Meetings, Workshops & Symposia

Maoli Thursday

Maoli Thursday is a popular lunchtime forum and speaker series held every first Thursday of months that the Law School is in session.  Watch the latest Maoli Thursday online and read more about the issues on its blogspot:

  • November 3, 2011 - "Tell the Children the Truth": Taking a Hard Look at International Law Routes to Hawaiian Sovereignty. Featuring author-activist-attorney Julian Aguon '10. Julian is an indigenous Chamoru writer-activist-attorney who specializes in international law and is the author of numerous books and law journal articles. Flier
  • October 6, 2011 - Act 55: What Does It Mean for Hawaiʻi’s Public Trust Lands? Jocelyn Doane '07, Policy Advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), and Marti Townsend '05, Program Director and Staff Attorney of KAHEA, the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance. Flier
  • September 1, 2011 - Native Hawaiian Ancestral Land: Where Do We Go From Here? Stephanie Chen is a Post-Juris Doctor Research and Teaching Fellow at Ka Huli Ao; Davis Price is a Post-Juris Doctor Research Fellow at Ka Huli Ao; moderated by Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie. Flier
  • April 7, 2011 - Re-Imagining Education: Emerging Strategies for Hawai‘i’s Schools. Dr. Kū Kahakalau, the founder and former director of Kanu o ka ‘Āina, an accredited Hawaiian-focused public charter school, Dr. Shawn Kanaiaupuni, the Director of Kamehameha Schools’ Public Education Support Division, and Professor Mari Matsuda, a law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Flier
  • March 3, 2011 - State v. Pratt: A New Restriction on Native Hawaiian Rights? Davianna Pomaikaʻi McGregor, a Professor and founding member of the Ethnic Studies Department at UH-Mānoa, Dan Hempey, a partner at Hempey & Meyers LLP on Kauaʻi, and moderated by Professor David Forman. Flier
  • February 3, 2011 - Summer Job Opportunities in Native Hawaiian Law. Come and meet outstanding attorneys and learn about the path each has taken to represent and advocate for Native Hawaiians; discover the many ways you can work in and for our community. Two of our Summer Fellows- Natasha Baldauf & Sarah Kaopuiki will also share their experiences working on Native Hawaiian issues. Speakers also include, Kahikino Noa Dettweiler, the General Counsel for Bishop Museum and a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, and Carl Varady, a practitioner working on the "Kalima" Hawaiian Home Lands breach of trust lawsuit. Flier
  • November 4, 2010 - Join us for a panel on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’s recent report, which examines Hawai‘i’s criminal justice system and its disproportionate impact on Native Hawaiians. Hear from Hawai‘i’s experts about the report’s ground-breaking findings and possible solutions. Flier
  • October 7, 2010 - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Information Session on the new Draft Consultation Protocol. Lisa C. Oshiro, Esq., Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations; former California Indian Legal Services staff attorney and Deputy A.G. for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Flier
  • September 2, 2010 - An Introduction to Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. Come learn about: Native Hawaiian Law Certificate, Summer Fellowships, Post-JD Fellowships, Digital Archives, Student & Community Outreach, Research & Scholarship. Flier
  • April 1, 2010 - The Guam Military Buildup: Examining Potential Impacts on Culture, Environment, the Economy and the Larger Community. Featuring Benjamin “B.J.” Cruz, the Vice Speaker of Guam’s Legislature and the former Chief Justice of the Guam Supreme Court, and Wendy Wiltse, Ph.D., of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 Honolulu. Flier
  • March 4, 2010 - Rethinking Child Welfare: Kānaka Maoli and the Foster Care System. Featuring Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and licensed real estate consultant & broker Oswald “Oz” Stender; President and Chief Executive Officer for Alu Like, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to social and economic self-sufficiency for Native Hawaiians, Mervina Cash-Kaeo; founder and Executive Director of EPIC ʻOhana, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to changing the culture of child welfare practice by offering ʻohana conferencing and youth circles, Arlynna Livingston; and 2006 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and former Ka Huli Ao Post-JD fellow who researched the over-representation of Native Hawaiian Children in the foster care system, Iokona Baker. Flier
  • February 4, 2010 - LGBT and Kānaka Maoli: Gender Identity, Sexuality, and the Law. Featuring Hina Falemei, a teacher at two of Native Hawaiian public charter schools; American Studies Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Dr. Kathleen Sands; and Clinical Psychologist and Research Director at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Dr. Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe. Flier
  • November 5, 2009 - Auwē in Naue: The Future of Hawaiʻi's Burial Laws. Featuring staff attorney for the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (“NHLC”), and a 2005 graduate of the Law School, Camille Kalama, Esq., and Kamehameha Schools’ representative on the O‘ahu Island Burial Council, Kēhaunani Abad, Ph.D. Flier
  • October 1, 2009 - The "Ceded" Lands Dispute: What Does Blood Quantrum Have to Do With It? Featuring well known author, historian, and teacher Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio; ʻ93 William S. Richardson School of Law gradute Mr. Richard Naiwieha Wurdeman; and founding member and treasurer of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, Ms. Yuklin Aluli. Flier
  • September 3, 2009 - True Sovereignty? The Akaka Bill and Its Implications. Featuring recognized Hawaiian activist and professor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Dr. Lynette Cruz; founder, president, and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Ms. Robin Danner; and Land Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools, Ms. Esther Kiaʻāina. Flier
  • April 2, 2009 - An Alter-Native Court for Hawaiʻi: Exploring the Needs and Possibilities. Featuring executive director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council Colin Kippen; staff attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. Anthony (T.J.) Quon, Jr.; and Post-J.D. Research Fellowship recipient for Ka Huli Ao, Kaʻanoʻi Walk. Flier
  • March 5, 2009 - The State v. OHA Oral Argument: What Really Happened at the U.S. Supreme Court? At issue in State v. OHA is whether the State can transfer "ceded" lands before Native Hawaiians' "unrelinquished claims" to those lands are resolved. How did the U.S. Supreme Court Justices respond to this issue at the oral argument on February 25th? Flier
  • February 5, 2009 – Reconstructing Relationships: Healing Historic Injustices Against the Ainu People of Japan. Featuring Professor Eric K. Yamamoto, Professor Mark Levin and third-year law student Ashley Obrey.
  • November 6, 2008 – Beyond Election 2008: What’s At Stake for Native Hawaiians. Featuring State Senator Colleen Hanabusa and Esther Puakela Kiaʻāina. The speakers sparked a lively discussion on how elections at the county, state, and federal levels will impact Native Hawaiians and our island communities.Maoli Forum Nov 6 2008.jpg
  • October 2, 2008 – Career Opportunities in Native Hawaiian Law. Featuring two outstanding attorneys who represent and advocate for Native Hawaiians, Pamela Bunn and Nalani Fujimori, along with three of Ka Huli Ao’s 2008 Summer Fellows, Evan Silberstein, Davis Price, and Julian Aguon.
  • September 4, 2008 – Kalipi and Beyond: Exploring Chief Justice Richardson’s Jurisprudence. Featuring Chief Justice William S. Richardson, Professor Mari J. Matsuda, Professor Williamson B.C. Chang, and moderated by Professor Susan K. Serrano. Speakers discussed the path-breaking jurisprudence of our own C. J. Richardson, the first Native Hawaiian Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, the founder of Hawai‘i’s first and only law school, and a continuing role model and mentor to thousands of law students and attorneys.
  • April 3, 2008 - Pros & Concons: A Panel Discussion with Respresentatives Hermina Morita and Della Au Belatti. Regarding the pluses and minuses of having another Constitutional Convention and potential impacts on Native Hawaiian rights and our environment. 


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Workshops and Conferences

  • March 12, 2009 –Indigenous Women’s Rights: Conflicts and Challenges for Today’s Indigenous Women, exploring the impacts of colonization, discrimination and economic development on Indigenous Women’s rights. Co-sponsored with the Asian Pacific Law & Policy Journal.
  • September 27, 2008 – Hawaiʻi State Historic Preservation Laws: Reclaiming the Past, Shaping the Future, featuring perspectives on and recommendations for Hawai‘i’s state historic preservation laws, and exploring ways to respect and protect Hawaiʻi’s iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains).


  • January 11, 2006 - Leʻa Kanehe, Status of Bioprospecting Regulation in Hawai‘i: The International and U.S. National Framework Under the Convention on Biological Diversity, co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section of the HSBA and the Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i.
  • November 7, 2005 - Issues in Biocolonialism. Debra Harry and Law School alumni Leʻa Kanehe visited the William S. Richardson School of Law to discuss the many issues regarding Biocolonialism. Both are from the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism based in Nevada, where they work to address the impacts of genetic technologies on Indigenous Peoples and their territories and natural resources. The lecture was sponsored by the ʻAhahui O Hawai‘i with support from Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.

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  • October 13 - 15, 2005 -  Indigenous Traditional and Customary Rights in Modern Legal Systems. Ka Huli Ao's inaugural event was held at the William S. Richardson School of Law and co-sponsored by Ka Huli Ao and the ʻAhahui O Hawai‘i. Guest speakers included Māori Land Court Chief Judge Joseph Williams, Retired Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice Robert Klein, Alaska natives' attorney Heather Kendall-Miller, Community activists Bill Aila, Lynette Cruz, and Hannah Springer, Native Hawaiian Legal Corportation lawyers Moses Haia and Alan Murakami, Kauaʻi County Attorney Lani Nakazawa, Private attorney Greg Kugle, Earth Justice attorney Kapua Sproat, and Kumu Hula Vicky Holt-Takamine. Chief Justice Richardson was also on hand as speakers frequently cited his groundbreaking rulings on issues affecting Native Hawaiians. Download the Symposium Schedule

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Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76

Associate Professor of Law
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