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Local boy who grew up in Pearl City that wants to share my 30-year career in public accounting experience, knowledge, and passion with the next generation of business leaders.
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Business Administration

• National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals 2014 Top Ten Public Accounting Professionals in the State of Hawaii.
• Lead the Hawaii Society of CPA’s Legislative Committee to pass the Peer Review Law. This movement was a key factor in aligning Hawaii’s CPAs ability to practice across states with non-Hawaii CPAs.
• Trustee, Island Pacific Academy - prevented the school’s closure by identifying key financial issues and actively engaged the board of trustees and administration in successful debt restructuring.
• Expert testimony given for various tax technical issues including trust, estate, real estate, pass through organizations, and corporations.
• Lead and negotiated numerous Internal Revenue Service audits for individual, trust, non-profit, corporation, partnership, and S-corporations, including Internal Revenue Service appeal process.

• As a one of three Founding Partners successfully created, transitioned, and grew the former Honolulu office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP into one of the largest accounting practices in Hawaii.
• Lead the largest tax practice in the state of Hawaii.
• Developed and implemented new service offerings of concierge accounting services.
• Leader of planning and transitioning acquisitions of other accounting practices.

• First partner of Hawaiian ancestry at the globally recognized professional services firm.
• Created, developed and successfully grew a tax high technology practice to the largest in the state of Hawaii.
• Led our firm’s largest engagements in banking, trust, non-profit, insurance, and privately held businesses.
• Created a new tax practice of trust tax insourcing of over 1,000 tax returns.

• Commissioned, Second Lieutenant, USAR – 1986
• Detachment Commander, 342d Finance Support Unit – 1989 to 1992
• Operations Officer, 342d Finance Support Unit – 1986 to 1988
• Diploma, United States Army Finance School, 1988
• Honorable discharge – 1994


  • M.T. in Master’s of Taxation, the University
    of Denver, 1992
  • B.S. in Business Administration
    (emphasis Accounting), the University of Southern California, 1986
  • Diploma, Kamehameha Schools, 1982
  • Principal, Legacy Works Hawaii, 2020 - Present
  • Managing Director, Trustee Administrative Services Hawai‘i LLC, 2017 – 2020
  • Wendell K. Lee, CPA – 2017 To Present
  • Founding Partner, Accuity LLP CPAs,
    Honolulu, HI, 2006-2016
  • Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers CPAs, Honolulu, HI, 2003-2006
  • Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers CPAs, Honolulu, HI, 1997-2003
  • Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CPAs, Honolulu, HI, 1994-1997
  • Tax Senior Associate, Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs, Honolulu, HI, 1990-1994
  • Tax Associate, Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs, Honolulu, HI, 1989- 1990
  • Associate, Shea & Company, CPAs,
    Honolulu, HI, 1986-1988
  • ACC 202
  • ACC 330
  • ACC 430
  • ACC 431
  • Estate and gift taxation
  • Trust administration
  • Professional trustee

• Lecturer, University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, Department of Accounting, 2017 to present
• Instructor, Chaminade University, 1992
• Instructor, Hawai‘i Captive Insurance Council Seminar, 1998
• Instructor, Hawai‘i Society of CPA’s, Not-For-Profit Organizations, 1996
• Instructor, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Fiduciary Income Tax Workshop, 1999
• Instructor, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Hawai‘i/Federal Income Tax Workshop, 1999
• Instructor, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Hawai‘i/Federal Income Tax Workshop, 1998
• Instructor, Professional Educations Systems, Inc., Estate and Gift Tax Workshop, 1998
• Instructor, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Limited Liability Companies and Limited
Liability Partnerships, 1998
• Presentation, Advanced Estate Tax Planning Techniques, 1998
• Presentation, Hawai‘i Community Services Council, Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations, 1996
• Presentation, Lorman Education Services, Preparation of Federal Estate Tax Returns, 1996

• Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Member, Chartered Global Management Accountant
• Member, Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants

• Representative, AICPA Governing Council
• Board Member, Na Kupaa O Kuhio
• Past Board Member, Hawaii Educational Council
• Trustee, Takai Family Trust
• Aloha United Way, Tocqueville Society, 2017
• Past Executive Director, Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
• Past President, Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants
• Past President, Soroptimist International of Honolulu
• Past Trustee and Vice President, Island Pacific Academy
• Past Trustee, Janessa Dicus Trust
• Past Treasurer, The Foundation for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
• Past Treasurer, Hawaii Audubon Society
• Past Treasurer, Helping Hands of Hawaii
• Past Director, Honolulu Police Community Foundation
• Past Director, The Deputies
• Past Associate Director, USC Accounting Circle
• Past Advisory Member, The Hawaii Tax Institute
• Past First Vice President, Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association
• Past Board Member and Treasurer for the Catholic Charities to the Elderly
• Past Advisor, Junior Achievement Program
• Past Member of Advisory Council, American Diabetes Association
• Past Member, University of Hawaii Alumni Accounting Association
• Past Member, Ala Moana Jaycees
• Past Member, Oahu Country Club
• Past Member, Oahu Country Club Compensation Committee
• Past Member, Pacific Club
• Past Member, Reserve Officer’s Association