Upcoming events

    • April 10, 2019
    • 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813

    Hawaii Women Lawyers proudly announces its Annual Awards reception on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Plaza Club

    Please join us in recognition of the following:


    Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award

    Rebecca Copeland

    Judicial Achievement Award

    Senior Judge Helen Gillmor

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Esther Arinaga

    Distinguished Service Award

    Karen Char

    President's Award

    Doctor Jackie Young

                Our Spring e-newsletter will include more information about the awardees.

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    Doors open at 5:15 p.m. with the awards ceremony starting at 6:00 p.m. Heavy pupus will be served.

    Online registration is available here. Credit card purchases are preferred. Individual tickets (unreserved seating) are $45 each and tables of 8 (reserved seating) are available for $360 each.

    Table sales will only be available through April 4th, so please act quickly!

    Please contact us at with any questions.

    • April 30, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Plaza Club's Coronet Room (900 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813)
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    Hawaii Women Lawyers


    Women Corporate Directors Panel Discussion

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 5 - 8 p.m.

    Much has been written recently about efforts to increase the number of women on corporate boards across the nation. However, how does one even get considered for a corporate board in Hawaii? What type of professional and/or pro bono experience and skill sets are important for board consideration? What are ways to maximize opportunities to be considered?

    Moderated by Barbara Tanabe, the panel will be comprised of distinguished Hawaii women, including attorneys, who serve on corporate boards:

    • Louise Ing
    • Constance Lau
    • Catherine Ngo
    • Crystal Rose

    Event Details:

    Plaza Club's Coronet Room

    • 5:00-5:30 pm: Cocktails and pupus
    • 5:30-6:30 pm: Panel Discussion
    • 6:30-8:00 pm: Optional wrap-up with cocktails and pupus


    Seats are limited. Register today! Cost includes two drink tickets and pupus. Parking is no-host.

    • $20 per HWL member
    • Space permitting, one guest is allowed per HWL member at $20 plus HWL membership fee (fee depends on practice status; click here for information or see registration types when you register).

    Please note that we are unable to issue refunds for this event. Panel availability is subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

    Any questions, please contact Shan Wirt at

Past events

September 28, 2018 HSBA Corporate Attorney Section and HWL Present a Branding and Networking Event
June 27, 2018 2018 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Meeting
May 17, 2018 "Judge 'by the Day'": Becoming and Being a Per Diem Judge
April 12, 2018 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Awards
March 22, 2018 Women in Leadership Talk with Brigadier General Suzanne Vares-Lum
November 13, 2017 How to Be a Successful Rainmaker
October 25, 2017 HI v. Trump: A Discussion with Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha
October 19, 2017 A Talk with Judge Rupa Goswami
September 14, 2017 Pau Hana with Members of the Judicial Selection Commission
June 21, 2017 2017 HWL Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 HWL Talk Story with Women Circuit Court Judges of the First Circuit
May 11, 2017 Power Lunch with HWL Presents Looking Outside The Law Firm: Using Your JD in Non-Traditional Professions
May 03, 2017 HWL Brownbag Presentation: Alternate Careers with the FBI
April 10, 2017 Power Lunch with HWL Presents Hawai`i Legislative Update
March 14, 2017 Becoming a Judge: a Talk with Governor David Ige
March 07, 2017 Power Lunch with HWL Presents Marching for Equality: The Women’s March on Washington and Advocating for Equality
February 10, 2017 HWL Luncheon Presents: Networking in the New Year
January 30, 2017 Special Brownbag Presentation: Women. Fast Forward
January 26, 2017 2017 HWL/HWLF Mother's Day Project
January 12, 2017 Getting to Next – Crafting your Personal Brand for Career Success
December 12, 2016 After-Holidays Goodies Drive!
December 10, 2016 Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii's Brunch with Santa!
December 09, 2016 Lunch with the Judicial Selection Commission
November 14, 2016 HWL Luncheon Presents: Restorative Justice in Hawai`i
October 24, 2016 HWL Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt: What this Means for Planned Parenthood, Women’s Health and the Reproductive Rights Movement
October 14, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Pau Hana after the HSBA Bar Convention
September 26, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon Presents: Clean Energy Hawai`i
August 22, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon: Female Faces of Homelessness
July 25, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon: Lean In to Leadership: Transitioning to a Leadership Position
June 30, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon: Jobs Wanted: Flexible Workplace for Parents and Caregivers
June 17, 2016 Balancing Law, Culture and Purpose A Brown Bag Talk Story lunch with attorney Dawn Chang
June 16, 2016 HWL Annual Meeting
May 23, 2016 Revised Notice: Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon: Legislative Update
April 25, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers/HSBA Program: New Approaches in Caregiving for our Kupuna
April 22, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Awards
March 28, 2016 Hawaii Women Lawyers Luncheon: Women on Boards and Commissions
February 22, 2016 Dealing with Obstreperous Opposing Counsel
February 19, 2016 HWL/HWLF Mother's Day Project
January 15, 2016 Becoming a Judge: A Talk with Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald
December 21, 2015 After-Holidays Goodies Drive!
December 04, 2015 Becoming a Judge: the Benefits of Being a Judge
November 09, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Report from the Lean in Circles - The Power of Peer Support
October 05, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Alternatives to Law
September 14, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Development and Recognition Opportunities
August 17, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Regulators' Point of View
July 20, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Inside Counsel Perspective
June 18, 2015 2015 HWL Annual Membership Meeting
June 15, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Doing Business with the State and County
May 18, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Law Firm Partnership - Rewards and Responsibilities
April 17, 2015 Film Screening: "The Hunting Ground"
April 17, 2015 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Awards
April 06, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Closing the Confidence Gap for Women
March 26, 2015 Wine Tasting with Calvin Young, Esq.
March 16, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Things I Wish I had Learned in Law School
March 03, 2015 2015 Mother's Day Project
February 23, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon: Innovative Dispute Resolution for Domestic Disputes
January 26, 2015 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Women in Negotiation
January 23, 2015 Cocktails & Cupcakes
January 16, 2015 UH Law Review Symposium re: Implicit Bias
January 13, 2015 After-Holidays Goodies Drive!
December 13, 2014 PCAH Brunch with Santa!
November 18, 2014 Let's Talk Story: Promoting Gender Equity on the Bench
November 12, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Sex Trafficking of Children-Awareness is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
October 10, 2014 20th Anniversary of VAWA
October 08, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Ending Homelessness? A View from the Trenches
September 08, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Rainmaking Success Phase 2
September 06, 2014 Patsy T. Mink PAC's 10th Anniversary Celebration
August 18, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Rainmaking Success 101
July 18, 2014 Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i's Justice Games 2014
June 25, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A Tragic Epidemic
June 17, 2014 Wine Tasting with Calvin Young, Esq.
June 17, 2014 HWL Annual Meeting
June 04, 2014 Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation 2014 Fundraiser: Auditions for the Talent Show
May 28, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Micronesian Health Advocacy: Highlighting the Role of Women
May 02, 2014 Survey on Applying for Judgeships
April 26, 2014 Teddy Bear Roundup for PCAH!
April 21, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Coralie Matayoshi on Non-Profit Leadership
April 12, 2014 Women of Wai'anae Scholarship Yard Sale
April 02, 2014 Work Life Balance Workshop -- Panelists Needed
March 31, 2014 Breakfast with Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella
March 29, 2014 Women of Wonders (WoW!) Film Fest
March 25, 2014 Donations Sought for Women of Wai'anae Scholarship
March 24, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- "Lean In" for Career Success
March 14, 2014 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Awards
March 13, 2014 2014 Mother's Day Project
February 26, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Reproductive Justice: Endangered Rights in Hawaii and Nationally
February 18, 2014 Reproductive Justice Week 2014
January 30, 2014 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- LGBT Equality: Where do we go from here?
January 01, 2014 After-Holidays Goodies Drive!
December 14, 2013 Brunch with Santa!!
December 04, 2013 Becoming a Judge: Senate Confirmation
December 04, 2013 Wahine Forum Network: Preparing Women for the Board Room
November 25, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Improving Public Schools in Hawai'i
November 09, 2013 HWL @ Habitat for Humanity!
November 07, 2013 Hawaii Appleseed Center LEJ Series of Events Featuring Judy Waxman and Jim Weill
October 30, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Rainmaking: Tips for Success
October 24, 2013 Wine Tasting with Calvin Young, Esq.
October 18, 2013 HWL Brown Bag Session: Pam Chambers
October 04, 2013 HWL Brown Bag Session: Women of the Federal Bench
October 01, 2013 Sexual Violence in the Workplace: Remedies for Victims & Implications for Advocates
September 25, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Partnership Perspectives: Tips for Success
September 19, 2013 HWL Brown Bag Session: United States Attorney Florence Nakakuni
August 30, 2013 "Up-cycling Drive" & Pinao Program!!
August 28, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Creative Strategies for Investing for your Retirement: Life Insurance and Home Equity Line of Credit
July 31, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Work-Life Balance: A View from the Trenches
June 26, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Organ Donation, The Gift of Life
May 29, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Is Talking About Work-Life Balance A Fraud?
May 09, 2013 Becoming a Judge, from Application to Confirmation
April 05, 2013 Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Awards
March 14, 2013 Lunch with the Judicial Selection Commission
March 06, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - What's Happening in the Legislature
March 04, 2013 Women of Wonder (WoW!) Film Fest
January 31, 2013 Breakfast Meeting with the 2013 Hawai'i Women's Legislative Caucus
January 30, 2013 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Fred Korematsu and the Case for Redress
January 18, 2013 HWL Brown Bag Session: "Life is a Presentation" by Pam Chambers
January 04, 2013 Holiday Goodies Drive!
December 28, 2012 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - From Hawai`i to GC in DC - Lawyering in the Business World
December 15, 2012 Breakfast with Santa
December 07, 2012 HWL Brown Bag Session: Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
November 28, 2012 CANCELLED - Lady Lawyers Luncheon - Addressing Homelessness in Honolulu
November 17, 2012 Super Hero Smash! Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation 2012 Fundraiser
October 31, 2012 The Promise of College Access
October 30, 2012 Judicial Selection Commission Informational Meetings
October 26, 2012 2012 Wahine Forum
October 17, 2012 Meet Fellow Members - HWL Networking Event
October 15, 2012 Lady Lawyers Luncheon - How the Affordable Care Act Impacts You & Hawai'i
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