- September 1, 2022 – E Hoʻi ka Nani: Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana. This panel discussed Ka Huli Ao’s Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic and its work with communities • September 1, 2022 – E Hoʻi ka Nani: Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana. This panel discussed Ka Huli Ao’s Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic and its work with communities across Maui Komohana, who are setting an example for responsible water use and careful co-management of Hawaiʻi’s precious natural and cultural resources. The Clinic’s work includes substantive research and analysis of complex legal issues surrounding water rights and extensive community outreach and engagement. Most recently, this has centered around the designation of Maui Komohana as a Ground and Surface Water Management Area by the Commission on Water Resource Management and the protracted permitting process that community members must now navigate. The panelists are Post J.D. Fellow Uʻilani Tanigawa-Lum (’18) and 3L Devon Haia (’23). The event is moderated by Post J.D. Fellow Troy W. Ballard (’21).
- October 6, 2022 – The Public Trust and Youth Rights Climate Litigation: Exploring the Historic Navahine Youth Climate Case. Navahine v. Hawaiʻi Dept. of Transportation is a constitutional climate case brought by 14 ʻōpio from across the pae ʻāina o Hawaiʻi. Come hear from Navahine attorneys and clients about the world’s first constitutional climate change case exclusively focused on stopping climate pollution from transportation systems. Panelists included youth plaintiffs Navahine F., Pahonu C., attorneys Leināʻala Ley and Marti Townsend. The event was moderated by Professor Richard Wallsgrove.
November 3, 2022 – To Hell With Drowning: A Climate-Change Anthem for Oceania. This event features Julian Augon (’09), who is a Chamorro human rights lawyer from Guam. He is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental justice. He is the author of the acclaimed new book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies, and was a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his piece in The Atlantic, To Hell With Drowning.
April 14, 2022 – Understanding the BLNR and its Work: What’s at Stake in 2022 and Beyond. Of the 1.8 million acres of land seized in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, 1.3 million acres are now held by the state, largely under the control of the Board
of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). What, exactly, is the BLNR? What role does it play in administering these lands? And what can community members do to hold it accountable to the public trust in major upcoming decisions? Featured panelists are Director of the Sierra Club, Wayne Tanaka, and Chief of Staff, Jocelyn M. Doane. The event was Moderated by Post J.D. Fellow Luʻukia Nakanelua.
February 3, 2022 – The Water Crisis at Kapūkakī: Law, Culture and Environmental Justice. Featuring panelist Ernest Y.W. Lau who serves as the Manager and Chief Engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and Camille Kalama who serves as the Project Coordinator at Koʻihonua and member of Kaʻohewai. Moderated by 3L M.J. McDonald.