Taking Care of Our Community

Damon Key’s Commitment to Community Service Dates Back Over 60 Years!

Community service has been the foundation of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert since its formation in 1963. Two very different people with diverse backgrounds and interests, Frank Damon and Henry Shigekane, set lofty principles that continue to guide the Firm today. Both founders were committed to giving back to the community. Frank was more the face of the firm in the community, as Henry supported causes more quietly.

Frank was an ardent supporter of education-related causes such as Punahou School and Mid-Pacific Institute. His contribution to Punahou School included creating its Foundation for Study in Hawaii and Abroad, an exchange and travel program under which students could broaden their cultural horizons through first-hand experiences. Ties to Mid-Pacific go back to Frank’s grandparents, who were instrumental in the formation of what was then called Mills School, which served mostly Chinese boys. Mills School eventually merged with Okamura School and the Kawaiaha‘o Seminary to form Mid-Pacific Institute. Both Frank and his grandfather were trustees of Mid-Pacific, as well as Damon Key Director, Kenneth Kupchak, who served as Chair.

In 1892, Frank’s grandparents formed the Kindergarten Children’s Aid Association (with Mother Rice) for Chinese boys. The organization today is known as KCAA Preschools of Hawaii, which provides preschool education to the children of all ethnicities. Frank has also been involved with organizations such as Sun Yat Sen Foundation, Palolo Chinese Home, First Chinese Church, and Kapiolani Hospital, now called the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

The founders of Damon Key were actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations throughout the island and that commitment to community continues today. The principles, characteristics, values, drive, and spirit of the Founders is reflected in a new generation at the firm. The Founders set the tone and the successors have followed their leadership. Today, the composition of the Firm continues to be notably diverse, as is its community engagement.

In addition to being active as Board members and chairs of sub-committees for the Hawaii State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Damon Key lawyers have served within the following organizations:

  • Access to Justice
  • Aloha United Way
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • Blue Planet Foundation’s Young Professional Ambassador Board
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
  • Cornell University Class President and Law School Alumni Executive Committee
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer program to help abused & neglected Hawaii children
  • Easter Seals Hawaii
  • Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friends of Lyon Arboretum
  • Goodwill Contract Services Hawaii
  • Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
  • HSBA Appellate Pro Bono Program
  • HSBA Legal Line Hotline
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy Alum Association
  • Hawaii Coffee Association
  • Hawaii Community Service Council
  • Hawaii Foodbank
  • Hawaii Lacrosse Club
  • Hawaii Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Hawaii Nature Center
  • Hawaii Public Radio
  • Hawaii Speech League
  • Hawaii State Judiciary, Kids First Hawaii Program
  • Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association
  • Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjinkai
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • I’m A Bright Kid Foundation
  • Japan-America Society of Hawaii
  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
  • Japanese Women’s Society Foundation
  • KCAA Preschools of Hawaii
  • Kailua Neighborhood Board
  • Kapena School of Music and Creative Expression
  • Kamehameha Schools Speech & Debate, Coaching
  • King Kamehemeha V – Judiciary History Center
  • League of Women Voters
  • Lyon Arboretum
  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii
  • Mid Pacific Institute
  • Ohu Ohu Koolau
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Palolo Chinese Home
  • Pan Pacific Festival
  • Punahou School
  • St. Ann School, Kaneohe, School Board of Education
  • United Japanese Society of Hawaii
  • Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
  • Waialae Country Club, contributes to charitable causes through the Friends of Hawaii Charities in connection with the Sony Open in Hawaii
Damon Key was honored by the Hawaii Supreme Court for its work at the Access to Justice Room at Honolulu District Court.
KCAA Board of Trustees Resolution recognizing Frank Damon for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the young children of the State of Hawaii.
Damon Key celebrated their 40th Anniversary with service to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
Damon Key celebrated their 60th anniversary with more than 70 employees, family and friends gathered on June 24th to volunteer at the Honolulu Zoo.
Damon Key was recognized by the Hawaii State Legislature for participation in the Access to Justice program.
Damon Key celebrated their 50th Anniversary with service to Lyon Arboretum.
Tred Eyerly and Casey Miyashiro were recognized by The United States District Court, District of Hawaii in recognition of their service on the Pro Bono Panel.
The 32nd House of Representatives recognized Damon Key for their professional commitment and dedication to the access to justice ideals by generously adopting the Honolulu District Court Access to Justice Room for one month.
Damon Key partners Christine Kubota and Michael Yoshida present a check to the Hawaii Food Bank as part of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s fundraiser.
The House of Representatives congratulated Damon Key on their 40th anniversary and thanked them for their many contributions to the State.
Continuing our commitment to community, Damon Key is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Access to Justice Self-Help Center at the Honolulu District Court. We were recently recognized with a certificate from the 31st Hawaii State Legislature, 2022