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David M. Hayakawa

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Honolulu, HI

Law Offices of David Hayakawa
Davies Pacific Center, 841 Bishop St., Suite 410
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-537-1529
Fax: 808-523-9137
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2012, 2017 - 2021
Licensed in Hawaii Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

David M. Hayakawa is the lead attorney at the Law Office of David Hayakawa in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Hayakawa dedicates his practice to matters of criminal defense and family law restraining order cases. He serves clients throughout the State of Hawaii in all manner of criminal defense cases, including domestic violence, sex assault, felony and misdemeanor cases in both State and Federal Court.  Mr. Hayakawa has served as lead counsel in well over 100 felony jury trials, many of those being sexual assault jury trials.  Mr. Hayakawa's law practice is almost exclusively based on attorney referrals, such that he doesn't have an office website although he does accept referrals from this Super Lawyers Page.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hayakawa has received recognition for his accomplishments in the legal profession. He is listed in both the prestigious Honolulu Magazine's “Best Lawyers in Hawaii” and in the national publication “The Best Lawyers in America” for Criminal defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White Collar, both publications having named him as "Lawyer of the Year" for Criminal Defense: General Practice in 2021. 

Mr. Hayakawa earned his law degree from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law and has been admitted to practice law in Hawaii since 1987.  Before establishing his own law firm, Mr. Hayakawa worked at the Law Office of Howard K.K. Luke (fellow Super-Lawyer) and as a senior felony trial attorney at the State of Hawaii's Office of the Public Defender. 

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hayakawa is actively engaged in his legal and professional communities. Since 2014 he has served as the Dean of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Trial Academy, is the chairperson of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii’s Rule 1.14 Professionalism Course Committee, a member of the Judiciary's Hawaii Standard Jury Instructions Committee, and the Judiciary's Penal Rules Committee, is the Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Representative on the Domestic Violence Stakeholder's Group which is made up of supervising DV judges, prosecutors and public defenders, and is the Executive Producer of the annual Hawaii Bar Association #Rock4Justice Fundraiser that brings together Judges and Lawyers for a Rock and Roll fundraiser for public interest scholarships at the University of Hawaii's Richardson School of Law.  In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Bar Association Ikena Award for outstanding service towards legal education.  Mr. Hayakawa presently serves on the City and County of Honolulu's Salary Commission and was nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the State of Hawaii's Public Defender Council.  He also enjoys giving back to his local community by serving on the non-profit Board of Directors of the Kilohana Pre-School and by having served as chairperson of the non-profit Kilohana Senior Enrichment Center’s Board of Directors.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Family Law
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2012, 2017 - 2021

About David M. Hayakawa

First Admitted: 1987, Hawaii

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Kilohana Senior Enrichment Program (KSEC), 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Kilohana Pre-School, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Hawaii Judiciary's Standard Jury Instructions Committee, 2021
  • Member of the Hawaii Judiciary's Penal Rules Committee, 2022
  • Executive Producer of the Bar Association #Rock4Justice Fundraiser for the Advocates for Public Interest Law.
  • Chairperson and moderator of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii’s Rule 1.14 Professionalism Course Committee, which is responsible for presenting a mandatory ethics and professionalism course to all incoming member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
  • Dean of the Hawaii State Bar Association Trial Academy


  • , Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense-General Practice, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • The Ikena Award Recognizes an individual or enitity for outstanding service to the public or profession towards legal education., Ikena Award, Hawaii State Bar Association, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America: Criminal Defense: General Practice, Best Lawyers in America, 2016-present., Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in Hawaii: Criminal Defense, Honolulu Magazine, 2015-present., Honolulu Magazine
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Office Location for David M. Hayakawa

Davies Pacific Center
841 Bishop St., Suite 410
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-537-1529

Fax: 808-523-9137

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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