Craig Nakamura entered our class in first grade. He stayed with us until tenth grade when he left for and later graduated from Iolani in 1974. Despite his “defection,” Craig retains warm ties to our class in many ways.
Craig Nakamura was sworn in on September 16 as the Chief Judge on the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals. He had been unanimously approved for this post by the State Senate.
Before this recent appointment, Craig had been serving as an Associate Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals since 2004. He was an assistant U.S. attorney from 1986 to 2004 as well as a former director of the Hawaii State Bar Association. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and graduated with disctinction from the University of Hawaii where he was a member of the Phi Betta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
At his swearing in were several members of the Punahou Class of 1974. Enjoying the ceremony along with Gaye Miyasaki were classmates (pictured here in this order) Larry Tong, Alton Komori, Ken Sumida, Curtis Tom, (Craig), Bert Takushi and Ken Matsui. As reported by Gaye Miyasaki, “It was a nice ceremony. Chief Justice Moon presided. Governor Lingle spoke as well as some others.”
Craig credits his entry into public service to both his mother, a social worker, and to his wife of 23 years, Lisa, about whom he says is “the rock upon which his family is built.”
Congratulations and good luck with your new position, Craig!