Introduction to Adam R. Chang: Immigration Of-Counsel

Immigration law book and gavel

Immigration and the U.S.A.

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The USA is a multiethnic nation due to its diverse set of immigrants.









People come to the United States for a variety of reasons.  Young students often pursue increased opportunities by enrolling as a student at an American university.  Others long to be reunited with loved ones in their new home country. While, U.S. companies seek to employ the best talent they can find across the globe.

Whatever the reason, many immigrants and visa holders have stress from the ever-changing rules and regulations. They wade through legalese of immigration paperwork. This may be daunting even for those who are proficient in English. Therefore, it can be difficult to immigrate to the U.S.

However, we recognize the contributions immigrants have had on our country, especially both in Hawaii and California and in our own lives. From around the world, immigrants bring their ideas to start businesses, their culture influences our arts, outlooks, and foods, and their spirit adds to the American dream.

So it was an easy decision for Trejur and I to bring on an immigration attorney.  Whether it is trying to bring a skilled worker over for a new company or assisting an individual in navigating the application for citizenship, it was clear that we needed someone with passion and who also cared about the subject matter deeply.

Therefore, join the rest of the Hew & Bordenave team in welcoming our new of-counsel, Adam R. Chang.

Who is Adam?

Adam R. Chang

Adam R. Chang, Immigration Attorney.

Adam graduated from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. Adam is a published writer (see here and here), a vocal diversity proponent and an advocate for under-represented communities.  Adam spends as a Project Director for Social Change Consulting with various immigration and social justice nonprofits.  Before moving to San Francisco, Adam externed with Hawai`i Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna, and was a Human Rights Fellow with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.  Additionally, Adam spent time serving on the Board for the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai`i.


immigration paperwork

There is a lot of paperwork to fill out to immigrate to the U.S.









Given the current state of immigration in the United States you may have questions and concerns. It can be alarming to hear about new regulations or potential changes in the system. Therefore, if you do have questions on immigrating to the United States for you or a loved one, short or long-term visas, or citizenship, consider scheduling an initial consult with Adam. Let him provide the formalities for your immigration needs. You can contact us by clicking this link.

Mahalo and we look forward to assisting you with your immigration needs!



Can You Own a Monkey in Hawaii?

Happy Lunar New Year! It is the year of the Fire Monkey! Supposedly, fortune tellers say it is an ear of market volatility, so it is best to make contingency plans and not monkey around! However, enough punning, this post is about owning a monkey in Hawaii.

*Disclaimer:  This post discusses general legal issues, but does not constitute legal advice in any respect.  No reader should act or refrain from acting based on information contained herein without seeking the advice of counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.  Further, no tax advice is given in this post, and you are urged to seek a tax attorney, accountant, and/or tax professional to help you with your tax and accounting needs. Ryan K. Hew, Attorney At Law, LLLC expressly disclaims all liability in respect to any actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this post.

Happy Lunar New Year!

I hope it shall be a prosperous one for you! To celebrate that this is the year of the Fire Monkey, I decided to do a fun post,  as I am born in the year of the monkey (I am sure you can now guess my age, haha). So for this post, I thought a fun question to answer is one that that comes up and now and then among pet-loving friends: “Can I own a monkey, here in Hawaii?”

The answer is: yes, but . . . 

Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Importation of Animals

As you probably could guess this is a regulated area. So it is not as easy as in you can fly in any monkey you want, then take it home, especially given that Hawaii laws are aimed at preserving nature and preventing invasive species.  Obviously, monkeys are non-native species to the island, so you are you going to have to import one and play by the rules. So none of that “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” shenanigans with the government agents.

To begin with, the importation of non-domestic animals is under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. See HRS 150A-6.2.  Some animals are banned outright, while others are allowable by permit. Monkey importation is allowable by permit but has an extra step. That step being bonding.

I had to use this image for this post. It is a monkey in a suit at a desk with paperwork. I know what people think of attorneys. Further, I think it was apt for this post. Lastly, I paid licensing fees for the image and had to make use of it (don't worry one post I will devote to licensing fees for you graphic designers, photographers, etc . . . but enjoy and laugh! I had to use this image for this post. It is a monkey in a suit at a desk with paperwork. I know what people think of attorneys. Further, I think it was apt for this post. Lastly, I paid licensing fees for the image and had to make use of it (don’t worry one post I will devote to licensing fees for you graphic designers, photographers, etc . . . however, enjoy and laugh!


Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 4-71 and Bonding

We turn to the Department of Agriculture’s Administrative Rules, in particular, Chapter 4-71, as the objective of these rules are to implement HRS Chapter 150A. See HAR 4-71-1.  So what do the specific rules say about monkeys?

If we go to HAR 4-71-6.5, we see that we would need a permit, but more specifically we see in Section (a)(3) that certain animals need the securing of a bond, as specified in 4-71-7.  Scurrying down to HAR 4-71-7(1) it indicates that an applicant (for the permit) shall secure the appropriate bond for:

Monkeys, apes, baboons, chimpanzees, gibbons, lemurs, pottos, wallabies, and any other animal that the board or chairperson may require to be bonded as a condition for importation or possession;

Bonding Procedure and Conditions for Bonding

So how do you get a bond, and are there specific requirements? Well, the Administrative Rules continue from 4-71-7 to 4-71-8, Bonding Procedure and 4-71-9, Conditions for Bonding.  In these two sections, you will see much of the specifics you would need to fulfill to get a bond, which would go with the permit, which would, in turn, allow you to own a monkey.

Of course, even if you meet these requirements, and successfully import and own a monkey, you have to realize you have to comply with all the bond conditions. Failure to do so would mean the Department could seize it, as given their power under HAR 4-7-10.  Interestingly enough, if your monkey were to escape it is your responsibility to recapture it, and you have a week to do so, or else the Department will use its resources to recapture. Additionally, they can sell, ship, donate, or destroy it.  See HAR 4-71-10.

So yes, you can own a monkey here in Hawaii, but it is not a process of monkey see, monkey do like with dogs or cats, but a Department of Agriculture procedure of permitting and bonding.

Mahalo for reading!