Lehua Ka‘uhane '12

  • Research Fellow, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law

Degrees

  • JD William S. Richardson School of Law 2012
  • BA University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 2006

Biography

Lehua Kaʻuhane is a Post-Juris Doctor Research Fellow with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.  Lehua is a 2012 graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received both the Environmental and Native Hawaiian Law Certificates.  While in law school, Lehua interned at the Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resource Division in the Indian Resource Section in Washington D.C. and externed at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she focused on her interest in environmental justice in the permitting process.  During law school, Lehua’s interest in environmental justice expanded to include disparate impacts of climate justice and climate change mitigation strategies on native communities.  Lehua’s current research agenda explores ways for renewable energy law and policy to incorporate the perspectives of indigenous peoples.

Lehua was raised in Waimānalo, Oʻahu and Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island.  Prior to law school she worked as a cultural impact assessment researcher, and as a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning, worked on the Kiaʻi ʻĀina Ceded Lands inventory project, and taught an introductory Hawaiian Studies Course at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.  She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.