Scot Matayoshi was selected as the 2009 Distinguished Peacemaker Award recipient for his dedication to guiding Hawaii’s youth toward promoting nonviolence.
While a Teach for America corps member from 2006 to 2009, Matayoshi began a Peacemakers Club at Nanakuli High and Intermediate Schools after picking the minds of colleagues at Waipahu and Aiea High Schools. He sought to curb fighting and make students aware that their actions affect the way the rest of the island views and treats their community. Members of the club wear yellow wristbands to identify themselves. It shows others that they have done some soul-searching to decide between what’s right and wrong.
Prior to his current position at Schlack Ito, Scot spent five years as a civil litigator in Hawaii. While attending the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, Scot was a member of the Jessup moot court team, competing internationally. Prior to law school, he spent three years teaching middle school science in Nanakuli, while simultaneously earning a Master of Education degree from the University of Hawaii.
Scott is a Board Member for the Domestic Violence Action Center and for the Malama Honua Public Charter School Foundation. He also serves on the Kailua Neighborhood Board as the chair of the Government and Community Services subcommittee. He is a former Oahu Director of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Pacific Century Fellows class of 2016. In his free time, he is an active member of his karate dojo, where he is a blackbelt.
cum laudeM.Ed, College of Education, University of Hawaii, 2008
B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 2006