Florence T. Nakakuni
Flo Nakakuni is Hawaii's first female U.S. Attorney. She has been a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii since 1985 and is the recipient of two Director’s Awards from the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. Born and raised in Hawaii, she graduated from the University of Hawaii and the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Late Justice Thomas Ogata of the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Nakakuni then worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for one of her law school professors in what was then the Office of Information and Privacy. She returned to Hawaii via a brief stint with the Navy's Office of General Counsel before joining U.S. Attorney's Office.
Today, Nakakuni says, "I've had the good fortune of being in the U.S. Attorney's Office in various positions and trying cases, developing as a litigator doing civil, forfeitures, drug, OCDETF, organized crime, labor racketeering and fraud cases. I was Strike Force Chief and Chief of the Drug/Organized Crime Section. I loved being an AUSA and being the U.S. Attorney has different virtues! It is one of the most wonderful opportunities to lead–-resolving issues big and small and dealing with people."