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Jerome Alan Tabar

Commercial real estate Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   8 reviews

also known as J Kainoa Tabar, Kainoa Tabar

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jerome

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Kainoa Tabar is an experienced Honolulu attorney whose practice focuses on real estate and business transactions, commercial leasing, development, financing and documentation.  Mr. Tabar has presented legal seminars on privacy and instituting better business practices for construction companies and maintains a legal blog on a plethora of civil law subjects.

Transactional practice includes drafting business documents, contracts, commercial leases, review of lease forms and purchase sale agreements; closing documents; review of transactions for compliance with state and administrative laws; drafting of articles of incorporation, bylaws and handling of all aspects of business registration; review of company policies for compliance with state and federal laws (nonprofits included);  review of company forms and drafting of forms and policies; domestication of foreign national corporations including construction of drafting interdependent contractual agreements and partnerships between multinational corporations (e.g. global construction and technology companies); obtaining of licenses for foreign professionals; review of intellectual property disputes; negotiation; review of recording and performance contracts, negotiation between artists and producers.

Mr. Tabar received his B.A. in Journalism, cum laude with honors, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and went on to be a staff reporter for Pacific Business News before heading to law school at Hofstra University School of Law.  He received his law degree, cum laude, from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii where he was a staff editor of the Asian & Pacific Law Policy Journal.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Tabar served as a summer law clerk to then-Associate Justice Simeon Acoba and Circuit Court Judge Steven Alm before serving as assistant director of the Hawaii Innocence Project. Prior to opening his own private pratice, Mr. Tabar was an associate at Park Park & Remillard and then Badger Arakaki LLLC where he litigated business law matters, mediated, arbitrated and litigated consumer and construction law disputes.  He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before all Hawaii courts, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Attorney at Law
758 Kapahulu Ave
Ste 100-1045
Honolulu, HI, 96816


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeff | February 16, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Best attorney I have ever worked with!
I have been in the real estate industry for 20 years and I have worked with several attorneys, but none of them can compare to Jerome Alan Kainoa Tabar. He is the best attorney for any real estate, business, or construction law matters. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. He helped me with a complex situation and helped to negotiate a great deal that accomplished each of my goals. He is always available to answer my questions and explain everything clearly. He is the best attorney I have ever worked with and I highly recommend Mr. Tabar for any legal matters related to real estate, business, construction or landlord & tenant rights.
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Posted by Likeke | June 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Jerome Alan Tabar
Very professional, efficient kept me informed everything step of the way. Worked extremely hard to research and make sure he had everything lined up. Kainoa is a fighter, and will go to bat for you everything step of the way. Best lawyer I have worked with. He doesnʻt give up. The final result was in our favor. So thankful beyond words.
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Posted by Joseph | June 4, 2022
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A great lawyer
Mr. Tabar is an exceptional lawyer that understands the nuances of Hawaii's judicial system.
Posted by Jeffery | July 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable, with prompt and fair results...
I have personal testimonial of Kainoa and his hard work. I am a business owner and recently Kainoa has helped my business save Thousands of dollars and helped renegotiate my lease to allow me to continue operations in this trying times. He listens to your needs and researches the best way to communicate with your landlords. I Highly recommend Kainoa. Mahalo
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Posted by Alice T. | April 9, 2020
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Responsive, Knowledgeable, Prompt and Fair
Kainoa Tabar's services are professional, honest, timely, knowledgeable and accurate. I needed a rental attorney and decided to contact him after reading other YELP reviews. Then I vetted Kainoa with the Hawaii Bar Association. His approach is personable, understanding and shows willingness to work with you. I'm not sure what happened with some of the others's experiences but my email messages were returned within a day or many times within the hour. He even responded on the weekend (I thought I would need to wait until Monday). I received emailed invoices as he worked on my case and his billing is very accurate and fair. There were times when I emailed him something to read over (before I posted it), and he didn't charge me for those types of short reviews. I will definitely contact Kainoa Tabar again.
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Posted by Elaine | April 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Represents Condo Owners Effectively
Kainoa is an extremely competent attorney who is diplomatic and unbiased. He has great integrity and compassion. He can analyze a complex issue and break it down into clear basic steps that the layperson can understand. He keeps expenses down by using a digital office and visiting clients in their home, which makes the situation friendly and comfortable. He also is readily available by phone and email. He makes every effort to keep expenses down without compromising effectiveness. I had an issue with the board of my condominium building. I searched for a condo law attorney and found that most of them represent condo associations but not apartment owners. I was lucky that the University of Hawaii Law School recommended Kainoa who does represent the ”little guy” and the marginalized. Kainoa has empathy and concern for the underrepresented and helps to empower them. He astutely analyzed my situation and developed an effective, non-combative, and inexpensive solution. He educated me on the various governing documents of a condominium association including state and federal law as well as the building’s declaration, bylaws, and house rules. My issue concerned a house rule imposed by the board that banned smoking inside of units. A few months earlier, the owners failed to pass this smoking ban as a bylaw amendment in part because of an objection to all forms of prejudice including legal lifestyle management and the fact that there was no evidence of toxic environmental smoke. In this era when many demonize smokers and blatantly discriminate against them with impunity, I feared that I was facing an expensive lawsuit to get the house rule repealed. Instead, Kainoa helped me work collegially with other owners. He attended the annual meeting of owners with my proxy where he helped me become elected to the board, made a motion to repeal the house rule using proper legalese, and successfully guided me in asking the board to repeal the smoking ban. I recommend Kainoa enthusiastically and with absolutely no reservations.
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Posted by Alina | April 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and professional
I recently used attorney Kainoa’s services upon recommendation. He did not disappoint. He was knowledgeable, professional and a clear communicator. I would not hesitate to engage his services again.
Posted by Lewis Hitchcock | July 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Tactful, Gentle Attorney with Fangs
Because of the dual scope and nature of a suit I was preparing, I expected having trouble finding an attorney with experience in both those fields. I was able to find such - Attorney J. Alan “Kainoa” Tabar. I thoroughly recommend him and would without hesitation use him again. Why? Kainoa is punctual (hard to get to him by phone, but he gets back to you in a marvelously timely manner, either by his phone or email – without exception), impressive in his expertise, and exercises superb judgment. Additionally, I found him to be honest (even telling me in the beginning that I - not an attorney but a lot of audit and investigative case experience - had a winning case prepared and didn’t need him), and he promptly returns any unused retainer (with my not even having mentioned that). Well, did I need him? Yes - he improved anything I'd develop. Plus he saved me; see the last sentence below. Further, he’s a good listener, soft-spoken, and polite; however, don’t let those gentle attributes fool you. When the other side (as he tactfully calls them – I called them something else!) has you worn down, stressed, and ready to settle for half a cake, Kainoa has none of it. Yes, best to have “Kainoa” Tabar on your team.
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Protecting the Privacy of Student and School Records Under FERPA.
  • Protecting the Privacy of Student and School Records Under FERPA
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute
  • Protecting the Privacy of Student and School Records Under FERPA
  • 2015
  • Junior Judges Program
  • Junior Judges Program
  • 2015

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Honolulu Commercial real estate Lawyer Jerome Alan Tabar
Jerome Alan Tabar
Commercial real estate Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 13 years