Pohai Nu'uhiwa

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Degree: BS, Early Childhood Education, Winthrop University

Why did you choose UH Law? 
It's the total package for me. I am able to attend law school at home, be around my family and friends, watch my nephew grow, dance hula, and be a part of a really special community at Richardson.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
I was teaching for the past four years at Kamehameha Schools.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
Wherever the road leads next!

Describe a highlight of your law school experience. 
I have really enjoyed meeting my classmates and making new friends throughout the law school community.

Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
Professor Avis Poʻai inspires me because she demands great work from her students. Although her standards and expectations are very high, I have learned so much about how to think, write, and read like a lawyer.

Describe your favorite organization and some activities related to that organization.
My two favorite organizations are Ete (women's flag football) and Delta Theta Phi. Both organizations help classmates bond and enjoy the law school experience.

Describe your UH law school experience in 3 words. 
Fun. Arduous. Rewarding.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Stay true to yourself, don't get caught up in the drama, and enjoy the ride.

What surprised you most about UH Law? 
How much I would enjoy it being back in school.

What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school?
Take everything in stride. There's not going to be enough time for everything. Choose what's important, do it well, and enjoy yourself.

What law school organizations/activities are you involved in?
I am involved in 'Ahahui O Hawai'i, Ete, Delta Theta Phi, Phi Delta Phi, and Student Ambassadors.

Where can we find you when you're not in class?
At the library, at hula, or playing with my nephew.

How would you describe your classmates?
My classmates are supportive, humorous, and always happy to have a good time.

Students Speak

  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”
  • I chose UH because they offer a specialization in Criminal law. The other reason is the fact that I wanted to live in Hawai'i.”
  • Entering law school as an Ulu Lehua Scholar was the greatest gift. Our program is a symbol of Richardson’s commitment to social change in Hawai‘i.”
  • A highlight for me was volunteering to be a bailiff at the Susan B. McKay competition. I saw upperclassman compete orally in front of real lawyers and judges from our community. I was amazed at the professionalism and skill that the competitors showed.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • Hawai‘i is home, and the William S. Richardson School of Law is Hawai‘i’s law school. UH Law School alumni include successful practitioners and valuable contributors to Hawai‘i in a variety of other roles.”
  • The UH Law community exemplifies the Hawaiian word “ohana.” Students, faculty, and other staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is no aggressive competition between the students, and the professors are welcoming and accessible.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”
  • I chose UH Law because Hawai'i is my home and I plan on staying here to practice. Also, as a Hawaiian, I am interested in Native Hawaiian Rights under the law, thus, the program here allows me to explore this interest in great depth.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”