Beau J. K. Bassett was born and raised in Kahalu`u, Koolaupoko, O`ahu. He graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and continued his studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in the fields of Hawaiian Studies and Hydrology. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Hawai`i State Bar that same year. Beau joined Pitluck Kido & Aipa after having enjoyed a six-year career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Honolulu criminal justice system, where he excelled as a trial attorney at the felony level. Beau credits the Office of the Public Defender with instilling in him a foundation of compassion and zealousness in his representation of clients.
In 2015 Beau was appointed by Hawai`i Governor David Y. Ige, and confirmed by the Hawai`i Senate, to serve as a member of the Hawai`i Community Development Authority (HCDA). Created to join the strengths of private enterprise, public development and regulation, and to implement long-range improved community development, the HCDA oversees development communities in the regions of Kaka`ako, Kalaeloa, and He`eia, on the island of O`ahu.
Beau brings with him a passion for the arts, and also works as a producer of film. His film OUT OF STATE is a feature length documentary centered on the Hawai`i prison system and the rehabilitation and reintegration of convicted felons in Hawai`i. Beau’s free time is spent playing Hawaiian music, and collecting vintage records, mostly of the jazz and Hawaiian genres.
Beau’s areas of practice include business law, entertainment law, exempt organizations, real estate, property conveyance, and trusts and estates.