Transportation Assistance Needed to Bring Filipino Vets to Congressional Gold Medal Presentation on May 6, 2018


HFLA Members,

We are still looking for help with transporting veterans and their families to and from the Congressional Gold Medal Presentation this Sunday, May 6, 2018.  If you are willing to assist with transportation (even if it is just one way), please call or text Rob Vasquez at 858-776-0266 and leave your full name and number so that he may contact you.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Also, due to overwhelming interest, a new location and time have been announced for the ceremony.  Please see below, as well as the attachment, for details:



5:00 p.m. Registration

6:30 p.m. Program

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Coral Ballroom


Legal Clinic Volunteers Needed for 26th Annual Filipino Fiesta


HFLA is once again co-sponsoring the legal clinic at the 26th Annual Filipino Fiesta at Kakaʻako Gateway Parks on Saturday, May 52018 with the HSBA Young Lawyers Division.  We are looking for volunteers for our legal clinic booth to educate the public through free legal information. Please pass along this message to friends and colleagues who might be interested and encourage them to sign up!

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Kakaʻako Gateway Parks
(please note the change in location from previous years)

Legal clinic shifts:
2 volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
2 volunteers from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
2 volunteers from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here for the volunteer sign-up sheet.

Further instructions will be sent out to volunteers as the date of the Fiesta approaches.  We highly urge your participation, as this event has provided a lot of positivity from the legal community, the Filipino community and the public at large.

If you have any questions about the Fiesta or Clinic, please contact Voltaire Gansit (, Ashley Labasan (, or Radji Tolentino (,  

For more information about this year's Filipino Fiesta, click here.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Advocates Needed for Legislative Session 2018


HFLA actively participates in the State of Hawaii Legislative Session by drafting testimony in in response to proposed legislation that could effect the Filipino Community.  If here are particular bills that you believe should be of interest to HFLA and its members or if you would like to participate in the submission of testimony, please email

Volunteers Needed to Staff the Access to Justice Room

HFLA proudly supports the "Access to Justice Room",  a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, the Hawaii State Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Support from the AmeriCorps Program is also provided. 

The Access to Justice Room is staffed by a volunteer attorney (from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and an AmeriCorps representative (from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) who can help self-represented litigants with short-term legal advice on civil matters related to landlord tenant cases, collection cases, and temporary restraining order cases (which involve non-family members or parties who are not now, or have not been, in a dating relationship). Members of the public needing more assistance than what can be obtained from the District Court Service Center will be referred to the Access to Justice Room.

HFLA is committed to staffing the Access to Justice Room with its members during the month of July.  If you would like to volunteer for a shift, please send an email to