Kona at­tor­neys hon­ored for vol­un­teer work

West Hawaii Today - - Obituaries -

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.

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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.

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