In 2012, Sonny was the lead writer of the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Report, delivered to the legislature in 2013. He is an instructor in the Ethnic Studies and American Studies departments at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and his scholarship focuses on social justice and activism.
As an attorney and scholar, he explores the effects of prison privatization and the for-profit bail bond system on communities and culture. He is a frequent contributor to Hana Hou! The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines and in June, 2016 was named the Best Single Writer by the Hawai’i chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in Flux Hawai’i magazine. He is also a well respected artist, receiving the Jean Charlot award for printmaking and named an Artist in the Museum for the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2015.
Please join us in the Von Holt Room on August 13 at 9:15 in the Von Holt Room, as part of The Cathedral’s ongoing series exploring ways communities of faith can be agents of social change, empower local advocacy movements, and transform unjust social structures.