Faculty Bios

Mel Masuda


Office:  1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 312, Honolulu, HI 96813 (MP Building)
Office Phone:  (808) 544-0295
E-mail:  mmasuda@hpu.edu


Mel Masuda, J.D., M.P.A.
Associate Professor of Law and Justice Administration
M.P.A., Harvard University
J.D., Yale Law School
A.B., Princeton University
One of the few people in the world ever to earn degrees at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, Associate Professor of Law Melvin (Mel) Masuda, J.D., M.P.A., is an expert on criminal justice and business law.  Born and raised in Hawaii, the son of a hotel dining room waiter and a Dole pineapple trimmer, he has been an Army Reservist and a newspaper reporter, and was the first White House Fellow—White House staff assistant—chosen from Hawaii.  Professor Masuda and his wife have two now-grown children, graduates of Kamehameha Schools and ‘Iolani School.  He is a product of Hawaii public schools (Roosevelt High School), and has been nominated twice for President of the Hawaii Bar Association and once, by the State Judicial Selection Commission, for a State judgeship.