Who We Are

Seth T. Buckley

Email: seth@candelalawgroup.com
Phone: (808) 218-4852

Seth counsels clients in the areas of general business matters, real estate transactions, and non-profit organizations.

As a business law nerd, Seth enjoys advising businesses in all corporate matters, including entity choice and formation, governance issues, stock and asset sales, and mergers and acquisitions; assisting clients to develop a comprehensive strategy for intellectual property, including trademark and copyright protection, licensing, and franchising; and drafting and negotiating all types of commercial contracts, such as services, employment, confidentiality, licensing, distribution, non-disclosure and non-competition.

Seth's previous experience at a boutique real estate firm gives him extensive knowledge in real estate law. This includes assisting realtors, businesses, and investors in purchase and sale transactions, 1031 exchanges, condominiums, commercial leasing, conveyancing, and easement/encroachment issues.

Seth also has extensive experience as an attorney and board member supporting the community through his non-profit services. This includes incorporating organizations under Hawai‘i law; drafting all necessary governance documents, including Bylaws of the Organization and policies required by the IRS; advising and auditing organizations regarding legal compliance with the Hawai‘i Nonprofit Corporations Act and the Internal Revenue Code; obtaining a determination that the organization is exempt from income taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; and forming Native Hawaiian Organizations for the purpose of the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program.

Seth loves the Asia Pacific region, and has traveled there extensively. Seth's sojourns include legal studies (at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and working for law firms in Hawaii, Australia and China. Seth has held business law seminars and lectured throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including here at home as a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. While in China, Seth published several articles on the 2008 Financial Crises and Chinese commercial law and practice.

Seth has a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems, Marketing, and Graphic Design, an M.B.A. from Chaminade University, and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. He served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Faris and Honorable Lloyd King for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawai‘i before working as an attorney at several prominent law firms in Honolulu.

Seth is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i.

Seth believes that creativity is crucial in the legal and consulting world. To keep an open mind and quick wit, Seth enjoys photojournalism and writing about culture in the Pacific Rim at sethtbuckley.com.

Zach DiIonno

Email: zach@candelalawgroup.com

Zach handles a broad range of areas from business entity formation to drafting and negotiating commercial contracts to assisting small businesses maximize outcomes while minimizing expenses and liability. He assists clients at the "ideation" stage when they're considering starting a new company, identifies and eliminates potential hazards before they crop up, and helps to steer his clients' passion, expertise, and resources down the most advantageous path to achieve their goals. He loves working with aspiring entrepreneurs and veteran small business owners alike. His philosophy is that small businesses comprise the backbone of Hawaii's economy and therefore those businesses need attorneys that are competitively-priced, free of billable hours, and as passionate and hard-working as the clients they are serving. As a small business owner, Zach personally understands the importance of building.

Zach moved to Hawaii in 2007 to serve as a middle school special education inclusion teacher for three years at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach through Teach For America Hawaii. He simultaneously earned his Master's in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education. In 2013, he earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law, where he focused his studies on legal reform in public education, Native Hawaiian rights, and Federal Indian Law. After clerking for one year under Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack at the Hawaii Supreme Court, he worked for three years as an associate attorney at one of the state’s largest firms, where he specialized in commercial and business litigation practice as well as the firm's public interest work, including class action lawsuits on behalf of students with disabilities.

Zach is the Chief Operating Officer of Barberi Investment Group, which has a portfolio of investments ranging from REITs, clothing apparel companies, and other innovative start-up companies.

Zach serves as a founding board member and President of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit DreamHouse, Inc., a nonprofit that directly supports DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach, the first approved charter school in Ewa Beach that will serve grades 6-12 starting August 2019.


Taking Care of Our Community.

At Candela Law Group, we resolutely believe that small and mid-size businesses are the engine of Hawaii's economy. But these businesses are more than just statistics. They are people – our friends, aunties and uncles, and neighbors.  

Too many of these friends and neighbors have found themselves without help or guidance at the most vulnerable moments of their business. No one should be priced out of the advice they need, when they need it. That is why at Candela it is our mission to provide the highest quality services at an affordable price.  

Taking care of our small business community means taking care of our ‘ohana. It means our restaurateurs, medical professionals, non-profits, artists, and entrepreneurs always have a place to go. When we do this, we can ensure the success of our island home. Together, we can thrive.

Taking Care of Our Islands.

The seafaring people of Hawaii have always had tremendous respect for nature, viewing themselves as stewards of the natural world that was entrusted to them. And after all, in our isolated islands we tangibly experience the effects of climate change with rising tides and severe storms. At Candela, we wholeheartedly accept our role as a steward of these beautiful islands and the broader natural world. Nature is a wonderful gift and we must do our part to ensure its preservation and protection.  

A portion of all profits of Candela is donated to non-profit organizations in Hawaii that are dedicated to the preservation of our environment. Your business with us means a better world for all.

We also believe that environmental stewardship does not end with a simple donation. Our stewardship is an active one. We have adopted practices and habits that allow Candela to minimize its carbon footprint, such as using co-working spaces and ride sharing, reducing plastics, buying local whenever possible, and operating a paperless company.

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