Thursday, December 16, 2010

LSAT Prep Program Update

Aloha mai kakou,

Ka Huli Ao is expanding our Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation program to UH-Hilo this upcoming spring. We're very excited about increasing access to a legal education to our Hawai'i Island neighbors.
Feel free to help us spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your family and friends? Below are dates for different parts of our program: application due date, diagnostic test date, and class dates.

To learn more about Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, please visit us at


JANUARY 14, 2011 The application can be downloaded by going to January 14, 2011 is the postmarked date.


February 5, 2011 The diagnostic test is a mandatory component of the
application process.


Saturday, March 5, 2011 – 9am – 1pm
Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (evening)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (evening)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 (evening)
Saturday, April 9, 2011 (practice test/discussion)
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 (evening)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (evening)
Saturday, April 23, 2011 (practice test/discussion)
Saturday, April 30, 2011 – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 (evening)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 (evening)
Saturday, May 21, 2011 (practice test/discussion)
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 (evening)

We're still confirming the weekday evening classes but they're likely to begin around 5:30pm (at the earliest) or 6pm (at the latest)
Subscribe to our e-mail list and you’ll receive all program updates. Go to (This shortened URL is case-sensitive).
Questions can be e-mailed to Our phone number is (808) 956-8411.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition

Every year, the William S. Richardson School of Law participates in the annual moot court competition sponsored by the National Native American Law Students Association (National NALSA).

This year the competition will be hosted in New York by the Columbia Law School National NALSA chapter. You can CLICK HERE to read the competition problem written by Indian law scholar Matthew Fletcher.

After two long days of tryouts in September 2010, the 2010-11 team was chosen.

In the photo above back row left to right: Sarah Kaopuiki, Sherilyn Tavares, Jeannin-Melissa Russo, Maria Carmichael, Elika Stimpson, Ana Won Pat-Borja. Front Row, left to right: Adam Roversi, Keani Alapa, Max Kaanohi Kopper, Tyler Gomes and Mark Jensen.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Interested in Native Hawaiian Law and going to law school?

Derek Kauanoe and Liam Skilling , with the support of Kīpuka at UH-Hilo, are providing an information session on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation program provided by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.

The information session is on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 and begins at 4pm (ending at 5:15pm) and will be held in Portable 14, in room 11 at Kīpuka.

Derek and Liam have provided this LSAT preparation program since 2006. It has helped Native Hawaiians and people interested in Native Hawaiian legal issues develop themselves into more competitive law school applicants. You can read a few testimonials by CLICKING HERE.

We encourage everyone interested in our program to subscribe to our google e-mail group. You can visit our google group by CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System

CLICK HERE to read the report for which the November 4, 2010, Maoli Thursday event was based on. Click on the viewer below to watch the discussion.

Ka Huli Ao's next Maoli Thursday is scheduled for November 4, 2010, and focuses on Native Hawaiians and the criminal justice system. Please click on image below to enlarge.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

LSAT Prep Class

Back on May 27, 2010, we posted to our google groups an update regarding our upcoming LSAT preparation class.

If you didn't read it there, then you can read it below:

Aloha Kakou,

We're happy to announce that we are near confirmation/finalization of dates. We're still fine tuning a few issues, but expect those to be resolved rather quickly. We're "at a place" where we feel comfortable enough to "officially" say that we're accepting applications for our LSAT Preparation program that will start on July 20, with an information session, followed by a regular weekly schedule of classes lasting until October [5]. The last day of class is one week before the October 9, 2010 LSAT.

Applications are due by Friday, June 18, 2010, at 5pm. This means applications must be received at our office on June 18. Applications postmarked on June 18 will be considered late. All applicants must also take a diagnostic test scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the law school (2515 Dole Street). The diagnostic test begins at 9am. All interested applicants should arrive by 8:45am.

Applications can be downloaded online by going to Applicants admitted into our program are responsible for paying a nominal $75 program fee. Additionally, program participants are generally expected to register to take the LSAT and attend all classes.

Punawaiola Paina: Developing a Digital Archive


Saturday June 19, 2010
9:00 am through 5:00 pm
William S. Richardson School of Law
Classroom 2

We are creating a digital link to the records of the Kingdom of Hawai`i and need your support. Ka Huli Ao Digital Archives have been created to make our history available to the community. We need help preparing documents for upload to our databases. Volunteers at our party will be provided with coffee, pastries, lunch and files to work on. Bring your laptop and we will provide the rest.

RSVP by June 16 so that we can provide for each of our volunteers.
Contact Keith Johnston at or call 956-4092.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Climate Change in Hawai'i: Concerns for Native Hawaiians and Their Guests

Today we'll be livestreaming "Climate Change in Hawai'i: Concerns for Native Hawaiians and Their Guests" at 12noon. CLICK ON IMAGE below the video viewers for more details. Sometimes we experience technical difficulties and are unable to live stream. If this happens, we'll re-broadcast the discussion at a later time. Check one of the two viewers below.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Live-streaming: The Guam Military Build-up

We'll use one of two viewers. If the discussion doesn't appear on one viewer, try the other viewer. If we experience technical difficulties and are unable to live-stream on the same day, we will record the event and make it available online soon after. Thank you for your support.

Watch live streaming video from kahuliao at

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Guam Military build-up:

Our last Maoli Thursday event of the 2009-10 academic year will focus on Guam.

Click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rethinking Child Welfare: Kānaka Maoli and the Foster Care System

Check out our live stream of our February Maoli Thursday of 2010, "Rethinking Child Welfare: Kānaka Maoli and the Foster Care System"

Watch live streaming video from kahuliao at

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Accepting Post-J.D. Fellowship applications for 2010

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2010 Post-J.D. Research Fellowships in Native Hawaiian Law

Ka Huli Ao’s Post-J.D. Research Fellowship Program in Native Hawaiian Law provides stipends to recent law graduates to support research, scholarship, teaching, and/or other research-related projects that impact Native Hawaiian Law or that fill a need in the Native Hawaiian community. The goal of the Research Fellowship is to advance knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law.

By the end of the Fellowship period, Research Fellows are required to complete an article or project of publishable quality and to present their research findings and conclusions in a public forum. Depending on available funding, up to four Research Fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000, paid out over a one-year period beginning in August 2010. Fellows are responsible for paying all taxes and health insurance.

Eligibility Criteria
– The Research Fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates with no more than five years of post-law school work experience. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited law school who can commit to working for one year on an individual project in our Research Fellowship Program. Post-J.D. Research Fellows will be selected on the strength of their proposals (described below) and on the basis of: (1) interest in and commitment to Native Hawaiian legal issues as demonstrated in law school, through prior work, education, or other experiences; (2) a sound academic record; (3) excellent research and writing skills; and (4) outstanding personal qualities. Knowledge of the Native Hawaiian community and experience working with the Hawaiian community are not required but will be considered as positive factors. A course or certificate in Native Hawaiian law is not a prerequisite.

Application Requirements – Applicants must submit a proposal letter of no more than four single-spaced pages describing: (1) the nature of the research proposed; (2) how their research project relates to Native Hawaiian Law or fills a need in the Native Hawaiian community and how the project advances knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law; (3) the specific work product that will result from the proposed research; (4) and a realistic, detailed timeline showing projected target dates for research, writing (including drafts) and other significant activities (public presentations, etc.).

Applications must also contain a completed application cover page; a résumé of no more than four pages; and a separate sheet with the names and contact information of three references, including a short explanation of your work or other connection with the reference. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Application Deadline - Applications must be postmarked, hand-delivered, or e-mailed no later than March 15, 2010 to:

Mail & Hand-delivery:
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
William S. Richardson School of Law, Suite 207
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822

E-mail: (with the subject line: Research Fellowship Application). If you e-mail the application, you must submit a hard copy of the cover sheet within 7 working days.

Notification – Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2010.

Questions? Please call or e-mail Susan K. Serrano, Director of Educational Development at (808) 956-6432 or

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gender Identity Sexuality and the Law

Check out our live stream of our first Maoli Thursdays of 2010, "LGBT and Kānaka Maoli: Gender Identity, Sexuality, and the Law."

If one of the video viewers below does not work, please try the other. If there are technical difficulties that prevent us from live-streaming the discussion, we will make arrangements to place the panel discussion in the next day or so as pre-recorded discussion panel.

Click on flyer below to enlarge.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Akaka Bill S.1011

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law discusses S. 1011, the current U.S. Senate version of the Akaka Bill in a series of videos. Three short video clips below explore the following:
- Background of bill
- Initial Membership (qualified Native Hawaiian constituent)
- Inherent authority
- Negotiations, claims, sovereign immunity

The Senate version of the Akaka Bill is noticeably different from the U.S. House version. Do you know what the differences are? You can watch the videos below and we encourage you to CLICK HERE to read a printer-friendly summary of the new changes to the Akaka Bill.

Background of bill

Initial Membership

Inherent authority and negotiations, claims, sovereign immunity

Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 LSAT Prep Class Update We’re waiting for confirmation on funding for our next round of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation classes.

We’re waiting for confirmation on funding for our next round of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation classes.

Ideally, we’ll be able to start an LSAT prep class somewhere between mid-February and March. This class will meet weekly in preparation for the June 7, 2010 LSAT. Again, this is determined on the availability of funding. More details will be shared as it is available.

Until then, anyone interested in participating in our LSAT Preparation class should download an application as well as subscribe to our e-mail list by going to The application due date is February 10, 2010. This means that the application should be received by our office on February 10.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Summarizing the Akaka Bill.

In recent weeks there have been several updates regarding the status of the Akaka Bill, referred to as S. 1011 and H.R. 2314 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representative respectively.

Previously, the Bush administration and its Department of Justice did not support any version of the Akaka Bill. Now, with support from both the White House and the Department of Justice as well as the Department of Interior, the Hawaii Congressional delegation worked closely with the the parties to address concerns about the bill and to make the necessary amendments.

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law has summarized some of the changes made to the recent Akaka Bill. The summary describes some of the differences between the amended version approved recently in a U.S. Senate committee and an un-amended version passed by a U.S. House committee.

CLICK HERE to read the summary.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ka Huli Ao Digital Archives - Revolutionizing archived information

Keith Johnston, a 2008 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, has been leading the charge in developing Ka Huli Aoʻs digital archives project. Keith is the Post-Juris Doctor Archives Fellow. Click here to read Keithʻs Ka Huli Ao profile.

At a recent staff meeting, Keith Johnston and his assistant Raymond Wang unveiled the current status of the Ka Huli Ao digital archives database. Raymond has been essential to this project working countless hours to help move this project along.

Now, you can catch a glimpse of what will be available in the future to help with archived research. You can click on the images to enlarge.

Below is a screen shot of what the home page of the online digital archive currently looks like.

The screen shot below shows a search attempt to find the session laws of 1853.

This next screen shot shows the results of the search terms 1853 and session laws.

This digital archives projects has some other great features as well. When you click on "BROWSE," youʻre taken to a menu of the Archives Collection which includes categories from the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi era through the State of Hawaiʻi.

For this next screen shot I clicked on Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, then I clicked on another link that took me to another category (Legislature). Then I was taken to what you see below, which allows me to see digitally archived documents of the Hawaiian Kingdomʻs Legislative Council, House of Nobles, House of Representatives, and the Legislative Assembly.

Looking at the part of the database that provides me access on documents from the House of Nobles, I clicked on "Translation of the Journal of the House of Nobles..." Which took me to that translated document.

The feature that I really like can be found by looking at the bottom left corner of the above image, where it reads, "Image Navigator." Iʻll explain further.

Keep in mind that Hawaiian Kingdom era documents are not electronic documents, but rather paper documents with no electronic versions from the same era. Scanning those documents only produces images or pictures of those documents. Unlike a word processing document, you cannot do a search for any particular word within that image. Keith and Ray employed the optical character recognition process (OCR) to turn these scanned images into word search-able documents. The OCRʻd version of an image is what weʻre seeing above. Now, sometimes, the OCR process may produce a few typos. As a researcher, you may wonder about the accuracy of the document youʻre now looking at. Keith and Ray address this issue by providing access to the actual image or picture. So, looking at the image above, in particular the "Image Navigator" part, I clicked on the corresponding page number, "3" to access the image.

As a result, you can see below that I got full access to the actual translated document page before it went through the OCR process.

Weʻre excited about this development that will revolutionize state archive research. Weʻll post future updates here. If you would like to be added to our newsletter e-mail list, please send us a request at