The Hawaii Judiciary got a jump start in celebrating National Judicial Outreach Week with its first event on February 28, 2020. A group of librarians toured the new Keahuolu Courthouse, located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Court Librarian Lisa Rosile has the best workspace on the third floor with picture windows facing the Pacific Ocean. If you have binoculars, you may be able to see whales in the distance. Wild goats have been seen in the perimeter of the public parking lot. This is the backdrop for preserving the rule of law and educating the public about the third co-equal branch of government, the Judiciary.
“National Judicial Outreach Week, celebrated from March 1-10, 2020, is a great opportunity for the Judiciary to enhance public trust and confidence in the court system, and promote understanding of the rule of law,” said Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. “By engaging with the public outside of a formal courtroom setting, judges can provide a unique opportunity to share not only the importance of a fair and impartial court system, but the programs and services that the courts provide, and the work they do on a daily basis. I am grateful to the members of the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association for volunteering their time for this event, and understand that sessions included all Maui judges, judges from Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island. I encourage others who may be interested to please contact the court to arrange a session.”
There are 73 state court judges in Hawaii, 42 males, and 31 female judges. Each day, more than 30,000 judges across the United States of America ensure our nation is ruled by laws.