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Kauai Drug Court Celebrates 15 Years, 31st Graduation Ceremony

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Featured News, News & Reports


Associate Justice Michael Wilson, Judge Kathleen Watanabe, Chief Judge Randal Valenciano, and Deputy Chief Judge Michael Soong with six graduates of the Kauai Drug Court Program, in front of the 5th Circuit courtroom bench, 05/18/2018.

Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson and Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe (left) joined Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano, and Deputy Chief Judge Michael K. Soong (right) in congratulating six graduates of the Kauai Drug Court Program on May 18, 2018.

The Kauai Drug Court commemorated National Drug Court Month with a celebration of its latest graduates, at the 31st Kauai Drug Court Graduation Ceremony on May 18, 2018.

Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano presided over the graduation hearing and acknowledged six individuals for their commitment and achievements in the intensive treatment program.

The Kauai Drug Court is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. It was established in 2003 under the direction of now-retired Judge Clifford Nakea to provide alternatives to incarceration, alleviate probation caseloads, and help those struggling with substance abuse change the way they think and behave, while acquiring skills to successfully begin a new life. Today, the program has helped 212 individuals graduate and rejoin society.

Fifth Circuit Chief Court Administrator David Lam said, “We thank our partner – the Friends of the Kauai Drug Court Program, a Kauai United Way agency. Together, this support team helps us get people back into the community, working, paying taxes, with a real chance for a successful future.”