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Wayne K. Kekina

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Honolulu, HI

Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks
841 Bishop Street, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-524-1433
Fax: 808-536-2073
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Hawaii Since: 1969
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A member of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Wayne K. Kekina devotes the entirety of his practice to complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. The firm is located in Honolulu, and he represents clients throughout the region. Prior to joining the firm in 1975, Mr. Kekina was an insurance defense attorney, and he has used that experience to anticipate the types of tactics he often faces while advocating on behalf of plaintiffs in these types of cases.

Mr. Kekina’s client base is comprised of people who have been significantly harmed as the result of negligent acts or omissions of other parties. Many of his cases have stemmed from industrial accidents, such as the Chevron refinery and tank farm fire that occurred on the island of Oahu in 1980 and a 1996 fire at the Subaru Telescope Project on the Big Island that killed three construction workers and injured nearly two dozen others.

Other matters that Mr. Kekina has handled have arisen out of incidents involving medical malpractice, defective products, motor vehicle crashes, and aviation accidents involving helicopters and other types of aircraft. He has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through both jury awards and settlements that he has negotiated out of court, and his successful track record along with his high degree of ethics have not gone unnoticed by his colleagues. One of Mr. Kekina’s many awards and honors is his AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, a true sign of his excellence in his field. Mr. Kekina is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and he is admitted to practice in Hawaii and before several federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Wrongful Death


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019, 2021 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Wayne K. Kekina

First Admitted: 1969, Hawaii

Professional Webpage:


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

Educational Background

  • University of San Francisco, B.S., 1964 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Hawaii, 1969
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association
  • Hawaii Academy of Plaintiffs' Attorneys
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1970
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Office Location for Wayne K. Kekina

841 Bishop Street
Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-524-1433

Fax: 808-536-2073

Last Updated: 6/3/2021

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