David M. Hayakawa

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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 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
    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 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. 

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

    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 and is the Executive Producer of the annual bar association #Rock4Justice Fundraiser that brings together Judges and Lawyers for a rock and roll fundraiser.  In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Bar Association Ikena Award for oustanding service towards legal education. He also enjoys giving back to his local community by having served as chairperson of the non-profit Kilohana Senior Enrichment Center’s board of directors and on the Board of Directors of the Kilohana Pre-School.

    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


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2012, 2017 - 2020

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    Admitted: 1987, Hawaii

    Professional Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-hayakawa-8041677/


    • , Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense-General Practice, 2020
    • 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 Hawaii: Criminal Defense, Honolulu Magazine, 2015-present.
    • Best Lawyers in America: Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2016-present.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • 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

    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
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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

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    Last Updated: 8/21/2020

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