Kauai native turned law professor D. Kapuaala Sproat won a 2014 Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award for her exceptional teaching record, contributions to her university and her legal expertise on Hawaii water rights.
Sproat was born and raised in Kalihiwai and is a member of the Akana and Sproat families of Kauai and Kohala on the Big Island. She graduated from Kamehameha School on Oahu in 1991. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Mills College in 1995, and her juris doctor degree at Richardson three years later.
This is Sproat’s seventh year at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The school nominated her because of her skillful way of teaching courses on environmental litigation, environmental law and water rights.
Before joining Richardson Law School in 2007, Sproat spent nine years as an attorney in the Hawaii office of Earthjustice, a national public interest environmental litigation firm.