The Value of Hawai‘i

Law and the Courts


Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie is an Associate Professor and Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. After serving as a law clerk to Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, she joined the staff of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, a public interest law firm advancing Native Hawaiian rights. Prof. MacKenzie is chief editor for the second edition of the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook, and has litigated cases dealing with Hawaiian lands, asserting traditional and customary rights, and defending the constitutionality of Hawaiian programs.

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