Bart W. Howk


Bart W. Howk


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: (808) 523-9000
Fax: (808) 533-4184
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Bart W. Howk is a Partner at Bays Lung Rose Holma.  Mr. Howk concentrates his practice in business and real-estate transactions.  He assists clients enter into productive business deals while minimizing risk.  Mr. Howk’s practice includes business organizations, real-estate purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, leases, condominiums, real-estate development, and financing.

Representative Transactions

  • Negotiated and closed a refinanced mortgage loan for the entire Maui Lu resort.
  • Negotiated a 20-year lease for the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
  • Negotiated and closed the sale of 550 acres in Waikele, Island of Oahu.
  • Serves as general counsel for development, sales, and leases of a 500-acre project in Kalaeloa, Island of Oahu.
  • Served as the real-estate and general counsel for the subfranchisor of a national coffee chain for the entire State of Hawaii.
  • Serves as general counsel for the current developer of the Ke Kailani subdivision and condominium project on the Island of Hawaii, including applying for subdivision registration and sales to the public.
  • Negotiated and closed a commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) refinancing involving complex interlinking transactions for the Plaza at Milltown Shopping Center.
  • Negotiated the sale of a hotel in Waikiki, Island of
  • Negotiated and closed the sale of a high-end fashion boutique store in Waikiki, Island of Oahu.
  • Represented a Japanese tourist company in various business negotiations and transactions, including publishing magazines, selling tour activities, renting trolleys, providing loyalty-card rewards, and selling advertisements.
  • Negotiated agreements in connection with providing recreational sailing tours and catamaran cruises in Waikiki, Island of Oahu.
  • Assisted with sale of a partial ownership interest in a company for $138,000,000.
  • Handled all transfers of ownership interests of business entities across the United States for one of the largest healthcare-management companies in the nation.
  • Assisted with a $50,000,000 purchase of 3,500 acres on the Island of Hawaii.
  • Assisted with the negotiation and closing of a multi-tenant shopping center in Waikiki, Island of Oahu.
  • Negotiated and closed numerous business purchases and sales, including corporate restructures, acquisitions, stock-purchase agreements, and other transfers of ownership interests.
  • Created and organized numerous for-profit and nonprofit entities.
  • Negotiated and drafted documents for numerous other types of other business transactions, including independent-contractor agreements, power-purchase agreements, property-management agreements, advertising agreements, vacation rental agreements, parking-stall rental agreements, and broker-commission agreements.

Seminars/Panel Discussions

  • LLC Operating Agreements: Formation and Drafting (National Business Institute), Author and Lecturer, 2016
  • Title Law in Hawaii: Issues with Title Insurance (National Business Institute), Author and Lecturer, 2016
  • Limited Liability Companies (National Business Institute), Co-Author and Co-Lecturer, 2015
  • Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law (National Business Institute), Co-Author and Co-Lecturer, 2015
  • Avoiding Ethical and Malpractice Pitfalls (HSBA Annual Convention), Co-Author and Co-Lecturer, 2014
  • Legal Ethics in Construction Law (Lorman Education Services), Author and Lecturer, 2012, 2013
  • Road and Access Law: Researching and Resolving Common Disputes (National Business Institute), Co-Author, 2011
  • The Fives of Hawaii Business (760 KGU), Co-Host, 2011–2012


  • Law Clerk, Honorable Paul M. Spinden, Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri, 2006–2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii Society of Business Professionals, Director 2015–2017, President Elect 2016–2017
  • Boys & Girls Club Alliance Board, Director 2017
  • Hawaii State Bar Foundation, Director 2013–2014, Secretary 2013–2014
  • Young Lawyers Division, Director 2013–2014, Secretary 2014
  • Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow, 2011–2012


  • Landshark Invitational Surf Competition, Open Novice Division, 1st Place 2011, 3rd Place 2010
  • Trumpet player, jazz, reggae, soul, funk
Areas of Practice
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Transactions
Bar Admissions
  • Hawaii, 2010
  • Kansas, 2006
  • Missouri, 2007
  • University of Kansas School of Law
    J.D. - 2006
    Kansas Law Review
  • University of Kansas School of Business
    M.B.A. - 2006