State Public Defender
John M. Tonaki
John “Jack” Tonaki joined the Office of the Public Defender as a trial attorney in 1985, and has been leading the office since his appointment in 2000. Mr. Tonaki has extensive trial experience, having handled over 150 jury trials throughout his career. Mr. Tonaki earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1982, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1985.