What’s New at KHA

What’s New at Ka Huli Ao


The Spring 2019 semester was busy for Ka Huli Ao!  A few highlights . . .

Native Hawaiian Law Certificate:

Ka Huli Ao awarded its 117th Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law on May 13, 2019. This year’s recipients were: M. Hikina Chock, Rachel James, Ku‘upuamae‘ole Kiyuna, Chase Livingston, V. Lu‘ukia Nakanelua, N. Keali‘i Sagum, and U‘ilani Tanigawa Lum.  Find out more.


On June 7, 2019, Ka Huli Ao, in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, conducted a Native Hawaiian Law Training Course for members and staff of state and county boards, commissions, councils, and agencies who administer resources and programs that impact Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources.  More information and photos.

In May 2019, Ka Huli Ao, in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, conducted two I Mana I Ka Wai water law and advocacy trainings for homestead communities in Kona and Waimea.  The goal of the trainings is to provide a brief overview of Hawaiʻi’s legal framework governing water resource management and to discuss specific ways homestead communities can advocate for the pono use and protection of wai. The next training will be in Kaʻū in July.  Find out more.

Research and Scholarship:

Ka Huli Ao Associate Director Susan K. Serrano recently published an article, A Reparative Justice Approach to Assessing Ancestral Classifications Aimed at Colonization’s Harms, in the 27th volume of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Download a copy.

Ka Huli Ao Director Kapua Sproat and Post-J.D. Fellow Mahina Tuteur recently published a chapter, The Power and Potential of the Public Trust:  Insight from Hawaiʻi’s Water Battles and Triumphs, in ResponsAbility: Law and Governance for Living Well with the Earth, edited by Betsan Martin, Linda Te Aho and Maria Humphries-Kil.  Find out more.

Maoli Thursdays:

We held three exciting and informative Maoli Thursday sessions this semester, including:  two film screenings of “Out of State” with a panel discussion featuring Director Ciara Lacy and Producer Beau Bassett; “Judicial Renewal in East Africa: Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights, and Sustainability” featuring The Honorable Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, the current and 4th President of the East African Court of Justice; and “Aloha ʻĀina: Kahoʻolawe and the Hawaiian Renaissance,” with Gov. John D. Waiheʻe III, Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Public Policy Manager Jocelyn M. Doane. Read more and see photos.


Ka Huli Ao and the Island Girl Fund are pleased to announce their 2019 Summer Fellows in Native Hawaiian Law.  Three fellowship recipients will spend ten weeks during the summer honing their advocacy skills and knowledge of Native Hawaiian law to make a positive impact on the Native Hawaiian community.  Find out more.

The Law School’s 2018-19 Native American Moot Court team participated in the 27th annual National Native American Law Students Association’s Moot Court Competition on March 1 and 2, 2019 at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson.  Read more.

On May 18, 2019, Ka Huli Ao hosted a panel as part of its LSAT preparation program, “After Law School: The Legal Profession.” Read more.