UH Mānoa hosts business law students


Photo by Gabrielle Constantino

Logan “Lopaka” Cabanilla-Aricayos looks at one of hundreds books housed at the law library of UH Mānoa. Twenty-one Business Law students from Kamehameha Maui visited the Richardson School of Law on Sept. 16.

Students enrolled in Business Law this semester traveled to University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law on Friday, Sept. 16.

Kamehameha Schools Maui, along with Farrington High School, participated in Law Day, which introduced students to negotiation, criminal law, and college admissions.

Kamehameha Maui students arrived an hour early, and they got to speak with Rob Jones, president of Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology, and Kiana Taylor Smith, KS Kapālama alumna of ʻ09, while waiting to start.

Jones began his presentation at 9:00 a.m., after Farrington High School arrived. He gave a quick speech about the importance of the undergraduate grade point average, community service, and the Law School Admission Test.

Next, the students participated in an exercise on negotiation with professor John Barkai (bah-KEY), who was elected as the favorite teacher by law students. Professor Barkai opened by asking students to look at optical illusions from different perspectives.

He then paired students and had them negotiate about ugli oranges. Both students acted as scientists who had different uses and desires for the ugli oranges. As students negotiated, they found that they needed different parts of the oranges– either the peel or the juice.

Third, students learned about criminal law from Professor Justin D. Levinson, who teaches criminal law. Levinson examined the Honolulu sit-lie bans and explained to students that bans such as those are unconstitutional since it criminalizes homelessness.

Students asked questions of a panel of law students. The topics ranged from undergraduate degrees to law school classes and to daily college life. One of the students on the panel was Kamehameha Maui’s Veronica “Luʻukia” Nakanelua (ʻ09).

Before concluding the trip, students toured a small section of the campus and learned about the clinical expansion of William S. Richardson School of Law.

“The most useful thing I learned while attending Law Day was that even in college, you still need to keep up your grades, community service, and extra curriculars so that you can get into a good graduate program,” senior Megan “Kehau” Snipes said.

While the business law students learned a lot on their trip to UH Mānoa, they also walked away with great memories of student life, from a security dog following Mr. Mossman to shopping on a quick stop at Ala Moana Shopping Center.