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Wayne Tanaka, Secretary, O‘ahu Representative


Wayne was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, where he grew up with an innate passion for all things related to the ocean. He graduated with honors with a bachelors of science degree in General Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and subsequently graduated cum laude with a juris doctorate degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i. During law school, he published Ho‘ona aku, Ho‘ōla aku: First Steps to Averting the Tragedy of the Commons in Hawai‘i's Nearshore Fisheries, which was awarded the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Best Environmental Law Seminar Paper in 2008.

Wayne also worked closely with the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, researching and drafting several chapters in the upcoming Revised Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook regarding shoreline access, konohiki fishing rights, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Wayne currently works with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on ocean policy. As a member of the board for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i , Wayne would like to increase organizational capacity develop new revenue-generating opportunities for the CCH.

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