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Speaking for the Voiceless

Paul Alston strives to preserve access to justice in Hawaii

Paul Alston, a former president of the Hawaii State Bar Association and current director of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (AHFI), Hawaii’s fourth-largest law firm, was, at one time, a full-time surfer. As a teenager, he and three friends vowed to move to Hawaii as soon as they graduated from high school in Los Angeles. One by one, his friends abandoned the plan, but Alston, then 17 and determined to get to the Aloha State, persisted. “I graduated on a Friday and was in the water by Tuesday …

Practicing in Paradise

Sure, their offices may be surrounded by sugar sand and swaying palms, but when it’s time to head to court, these lawyers mean business

On islands bathed in sunshine, cooled by plumeria-scented trade winds and ribboned by golden beaches, who wants to sit in an office reviewing a breach-of-contract appeal? Paradise it may be, but for Hawaii attorneys, this is the real world, complete with lawsuits and courtrooms. For them, the Aloha State is not only a great place to live, but the ideal environment for practicing law. In a state with fewer than 1.3 million people, the legal population is also small. That means closer, more …

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