Hannah Miyamoto has the experience, education, compassion and commitment to be a great representative for Honolulu. She is a lawyer and Managing Attorney for the Ohana Justice Center, providing affordable legal representation for working people on O'ahu. In addition to having a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hannah just graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with an M.A. in Sociology, focusing on social movements and economic sociology.
While at UH, she was an award-winning commentary editor for the UH student newspaper, taught 19 classes in UH and UH system Community Colleges, was active in many Democratic Party political campaigns, and analyzed public policy issues and legislation for a local labor union.Hannah was clearly the best choice among three finalists for student member UH Board of Regents in 2010, especially since she was the only candidate with budget and finance experience, but because of her political party, Gov. Lingle chose a less qualified student.
Hannah's other degrees are a M.A. in Women's Studies, a B.A. in Social Change in Development, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering. As a result she understands finance, economic analysis, and complex scientific problems, as well as gender and social issues.
Most of Hannah's legal career before entering graduate school was spent working for Native American tribal governments in Minnesota and Wisconsin, helping them fend off nuclear waste sites, and dangerous mining operations. Hannah also did a lot of work protecting Native American children from child abuse and neglect, as well as getting the parents of these children to send their children to school so they could get a good education. In addition, Hannah performed pro bono work for Legal Aid by assisting victims of domestic abuse recover and keep custody of their children.