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Hana and I.  My wife and I call this photo "Ew Daddy!"

Hana and I. My wife and I call this photo “Ew Daddy!”

Many different words may describe me.  Among these words, I am a: husband, father, son, brother, lawyer, and a Ph.D. student.

My interests as a Ph.D. student are focused on Futures Studies and Indigenous Politics.  I started in the Ph.D. program in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where I also work.  Just to be clear, any and all expressions on this site are my own and made in my private capacity and in no way reflect the sentiments of the entities and/or organizations I may work for or are affiliated with.

I am married to a wonderful wife named Alyssa who has also blessed me with an amazing daughter we call Hana-chan.  Alyssa has an awesome food blog at

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  1. Aloha Derek, I came across your article on the Law of the Splintered Oar. May I kindly request permission to cite it? You brought out a point which took my mind completely unaware–did not know that the Law of the Splintered Oar was used to extend protection to foreign merchants outside of Hawai`i. That is a fairly groundbreaking level of human consciousness considering the time period.

    I’m writing a book for a child who was born in the year of the Dragon, like King Kamehameha the Great, and am hoping the book will leave him with a powerful role model as he matures into the soul he is meant to become.

    We pray that your work in Indigenous Politics and Future Studies continues to bring light into the world.

    • Aloha Daniel,

      You can cite if you’d like. To clarify though, the extension of the law of the splintered paddle to protect foreigners was in waters, but not on the land. The waters, I believe, was still Hawaii waters.

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