Forever Young: Lawrence Okinaga
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Lawrence Okinaga isn't just one of the best legal minds in the state, he's a tireless worker who always finds the time to help others. After more than three decades on the job, Okinaga is still one of the earliest to arrive at his downtown office building.
"I usually get up at 4:30 in the morning i read the paper, cook breakfast and come here as early as I can" said Okinaga.
Okinaga has been a member of several legal committees here in Hawaii. He was acting chair of the Judicial Selection Commission and the Commission on Judicial Conduct. Then he was selected to be president of the American Judicature Society, a national organization.
"The goals are to promote the highest standard of ethics for judges, minimizing the role of politics in judicial selection."
Despite his 50 hour-a-week schedule, Okinaga still makes time to meet and greet and mentor many of Carlsmith Ball's employees every day.
"He's easy to work with, he's just a really pleasant fellow and hard worker" said senior partner Tom Van Winkle.
Outside the office, he helps organizations such as the Salvation Army, and the Aloha United Way. He is also a huge supporter of the Great Aloha Run, sponsoring any of the firms employees willing to lace up their sneakers and pound the pavement.
"I also enjoy now the opportunity to give back to the community, I've served on several charitable boards, that help the less fortunate" said Okinaga.
Between his daily lunches with clients and functions at night, the McKinley High and University of Hawaii grad still manages to visit the Nuuanu YMCA for a workout.
"I work out on the exercise bike and swim whenever I can, and work in the yard on Sundays."
Looking ahead there might be only one thing that could slow this man down.
"Once the clients stop coming, that's when I know I need to retire."