The AJS Annual Meeting & Program was held on December 8, 2022 at the Pacific Club with nearly 80 registered members and guests. Chairman Lawrence Okinaga welcomed everyone and reported on the election of officers and directors as well as a few other operational matters. In order to jumpstart donations to AJS this coming year, he also announced a substantial monetary donation from the Okinaga Ohana Fund to AJS.
The annual program then took place with the keynote address presented by Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court Mark Recktenwald, who reported on the “state of the judiciary” and the continuing effects of COVID on court operations. The presentation by Chief Justice Recktenwald will be posted later on the AJS website.
The 2022 Elections: Impact on the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice was the topic of the presentations by Andy Winer, co-leader of S360, a national consulting firm, and Blake Oshiro, principal of Capitol Consultants. They discussed the federal and state elections and the resulting effects on the judiciary both nationally and locally.
Victoria Marks served as the emcee. At the conclusion of the program, everyone enjoyed the reception that followed.