Keeping our clients’ best interests a top priority, Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP (PMKC) provides exceptional legal guidance and representation tailored to our clients’ needs.

PMKC focuses its practice in the following areas:


Community Association Law

Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP (PMKC) is a recognized leader in the area of community association law. We provide legal advice on the operations and governance of homeowners, condominium and community associations of all sizes across the Hawaiian Islands. We offer a wide range of legal services to address each association’s unique needs.

Our primary services:

  • Collection of delinquent assessments
  • Enforcement of association rules and covenants
  • Foreclosures
  • Negotiation of service contracts
  • Review and amendment of association governing documents
  • Stakeholders’ disputes
  • Litigation


We understand associations depend on assessments to fund community maintenance and services. Recognizing the importance of reducing delinquent assessments, we implement effective and efficient collection methods to ensure community standards are sustained.

Boards and property managers often want expert legal advice, as enforcing the community’s rules in accordance with its governing documents can be a challenge. After thoroughly reviewing association by-laws and covenants, our attorneys work one-on-one with association representatives to resolve current disputes and prevent future conflicts.

Many of our attorneys are members of the Community Association Institute. Engaging local association boards, property managers, and other industry professionals, our partners frequently speak on association law developments at educational seminars.

Real Estate Litigation

Hawaii’s laws governing real estate are constantly evolving. Due to our in-depth knowledge of state, county, and municipal laws, and experience representing commercial and residential developments, we effectively and efficiently guide our clients through complex real estate regulations to achieve our clients’ objectives.

Representing real estate developers, sellers, buyers, investors, lenders, and owners, our litigators successfully manage and solve a variety of our clients’ real estate challenges.

Our primary services:

  • Contract disputes
  • Easements and restrictions
  • Landlord and tenant disagreements
  • Common area maintenance (CAM) disputes
  • Title issues
  • Foreclosures


Commercial Litigation

Businesses need attorneys that can strategically manage complex business disputes. Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP (PMKC) has a reputation for delivering successful resolutions that meet our clients’ legal and business objectives. We represent business owners, shareholders, investors, partners, and management in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, providing pragmatic counsel that makes good business sense. We protect the interests of your business.

Prosecuting and defending a wide spectrum of business disputes, our attorneys have extensive trial experience and expertise that you can trust will lead to a positive conclusion.

Our primary services:

  • Contract disputes
  • Business tort claims
  • Debt collection
  • Corporate partnership disputes
  • Shareholder disagreements
  • Derivative actions


Construction Litigation

Through our many years of experience, we have become acutely aware of construction-related issues and disputes that can arise between contractors, owners, developers, and associations. Our seasoned attorneys represent clients in arbitration, mediation and litigation when necessary to quickly resolve conflicts, so our clients can get back to the daily operations of their businesses.

Our primary services:

  • Construction defects
  • Breach of contract
  • Warranty claims
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Unfair and deceptive trade claims


Family Law

Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP’s (PMKC) family law practice is experienced in handling sensitive domestic issues with compassion and attention to timely resolutions. Our attorneys guide Hawaii families with a trusted steady hand to make informed decisions, covering the full array of cases  in Hawaii Family Courts. Our comprehensive services include legal advice, document drafting and representation in negotiation, mediation and litigation.

We handle:

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Family Court temporary restraining orders and protective orders
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Guardianship for minors and adults
  • Adoption

We also represent clients resolving child support matters with the Child Support Enforcement Agency and Office of Child Support Services.

Our attorneys are highly skilled in the mediation of the most nuanced of situations, with a long-standing focus on resolving cases out of court, amicably and efficiently, to reduce stress and uncertainty. We work closely with clients to make the legal process less intimidating and provide the best representation of specific needs to achieve a comprehensive and fair resolution. Most importantly, we are committed to representing each case with integrity and dedication, while zealously advocating for clients when settlement is not possible.