September 16, 2009 - September 15, 2019
Craig H. Nakamura was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals on September 16, 2009. He graduated from `Iolani School in 1974 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Hawai`i in 1978. Judge Nakamura graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1981.
After law school, Judge Nakamura was a law clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge Herbert Choy and an associate with the firm of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel. In 1986, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a position he held until his appointment to the Intermediate Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge on April 8, 2004.
Judge Nakamura previously taught Appellate Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and served as a director of the Hawai`i State Bar Association.