Florence Nakakuni, District of Hawaii
By Joe Palazzolo | July 29, 2022 4:38 pm
Florence T. Nakakuni (University of Hawaii, University of Hawaii Law) is nominated to replace Edward Hachiro Kubo, Jr.
- Born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Been an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Hawaii since 1985. For the past four years, she’s been the chief of the Drug and Organized Crime Section. She previously ran the office’s Drug Section and was a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
- Began her legal career as an attorney-adviser in Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy Appeals. In 1982, she left Washington for an assistant counsel position at the Naval Supply Center in Pearl Harbor.
- Has collected about 10 awards for his service as an AUSA from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Lists no membership to any outside organizations “except my (Buddhist) temple, the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin.”
- Has never been involved in a political campaign or worked for any political party.
- When she was hired by then-U.S. Attorney Daniel Bent, the office had no divisions or sections. Though she had no experience in criminal law, she tried five criminal cases to verdict in the first year and three in the second year. Nakakuni initiated more than 140 civil forfeiture cases from 1986 through mid-1989 resulting in the forfeiture of more than $4 million in cash and property. (She’s tried more than 30 cases to verdict since 1985, including 25 criminal jury trials as lead counsel)
- Nakakuni successfully prosecuted the head of the 12,000-member United Public Workers. Gary Rodrigues was found guilty on 100 counts of mail fraud, health care fraud, embezzlement of union funds, money laundering, money laundering conspiracy and accepting kickbacks.
- If confirmed, she would be Hawaii’s first female U.S. attorney.
- Her financial disclosure forms are currently unavailable. We’ll post them as soon as they are.
Click here for her full questionnaire.