March 9, 2007 through March 8, 2013
Keith E. Tanaka was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon as judge of the District Family Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice, specializing in the area of criminal defense since 1989. His experience also includes appellate work, divorce and foreclosure proceedings, arbitration, and parole hearings. He was a deputy public defender with the Office of the Public Defender, State of Hawai'i, from 1983 to 1989, and practiced in the District, Family and Circuit Courts of both the First and Second Circuits.
Judge Tanaka received his law degree from the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.