Governor appoints Richardson law student to UH Board of Regents

William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is pleased to announce that law student Joshua Faumuina has been appointed to the UH Board of Regents as the board’s student regent. Gov. Josh Green announced this two-year term on June 28.

Faumuina earned an associate of science degree in natural science from Kapiʻolani Community College in 2016, a bachelor of arts in classics from UH Mānoa in 2022, and expects to receive his juris doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2026. He has supported several National Science Foundation and Title III grants at Kapiʻolani CC since February 2020.

“I am thrilled to serve the University of Hawaiʻi as the Student Regent. I have been a UH student for over a decade, and I look forward to bringing that experience to the Board of Regents. Beyond that, I view this appointment as a “seat at the table,” not just for myself but for Pacific Islanders, Samoans, queer people, and even nontraditional students. It is my sincere hope to make my communities proud in my role,” Faumuina said.

Interim Associate Dean of Student Services Trisha Nakamura said, “[i]t is such an honor for the William S. Richardson School of Law to have one of our students named to serve as a Regent. Joshua is dedicated and approachable. He deeply cares about the University and our communities. His multifaceted understanding of the University system alongside his training at Richardson will allow him to make significant and important contributions to the Board of Regents.”

Though the state Senate must confirm the appointment, Faumuina officially began serving his term on July 1.