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Judiciary in the Media

This section contains opinions, judgments, orders, and articles written by Judges.  The Communications & Community Relations Office will also post answers to frequently asked questions and links to court rules, on matters that are being covered in the media.  The objective of this page is to go beyond the news headlines and promote greater public understanding of our legal system.

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Digital Talk Story Episode with Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald
Aired on Transform Hawaii Government
 [ Listen Here ]


Judges required to uphold the rule of law, vital to free and just society
By Second Circuit Judge Blaine J. Kobayashi
The Maui News, Sunday, May 14, 2021


Rule of Law is as important as ever
By Third Circuit Chief Judge Robert D.S. Kim
Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Sunday, May 9, 2021


Rule of Law remains as important as ever
By Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano
The Garden Island, Sunday, May 2, 2021


Column: U.S. Constitution not perfectly just, but never give up on the rule of law
By Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Daniel Foley (ret.)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday, May 2, 2021

Chief Judge Ginoza on Island Focus
Chief Judge Lisa M. Ginoza talked about the role of the Intermediate Court of Appeals in the justice system. The interview will re-air at 4:30 p.m. on April 28 on Spectrum Cable channel 53 and Hawaiian Telcom channel 53 and 1053 (HD), or watch it now on ‘Ōlelo’s Youtube channel at:

This article was first published in the September 2017 issue of the Hawaii Bar Journal.


Protect integrity of judicial selection: The Star Advertiser weighs in on the bills proposed this legislative session. A hearing will be held on SB328 and SB673 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am before the Committee on Judiciary and Labor in the State Capitol Room 016.

  • SB328
  •  SB673
  •  Hearing Notice
01/27/2017 Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald talks about the new Hawaii Courts Mobile App. Watch his interview on KHON2 News
01/06/2017 Order Granting in part and Denying in part Appellees State of Hawaii, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Chairperson Suzanne D. Case’s Motion for Stay of Proceedings, or in the alternative for the court to issue its decision on appeal…
10/28/2016 Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald joins Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii to discuss a new online service that provides free legal services to Hawaii Residents.  Watch his interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise.
10/3/2016 CADR Director Cecelia Chang discusses how the Mediation Center of the Pacific has helped businesses ‘Adopt-A-Court’.  Watch her interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise.
02/22/2016 Mauna Kea Anaiana Hou v. Board of Land and Natural Resources Order for Remand
01/31/2016 Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald discussed the role of the Judiciary in Hawaii and community outreach initiatives.  (KHVH Radio Interview)

Mauna Kea Anaiana Hou v. Board of Land and Natural Resources Judgment

12/28/2015 Letter to the Editor: Keep Shedding Light on Hawaii’s Housing Crisis (full version)
12/16/2015 State of Hawaii vs. Aaron Nakamoto Findings of Facts, Conclusions of Law, and Order

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