August 14, 2023  |  News

Cades Schutte and the Cades Foundation Each Donates $35,000 in Support of Maui Wildfire Relief

Branches And Hanging Roots Of Giant Banyan Tree Growing On Famous Pipiwai Trail On Maui, Hawaii

In response to the devastation caused by wildfires across Maui, the law firm of Cades Schutte LLP, together with its attorneys and staff have donated $36,630 to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. The donation is a combination of $25,000 from the firm, in addition to $11,630 of personal donations by Cades Schutte attorneys and staff. The firm’s attorneys also will be volunteering their time to participate in Legal Lines, a free resource organized by the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, and others, to provide legal information to those affected by the fires. In addition, Cades Schutte is collaborating with clients to gather and send food, clothing, bedding, and other supplies to Maui.

Separately, The Cades Foundation, a non-profit corporation, has committed to donate $25,000 to the Maui Strong Fund, and an additional $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Hawaii, which is providing shelters with information, meals, charging stations, relief supplies, and health services. “The Cades Foundation is proud to unite with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Red Cross of Hawaii in sending our support to the people of Maui who very much need our help now,” said E. Gunner Schull, President and Director of the Cades Foundation.

“We are grieving the loss of friends and neighbors, and we are heartsick at the destruction that the wildfires have caused on our beautiful island,” said Rick Kiefer, resident partner of the firm’s Kahului office. “While we know there is a long road to recovery, we are grateful that so many have come together to help our ‘ohana at this time of need.”

The donation is just a part of Cades Schutte’s unwavering commitment to help the communities it serves. “We mourn with everyone who has lost loved ones and livelihoods. By joining forces with local and national organizations, we hope to make a difference and contribute to the recovery process,” said Nathan T. Okubo, a member of Cades Schutte’s Management Committee. “As we move forward, we will be working with our Kahului office as well as community leaders and charitable organizations to find other ways of giving support where it is needed most.”

The wildfires, which, raced through Maui from last Tuesday, are now the nation’s deadliest in the last century, and many people are in need of support. Please visit the Hawai‘i Community Foundation website here for further information or to donate.

About the Maui Strong Fund

Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s “Maui Strong Fund” is an initiative that was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The fund is currently being used to support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.

About Cades Schutte LLP

Cades Schutte is a full-service law firm with over 80 attorneys, providing superior service in over 40 practice and industry areas from our main office in Honolulu and offices in Kahului, Kona, Līhu‘e, and Waimea. Since the founding of our firm in 1922, Cades Schutte attorneys have been called on to serve as counsel in some of the most notable cases and transactions in the State of Hawai‘i.

Cades Schutte offers a wide range of corporate and personal legal services with an emphasis on business counseling. The firm is proud to serve local, national, and international clients, and regularly handles estate planning, tax, real estate, finance, and civil litigation matters.

Cades Schutte is organized into four departments—Finance, Real Estate, and Corporate; Litigation; Tax; and Trusts and Estates—but departmental lines are fluid. Cades Schutte attorneys from different departments routinely collaborate on projects to benefit the firm’s clients.  This approach provides a full array of the firm’s expertise and experience.

The firm has adopted a democratic style of management in which the strategic direction and vision for the firm are developed by its partners, and headed up by its Management Committee.

About the Cades Foundation

The Cades Foundation was founded in 1991 by Cades Schutte LLP partners and brothers Russell and Milton Cades, as a non-profit corporation independent of the firm. Its mission is to support efforts that promote innovation in academics, medicine, and the arts, the improvement of the legal profession, and the promotion of justice in the State of Hawaiʻi.

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