Charles E. Pear Jr.


Condominium, Timeshare and Subdivision Regulation, Real Property

Phone: 808-529-7300

Fax: 808-524-8293


Charles E. Pear, Jr. is a partner in the real estate practice group and represents numerous clients on dozens of condominium, timesharing and fractional projects, including some of the earliest and some of the largest plans in the nation. He represents developers and lenders, real estate brokerage firms, property managers, homeowners associations, exchange companies, and others. He has also served as a consultant to the State of Hawaii.

Mr. Pear is listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law and has an “av” rating in Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Pear drafted the majority of Hawaii's timeshare law and portions of the ARDA Model Timesharing Act.  He also drafted significant portions of the Hawaii Land Court Act.  He was an editor of the Hawaii Commercial Real Estate Manual; Editor-in-Chief of the Hawaii Conveyance Manual and a contributing author to various other publications.  He has spoken on resort real estate, timesharing and fractional ownership issues at seminars held in Hawaii and elsewhere in the country.

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1976
  • Florida, 1977
  • Colorado, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1978


University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California

  • J.D. - 1975
  • Honors: McBain Moot Court Honors Competition Award, 1973
  • Law Journal: Industrial Relations Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 1974 - 1975

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • B.A. - 1972
  • Honors: Real Dean Award (The outstanding member of the student body)
  • Major: Legal Studies

Published Works

  • Editor-in-Chief, Hawaii Conveyance Manual, II, 1987
  • Editor, Hawaii Commercial Real Estate Manual, 11, 1988
  • Editor, Hawaii Commercial Real Estate Manual, 1987-1988
  • Co-Author, National Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials, National Timesharing Council Model Timesharing Act, 1981-1982
  • Contributing Author, Hawaii Real Estate Manual, 1997


  • Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc.


  • Hawaii Land Court, 2012 - Present
  • Fractional Ownership, 2007 - Present
  • Hawaii Hospitality Conference, 2004 - Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Law and Computers, IBM Center for Law and Computers, 1990 - 1993
  • Electronic Media Discovery, Canadian Bar Association, 1992
  • Law Offices of Tomorrow, Ontario Law Society, 1995
  • Law Offices of Tomorrow, Canadian Society for Advancement of Legal Technology, 1995
  • Admissibility of Computer-Generated Animations, Simulations and Recreations, Canadian Bar Association, 1991
  • Expert Systems in Law, American Bar Association, 1991
  • Commercial Real Estate, Hawaii Institute for CLE, 1989
  • Technological Evolution of the Legal Profession: Computer as Your Expert Partner, American Bar Association, 1988
  • Real Estate Transactions, Hawaii Institute for CLE, 1988
  • Uniform Land Sales Act, Hawaii Bar Association, 1985
  • Hotel & Resort Real Estate Securities, American Resort Developer's Association, 1982
  • Regulating Resort Real Estate, American Resort Developer's Association, 1981

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Real Dean Award (The Outstanding Member of Student Body), 1972
  • Chief Justice, Student Court, 1971 - 1972
  • Student Body, Vice-President, 1970 - 1971
  • Outstanding Sophomore Award, 1970
  • Student Senate, 1969 - 1970

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Department of Real Estate, Member, Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association, Expert Systems Interest Group, Chairperson, 1989 - 1992
  • American Bar Association, HyperMedia Interest Group, Chairperson, 1989 - 1992
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Real Property and Financial Services Sections, Chairperson, 1982 - 1984
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Real Property and Financial Services Sections, Member, Board of Directors, 1982
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • California Department of Real Estate Subdivision Advisory Committee, Member, Sub-committee on Multi-Site Time Share Plans, 1995
  • Hawaii State Bar, Elder Law Section, Member
  • Hawaii State Bar, Intellectual Property and Technology Sections, Member
  • American Resort Development Association, Member
  • California Department of Real Estate, Member, Advisory Committee
  • Hawaii State Bar, Elder Law Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Rush Moore Craven & Stricklin, Of Counsel, 1987 - 1990
  • Burke, Sakai, McPheeters, Bordner & Gilardy, Honolulu, Hawaii, Partner, 1983 - 1987
  • House of Representatives, Hawaii State Legislature, Special Counsel, Committee on Consumer Protection and Timesharing Legislation, 1981 - 1983
  • Carlsmith & Dwyer, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1977 - 1982
  • Hawaii Real Estate Commission Committee, Condominium and Resort Real Estate Legislation, 1978 - 1979
  • Hamilton, Gibson, Nickelsen, Rush & Moore, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976 - 1977