Summer Kupau-Odo considers it a privilege to work at Earthjustice, where she joins in the fight to protect cherished natural resources and cultural practices.
As a child and young adult, Summer witnessed her hometown of Lahaina, Maui experience rapid, unchecked development and the erosion of native and local culture and values. She decided to go to law school to empower herself to stop these undesirable changes throughout the islands. In particular, she wanted to protect native farmers, like her uncles in Hāna, Maui, who devoted their lives to caring for their family land, from encroaching commercial interests.
Summer has served as law clerk to the Honorable Simeon R. Acoba, Jr., Associate Justice of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court, and as a trial and appellate attorney at the State of Hawaiʻi Office of the Public Defender. She lives in Honolulu with her husband Donovan and their dog Minoʻaka.