I've been honored to receive several awards during my legal and writing career.  In August 2003, I received the American Bar Association's Franklin N. Flashner Award given to the nation's outstanding judge in a court of limited jurisdiction.  In 2012, Hawaii Women Lawyers awarded me the Outstanding Judicial Achievement Award. 

In 2011 I received the inaugural Judicial Innovative Award from the Hawai`i Friends of Justice and Civic Education.  In 2005, the Hawaii State Bar Association's Diversity and Equality Committee awarded me the first Outstanding leadership for Diversity in the Legal Profession. 

My writing awards started by winning a Honolulu Magazine Writing contest followed by several Po`okela Awards. 

But the award I cherish the most is the Badge of Honor Award given to me by my son Taylor for surviving helping him put together his Science Fair project in seventh grade.


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Photo of the late Bob Krauss and me at the Po`okela Awards (Hawaii Book Publishing Awards)

Kerlan Award recipient allowing me to study the vast collection of children book writers and illustrators.

Hawai`i's Junior Miss 1972: Above: Surrounded by family after being crowned

Left: Arriving in Mobile, Alabama

National Judicial College: Hall of Honor recipient for teaching 20 years


Hawaii Justice Foundation, Board Member, Grant Committee member
Olelo, Secretary 2019, Board Member, Program and Marketing Committee member



American Bar Association
Hawaii State Bar Association
Hawaii Women Lawyers
The Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation
Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators
National League of American Pen Women