Larry Nakano served as the Judges Chair of the Miss Hawaii Organization for twenty-five years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Hawaii where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California San Francisco Hastings College of the Law. His thirty-five year career in law included government service as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii as well as in private practice as the Legal Manager for the Honolulu office of a national insurance company, and as a law partner in Hawaii’s largest insurance defense firm. He left the field of law for the privilege of undertaking his most rewarding role, that of a full-time caregiver for his mother. He currently serves on the Auxiliary Council of Kuakini Health Systems.
Larry is raising funds for the Lung Association because he believes each person needs to take responsibility for improving the lives of others. As a child of a heavy smoker, he personally witnessed the effects of poor health choices. "We need to take steps to insure that people of all ages are fully informed of the best way for them to live rewarding and healthy lives."