Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (D, Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau) offers his heartfelt condolences to the family of former Federal Judge Alfred Laureta, who passed away on November 16, 2020 at the age of 96.
Judge Laureta was the first Filipino American to be a United State Federal Judge, the first Filipino American to be a state court judge, and the first Filipino American to head a state executive cabinet agency. After retiring from the bench, Judge Laureta continued his public service through active volunteering and community involvement.
“Hawaii has lost a true living treasure who refused to be limited by circumstances or situation. Judge Laureta had the courage and resolve to rise above societal norms and achieved excellence in all aspects of his professional career, from Department of Labor Director to Federal Judge to KIUC director,” said Senate President Kouchi.