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Third Circuit Judges (Hawaii island)

Note: Please do not call a judge about a pending case.  In most circumstances, a judge is prohibited from discussing a pending case unless all parties are given notice and an opportunity to be present. Judges are also prohibited from publicly discussing a pending or impending case.  See Rules 2.9 and 2.10 of the Hawaii Revised Code of Judicial Conduct.

Circuit Court judges are appointed to 10-year terms by the Governor from a list of not less than four and not more than six nominees provided by the Judicial Selection Commission. The Governor’s appointees are subject to the consent of the state Senate. Judges must retire by age 70 and may be retired or removed for incapacity.

District Court judges are appointed to six-year terms by the Chief Justice from a list of at least six names submitted for each opening by the Judicial Selection Commission, subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

Name Division/Title Phone Number Term
Circuit Court Judges      
Fujino, Melvin H. 4th Division, Circuit Court Judge, Deputy Chief Judge  808-322-8755 12/18/15 – 12/17/25
Kim, Robert D.S 3rd Division, Circuit Court Judge 808-443-2210 11/21/17 – 11/20/27
Nakamoto, Henry T. 2nd Division, Circuit Court Judge 808-961-7454 10/30/17 – 10/29/27
Nakamura, Greg K. 1st Division, Circuit Court Judge, Chief Judge, Senior Family 808-961-7464 04/18/14 – 04/17/24
District Court Judges      
DeWeese, Wendy M. District Family Judge 808-443-2177 09/21/18 – 09/20/24
  1st Division, District Court Judge    
Frenz, Dakota K.M.  District Family Judge 808-961-7500  10/31/16 – 10/30/22
Hiatt, Mahilani E.K. District Family Judge 808-443-2030 08/31/18 – 08/30/24
Laubach, M. Kanani District Family Judge 808-961-7470 08/10/16 – 08/09/22
Nagata, Darien W.L. Ching  3rd Division, District Court Judge 808-961-7470 05/20/16 – 05/19/22
Masunaga, Margaret 2nd Division, District Court Judge 808-322-8700 12/02/14 – 12/01/20