Kapono F.H. Kiakona has been practicing law since 2002. Kapono concentrates his practice on association law and all transactional legal matters that transpire with the governance of associations. He also has experience in commercial, real estate, and construction litigation; mediation and arbitration; and foreclosure law.
Kapono served two terms as a board member of the Hawaii Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and as President in 2020. He is a member of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association. Drawing upon his extensive background working with community associations, he regularly conducts seminars on association law for property managers and boards of directors. He presented at the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Bar Convention and Annual Meeting in 2016 and the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Conference in 2015. Committed to his clients, he frequently flies to the outer islands to work with them in person. Additionally, he wrote “Federal Legislation: The Pool and Spa Safety Act” for the Hawaii Community Association. He is also licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Kapono graduated from Kalaheo High School. In 1998, he earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Fascinated by how the law could be interpreted and implemented, he went on to achieve his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 2001.
After serving as a summer extern for then Federal Magistrate Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi and a year clerking for Oahu First Circuit Court Judge Dexter Del Rosario, he began his legal career as a litigator defending individuals, medical providers, employers and associations. He soon found his passion representing condominium and community associations, and became a partner of PMK in 2012.