Students witness high court in action

  • Supreme Court Justices Richard Pollack, left, Paula Nakayama, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Sabrina McKenna and Michael Wilson take questions from students at Courts in the Community Thursday at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Sitting and retired judges join dignitaries and students at Courts in the Community Thursday at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald hears arguments Thursday at Courts in the Community at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii Supreme Court Justices Paula Nakayama and Richard Pollack hear oral arguments Thursday at Courts in the Community at Kealakehe High School.

  • The Hawaii Supreme Court hears oral arguments Thursday at Courts in the Community at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Supreme Court Justices Richard Pollack, left, Paula Nakayama, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Sabrina McKenna and Michael Wilson hear oral arguments at Courts in the Community Thursday at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — More than 400 students sitting in the bleachers at the Kealakehe High School gymnasium stood instantly at the sound of a gavel.