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2015 Annual Meeting, Brown Bags, Updates

December 2015 - RPFSS Annual Meeting

The Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association held its Annual Meeting and buffet lunch from Noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Plaza Club, Crown Room, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor. Followed by an optional tour for those who register.


We are pleased to inform you that our guest speaker will be Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED® AP BD+C, at HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, and Joe Ferraro, co-founder of Ferraro Choi and Associates, a leading sustainable design architectural, interior design and research firm.

Mr. Woolford, together with Mr. Ferraro, designed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center at Pearl Harbor. The LEED Gold sustainable design is the most environmentally innovative national historic landmark in the United States. It involves significant adaptive reuse of two historic World War II era aircraft hangars, drawing inspiration from the ecology of Hawaii. The building’s sustainable features include a skylight diffuser system that virtually eliminates the need for artificial light during the day and a gray water capturing system that flushes toilets and irrigates the native landscaping. Honolulu’s first Passive Cooling system eliminates the need for conventional mechanical cooling and air conveyance. A hydronic system pulls water from deep below the seabed into chilled coils atop the roof of the building. There, the prevailing sea breezes pass over these cool coils and create a system of natural ventilation that drops the cooled, fresh air supply into vertical “thermal chimneys” and through a displacement system of raised floors. The result is a building that ventilates its public and private spaces using no mechanical fans and using 100 percent outside air.


For those who are interested, we have arranged a group tour of the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center following the Annual Meeting.

November 2015 - Litigation Update

Come find out about the real estate and land use cases that were decided by the courts in 2015 with presenters Greg Kugle and Mark M. Murakami of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert.

September 2015 - Land Court Update & Professor David Callies on Surfrider Foundation v. Zoning Board of Appeals, City and County of Honolulu

Come find out what’s new with Land Court with Lorrin Hirano of Title Guaranty of Hawaii, Inc., Mark K. Murakami of Carlsmith Ball LLP, and Bureau of Conveyances Registrar Nicki Ann Thompson.

VIDEO of Land Court Update Brown Bag, which includes Professor David Callies’ discussion on the Hawaii Supreme Court’s September 23, 2015 decision in Surfrider Foundation v. Zoning Board of Appeals, City and County of Honolulu (FYI Professor Callies’ discussion starts around minute 59).

June 2015 Brown Bag


U.S. Department of Commerce, through the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) now requires certain U.S. entities to file annual reports of foreign direct investments into the USA through the BE-13 Survey.

The purpose of this filing is to (1) Measure the amount of new foreign investment in the United States and (2) identify new U.S. entities that meet additional reporting criteria for benchmark, annual and quarterly surveys of foreign direct investment.

Do your clients need to file?

Come learn more. Presentation by Kekoa Keiley, Esq., Chun Kerr LLP.

May 2015 – Brown Bag

What Can We Learn From General Counsel?

Hear from top real estate attorneys and developers, Erika Strawn, Esq., Senior Assistant General Counsel, The Howard Hughes Corporation; Ed Case, Esq., Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group; and Cameron Nekota, Esq., Vice President, D.R. Horton – Schuler Division.

What do our developer clients (business people and general counsel) want from outside counsel? What business pressures do they face, and how can we better satisfy their needs?

April 2015 – Brown Bag

HAR Commercial Lease Form and Addenda

Lori K. Amano, Esq. of Cades Schutte, LLP

March 2015 – Brown Bag

Low Income Housing Tax Credits

Come learn about the mysterious and alluring world of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Our expert panel presentation will be by Craig Hirai, Esq., Executive Director of HHFDC, Darren Ueki, HHFDC Finance Manager, and our own, Section member Jon Pang, Esq., author of the Real Estate Manual chapter on Affordable Housing and Governmental Programs.

February 2015 – Update

Colliers International’s Outlook for Hawaii 2015

Colliers International’s Outlook for Hawaii, 2015 was presented by Scott Mitchell, Executive Vice President & Division Manager, Michael Y. Hamasu, Director of Consulting and Research, Karen Birkett, Vice President Office and Investment Division, Nathan Fong, Vice President Retail and Investment Division, and Bill Froelich, Vice President Industrial and Investment Services Division.


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