Karen Nakasone

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Karen Nakasone
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Court Information:
O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii
Title:   Judge
Position:   22nd Division
Appointed by:   Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Approval vote:   Hawaii Senate: 22-0
Active:   2011-2021
Preceded by:   Sabrina S. McKenna
Past post:   Deputy Public Defender
Past term:   1996-2011
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Bryn Mawr College
Law School:   Boston University School of Law

Karen Nakasone is a judge on the O`ahu First Circuit Court in Hawaii. She was nominated by Governor Neil Abercrombie in August 2011 to succeed Sabrina S. McKenna. The nomination was confirmed by the Hawaii Senate, by a vote of 22-0. Nakasone's term will expire on October 31, 2021.[1][2][3]


Nakasone received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. [4]


From 1996 until her appointment, Nakasone was a Deputy Public Defender in Honolulu. Before that, she was a law clerk for Simeon Acoba.[4]

Awards and associations


  • 2009 Best Lawyers under 40, Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2008 Pacific Century Fellow


  • Arbitrator, Court Annexed Arbitration Program
  • Board of Directors, Hawaii Women Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Board of Bar Examiners
  • Board of Directors, Hawaii Chapter, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Past President, Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu Chapter

See also

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