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Kainani Christine Collins Alvarez

Family Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.9   27 reviews

also known as Kainani Collins Alvarez, Kainani C.C. Alvarez

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kainani

Learn Kainani’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Contested and Uncontested Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Property Division, Post-Divorce Disputes, Paternity Cases, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Pre-Nuptial Agreements,

    13 years

  2. Child custody

  3. Divorce and separation

Kainani graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 2009 with a concentration in litigation. While at Creighton Law, Kainani was the recipient of the Francis M. Ryan Diversity Scholarship and the Public Interest Law Forum grant. During law school, Kainani worked in a variety of public interest roles as a legal intern at the Creighton University Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic, the Douglas County (Nebraska) Office of the Public Defender, the Hawai'i Innocence Project, and the Honolulu Office of the Public Defender. She was a member of the Creighton Law Public Interest Law Forum and also the founder and president of the Creighton University Asian Law Student Association.

After graduating from Creighton Law, Kainani served as law clerk to the Honorable Glenn S. Hara in Hilo, Hawai'i, where she worked on a variety of civil and criminal legal matters with the judge. In 2010, Kainani began practicing criminal defense as a Deputy Public Defender at the Honolulu Office of the Public Defender. Kainani defended hundreds of people in misdemeanor and felony jury and bench trials. She also filed briefs with Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Hawaii Supreme Court. In late 2016, she was assigned to Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Division where she worked within the HOPE specialty court in the Honolulu Circuit Court. During her work in HOPE, Kainani provided criminal defense with a client-centered approach in a program that holds probationers accountable while helping them, in a rehabilitative way, to succeed during their probation and in life. As a Deputy Public Defender, Kainani also represented clients in juvenile procedures, civil commitment hearings, and before the Hawaii Paroling Authority.

A 2000 graduate of Maryknoll High School and 2004 cum laude graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Kainani was admitted to the Hawai'i State Bar Association in October of 2009. She is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Hawai'i.

Kainani has been an adjunct professor teaching criminal law at Kapi'olani Community College, continues to provide court appointed criminal defense legal representation to indigent clients, and serves on the board of directors of the Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association. She is active in the community as a pro bono legal advisor for the Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i's Access to Justice Legal Clinic, the Hawai'i Filipino Fiesta Legal Clinic, the Hawai'i Volunteer Legal Services Juvenile Records Expungement Program, and the YMCA College Camp.

Kainani's years of experience spent zealously advocating on behalf of Hawai'i's indigent population has given her unsurpassed litigation skills and insight. Kainani understands the uncertainty that a person can encounter when entering the legal system. Her experience helping those people navigate through that system, and compassion for clients, help them find the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Kainani is committed in applying her legal expertise to help individuals and families get past their legal issues and smoothly transition into the next phase of their lives.

Areas of Practice
  • 50% Family Law
  • 50% Criminal Law
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Hawaii, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 2009
  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. with a Litigation Concentration - 2009
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, Kapiolani Community College, 2015 - 2017
Honors and Awards
  • Francis M. Ryan Diversity Scholarsiop, 2006 - 2009
  • Public Interest Law Forum Grant Recipient, 2007 - 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2012 - 2018
Past Employment Positions
  • Honolulu Office of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2010 - 2017
  • The Judicial Chambers of Judge Glenn S. Hara, Judicial Law Clerk, 2009 - 2010
Pro Bono Activities
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Access to Justice Legal Clinic, 2015 - Present
  • YMCA College Camp Legal Division, 2015 - Present


Client's Choice 2020,2018
Client's Choice
2020 2018

Contact Kainani

Perrault & Alvarez LLLC
1001 Bishop Street,
Suite 2870
Honolulu, HI, 96813


4.9 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in town, Thank's Kainani !
Kainani is very professional at what she does as a lawyer. It was comforting working with her and made us feel and understand that everything is going to be alright with our situation. She always had time to answer our questions which felt good. Kainani will be our go to lawyer after this great experience with her. Thank you very much.
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Posted by Joanne | April 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
TRO advice
When I first spoke with Ms. Alvarez she was up front and told me that I didn’t have to hire an attorney for a TRO. I appreciated her candidness and willingness to help me navigate the process. She provided me with good legal advice and said I would hire her should I decide to file for divorce. I would certainly recommend her for TRO, custody or divorce matters.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Hawaii!
I was going through a divorce and also had issues with custody and child support. I called Ms Alvarez for a free phone consult. She was very professional and yet personable. She had a great understanding of what I was going through and knew exactly what needed to be done. She gave me the confidence that everything will turn out in my favor in the end of all this chaos. It gave me a piece of mind that I could rely on someone and not stress over what I was going through. To me, that’s just priceless.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t have done this without Kainani
I was very emotional and overwhelmed during this difficult time and intimidated with the process. The best decision was deciding to get legal help. Kainani was very informative and explained any concerns or questions I had. She is very personal and still very helpful even after the process was done.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Perrault & Alvarez, LLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Farrell & Associates
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Mei Nakamoto
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Criminal Law Professor
  • Kapi'olani Community College
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Honolulu Office of the Public Defender
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Judicial Chambers of Glenn S. Hara
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Creighton University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State of Hawaii vs. McBee - Jury Trial on Abuse of Family Household Member FC-CR No. 11-1-2129
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Hawaii vs. Domingo - Jury Trial on Abuse of Family Household Member FC-CR No. 11-1-1904
  • Not Guilty


  • Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Creighton Asian Law Student Association
  • Founder, President
  • 2006 - 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Leadership Institute Fellow
  • Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Public Interest Law Forum Grant
  • Creighton University Public Interest Law Forum
  • 2007
  • Francis M. Ryan Diversity Scholarship
  • Creighton University
  • 2006
  • Honorary Award
  • Golden-Key International Honour Society
  • 2004
  • Honorary Award
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • 2004
  • Dean's Honor List
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • 2004
  • Cum Laude
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (12)
Endorse Kainani
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kainani is my go to lawyer for any questions I have on family or criminal law. She is confident in the Courtroom. And she is a straight shooter with her clients. If you want a lawyer who is knowledgeable and can guide you through your case, this is the lawyer for you."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kainani is a skilled negotiator and zealous advocate for her clients. She was always respectful and professional in our communications. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Alvarez is knowledgeable, competent, tough. I know that I can refer criminal defense work to her, and that the clients will be well-represented."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Kainani is one of the best family law attorneys in Hawaii, bar none. She is a tenacious and talented trial attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Honolulu Family Lawyer Kainani Christine Collins Alvarez
Kainani Christine Collins Alvarez
Family Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 13 years
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