Student Outreach Update

Student Outreach Update:
“E lei kau, e lei hoʻoilo i ke aloha.”
Aloha is worn like a wreath through the summers and the winters. It is everlasting.

By Avis Kuuipoleialoha Poai, Director of Student Outreach

UH Mānoa undergraduate students learning from a reproduction 1901 map of Honolulu.

 Aloha e nā hoa makamaka! I have the privilege of working with students of all ages, and the exuberance and aloha they express reminds me of a beautiful ʻōlelo noʻeau, “E lei kau, e lei hoʻoilo i ke aloha.” Aloha is worn like a wreath through the summers and winters—it is everlasting. This past summer we had a number of fun events. I share a few of my favorites below.

On July 31, 2018, Kaleio Crowell (2L) and I welcomed 16 students from the Native Hawaiian Student Services’ Kekaulike Summer Bridge Program. This six week intensive summer program is designed to prepare Native Hawaiian community college students for the transition to the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa campus. The 2018 cohort is an impressive group coming from UH Maui College, Kauaʻi Community College, Honolulu Community College, Windward Community College, and Leeward Community College. For their visit to the law school, students were given a brief tour, and then learned about Chief Justice William S. Richardson and his commitment to access to justice. We then discussed the various programs and clinics here at the law school and how they all advance Chief Justice Richardson’s vision for social justice initiatives. Finally, because of the auspicious date, we spent time learning about Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, or sovereignty restoration day. On July 31, 1843, Rear Admiral Richard Thomas of the British Navy officially ended five months of occupation in Hawaiʻi. We looked at digitized images of the original legal documents and correspondence leading up to this event. Of particular interest was the “Mele Hoihouana” or the Restoration Anthem, which we took the time to read aloud during class. Although we were unable to attend the festivities in Thomas Square, we contributed in our own way in commemorating the 175th anniversary of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea.

Students from the Native Hawaiian Student Services Kekaulike Summer Bridge Program — celebrating the 175th anniversary of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea.

Another memorable event was the Kamehameha Scholars College and Career Cafe which was held on Saturday, June 23 at Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Learning Center at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus. This event, designed for students in grades 9-12, allowed participants to meet with career professionals in roundtable discussion groups (somewhat mimicking an informal “coffee shop” setting). It was endearing to meet so many students interested in pursuing a career in law—it was particularly uplifting to talk at length with the daughter of a high school classmate who wants to attend law school. It really reminded me that the next generation is ready to get out there and make a difference!

Picture courtesy of Kamehameha Schools, Instagram June 23.

For Ka Huli Ao’s LSAT program, we ushered in a new cohort of 16 students on July 10. This change in our normal scheduling was to account for the new LSAT test schedule—our original LSAT program prepared students to take the December LSAT, which is now no longer offered. Students enrolled in our summer course are thus preparing to take the September 2018 exam. Ka Huli Ao is responsible for hosting three panels for LSAT program participants.

LSAT Student and Professor Panels

On July 28, students had an opportunity to meet current law students Kaleio Crowell (2L) and Brandon Marc Higa (3L) as part of the panel entitled: “Law School: The Student Experience.” We had a lively discussion about life as a law student and the amount of preparation needed to create a competitive law school application. On August 11, Professors David Forman and Mark Levin provided sage advice for our students in the panel entitled: “Law School: Law Professors and Their Classes.” Letani Peltier, Post-J.D. Fellow (ʻ17) and I also led a class on the various components of a law school application, and the timeline for meeting all major deadlines at the William S. Richardson School of Law (handout available here).

On behalf of Ka Huli Ao, I would like to extend my appreciation to Kaleio Crowell and Brandon Marc Higa for their kind assistance with our events this summer. Student outreach would not be successful without the help and support from our current law students. Wishing you all the very best for a successful school year!