Environmental Law Program

Public Interest

ELP graduates work with a variety of public interest firms and non-profit organizations.

Isaac Moriwake (’98), Kapua Sproat (’98), Koa Kaulukukui (’06)

KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
Martha “Marti” Townsend (’05)

Land Use Research Foundation
David Arakawa (’81), Paul Schwind (’01)

Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
Maile Shimabukuro (’00) (also Hawaii State Legislature)

Maui Coastal Land Trust
Tom Pierce (’97) (founder)

Native Hawaiian Legal Corp.
Moses Haia (’95), David Frankel (’92)

North Shore Community Land Trust
Blake McElheny (’99) (also North Shore firefighter)
Doug Cole (’10)

Sierra Club Hawai’i
Robert Harris (’02)

The Trust for Public Land
Lea Hong (’91), Laura Hokunani Edmunds Ka’akua (’08)


Lea Hong

Lea Hong – WSRL Class of 1991 – Hawaiian Islands Program Director for the Trust for Public Land.

Lea Hong is the Hawaiian Islands Program Director for The Trust for Public Land. Raised in Wahiawa, the Leilehua High School graduate received a degree from Rice University in Texas before receiving her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. Ms. Hong litigated complex land, water, and cultural preservation/access disputes on behalf of Hawaiian and environmental organizations at the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund and in private practice as a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing before joining The Trust for Public Land. Honolulu Magazine recognized her as one Hawai‘i’s best lawyers in environmental law. Ms. Hong is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.

Kapua Sproat

Kapua Sproat – WSRSL Class of 1998 – Assistant Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law; Of Counsel for Earthjustice.

Kapua Sproat is Of Counsel for Earthjustice’s Mid-Pacific Office and an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law teaching with the Environmental Law Program and the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. As part of the Earthjustice team, Ms. Sproat litigated state and federal environmental cases under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, State Water Code and various Hawai‘i environmental laws.

“Working at Earthjustice has enabled me to combine my legal education with cultural knowledge and grassroots organizing to implement an integrated advocacy approach to issues. Importantly, I am able to work side by side with community leaders and my extended family to protect and defend the natural and cultural resources upon which our cultures and island lifestyles depend.”

— Kapua Sproat (Source: http://www.earthjustice.org/about_us/offices_staff/staff/kapua_sproat.html)