Abelina M. Shaw currently practices law in the State of Hawaii and is the former Chief of Staff to Mayor Jeremy Harris, Office of the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu. She is a graduate of the University Of Hawaii School Of Law. She received her Masters in Communications and Bachelors in Education from the University of Hawaii. Her work experience includes serving as the Judiciary Administrative Staff Attorney for the Supreme Court, Deputy Director of the Department of Health, Special Assistant to the Governor in Human Resources, Deputy Attorney General, Law Clerk to Associate Supreme Court Justice, Benjamin Menor, Legal Aid Intern, Law Clerk at the Law Firm of Ashford & Wriston, Instructor at the University of Hawaii, Director of Department of Community Services, City & County of Honolulu and First Deputy of the Office of the Corporation Council, City & County of Honolulu.

She has also served on various Boards and Commissions and as legal advisor for several community organizations which include: UH Faculty-Student Committee on Curriculum, Evaluation and Admissions, Business and Professional Women of America, Honolulu Theater for Youth, Hale Kipa Youth at Risk, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Adult Friends for Youth, Oahu Filipino Community Council, United Filipino Council of Hawaii, Senator Inouye Hawaii Education Trust Fund, Soroptimist International of Waikiki, Inc., Aloha United Way (Planning Committee), International Garden Project, East-West Center of Hawaii, Hawaii Community Action Program, Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association President, Safe Haven, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Women Lawyers Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, Women's Fund of Hawaii, Salvation Army Advisory Board of Honolulu, Family Treatment Services Advisory Council, Hawaii Pacific Health Foundation, Mediation Center of the Pacific, Organ Donor Center of Hawaii, Filipino Community Center Board President, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC), City & County Zoning Board of Appeals, Association of Apartment Owners 2040 Nuuanu and University Gardens, World War II Filipino American Veterans Advisor, Environmental Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Hospital Systems Corporation Governor's Representative, State of Hawaii Crime Victims Compensation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, City and County of Honolulu. She has one daughter who graduated from the Richardson School of Law and currently practices law as the First Deputy Corporation Counsel in Hilo.