Because of Hawai`i’s unique location, the islands present a perfect testing ground for cutting edge energy entrepreneurs.

Our attorneys are some of the most experienced in Hawai`i and the Pacific and have represented lenders in financings for energy projects including solar and wind. We have been instrumental in the growth of the renewable energy industry in Hawai`i by helping clients develop, structure, finance, buy and sell renewable energy projects.


The coal industry has been the backbone of energy in the U.S., and even as alternative energies become more prevalent, coal continues to be a prominent method of energy production at power plants. Coal use in Hawai`i will be necessary as a backup plan in times of crisis.

Our Corporate, Energy, and Employment Law teams regularly work with firms which use coal to run their operations, and understand the importance of reliable fuel to keep selected power plants running.

Electric & Gas Utilities

With some of the most experienced lawyers in Hawai`i and the Pacific, we offer our clients full representation and legal advice in electric and other public utilities.

Our attorneys have performed a vast array of services for the electric and petroleum industries, dealing with financial matters, product sales, and government regulation, amongst other services.


Although there are new developments of biofuels, hydrogen powered cells, renewable energy, and other environmentally-friendly fuel source appearing on the market, petroleum continues to be the most widely used resource and one our islands depend on.

We have a unique understanding of Hawai`i’s petroleum industry through assisting clients in matters involving refinery operations, tank farm operations, service station/convenience store operations, product sales and exchanges, pipeline matters, jobbers, financing, licensing, offshore mooring, legislation, and government regulation.

Our attorneys have been lead counsel on some of Hawai`i’s most complicated and notable commercial transactions, including the sale of one of Hawai`i’s largest independent gasoline marketers.

Renewable Energy

Our attorneys have been instrumental in the remarkable growth of the renewable energy industry in Hawai`i by helping clients develop, structure, finance, buy and sell renewable energy projects.

We pride ourselves on our broad experience with all facets of the renewable energy industry, including purchase and sale of project components and of renewable energy credits, storage of renewable energy, and construction and financing renewable energy projects.

Our renewable energy expertise includes wind, solar, biomass, biofuels and landfill gas projects.

Calvert G. Chipchase
Lead brief author for insured in Aloha Petroleum, LTD. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA., 25 F. Supp. 3d 1305 (D. Haw. 2014). The federal district court held that the insured was entitled to litigate its policy dispute in Hawai‘i and was not compelled to arbitrate the dispute under a separate agreement relating to payments.