Arthur S.K. Fong has lived “a life that matters” – in the words of one of his favorite poems. During a half-century as an attorney in private practice, prosecutor, Circuit Court judge and attorney general in the territory and state of Hawaii, Art Fong has made an indelible mark on his community.
After earning a law degree and a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan, this grandson of Chinese immigrants went on to distinguish himself in the legal profession, imposing strict standards of professionalism upon himself and those around him. As a confidant to such leaders as Governors William F. Quinn, John A. Burns and George R. Ariyoshi, he helped guide the Islands into statehood and through the challenging years that followed.