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John L. Olson

Litigation Attorney at Kailua Kona, HI

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  • Licensed for 50 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1973
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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John was born and raised on the Island of O`ahu, and moved to Kona in 1973 with his wife Jill (Roehrig) Olson. There, they raised two sons: Robert and Peter Olson, both of whom are attorneys.  Mr. Olson started practicing in Kona in 1973 with local attorney Richard Ishida.  In 1975, Mr. Olson joined the Office of the Public Defender in Hilo, where he became the supervising Deputy for the Big Island until he opened his own private practice in Kona in 1978. Mr. Olson's wife, Jill is a Co-Founder and now Executive Director of the Kona Historical Society. Mr. Olson's office was located at the Kealakekua Ranch Center for 34 years before renaming the firm and moving to our current location. Mr. Olson has two legal assitants, Rhee K. Manuel, and Shanelle Estoy, sisters. Mr. Olson is the Co-Founder of the West Hawai`i Bar Asssociation.  He is a former Per Diem Judge of the District and Family Court. Mr. Olson is an avid writer and outdoors man. His favorite activity being outrigger canoe paddling and canoe surfing. Mr. Olson's family can be seen canoe surfing at Ke`ei, and when the waves are big, at Kapahukapu ("Manini Point") in Kealakekua Bay.  He is always happy to share tales of his adventures in his beloved canoe, the ʻĪlio Kai, whether it be catching big waves, paddling around Hawai`i Island in 1993, or crossing the `Alenuihāhā Channel to Hāna, Maui in 2006.

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John Olson of Olson & Sons, Canoe Surfing Lawyers in Kona

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Olson & Sons, A Law Corporation
78-6831 Ali`i Drive, Ste. 239
Kailua Kona, HI, 96740
Olson & Sons, A Law Corporation
65-1235 Opelo Rd #1
Kamuela, HI, 96743
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2013
I highly recommend John. He helped me out beyond my expectations. He was always very upfront with me. He is not afraid to tell it like it is.


  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Pro bono 3 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Olson & Sons, Attorneys-at-Law, A Law Corporation
  • 1978 - Present
  • Judge Per Diem
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • 1979 - 1979
  • Supervising Attorney - Hawaii Island
  • Office of the Public Defender State of Hawaii
  • 1975 - 1978
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Richard Ishida
  • 1973 - 1975
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  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • SMA-10-41 Holuloa Bay
  • Application Withdrawn
  • Estate of Soledad Coronel
  • Property Returned
  • Hokuli`a Litigation
  • Issue Resolved
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  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • Bench Bar Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • Founding Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • Konawaena Elementary School PTA
  • President
  • N/A
  • Hawai`i Preparatory Academy Boosters Club
  • President
  • N/A
  • Keoua Canoe Club
  • President
  • N/A
  • Family Support Services of West Hawai`i
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Keoua Canoe Club
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • President
  • 1981 - 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Self Help Recognition
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • 2018
  • Self Help Award
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Self Help Recognition Awards
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Self Help Recognition Awards
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Life Time Award for Service
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Special Service Certificate
  • Univeristy of San Francisco Law School
  • 1973
  • Symposium Editor - Symposium: Criminal Discovery
  • Law Review, University of San Francisco
  • 1973
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  • Hawaii Bar Journal
  • Hilo and Kona Attorneys Recognized for Volunteer Service to the Hawaii Island Community
  • 2017
  • West Hawaii Today
  • Public offers resounding 'no' to Lyman's condo
  • 2010
  • West Hawaii Today
  • Seaworthy once more
  • 2007
  • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • Symposium: Criminal Discovery
  • 1973
  • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • Escape: The Defenses of Duress & Necessity
  • 1972
  • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • L.M. Smith, Reversible Error in First Degree Murder Convictions: The Modesto Rule Re-Examined
  • 1972
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation
  • Island of Hawaii Circumnavigation
  • 2012
  • Fatherhood and Divorce
  • Divorce's Impact on Fathers
  • 2005
  • Police Recruit Training
  • Trial in Criminal Cases
  • 1979

Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse John, very few attorneys practice in such a wide range of legal matters. He has the experience, knowledge, and skill to assist his clients in just about anything."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I am proud to work for John who is one of the most experienced attorneys on Hawaii Island. He has a diverse practice and the knowledge to assist his clients in a wide variety of matters. He has the tools to litigate and is zealous advocate for his clients."

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Kailua Kona Litigation Lawyer John L. Olson
John L. Olson
Litigation Attorney
Kailua Kona, HI
Licensed for 50 years