University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

William S. Richard School of Law


LAW 207B; Molokai Ed Ctr 117




956-3300; 553-4490 ext. 27


Assistant Professor & Cluster Faculty Member

Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge


Malia Akutagawa is an Assistant Professor of Law with both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Malia is a 1997 alumnus of the William S. Richardson School of Law, having earned a Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate. She was admitted into the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association in 1998. Her focal studies included Hawaiian and water rights, environmental regulations, land use, administrative and international law. She is part of Hui ʻĀina Momona, a consortium of scholars throughout the university community charged with addressing compelling issues of indigenous Hawaiian knowledge and practices, including the legal regime and Native Hawaiian rights associated with mālama ʻāina, and with focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, and food security.