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Kristin Hamman Sworn-In as Circuit Court Judge on Maui

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Kirstin M. Hamman, Circuit Court Judge of the Second Circuit in Maui County, will serve a term of 10 years, from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 16, 2031. PC: Courtesy Hawaiʻi State Judiciary

The Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court convened in special session today for the swearing-in of the Honorable Kirstin M. Hamman as Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit in Maui County.

A limited number of family, friends, and colleagues gathered in the courtroom at the Hoapili Hale courthouse, where strict health-and-safety measures were required for attendees.  

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office.


Guest speakers were: Maui County Bar Association President Yukari Murakami; Hawaiʻi State Bar Association President Levi K. Hookano; Hawaiʻi State Trial Judges Association President Judge Summer M.M. Kupau-Odo; Judicial Selection Commission Chair Nadine Y. Ando; Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi; and Gov. David Y. Ige.

Judge Kirsin M. Hamman has served as a District Court Judge of the Second Circuit since 2014, first as a per diem judge and then full-time since confirmation in 2018. She has experience in private practice, specializing in family law and special education law, and was also an attorney with the Maui Office of Council Services, the Office of the Public Defender in the Maui office, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi- West Oʻahu and the William S. Richardson School of Law. Judge Hamman is filling the vacancy left by Circuit Judge Rhonda I. Loo, who retired in May 2021.

The ceremony was livestreamed on the Judiciary’s YouTube channel.


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