Summer H. Kaiawe

Awards and Recognition
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America – Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Law; Land Use and Zoning (2022, 2023, 2024)
  • Chambers & Partners, Band 2 – Real Estate: Zoning/Land use (2024)
  • Chambers & Partners, Band 3 – Litigation (2024)
  • Chambers & Partners, Up and Coming – Litigation (2021-2023)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Rising List (2022)
  • Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20, Honoree (2021)
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers® – Business Litigation (2022-2024)
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars (2017-2021)
  • Hawaii Federal Trial Academy (2018)
  • United States District Court Judicial Conference, District of Hawaii, Delegate (2018-2020)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Leadership Institute Fellow (2015)
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Summer H. Kaiawe concentrates her practice in the areas of land use entitlements, land titles, water rights and resources, business and real estate issues, intellectual property, and is an effective advocate experienced in administrative and contested case proceedings, litigation, trial, and appeals related to these areas.  Summer strives to deliver the highest level of client satisfaction through a practical approach attune to business considerations and client goals.  She is also deeply committed to serving the community through pro bono and charitable activities.

  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D. cum laude (2011)
  • Environmental Law Certificate (2011)
  • Linnel Nishioka Environmental Law Fellow (2010)
  • University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business, Master of Accounting (2008)
  • University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business, BBA in Accounting (2007)
Community Involvement
  • Aloha Harvest, Board of Directors, Director (2016-Present), and Vice Chair (2018-2019, 2021-2022), Secretary (2022-2023)
  • Helping Hands Hawaii, Board of Directors, Director (2021-Present), Secretary (2022), Vice-Chair (2023), Chair (2024)
  • Partners in Development Foundation, Board of Directors, Director (2022-Present), Treasurer (2024)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Well-Being Committee, Chair (2021-2022)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, House of Delegates, Hawaii Delegate (2020-2021)
  • Hawaii Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (2019-2021)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President (2019), Vice President (2018), Secretary (2017), Director (2016-2019)
  • Hawaii Federal Court Pro Bono Panel member (2018-Present)
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Director (2011-2016)
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