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United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
(D. Haw.)
Hawaii Locator Map.PNG
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established March 18, 1959
Judges assigned 4
Chief judge Susan Oki Mollway
Official site

The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (in case citations, D. Haw.) is the principal trial court of the United States Federal Court System in the state of Hawaii. It is located at the Prince Kuhio Federal Building in downtown Honolulu, fronting the Aloha Tower and Honolulu Harbor. The court hears both civil and criminal cases as a court of both law and equity. A branch of the district court is the United States Bankruptcy Court which also has chambers in the federal building. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over cases coming out of the District of Hawaii (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).


Current Judges

  • As of June 30, 2009, a vacancy exists in the District of Hawaii after the decision of Chief Judge Helen W. Gillmor to assume senior status. No replacement nomination is pending at this time.
# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
10 Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway Honolulu 1950 1998–present 2009–present Clinton
8 District Judge David Alan Ezra Honolulu 1947 1988–present 1999–2005 Reagan
11 District Judge John Michael Seabright Honolulu 1959 2005–present G.W. Bush
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
3 Senior District Judge Samuel Pailthorpe King Honolulu 1916 1972–1984 1974–1984 1984–present Nixon
7 Senior District Judge Alan Cooke Kay Honolulu 1932 1986–2000 1991–1999 2000–present Reagan
9 Senior District Judge Helen W. Gillmor Honolulu 1942 1994–2009 2005–2009 2009–present Clinton

Current Magistrate Judges

  • Barry M. Kurren
  • Leslie E. Kobayashi
  • Kevin S.C. Chang

Former Judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Term as Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Tavares, Cyrus NilsCyrus Nils Tavares HI 1902–1976 1960[1]–1972 1960–1961 1972–1976 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
2 Pence, MartinMartin Pence HI 1904–2000 1961–1974 1961–1974 1974–2000 Kennedy, Kennedy retirement
4 Wong, Dick YinDick Yin Wong HI 1920–1978 1975–1978 (none) (none) Ford, Ford death
5 Heen, Walter MeheulaWalter Meheula Heen HI 1928–present 1981[2] (none) (none) Carter, Carter recess appointment not confirmed by United States Senate
6 Fong, Harold MichaelHarold Michael Fong HI 1938–1995 1982–1995 1984–1991 (none) Reagan, Reagan death


  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 10, 1961, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 21, 1961, and received commission on September 22, 1961.
  2. ^ Recess appointment made by President Carter; President Ronald Reagan later withdrew the nomination before the United States Senate could act.

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