HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mark Recktenwald, Hawaii's next chief justice, is a diehard Chicago Cubs baseball fan who jokes his team is having a "bad century."
He runs and swims for exercise. He loves pasta, UH football and music with a beat.
"Rock, Black Eyed Peas, whatever, you name it. I got things I listen to for my kids, things I listen to from way back when," he said.
Recktenwald, 54, soon takes the gavel as leader on the state's Supreme Court, taking over for retired Chief Justice Ronald Moon.
He has big shoes to fill.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I assume I would be a judge or have this opportunity to be the chief justice," he said.
Recktenwald's climb up the career ladder started as a reporter with United Press International.
"I think it was a great experience to help make me better as a judge because I got to write, write accurately, write fast. Those were great skills to have to learn early in my career," he said.
Recktenwald said the best things to happen to him are his wife and their three children.
The best advice came from a co-worker years ago.
"His highest praise that he ever had to say about somebody was, 'His word is good.' I've always tried to make everything I do sort of follow that ideal," he said.
As chief justice Recktenwald will oversee 1,800 employees. He won't change his style.
"Be the person you've been all along. Do the things that you've done all along. Hold true to the values you've had all along. And things will turn out if you do that," he said.
As for the UH Warriors, he was glued to the game against USC.
"I thought our team played great. It makes me optimistic for the season," Recktenwald said.
His season of change is just beginning.