Nov. 2022 Maoli Thursday: To Hell with Drowning: A Climate-Change Anthem for Oceania

Julian Aguon ’09 via Zoom and moderator, Ionatana Tua ’23.

On Thursday, November 3, 2022, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law held is third and final Maoli Thursday program for the Fall 2022 semester.  The lunchtime forum, “To Hell with Drowning: A Climate-Change Anthem for Oceania,” featured Julian Aguon ’09 and was held both in person and via Zoom.

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Oct. 2022 Maoli Thursday: The Public Trust and Youth Rights Climate Litigation: Exploring the Historic Navahine Youth Climate Case

Leināʻala Ley, Attorney, Earthjustice; Navahine F., kalo farmer and client; Marti Townsend, Attorney, Earthjustice; Pāhonu C., musician and client; Prof. Richard Wallsgrove, moderator

On Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law held its second Maoli Thursday of the Fall 2022 semester. The lunchtime forum entitled “The Public Trust and Youth Rights Climate Litigation: Exploring the Historic Navahine Youth Climate Case,” focused on the constitutional climate case brought by 14 ‘ōpio from across Hawai‘i.

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Sept. 2022 Maoli Thursday: E Hoʻi ka Nani – Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana

Panelists Keʻeaumoku Kapu (via Zoom), Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum, Devon Haia, and moderator, Troy Ballad.

On Thursday, September 1st, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted its first Maoli Thursday forum and speaker series of the Fall semester. The panel, entitled “E Hoʻi ka Nani: Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana” featured Keʻeaumoku Kapu, Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum ’19, Devon Haia ’23, and moderator, Troy Ballard ’21.

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Ka Huli Ao hosts Native Hawaiian Law Training

On Wednesday, June 22nd and June 29th, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted its 15th Native Hawaiian Law Training over Zoom. With over 150 participants, the training focused on the trust obligations and duties of state and county decisionmakers regarding Native Hawaiian natural and cultural resources, including the public land trust, traditional and customary rights, water and the public trust doctrine, and laws relating to iwi kūpuna (Native Hawaiian burials). Courses were taught by Professor Davianna McGregor, Professor Emerita Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Professor David Forman, Professor Kapua Sproat, and Natasha Baldauf.

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Aia i Waiʻoli ke Aloha ʻĀina: Ka Huli Ao and Clinics Secure Wai for Kalo Farming in Waiʻoli

The Waiʻoli Valley Taro Hui, Ka Huli Ao Director Kapua Sproat, Fellow Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum, and Clinic Student MJ Palau-Macdonald celebrate Governor Ige’s signature on Act 27.

After four years of recovery, 30 law students, four attorneys, and thousands of hours of work, Ka Huli Ao and the Environmental and Native Hawaiian Law Clinics help secure water for kalo farmers in Waiʻoli.

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Ka Huli Ao and the Island Girl Fund seek applicants for 2022 Summer Fellowship in Native Hawaiian Law

 Ka Huli Ao and the Island Girl Fund seek hard-working and passionate 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls who want to make a positive impact on the Native Hawaiian community through our Summer Fellowship Program. Summer Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend and work closely with Ka Huli Ao faculty for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks while developing both their advocacy skills and knowledge of Native Hawaiian legal issues. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded. Students applying for the Fellowship may have already arranged a summer placement or can ask Ka Huli Ao for suggestions. 

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Feb. 2022 Maoli Thursday – The Water Crisis at Kapūkakī: Law, Culture and Environmental Justice

On Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law held the first Maoli Thursday of the Spring 2022 semester: The Water Crisis at Kapūkakī: Law, Culture and Environmental Justice.  The lunchtime forum was held on Zoom and featured Ernie Lau, the Manager and Chief Engineer of the Board of Water Supply and Camille Kalama, an attorney and founder of Kaʻohewai.  The discussion was moderated by 3L, MJ Palau-McDonald.

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2021 Island Girl Fellow Reflections

In the summer of 2021, we had the pleasure of supporting four Island Girl Fellows who worked at various placements across our communities: Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Sierra Club Hawaiʻi, Waiʻoli Valley Taro Hui, EPIC ʻOhana and Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. The fellows shared descriptions of their summer experiences and their reflections on how the fellowship deepened their knowledge of Native Hawaiian law.

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