Darene is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. While attending law school, Darene was the Executive Editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review, President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and research assistant to Professor Andrea Freeman. Additionally, she won a national award for Third Best Oralist as a member of the Native American Moot Court team, and received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Practice I.
Darene served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, and the Honorable Karl K. Sakamoto, then-Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit. She also served as a summer clerk at the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney.
- J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
- B.A., University of Hawaii
- Hawaii State Bar
- Humane Society of the United States, District Leader of Oahu