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UH Law School Surf Club holding 14th Annual North Shore Barbecue

Lawyers to hit the surf

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cynthia Quinn, (808) 956-6545
Director of Communications
Posted: Mar 11, 2009

The only law school with an official law student surf club organization in the nation, Na Loio O Heʻe Nalu, will hold its 14th Annual North Shore Barbecue on Saturday, March 14, 2009, from 1 - 8 p.m. at Chun‘s Reef, North Shore for all law school alumni, students and ʻohana.

Started informally in the 1980s, Na Loio O Heʻe Nalu, Hawaiian for "Lawyers of the Surf," was made an official William S. Richardson student organization in 1999 by then co-directors, alums Maile Shimabukuro and Mark Tarone. Before joining the club, Shimabukuro expected her time in law school to be filled with nothing but books and papers. Through Na Loio O Heʻe Nalu, she gained an appreciation for the ocean and continues to surf today.

"The whole focus of the club was to try to expose lawyers and law students to the environment," said Shimabukuro, who, since her graduation from the UHM law school in 2000, has become the state representative for the Waiʻanae-Makaha area.

In 2006, the club hosted a "Land Shark Surf Meet" with approximately 60 lawyers, among whom were visiting during the 2006 American Bar Association convention that was taking place at the same time.

Plenty of tents and grills will be provided for the potluck barbecue. The event promises to be a fun event with plenty of sun, surf, soulful music and plenty of smiles. A sunset musical performance is set from 5 — 7 p.m. by Kawika Kahiapo, 2007 Na Hoku Songwriter of the Year and 2007 Na Hoku Group of the Year (Kaukahi). This annual event was made possible through the generosity of donations by LexisNexis, the Young Lawyer‘s Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Haleiwa Surf n Sea and the Na Loio Heʻe Nalu. For more information, contact Mark Taron at 587-7930 or email at

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