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Hawaii Trusts

  • Kailua-Kona Public Library 75-138 Hualalai Road Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740 United States (map)

It’s possible to use a will or a trust to say who you want to receive your property after your death.  But wills accomplish little more than that limited goal.  

Local estate planning attorney John Roth will explain how trusts can sometimes be used to accomplish additional goals, such as avoiding the probate process, protecting property in the event of a lawsuit or the divorce of a loved one, minimizing taxes and reducing the chances of disputes following a person’s death.  

John will illustrate some of his points with “real” stories about trusts set up by Princess Pauahi and Queen Liliu‘okalani, as well as a “reel” story from the movie, The Descendants.

The best time to plan is when there is no need to do so.  This program will include basic estate planning strategies to minimize disharmony within your family during, and after, your lifetime.


John Roth, Attorney & MBA

Topics Covered

  • What is a trust?
  • How do trusts work?
  • In what situations are trusts useful?
  • Hawaii Trust stories - Princess Pauahi Bishop and Queen Liliu‘okalani
  • Q & A


This presentation is open to the public. For directions and more information, please call the Kona Library at (808) 327-4327 or Hawaii Trust & Estate Counsel at (808) 334-3343.

The above photo was taken at Kahua Ranch, on the Big Island of Hawaii. 


Earlier Event: February 7
Will vs. Trust
Later Event: March 14
Basic Estate Planning