Kona attorneys honored for volunteer work
KEALAKEKUA — Thirty- six attorneys were recognized during the Kona Self-Help Recognition Awards on Nov. 7 for voluntarily providing free legal information to 600-plus Hawaii Island residents who sought help at the recently expanded Kona Courthouse Self- Help Center in 2017.
The number of people who sought and received services increased by more than 27 percent from 2016-17.
The Self-Help Center was established in October 2013 as part of the Judiciary’s commitment to help people who must represent themselves in civil cases each year because they cannot afford an attorney, a press release from the judiciary stated. Since opening, it has assisted more than 2,000 people, with volunteer attorneys providing approximately 760 hours of legal information on civil matters, such as temporary restraining orders and divorce. These services have been provided nearly cost-free to the state.
Brit Barker, James Biven, Bob Borns, Jason Braswell, Ann Datta, Katherine Deleon, Porter DeVries, Wendy DeWeese, Chris Eggert, Edward Fetzer, Stephen Frye, Gerald Garcia, Fred Giannini, Catherine Gibson, Jennifer Heimgartner, R. Hermann Heimgartner, Dawn Henry, Kauanoe Jackson, Dean Kauka, Andrew Kennedy, Susan Kim, Carol Kitaoka, Frederick Macapinlac, Charles McCreary, Charles Murray, Shawn Nakoa, John Olson, Peter Olson, Donna Payesko, Daniel Peters, Mitch Roth, Joanna Sokolow, Kimberly Taniyama, Robert Triantos, Mark Van Pernis and Georgette Yaindl were recognized for their selfless work. Also acknowledged were Laura Cushman, Vita Zamedyanskiy and Sarah Kelly, the AmeriCorps advocates who, through the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, run the Self-Help Center.