Emi Morita Kaimuloa is a partner in the Government & Regulatory Affairs, Land Use and Environmental, and Nonprofit Practice Groups. Ms. Kaimuloa provides advice and counsel to business clients and government on a wide variety of matters, and leads the nonprofit practice area for the firm, overseeing organizational issues and board governance. Ms. Kaimuloa’s expertise in land use is informed by her deep knowledge of environmental, burial, and water laws, as well as permitting and zoning guidelines. She utilizes her expertise to enable smooth and efficient navigation of Hawaii’s unique environment.
Ms. Kaimuloa’s work has included permitting and zoning entitlements for a university campus and a quarry expansion. She has also been involved in the planning, implementation, and operation of residential, retail, resort, and commercial developmentson the islands of Kauai and Hawaii. Ms. Kaimuloa works closely with managing partner J. Douglas Ing on the Victoria Ward, Limited Ward Neighborhood Master Plan and the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village development projects, setting precedent for urban master planning regulatory compliance in Kakaako.
Focused and insightful, Ms. Kaimuloa combines efficient, tactical execution with a natural ability to relate to all her clients. Transparency and open communication drive all of her client relationships. A sharp eye for detail and writing expertise facilitate Ms. Kaimuloa’s ability to create strategies completely customized to her individual clients. While details in the process and particular issues may change, her primary directive remains constant — to achieve success for the client while also benefitting the community at large.
Aside from time spent at the White House in Washington DC in 1996, Ms. Kaimuloa is a lifelong Hawai‘i resident, which has allowed her to cultivate an extensive knowledge of the law from a local perspective. Ms. Kaimuloa is deeply committed to the community. She serves on the board of Aloha Harvest, a nonprofit that gathers perishable foods and delivers the food free-of-charge to social service agencies, and on the board of KEY Project. She also served as president of Hawaii Women Lawyers. She has also appeared in several local commercials, Japanese print ads, and on stage in Oklahoma!, Grease, and with 24 VII Danceforce.
Ms. Kaimuloa is the recipient of Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 Award, CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Real Property, Native American Moot Court National Award, as well as the University of Hawai‘i Office for Women’s Research “Women in 2000” Award, and has served as clerk to the Honorable Paula A. Nakayama, Hawai‘i Supreme Court, adjunct professor of Legal Writing & Advocacy, William S. Richardson School of Law, past president of Hawaii Women Lawyers, as well as board member and recent developments editor of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review.
- William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, J.D., 2002
University of Hawaii, B.A., 1998