Kenneth Yamato

Kenneth was born in Yamaguchi-ken, Japan and moved to Hawaii at the age of three. He attended grade school in Hawaii and continued his education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

He began his public accounting career at N&K in 1976 and received his CPA certificate from the State of Hawaii in 1978. Kenneth became a principal of the firm in 1987. Because he is fluent in speaking Japanese, he is mostly involved in serving our Japan-based clients. He also works on various Information Technology projects for the firm.

Kenneth is a member of several organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs, the Hawaii Society of CPAs, and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Kenneth's former claim to fame was that in spite of playing golf for more than 25 years, playing more than 100 rounds a year, and maintaining a single-digit handicap, he has been unable to achieve that elusive hole-in-one. However, that has all changed and the goal is elusive no more. On January 6, 2007, witnesses saw him make a hole-in-one at the Waialae Country Club on the 16th hole. And, this was the second time around. He made his first hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Waialae in March 2005.

Areas of practice: Accounting, tax, management consulting.

Industry specialization: Real estate, retail, international taxation.