Faculty & Staff



Post-Juris Doctor Research & Teaching Fellow, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law


JD, William S. Richardson School of Law, 2014
BA, UC San Diego, 2007


Mahina is from Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu and is a proud 2014 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received certificates in Environmental and Native Hawaiian Law. While in law school, Mahina gained experience with legal and political advocacy through her work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Earthjustice. She also provided research assistance to Professors Kapua Sproat and Maxine Burkett on cutting-edge scholarship related to Indigenous rights, climate justice, and water law. Mahina externed with the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court and federal district court, and then clerked at the Intermediate Court of Appeals with Chief Judge Lisa M. Ginoza for a year after law school. Mahina’s work at Ka Huli Ao focuses on coordinating various research and scholarship projects, including the second revised edition of Native Hawaiian Law:  A Treatise, facilitating community outreach and legal trainings, and co-teaching clinical and substantive courses. She serves on the State of Hawaiʻi Environmental Council, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Indigenous Politics at UH Mānoa.

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