What do you do if you need legal services but can’t afford it? Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii provides services as part of the safety net system in Hawaii that can make a difference for those who are at the brink of poverty and those who are struggling to come out of poverty.
Established in 1981 as a not-for profit legal service provider dedicated to ensuring access to civil legal services for low income individuals and families, Last year it served over 2,100 individuals and families through volunteer attorneys and law students.
Legal issues ranged from child support and custody, adoptions, estate planning, securing veterans benefits, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Executive Director Michelle Acosta says the organization depends on the generosity of the community to continue serving individuals and families who need access to quality services to help them understand and resolve legal issues affecting basic living necessities in Hawaii.
The fundraiser will be what Acosta calls pau hana style featuring pupus prepared by Chef Mike Kealoha of Highway Inn, serving up Hawaiian food since 1947, with an emphasis on using locally raised ingredients.
A few of the dishes at the event include:
Ho`io and Ho Farms Tomato Salad: This is made with fiddlehead ferns and local-grown tomatoes from Ho Farms. Ho`io is also called pohole or warabi.
Braised Grass-Fed Hawai’i Beef with `Uala Mash and Lu`au Cream Sauce: This is kind of a localized take on meat and potatoes with locally raised beef and sweet potato mash.
Smoke Meat & `Ewa Onion Lettuce Wraps: More local flavors, with the smoke meat and onions, but presented more elegantly, and some fresh veggies.
There will also be wine tasting, a silent auction, and of music by Maika Pu`u Wai.
If you want a sneak peek of the silent auction items, visit its Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/vlshawaii) or Twitter @vlshawaii.
This fundraiser is on September 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Highway Inn at 680 Ala Moana Blvd., #105 in Kaka’ako. Tickets are $75 per person. Tickets are available by calling Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii at (808) 522-0678 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.