Meet Megan

Megan K. Kau is a Honolulu based attorney rendering legal services as a sole practitioner specializing in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. Aside from her extensive legal experience and unmatched work ethic, it is Megan’s grit and resilience that ranks her amongst the most respected and accomplished trial attorneys in the State of Hawai`i. Her success in private practice has not dampened Megan’s continuing passion to serve her community. In particular, Megan is dedicated to advocating for those overlooked and marginalized individuals who are without a voice and will relentlessly fight to ensure justice for the residents of Oahu as the next Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu.

Megan was born on the island of Oahu and grew up with her twin sister in Kaneohe. She attended Punahou School and then attended the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. With her eye on a career in accounting, Megan clerked at an accounting firm to gain invaluable experience for her future profession. While never intent on a legal career, it was at the urging of the firm’s partner that finally convinced Megan to apply to law school to further her accounting career as a transactional attorney. Thus, after graduating from the University of Hawai`i in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Megan moved to California to attend Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2003, Megan graduated with her juris doctor, passed the California bar exam, and subsequently passed the Hawai`i bar exam.

Upon returning to Hawai`i committed to a career in business law, she worked for two years as a tax associate for KPMG, LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm. She completed the lengthy certification process and earned her Certified Public Accountant license in 2006 which she continues to maintain on inactive status.

Later that year, Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle hired Megan as a deputy prosecuting attorney. This was a pivotal time in her life. She was able to help herself in addition to gaining a valuable perspective from fighting for people who could not or would not fight for themselves.

She was promoted very quickly to the Career Criminal Division where she tried high publicity murders, sex assaults, and other violent crimes. Of note, Megan’s trial and resulting guilty verdict in State v. Vaimili secured the first conviction of a Promoting Prostitution in the First Degree offense in the State of Hawai`i.

Following a regime change, Megan left the Prosecutor’s Office for an opportunity in business litigation at the end of 2010. Megan worked at two private civil firms before opening her own law practice.

The recent, troubling revelations at the Prosecutor’s Office clearly demonstrate the misdirected focus of the current administration. As Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, Megan will use her skill, experience, and knowledge to restore integrity to the office and earn the respect of the community by fighting for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2003

University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Accounting (BBA), 2000

Activities & Affiliations

• Hawai`i State Bar Association, Member

• The State Bar of California, Member

• Certified as a Public Accountant (not in public practice)

• Completed 43 jury trials to verdict

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