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. He received the Onipa'a Lifetime Achievement award from the Sierra Club of Hawai'i in 2016 and the Gintong Pamana Award in 2022 from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

Recent Publications and Papers:

Lance D. Collins “Foreword” in ‘Ohu‘ohu na Mauna o 'E‘eka: Place Names of Maui Komohana by Cody Kapueola‘akeanui Pata (UH Press, 2022)

Lance D. Collins “Introduction” in Thinking about Traffic in West Maui also co-editor with Bianca Isaki. (UH Press, 2021)

Lance D. Collins “Numerology, Nationalism and Nostalgia: Christ in the 'Philippines' before the Christians”
2021 National Philippine Studies Association Conference

Lance D. Collins “Foreword” in Water and Power in West Maui by Jonathan Scheuer and Bianca Isaki (UH Press, 2021)

Lance D. Collins “Introduction” in Civil Society in West Maui editor (UH Press, 2021)

Lance D. Collins Election Contests in Hawai'i in Hawaii Bar Journal (January, 2021)

Lance D. Collins “Approaching the State: How to Study the Ideas of the Malolos Constitution” in Filipinas Journal (Philippine Studies Association, 2020)

Lance D. Collins “Civil service and oligarchy: American colonial principles in early 20th century Philippines and Hawai'i” in Asian Review (Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, 2019)

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 and Other Published Decisions:


Kia'i Wai O Wai'ale'ale v. Department of Water, County of Kauai, SCAP-20-0000487
September 23, 2022
Supreme Court of Hawai'i

Malama Chun v. BLNR, SCAP-19-0000501
August 11, 2022
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
151 Hawai‘i 374 (memo op.)

Keep the North Shore Country v. BLNR, SCAP-19-0000449
February 22, 2022
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
150 Hawai‘i 486

In re Application of Hawai'i Electric and Light Company, SCOT-22-0000024
February 4, 2022
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
Order Granting Appellee Life of the Land's Motion to Dismiss Appeal for Lack of Appellate Jurisdiction

In the Investigation of KAHEA, SCAP-20-0000110
September 21, 2021
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
150 Hawai‘i 43

In re Application of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., SCOT-20-0000309
June 29, 2021
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
149 Hawai'i 343

Protect & Preserve Kahoma Ahupua'a Association v. Maui Planning Commission, SCWC-15-0000478
June 16, 2021
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
149 Hawai'i 304

In re Hawai'i Electric Light Company, SCOT-20-0000569
May 24, 2021
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
149 Hawai'i 239


Kokua Council for Senior Citizens v. Director of the Department of Health, SCPW-20-0000550
September 14, 2020
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
Order Denying Petition

Protect & Preserve Kahoma Ahupua'a Association v. Maui Planning Commission, CAAP-15-0000478
September 14, 2020
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Memorandum Opinion


Tuttle v. Front Street Apartments Housing Partners,
August 11, 2020
U.S. District Court - District of Hawai'i
478 F. Supp. 3d 1030 (D. Haw. 2020)


In re Application of the Gas Company, SCOT-19-0000044
June 9, 2020
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
147 Hawai'i 186


Makila Land v. Heirs of Apaa, CAAP-17-0000803
April 6, 2020
Intermediate Court of Appeals
146 Hawai'i 600


In re Hawaiian Electric and Light Co., SCOT-17-0000630
May 10, 2019
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
145 Hawai'i 1


Nationstar Mortgage v. Kanahele, SCWC-16-0000319
May 1, 2019
Supreme Court of Hawai'i
144 Hawai'i 394


Kokua Council for Seniors v. Director, CAAP-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 Officer No. CAAP-10-0007
September 18, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals
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
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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