Lance D. Collins is the principal attorney of the firm. A Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i and a graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law, Lance attended St. Anthony High School before getting his BA and MA from the University of Hawai'i. Before entering law school, Lance taught at the university and worked in grassroots community organizing. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Editions 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Recent Publications and Papers:

Lance D. Collins “Fast-tracking the Luxury Housing Crisis in West Maui” in Social Change in West Maui also co-editor with Bianca K. Isaki. (UH Press, 2019)

“Ontology of Statecraft: Studying the Ideas of the Malolos Constitution”
International Conference on Aguinaldo at 150 (2019)

“Writ of Quo Warranto: An American Colonial Legal Form in the Duterte Era”
Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (2018)

Lance D. Collins Quo Warranto in Hawai'i in Hawaii Bar Journal (October, 2018)

“Ilokano visits the Language Graveyard: The Rise and Fall of a Niche Market”
2018 Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies

“Kabain: Researching Ilokano (Male) Sexual Identity”
2018 National Philippine Studies Association Conference

“Civil Service and Oligarchy: American Colonial Principles in Practice in Hawaii and the Philippines”
Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia Conference (SEASIA 2017)

“Discovering History in the National Language in the Context of Ilokano Language Nationalism”
12th International Nakem Conference (2017)

“The Torrens Land Registration System Today as Established in 1903 in the Philippines and Hawaii”
2017 West Maui Conference of Pacific Peoples and their Environments (2017)

“Bakit Tagalog ang Filipino”
Pandaigdigang Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang Filipino (2017)

Lance D. Collins Segmentation and Seawalls: Environmental Review of Hawaii's Coastal Highways in the Era of the Anthropocene in 20 Hawaii Bar Journal 89 (2016)

“Wahikuli: Crown Lands in the Time of Tourism” also co-editor with Bianca K. Isaki. Tourism Impacts West Maui (UH Press, 2016)

"Philippine Legal System as an American Legal Tradition: Comparative Legal History of the Territories of the Philippines and Hawai'i"
Tenth Quadriennal International Conference on Philippine Studies (2016)

"Open Government Law in Hawai'i"
Hawaiian and Environmental Rights Workshop -- West Maui (2015)

Foreward to Sydney Lehua Iaukea Keka'a: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui (UH Press, 2014)

"The Descendants: Theory, Nationalism and The Austronesian Diaspora"
Philippine Studies Association 2014 Conference (2014)

Compiler and Indexer. Proceedings of the Charter Commissions of the County of Maui 1961-2012 (NBWMBF, 2010-2013), 17 volumes and subject-matter index

"Ma Lalo o Ka Malu: Conflict, Contradiction, and Customary Law in Native Hawai'i, A Comparative Approach to Indigenous Peoples' Rights"
Philippine Political Science Association Annual Conference (2013)

Foreward to Jon Van Dyke et al. Public access to the Roads and Trails of West Maui (UH Press, 2012)

"Demystifying Philippine Statutory Law: Comparative Thoughts on Democratic Lawmaking in the Twenty-First Century"
Ninth Quadriennal International Conference on Philippine Studies (2012)


Appellate Cases:
In re Hawaiian Electric and Light Co., SCOT-17-0000630
May 10, 2019
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
(citation forthcoming


Nationstar Mortgage v. Kanahele, SCWC-16-0000319
May 1, 2019
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
(citation forthcoming)


Kokua Council for Seniors v. Director, CAAPP-17-0000850
December 24, 2018
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Memorandum Opinion


Baker v. Galuteria,
January 29, 2018
Intermediate Court of Appeals
141 Haw. 468




Hussey v. Say, SCAP-14-0001327
November 17, 2016
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
139 Haw. 181


Green Party of Hawaii et al v. Nago, SCWC 14-0001313
July 19, 2016
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
138 Haw. 228


Green Party of Hawaii et al v. Nago, CAAP-14-0001313
December 18, 2015
Intermediate Court of Appeals
137 Haw. 58


Babson v. Nago, Chief Elections Office No. CAAP-10-0007
September 18, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Unpublished Memorandum Opinion


Hussey v. Say, No. CAAP-13-2225
April 23, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals
133 Haw. 229


Goo v. Arakawa, No. SCWC-30142
February 19, 2014
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
132 Haw. 304


Goo v. Arakawa, No. 30142
September 19, 2013
Intermediate Court of Appeals
130 Haw. 350


Kanahele v. Maui County Council, No. SCWC-29649
August 8, 2013
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
130 Haw. 228


Kanahele v. Maui County Council, No. 29649
June 29, 2012
Intermediate Court of Appeals
128 Haw. 198


Prandini v. AOAO Haleakala Shores, No. 28566
August 12, 2011
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Unpublished Memorandum Opinion


Laird-Woods v. Mateo, No. 30739
October 15, 2010
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
Unpublished Order


Kahoohalahala v. Hiraga, No. 29415
October 30, 2008
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
Unpublished Order







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