Gov­er­nor ap­points Nakamoto, Kim to 3rd Cir­cuit bench

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

Gov. David Ige on Wed­nes­day an­nounced two ap­point­ments to the 3rd Cir­cuit Court bench.

Henry Taro Nakamoto, 53, District Fam­ily Court Judge, 3rd Cir­cuit, was ap­pointed to the Hilo Cir­cuit Court to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by the Dec. 31, 2016, re­tire­ment of Judge Glenn S. Hara.

Nakamoto has been a District Fam­ily Court judge since June 2014. He pre­vi­ously was a part­ner and di­rec­tor at the Hilo firm of Nakamoto, Okamoto & Ya­mamoto and an as­so­ciate in the Honolulu law firm Good­sill An­der­son Quinn & Stifel.

The Big Is­land na­tive prac­ticed law there for 23 years, fo­cus­ing on fam­ily and civil law. Nakamoto com­pleted a B.A. in eco­nom­ics at Cor­nell Univer­sity be­fore earn­ing his J.D. at Hast­ings Col­lege of Law.

At­tor­ney Robert D.S. Kim, 63, was ap­pointed to the Kona Cir­cuit Court to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by the June 30 re­tire­ment of Judge Ron­ald Ibarra in June 2017.

Kim is a lit­i­ga­tor, con­cen­trat­ing in crim­i­nal de­fense, fam­ily law, civil lit­i­ga­tion, per­sonal in­jury lit­i­ga­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ceed­ings. He has served as the West Hawaii Bar Pres­i­dent for many years. Kim grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Hawaii at Hilo with a B.A. in po­lit­i­cal science and earned his law de­gree at the Wil­liam S. Richard­son School of Law.

Both ap­point­ments are sub­ject to Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion.



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