Lauren M. Akitake is a private practice attorney and per diem District Court Judge who taught Business Law at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. Born and raised on Maui, she graduated as a Valedictorian from Baldwin High School, Class of 1999. She attended Pomona College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Analysis/Politics, a Master of Science degree in Applied Social Research from the University of Stirling, Scotland, while on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Akitake has over 15 years of experience in diverse areas of law, including estate planning, probate and trust litigation, estate and trust administration, civil litigation, business law, collection law, and representing clients in conservatorship and guardianship proceedings. Before starting her own law office, Akitake practiced in state and federal courts for law firms on Oʻahu and Maui, served as a law clerk for the Honorable Shackley F. Raffetto, completed the Elder Law Clinical Program at the University of Kansas School of Law, and interned with the office of the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
A 2020 Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow, 2020 Hawaiʻi State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow, 2016 Hawaiʻi Emerging Legal Practitioners Access to Justice Fellow, and former Maui County Bar Association board member, Akitake is also a 2022–2024 elected parent representative to the Pomaikai Elementary School Community Council, current board member of Women Helping Women, and co-President of the American Association of University Women of Maui. Since November 2021, Judge Akitake has served as a per diem District Court Judge for the Second Circuit of the State of Hawaiʻi.
Having played tennis for Pomona College and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Akitake is also a 1998 Hawaiʻi High School Athletics Association tennis doubles champion. She enjoys working out, running, swimming and spending time with her sons.