Donna has a true passion to counsel, encourage and guide her clients through complex legal issues.

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Donna Payesko is dedicated to helping her clients find peace of mind when counseling them during life transitions.  By providing a personalized approach to every client’s issues, Donna strives to build long-term relationships with her clients ­­­­­­and their families.  Donna understands that a “one size fits all” plan does not exist.  She works with every client to develop an effective strategy based on individual circumstances, listening intently to her clients’ concerns.

Donna actively participates in the local West Hawaii community in various service positions: as Vice-chair of the County of Hawaii Committee on Aging; as a member of the Hawaii County Fire Commission, and as the Chair and member of the advisory board for the West Hawaii Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.  She frequently speaks to Big Island community groups about estate planning and elder law issues, and volunteers her legal expertise with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and the Kona Self-Help Legal Center. Donna is currently serving as President of the West Hawaii Bar Association.

Donna's most important calling is her family - her husband Rob, and their children Alex and Anna.  Donna enjoys organic gardening, cooking for her family, walking the family dog, Max, and occasionally jogging a 5K.


After graduating Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999, Donna began her legal career with Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA, a large metropolitan New Jersey law firm where she coordinated the firm’s trust and estate practice. After relocating to Hawaii in 2007, Donna was associated with the law firms of Robert D.S. Kim, Inc., Jung & Vassar, PC, and Darl C. Gleed & Associates. In May 2016 she took the step to launch her own firm, Ohana Legacy Law.

Donna is admitted to practice law in New Jersey (2000) and Hawaii (2008). 

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