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Wayne K Kekina


Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
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Wayne K. Kekina, recognized by Best Lawyers in 2023
Wayne K. Kekina, recognized by Best Lawyers in 2022
AV Preeminent Peer Rated for highest level of professional excellence, awarded by Martindale-Hubbell in 2019


Wayne K. Kekina was born and raised in Hawaii, has been practicing law for over fifty years, and joined the firm in 1975. 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, industrial accidents, industrial electrocution, equipment crush, maritime, and catastrophic helicopter and truck collision cases on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. Mr. Kekina also was a Captain in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as a Congressional Inquiry Investigator.


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

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

Professional Associations

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in Hawaii
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Hawaii Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association

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

Past Positions

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

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Beta Gamma Sigma