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Top Financial Advisors in Honolulu, HI

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Finding a Top Financial Advisor Firm in Honolulu, Hawaii

Choosing a financial advisor who fits your needs is easier said than done. To simplify the search process, SmartAsset compiled this list of the top financial advisor firms in Honolulu. Read through the tables and reviews below to see which firms’ account minimums, investment strategies, certifications and more are most in line with what you’re looking for. Another way to simplify your search for a financial advisor is by using SmartAsset’s financial advisor matching tool. Answer a short series of questions and you’ll be matched with financial advisors near you.

Rank Financial Advisor Assets Managed Minimum Assets Financial Services More Information
1 $262,471,948

No set account minimum

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Administrative services

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
  • Administrative services
2 $207,328,738

$250,000

  • Financial planning services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

$250,000

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
3 $118,082,037

No set account minimum

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

Minimum Assets

No set account minimum

Financial Services

  • Financial planning services
  • Portfolio management
  • Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)

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How We Found the Top Financial Advisor Firms in Honolulu, Hawaii

SmartAsset considered all U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-registered firms in Honolulu for this list, as SEC-registered firms are fiduciaries. If a firm did not have financial planners on staff, did not manage individual accounts or did not have a clean record, it was taken out of consideration. The remaining firms were then sorted from highest assets under management (AUM) to lowest. The top firms from that list appear below.

The Rice Partnership, LLC

The Rice Partnership, LLC

The Rice Partnership, LLC is a fee-only financial advisor firm with five advisors on staff. The firm says it has deep roots in the islands: the firm’s principal, Bonnie Rice, is part of a Hawaiian ranching family that goes back four generations.

The firm holds the most advisory certifications of any firm on this list, offering a certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA) and a chartered financial consultant (ChFC).

There’s no minimum amount required to open an account with this firm, making it fairly financially accessible. Its clientele is largely balanced between non-high-net-worth and high-net-worth investors.

The Rice Partnership, LLC Background

Rice and Orest Saikevych are joint principal members of The Rice Partnership, LLC, which they established in 2005.  This is an employee-owned firm, meaning those who work here hold a stake in the business. The firm’s Honolulu-based advisors average nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial business.

The Rice Partnership’s primary focus is serving individuals. Its services available to individual investors include tax mitigation, estate planning, retirement planning and philanthropic planning. 

However, the firm also serves as a family office. Its family office services include property and document management, higher education costs, trusts and wealth transfers and daily accounting management.

In addition, the firm offers services to small and large business owners, including strategic advice regarding stock sales, liquidity needs, any mergers/acquisitions or a total business sale.

The Rice Partnership, LLC Strategy

Domestic companies in growing markets that have a strong cash flow are at the core of The Rice Partnership, LLC’s long-term investment strategy. Your advisor will search for investment opportunities that will remain in your portfolio for at least a year, as the firm believes in low investment turnover.

The firm isn’t blind to global market trends though. Based on these trends, the firm will invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are cheap and movable, in addition to investing in stocks. The firm uses ETFs to make it easier to rebalance your portfolio when necessary. Rebalancing will keep your portfolio’s asset allocations in check and in line with your risk tolerance level.

Bankoh Advisors

Bankoh Advisors

Bankoh Advisors is the asset management branch of the Bank of Hawaii. To open an account with this fee-based firm, you will need a minimum of $250,000. The firm primarily serves non-high-net-worth individuals.

Whereas the other two firms on this list charge some combination of fixed fees and referral fees, Bankoh Advisors only charges a percentage of your total assets under management (AUM). In fact, the highest annual fee you’ll be charged is 1%, with that rate dropping as your account grows in size.

Advisors of this firm may be licensed insurance agents, which means you could be offered insurance products. However, the firm’s fiduciary duty legally binds it to act in your best financial interest at all times.

Bankoh Advisors Background

Bankoh Advisors was established in 1991, making it the oldest firm on this list. The Bank of Hawaii owns Bankoh Advisors, which means the firm is a subsidiary of the financial institution. Christopher Otto is the firm’s principal officer and president and has 18 years of experience in personal finance.

This firm’s service offerings cover a wide range of financial needs. Its services include retirement planning, estate and wealth transfer planning, trust creation, tax minimization, insurance evaluation and planning, personal savings, higher-education savings, charitable giving and business succession plans.

Bankoh Advisors Strategy

Bankoh Advisors considers a number of factors to determine your investment plan, including your current financial situation, tax status, risk tolerance and time horizon. Your resulting investment plan is called your Investment MAP, or Managed Account Portfolio.

Bankoh Advisors then uses its proprietary Managed Account Portfolio Solutions (MAPS) platform to invest your assets. This program searches through individual equity securities, ETFs, money market funds and different styles of mutual funds to find investment opportunities for your portfolio.

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC does not have a set account minimum. The firm primarily serves non-high-net-worth individuals. Its client base also includes businesses, charitable organizations and trust or estate candidates. The firm has one accredited investment fiduciary (AIF) on staff. 

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors is a fee-based firm. As part of your client-advisor relationship, you might be offered insurance. Should this happen, remember that Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC is a fiduciary, meaning it must always act in your best financial interest.

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC Background

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC is the youngest firm on this list, as it’s only been in business since 2013. But Herbert Shiraishi, the firm’s sole owner and founder, has worked in personal finance for 30 years. The rest of the firm’s advisory staff averages about 15 years in the industry.

The firm offers the following investment services:

  • Retirement planning
  • Income planning
  • Tax planning
  • Asset protection and risk management
  • Investment planning
  • Estate planning
  • Educational planning

Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC Strategy

Although Shiraishi Financial Group Advisors, LLC says it’s primarily focused on the long-term goals of its clients, the firm also believes in using active investment management to achieve extra growth in the short term.

Shiraishi is the only firm on this list that uses the “tactical re-allocation” strategy. This relatively rare strategy calls for your advisor to consistently move your assets in an effort to follow rapid market movements across various asset classes. The firm primarily uses stocks, bonds, cash and investment company securities.

The level to which these principles are applied depends on your individual financial situation and objectives. These strategies also relate to your risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs and any other personal prerequisites.

How Many Years $1 Million Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about cost of living in retirement there.

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Methodology SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities. Using that calculation, we determined how many years $1 million would last in retirement in each major city.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors throughout the country. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%, reflecting the typical return on a conservative investment portfolio. Finally, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would last in each of the cities in our study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research