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

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • What I was most surprised about was the diversity of my 1L class. It’s amazing how many different backgrounds, interests and personalities are represented. ”
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school? Read what you want to before you go to law school.”
  • Before I started Law School I taught high school English at my alma mater for a few years. After teaching, I worked with the local organization that managed AmeriCorps programs in American Sāmoa.”
  • I chose UH Law because I wanted to experience studying in Hawaiʻi, and I learned that the School has an excellent Environmental Law program. My graduate degree fellowship with the East-West Center is also tied with enrollment at UH.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”
  • I think I would like to end up in the court room as a litigator. But who knows, I learn something new every day. There's no telling what will spark my interest next.”
  • I chose Richardson because I know I want to live and practice in Hawaii after I finish school. Richardson provides the best opportunity for networking and connecting with the Hawaii legal community.”
  • As a practicing attorney in Environmental Law in Japan, I was drawn to the strength of the Environmental Law Program at UH. I am striving to earn a specialization in Environmental Law.”