Ernest Y. Martin

Direct:  808.628.7526
Fax:  808.533.2467

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Practice Areas

- Commercial Real Estate


Ernie joins Sullivan Meheula Lee after an extensive career with the City and County of Honolulu, including civil service and cabinet-level positions and, most recently, as the longest servicing Chairperson in the history of the Honolulu City Council. Ernie concentrates his practice on real property law and community engagement.


J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, 1995

M.A., Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1987

B.A., Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1983

A.A., Honolulu Community College, 1981


Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)


Hawaii State Bar Association

Community Involvement 

Pacific Gateway Center (Member, 2017 to 2019, Appointed as Chairman of the Board on 10/2019)

Move Oahu Forward (Member, 2019 to Present)

Abilities Unlimited, (Member, 2019 to Present)

Honolulu City Council (2011 to 2018, Chairman and Presiding Officer, 2011 to 2016, 2018)

Wahiawa Lions Club (Member, 2009 to Present)

Governor’s Turtle Bay Advisory Working Group (Member, 2008 to 2010)

Executive Steering Committee, Honolulu Weed and Seed (Member, 2002 to 2010)

Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women (Member, Ex-Officio, 2008 to 2010)

Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities (Member, Ex-Officio, 2008 to 2010)

Mayor's Leeward Coast Community Benefits Advisory Board (Member, Ex-Officio, 2008 to 2010)

Mayor's Task Force on Drug/ Alcohol Abuse (Member, Ex-Officio, 2008 to 2010)

Oahu Workforce Investment Board (Member, Ex-Officio, 2008 to 2010)

Waipahu Neighborhood Board (Member, 1991 to 1993, 1995)