Together with the Consular Corps of Hawaii, JASH held a “Hawaii 5:01” networking and social event at the historic Aliiolani Hale Hawaii State Supreme Court on April 2nd. Hawaii 5:01s are exclusively for corporate and lifetime members and their guests.
The purpose of these events is to get to know each other and introduce potential new JASH members. That it was held at the Hawaii State Supreme Court was a big plus. Those who attended received a history lesson on Hawaii’s legal history, including the period after the Japanese attack in 1941 when Martial Law was declared in Hawaii. Guests viewed a film about that period in the adjoining theater and were escorted by the staff through the museum displays and the original courtroom. Shuji Abe of Takumi Catering provided the delicious food and drinks, which were generously sponsored by three corporate members.
This time, the 5:01 was a joint event with the Consular Corps of Hawaii, with 18 members attending to include Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo of Japan, Dean of the Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka Ms. Kusuma Cooray, and visiting Ambassador of Hungary Balazs Bokor heading the list.
The evening began with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald welcoming the crowd and relating the history of Aliiolani Hale. Completed in 1874, Aliiolani Hale (House of the Heavenly King in Hawaiian, one of the names given to Kamehameha) was the seat of government of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Republic of Hawaii until the Legislature was moved to Iolani Palace across the street after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893. Chief Justice Recktenwald added that the hit TV series Hawaii Five-0, which depicts the building as its headquarters, has brought greater focus and attention to the building. The Chief Justice also acknowledged the work JASH has done to bring greater understanding between Hawaii and Japan and in providing disaster relief to Japan after the tragic events of March 11, 2011. Afterwards, the guests were conducted on a tour of the historic building. It was a wonderful evening of camaraderie and learning about the history of Hawaii and its legal heritage.
JASH would like to thank sponsors Sachi Braden of Sachi Hawaii-Pacific Century Properties, James Stanton of the Stanton Law Group, and Alan Fujimoto of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel law firm for sponsoring this event and donating funds for the food and drink service provided by Takumi Catering.
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