Bode Uale

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B.A. Political Science, 1979
Family Court Judge,
Hawaii, USA.

Growing up in Laie, Bode Uale developed strong ties with the community. His time in Laie is cherished, and he proudly boasts of his deep Laie roots. His grandfather was a bishop, and as a child, Uale would participate in the local Hukilau to help raise funds for the community budget. When he returned from his mission in Samoa, Bode’s father counseled him to be a man in a hurry to finish his education. Heeding these words, Uale earned his B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University Hawaii in 1979. Uale thought that was the end of his education until his wife, Beth (another Genuine Gold honoree), encouraged him to continue learning.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1984, he pursued a career in the Honolulu Family Court system where he has worked as a judge for the past 15 years. His current assignment is as Lead Judge of the Domestic Division of the Honolulu Family Court. He is also an advisory board member for the “Imi Ho’ola” Minority Admissions Program for the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Uale feels that his time in the courtroom is an opportunity to use his knowledge of eternal families to try and help people through the pain that comes from divorce.

Uale’s service in the Church spans many years and many callings. Currently, he serves as the Honolulu Stake President. All four of his children have served missions for the Church.

E le falala fua le niu, ae falala ona o le matagi. This Samoan proverb means that when you look up and see coconut leaves swaying up high despite there being no wind where you are standing, you must know that the leaves sway because there is a breeze blowing them. This means that things happen for a good purpose.