News Release

Maui and Predatory Realtors and Lawyers


Troy J.H. Andrade is the Joanna Lau Sullivan distinguished professor and director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. Professor Andrade has represented clients in matters relating to some of the most contentious issues in Hawai‘i, including the regulation of genetically modified organisms and pesticides, homelessness, and Native Hawaiian self-determination.

He is currently working on a book about the political and legal history of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He recently wrote the piece “Portrait of a Queen: Hawaiian History and the Law” for the American Constitutional Society. See his full bio.

He said today: “I have a recent graduate whose entire family was displaced by the fire. As you can imagine, there are significant issues that need to be addressed to help Maui. There are deep historical injustices that are bubbling to the surface, particularly as it relates to land and water, in West Maui. Predatory realtors and lawyers are taking advantage of the devastation and inundating suffering communities. While we have our eyes on these issues, for now, many of us here on the ground are just trying to support our displaced and suffering friends and families. We are working to support our first responders.”