Who’s Who of Humanitarians and Philanthropists

Poka Laenui (Hayden F. Burgess)

Title:  Human Rights Advocate, Lawyer
Company: Poka Laenui Aka: Hayden F. Burgess
Location: Waianae, Hawaii, United States


  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hawaii Bar Association
  • Hawaii National Transitional Authority (governor)
  • Hawaiian Independence Movement (leader)
  • Hawaiian Sovereignty Elections Council (member)
  • International Association of Democratic Lawyers
  • Native Hawaiian Convention (chair)
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu, HI (trustee, 1982-1986)
  • Pacific Asia Council of Indigenous Peoples (president, 1992-Present)
  • Union of Third World Journalists
  • World Council of Indigenous Peoples (vice president, 1984)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2021, 2019)
  • Inductee, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Whos’ Who (2020)
  • Inductee, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2019)
  • Native Hawaiian Health Award, Papa Ola Lokahi, Native Hawaiian Convention (2012)
  • Executive of the Year, Mental Health Association of America in Hawaii (2006)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (1999-2008)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the West,” Marquis Who’s Who (1995)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (1988, 1992)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (1988-1990)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in American Law,” Marquis Who’s Who (1987-2007)

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