“I’ve served as a prosecutor. I’ve served as an appellate attorney for indigent defendants. Now I want to put my experience to work as your next Skagit County Superior Court Judge.” – Rosemary Kaholokula

Rosemary Kaholokula is ready to be your next Skagit County Superior Court Judge. Her reputation is one of a smart, hardworking prosecutor who demonstrates both professionalism and an innate sense of fairness. She is trusted by colleagues throughout the legal system.

Rosemary has worked some tough high-profile cases over the years. She handles every case with fairness, compassion, and a deep respect for justice. She will be an outstanding Skagit County Superior Court Judge.

Rosemary provided appellate services on behalf of indigent defendants before working as a prosecutor in Whatcom County for nine years. Rosemary was recruited for and accepted the position of Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in Skagit County in 2007. Rosemary continues to serve in this capacity.

Personal: Rosemary lives in Anacortes with her husband of 32 years, Keith. Keith has served with the U.S. Air Force and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Rosemary and Keith have two adult daughters and a son-in-law. Rosemary and Keith moved to Washington in 1995 and initially settled in Alger in 1996. Rosemary has been active with multiple community organizations and on many boards. She is currently active with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, Rotary International District 5050, AAUW – Anacortes Chapter, and the SPARC board.

Professional Qualifications

Skagit County

Trials & Appeals
Supervision and training
Mental Health Court
Child Advocacy Center

Whatcom County

Division I, Washington
Briefing and argument before the Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court.

Skagit County

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Wailuku, Hawaii

Professional Associations & Activities
Present & Past (Washington)

Skagit County Volunteer Lawyers
Pro Bono Assistance for qualifying low income clients.

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Facilitator in Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment trainings

WSBA Washington Women Lawyers

WSBA Call to Duty Day of Service
Volunteer legal service to military veterans

WSBA Criminal Law Section Executive Committee

Native American Pro Bono Panel
Pro Bono Assistance for Native Americans, particularly dealing with issues related to Indian law.

Current Community Involvement

AAUW (American Association of University Women)

Fidalgo Island Rotary
Board Member

Rotary International
District Youth Protection Officer

SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center)
Board Member

Past Community Involvement

Leadership Skagit

Take Back the Night

YMCA Youth and Government
Mock trial evaluator

The Amadeus Project
Board Member

Sunday School teacher
Various committees

Dance Gallery (modern dance company) Dancer, Board Member, & Teacher

Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy – North
Board Member of booster club.

Sardis Raptor Center

Whatcom Day Academy
Member – Policies and Planning Committee

Recent Awards/ Recognition

Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International)
For work as District Youth Protection Officer

Brigid Collins Community Achievement Award
For work with the Children’s Advocacy Center

SCCFC Linda Nelson Community Champion Award
Shared award for work with the Children’s Advocacy Center

Speaking Engagements/ Presentations

Mt. Vernon Police Department Citizen’s Academy

Anacortes Police Department Citizen’s Academy

Washington Homicide Investigators Association

Children’s Justice Conference

Skagit Service Clubs (Sentencing Reform Act presentation)