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Protecting The Legal Interests Of Injured Hawaii Residents And Visitors Since 1973

Wayne K Kekina
Honolulu, HI

Wayne K. Kekina joined the firm in 1975 and has been practicing tort law for nearly forty years. He was previously a partner in a leading Honolulu insurance defense law firm. Mr. Kekina excels in the trial of a variety of tort cases involving defective products, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents and industrial accidents. Mr. Kekina has participated significantly in the successful prosecution of tort cases ranging from: the fire at the Chevron refinery and storage tanks in Oahu; to the Subaru telescope fire at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii; to several industrial electrocution and equipment crush cases on Kauai, Oahu, and Maui; to the three H-3 freeway structure collapses on Oahu, Hawaii; and several catastrophic helicopter and truck collision cases on Hawaii, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. Mr. Kekina was a Captain in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as a Congressional Inquiry Investigator.

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile
  • Aviation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1967
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    • B.S. - 1964

Representative Cases

  • Ikene v. Maruo, 54 Haw. 548, 511 P.2d 1087, 1973
  • Quin v. Wilshire Ins. Co., 53 Haw. 19, 496 P.2d 59, 1971
  • Corden v. Paschoal's Limited, 52 Haw. 242, 473 P.2d 561, 1970

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Academy of Plaintiffs' Attorneys
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, Captain
  • Honolulu Insurance Defense Law Firm, Partner


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Beta Gamma Sigma