Justice Moon Pays Visit To West Rotaries

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - December 30, 2009
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Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon spoke with more than 50 members of West Oahu’s six Rotary clubs last month about the long-awaited Kapolei Court Complex.

The building, which should be completed in the spring, will handle family court cases in a jury courtroom as well as in 12 non-jury courtrooms. A juvenile detention facility that can accommodate 66 youths also will be housed on the property.

“There are no law firms in Kapolei,” said Dan Fullenwider, president of the Rotary Club of Kapolei. “This courthouse is expected to change that. It will have a huge impact in that way. You’ll see law practices and some of the experts that they bring in from family court and things like that - they also will start popping up.”


Moon also showed concern about how the disconnect between students and learning can lead to juvenile delinquency, according to Fullenwider.

“(Moon) made a call to action to people in the community to reach out to the youths and support schools,” he recalled. “He didn’t feel the kids are as interested in education as his generation was. He said when he retires, he will focus on working with the schools to help students stay on the right track.”

The Kapolei Court Complex was designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd. David Bylund, a principal with the firm, pointed out that the building is functional and received artwork thanks to a working relationship with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Artist Doug Young’s water design was selected by the art advisory committee to be highlighted in windows that align with the courtrooms.

“The glass artwork helps demonstrate that it is an important civic building as opposed to something that might be more commercial,” Bylund shared about Young’s piece, which was inspired by the nearby Kapolei waters.

“It is designed in such a way that from the outside when it is daylight, the glass has ripples in it that reflect the light and the sky as it changes. And there’s another layer that’s got all the color, and you can see it at night from the outside, or you see it all day long from the inside. There are different ways you can experience it.”

Planning for the complex began in 1989 and ground broke for construction in 2007. The number of people served at the courthouse will depend on the number of cases brought to court. Jobs will be filled by current judiciary employees.

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