and capacity building, particularly among Native Hawaiian organizations. He was also a Legacy Lands Specialist for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, where he conducted community-driven land-use planning and stewardship for about 26,000 acres of culturally and ecologically significant lands. ʻOlu also serves on the City & County of Honolulu’s Economic Revitalization Commission.


Premier Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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American Savings Bank

Esther Kwon Arinaga '85

Bank of Hawai‘i

Central Pacific Bank

Kawika Bergen '15 & Niki Bergen

Bruce Campbell '86 & Jean Campbell

Char Sakamoto Ishii Lum & Ching

Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation

Class of 1976

Class of 1977

Class of 1989

Stephen & Adelia Dung

Environmental Law Program

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

William Harrison '81

Jerry Hiatt '77 & Mahi Hiatt '93

Hung Wo & Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation

Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, LLP

Law Offices of Marvin S. C. Dang

Sherry Broder & Carol Mon Lee

Matson

Nakashima Ching

Nam Phan '07

Friends of Cameron Nekota/
Class of 2002

Dean Camille Nelson

Jeff Ono

Schneider Tanaka Radovich
Andrew & Tanaka

Sen Plex Corporation (Brian Sen '93)

Kainui Smith '13 & Corinne Smith -
Extended Richardson ‘Ohana

Paul Tanaka '00

Watanabe Ing

Willams & Jensen

Cynthia Wong '93

WSRSL Alumni Association


Additional Gifts

Kendrick Chang '22

Class of 1978

Dispute Prevention & Resolution

Lance Inouye '77

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)


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