Born in Hawaii, Frank was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 1954. He practiced for five years as an associate attorney at the then Honolulu law firm of Smith, Wild, Beebe & Cades.
In 1959, following Hawaii’s admission to Statehood, Frank served as Administrative Assistant to Hawaii’s new Senator, Hiram L. Fong, in Washington, D.C. Upon his return to Honolulu three years later, Governor William F. Quinn appointed Frank to a cabinet post as Director of Labor and Industrial Relations.
A year later, he returned to private law practice and in 1963, founded the law firm of Damon & Shigekane, the predecessor of our firm today.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Hawaii State Bar Association (President, 1968)
- Kindergarten and Children’s Aid Association (KCCA) (Trustee, 2000 – 2007)
- Mid-Pacific Institute (Trustee, 2002 – 2007)
- Punahou School (Trustee, 1973-2001; Chairman of the Board, 1998-2001)
- Sun Yat-Sen Hawaii Foundation (Vice President, 1997-present)
- University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law (Wills and Trusts), Adjunct Professor (1982-1985)
- Wo International Center, Punahou School (Board of Advisers 1990-present)
- Punahou School Alumni Association O in Life Award (2009)
- C. Frederick Schutte Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Community and the Profession (Hawaii State Bar Association 1998)
- Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (1991)
- United States Navy (1944-1946)