Jeffrey N. Watanabe is the retired founding partner of Watanabe Ing LLP.  His practice included providing firm clients with strategic advice aimed at achieving their objectives in the context of Hawaii’s unique business, political, regulatory and community environments and interrelationships.  Industries in which much of Mr. Watanabe’s strategic counsel focused include hotel/resort development, the airline and passenger cruise industries, telecommunications and high tech arenas.

Mr. Watanabe remains widely active in business and community affairs.  He is a director of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and Matson Inc., Cellular Bioengineering, Inc. and Oahu Publications, Inc. He is the Chairman of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. and is a member of the board of its subsidiary, American Savings Bank.

He is the former chair of the board of trustees of the Consuelo Foundation, headquartered in Honolulu and Manila.  He is a trustee of the HEI Foundation, Punahou School and Sesame Workshop headquartered in New York which he chaired until 2004.  He is a member of the Hawaii Bar Association, Hawaii Executive Conference, and the Hawaii Asia Pacific Association.

Practice Areas


  • George Washington University Law Center, J.D., 1968
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1965
  • Stanford Law School Directors’ College
  • Harvard School of Business Directors’ Program
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management Director Education Program

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii