J.D., Native Hawaiian Law Certificate, summa cum laude, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

B.A., Social Sciences with concentrations in Political Science and Sociology, University of Hawaiʻi-West Oahu


Associate Justice Todd W. Eddins, Hawaiʻi Supreme Court

Terina Faʻagau

Staff Attorney, Lāhui Services

Terina Faʻagau is a Staff Attorney at NHLC in the firm’s Lāhui Services practice group. Terina’s practice includes matters to assist clients to mālama iwi kupuna, aloha ʻāina, and perpetuate traditional and customary practices, which includes complex civil litigation and appellate matters in Hawai’i courts as well as administrative proceedings.

Prior to joining NHLC, Terina was a clerk for Associate Justice Todd W. Eddins of the Hawai’i Supreme Court. Terina previously worked for NHLC as a summer law clerk in 2020.


Tapu, I. and Fa‘agau, T., A New Age Indigenous Instrument: Artificial Intelligence & Its Potential for (De)colonialized Data, Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review (2022)

Tapu, I. and Fa‘agau, T., “Anti-Pacific Islander Bigotry” in The Center for Antiracist Research’s Antibigotry Convening, Boston University (2022)

Fa‘agau, T., Reclaiming the Past for Mauna a Wakea’s Future: The Battle Over Collective Memory and Hawai‘i’s Most Sacred Mountain, Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (2021)