Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Jim Allison is a fourth generation Southern Californian. But his Hawai‘i roots go back more than sixty years, to a time when his parents first met as summer school students at the University of Hawai‘i on O‘ahu, while they were both enrolled at USC. While enrolled at Newport Harbor High School, Jim began a family legacy in the sport of waterpolo. Jim’s younger brother, niece and oldest daughter have carried on the legacy of the sport. Jim went on to attend Orange Coast College, University of California at Long Beach and USC.
Jim launched his real estate career while a student himself at USC, working for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate. He became a real estate appraiser after his graduation in 1985.
Jim moved to the Big Island of Hawai‘i to assist in various commercial and residential developments on the Kohala Coast in 1988. What began as 2-3 year life plan morphed into a 30-year Hawai‘i real estate career. Jim has worked for several Big Island developer. Jim served as the Residential Project Sales Manager for Maryl Construction, responsible for project sales from Kona to Waimea on Hawai‘i Island, and as far away as Poipu on Kaua‘i.
Jim lives in Waimea with his wife Mary Jane “MJ” and two of his three children. MJ is also licensed with Mauna Kea Realty. Jim’s oldest daughter Angelique attends the University of San Diego. Jim’s seven year old son Robert James “RJ” attends Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA), an exclusive private school in Waimea, and his youngest daughter Kimberly begins kindergarten at HPA this year. His wife MJ is very involved with the HPA ‘Ohana Association and has brought the sport of cheerleading back to HPA as the Head Coach for the past four years.
“Being a part of the Mauna Kea Realty team has been a true blessing” says Jim. “As a Mauna Kea Resort Club Member and agent I have developed a profound appreciation of the Resort and its rich history. To be able to work with people who share this appreciation is absolutely awesome and a true dream come true.” When not working, Jim enjoys time with family, cooking and traveling and of course spending time at The Mauna Kea Resort where Jim has been a member for many years.