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Kainui M. Smith

Kainui M. Smith


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.

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Kainui Smith strives to provide comprehensive and client-centric legal services to real estate and construction companies from the inception of a project, and if necessary, through litigation. Kainui has handled a variety of cases as both plaintiff and defense counsel through all phases of mediation, arbitration, and litigation. His experience allows him to thoroughly evaluate a matter and develop a case plan to advise clients of their options in relatable terms rather than legalese.

Prior to joining the firm, Kainui worked as a Litigation Associate for Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow LLP in Hawaii practicing in the areas of construction litigation, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and community and condominium association litigation. Kainui also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Glenn S. Hara of the Third Circuit Court, State of Hawaii.   

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State
  • Hawaii State


  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science and Hawaiian Language (2009)
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2013)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Served as co-lead counsel in construction litigation and arbitration on behalf of a homeowners’ association that resulted in a confidential settlement allowing the association to proceed with all necessary repairs.
  • Successfully litigated and resolved, through a confidential settlement, a real estate dispute over a $40 million purchase and sale agreement related to prime development property in Waikiki.
  • Contributed as part of the trial team for a jury trial on behalf of a homeowners’ association leading to a favorable jury verdict including treble damages and attorneys’ fees and costs pursuant to Hawaii’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
  • Negotiated a settlement agreement with an independent claims administrator related to a defective roofing product on behalf of a homeowners’ association.


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