Nurturing Native Hawaiian Law

"The Fellowship Program enables recent law graduates to undertake advcanced research to deepen knowledge and understanding of the legal issues facing the Hawaiian community."   

Ka Huli Ao Directory Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie

With a gift of $750,000 from Kamehameha Schools, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law launched a three-year fellowship program at the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa. The Fellowship Program consists of four annual post-Juris Doctorate Research Fellowships to support research, scholarship, teaching and/or other research-related projects in Native Hawaiian law.

"Ka Huli Ao has the potential to serve as an incubator for future leaders of the Native Hawaiian community," said Colleen Wong, vice president for legal services at Kamehameha Schools. "The fellowship program enables these emerging leaders to carefully research timely topics that are critical to advancing Native Hawaiian rights."

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law was established in 2005 through a federal grant administered by the United States Department of Education. It is an academic center that promotes education, scholarship, community outreach and collaboration on issues of law, culture and justice for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific and Indigenous peoples. Ka Huli Ao offers courses and a new certificate in Native Hawaiian law, promotes scholarship and community dialogue, and supports Native Hawaiian and other law students as they pursue legal careers and leadership roles.