Community OutReach and Education (CORE):
Extending the 'Ohana
Law Program combines the legal background on state and national environmental
laws and policy with an invaluable 'local perspective.' In addition to teaching
me 'black letter' law, the Program made the law 'real' by juxtaposing community
outreach and interaction. I had the privilege of sharing my newfound knowledge
at community-based workshops sponsored by the ELP and funded by the EPA
and of presenting my second-year seminar paper on native rights and environmental
Kapua Sprout, class of 1998,
associate attorney with the EarthJustice office in Honolulu.
A series of cascading waterfalls form scenic pools
at Oheo, Maui.
In 1995, the ELP launched the first project in its Community OutReach
and Education (CORE) program. With a grant from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and in cooperation with the Native Hawaiian Advisory
Council (NHAC), ELP faculty and students published two handbooks on selected
Hawai'i environmental and natural resource laws and administrative processes.
In 1995 and 1997, the ELP and NHAC used these books as teaching tools
in a series of community-based workshops around the islands to empower
communities to more effectively participate in administrative agency legislative-type
decision-making regarding environmental issues. With support from the
Hawai'i Community Foundation, ELP Director Professor Casey Jarman produced
a videotape and workbooks on lawyering skills to assist community groups
in preparing for adjudicatory hearings in front of Hawai'i's state and
county land use, natural resource, and environmental agencies. The materials
were presented at workshops throughout the state and made available on
the ELP website. This project represents a collaborative effort of ELP
faculty, students, and local environmental and land use attorneys.
ELP Professor Jon Van Dyke has been awarded an international Posco Fellowship
through the East-West Center. As a Posco Fellow, he is working with a
team of scholars to identify the criteria that make international regional
maritime organizations effective. This information will be used to determine
whether such an organization could be established for Northeast Asia.
With the generous support of a prominent local business leader, Professor
Van Dyke and two of his former research assistants are in the process
of completing a book on Hawai'i's Crown Lands that will be an important
reference for land use decisions in Hawai'i.
ELP Professor Denise Antolini launched a web project called 'OHELO, Our
Hawai'i Environmental Law On-Line. (The 'ohelo is a small native shrub
whose berries are a favorite of Hawai'i's state bird, the endangered Nene
featured on the cover.) The 'OHELO project brings together for the first
time in one easily accessible site Hawai'i's environmental law- state,
federal, and agency decisions, as well as selected pleadings and recent
Two public service environmental law grants are available to students
at the School of Law. First, the No Ke Ola O Ka 'Aina (For the Life of
the Land) summer grant, offered by the Environmental Law Society from
monies raised at their annual pa'ina (celebration) is a competitive $2,000
award that funds an ELP student's summer clerkship with a public interest
or governmental organization on environmental law issues. Second, the
ELP has partnered with the Natural Resources Section of the Hawai'i State
Bar Association to launch a Minority Fellowship in Environmental Law funded
by the NRS and the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources.
The Fellowship is funding two summer grants of up to $5,000 each to minority
students to work on environmental issues in the governmental or public
Finally, as part of their 60-hour pro bono graduation requirement, ELP
students have donated over 1,000 hours of their time to environmental
public interest organizations and attorneys over the past five years.
The ELP plans to continue to support both faculty and student efforts
at community outreach and education, locally, nationally, and internationally.