No 28110 (Oct. 27, 2008)
OPINION OF THE COURT BY WATANABE, PRESIDING J.
The question we must address in this appeal is whether Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) § 658A-25(c) (Supp. 2007) is part of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Acts (RUAA) adopted by the Hawai'i Legislature in 2001 and codified in HRS chapter 658A, Union-Appellant United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO (UPW or Union), representative of real party in interest Dennis Motonaga (Motonaga), was entitled to an award of attorney's fees incurred during a proceeding filed against Motonaga's employer, Employer-Appellee City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services (City or Employer) to enforce an uncontensed judgment confirming an arbitration award.
We conclude that the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (circuit court) correctly concluded that HRS § 658A-25(c) does not authorize an award of attorney's fees in such situations. [footnote omitted]