2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Judge Hayashi was appointed full time to the District Court bench in November 1990. She currently serves as the lead
criminal judge. Prior to her appointment she was a partner with Rush, Moore, Craven, Kim & Stricklin handling complex
civil litigation and was also the Executive Director of Hawaii Lawyers Care (now Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii).
She serves on numerous national and local committees and charitable organizations including the Disciplinary
Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation, the Hawaii Justice Foundation, the Hawaii State
Bar Association’s Committees on Professionalism, Civics Education and Technology. She has recently been appointed to a three year
term on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Public Education and is a Director on the National Council of Lawyer
Disciplinary Boards. For the past 18 years she has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College. Judge Hayashi received her BA with distinction from Stanford University and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. She also graduated from Leilehua High School.
Judge Hayashi has received numerous awards for her judicial service. She is the 2012 recipient of the Hawaii Women Lawyers Judicial
Achievement Award. She also received the Judicial Innovation Award from the Hawaii Friends of Justice & Civic Education in 2011
and was the 2003 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, National Conference of Specialized Court Judges
Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award, given to the nation’s outstanding judge.
She is married to Alan Van Etten, an attorney. Her older Justin is an attorney working for Ropes & Gray in Boston. Taylor, her
younger son, is finishing his senior year at Boston University where he is majoring in physics and computer science. Judge Hayashi’s
night time job is writing and she has published eight children’s books. Her website is: http://fablesfromthefriends.com