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Ivan M. Lui-Kwan was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.  He has practiced law for over 40 years, focusing on Hawaii’s land use, administrative and real estate law.  Mr. Lui-Kwan is a Director of the law firm, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Administrative/Regulatory Law and Government Relations Practice, and named 2015 Best Lawyers in America©, Hawaii “Lawyer of the Year”, Government Relations Practice. Mr. Lui-Kwan has a long-standing AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Lui-Kwan was selected as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Pacific Edge Magazine.


From the beginning of his career, Mr. Lui-Kwan committed to improving the quality of life for all of Hawaii’s residents, particularly those who occupy the economic and societal underclass in Hawaii.   His vision is a healthy community in which all Hawaii residents have access to good health, fulfilled employment, comfortable housing and a pleasing physical environment.


In the course of pursuing his vision, Mr. Lui-Kwan has built a vast network of key allies in the three levels of government,  in the native Hawaiian community, in the Pacific Islands countries particularly in Polynesia and in Micronesia, in the senior management circle of major businesses, in the justice system, and in the world of nonprofit organizations.  Real estate, renewable energy, hospitality, health care, and transportation companies seeking to enter Hawaii’s business environment, find his knowledge of Hawaii’s unique environment and inner workings invaluable.



Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 30%
  3. Administrative Law: 30%

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Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher

733 Bishop St
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Makai Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4022


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Lifetime Achievement AwardPacific Edge Magazine2014
Government Relations LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Administrative & Regulatory LawBest Lawyers in America2013
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
ListedBar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DirectorStarn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher LC2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Judicature Society, Hawaii ChapterVice ChairN/A
American Judicature Society, National Advisory CouncilDirectorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Rutgers UniversityInternational RelationsMA - Masters1968
St. Martin's UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967