Designations:

Realtor Broker
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

Education:

BA Marketing and Communications, Pepperdine University
Real Estate Appraisal Courses: University of Hawai‘i
Realtor Associate - 1986 - Vitousek and Dick Real Estate School
Graduate REALTOR® Institute-2016- Honolulu Board of Realtors

Member of:

Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR)
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Outrigger Canoe Club

Hobbies:

Canoe Paddling, Skiing, Hiking, Surfing, Hula – Tahitian, Yoga


Raised in Hawai‘i, I started my real estate career in 1986 and joined the East O‘ahu team in 1994. Now, more than 30 years later, I’ve successfully managed hundreds of real estate transactions and assisted more than 90 agents in technical and support issues.

I’m a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Marketing & Communications, and a lifelong athlete with a passion for sports! I was raised in the ocean where I surfed from a young age and paddled for 13 years with the Outrigger Canoe Club, winning Molokai crew in 1985.

I bring my competitor’s spirit to my real estate practice, always striving for the very best outcomes for my clients. I truly love finding the right place for buyers and having sellers feel they received the best possible price for their home and the utmost in personal service and care. I thrive on making my clients happy.

Before launching my real estate career, I worked as a retail sales manager, in marketing communications at renowned Honolulu advertising firm Starr Seigle McCombs (now Starr Seigle Communications Inc.). I also taught classes and trained instructors at a fitness studio I opened in Japan.

My entrepreneurial spirit combined with my sales and marketing experience was excellent preparation for my career in real estate. I love learning... every day there is something new. No matter how long you do this, there is something new to learn.

I love my Hawai‘i Life! There is no other place I'd rather live, breath, and enjoy life! My husband and I have been married for 29 years, and we have three grown children. We enjoy family time with our two big dogs and taking family trips including ski trips to North Lake Tahoe every year.

I look forward to helping you with your O‘ahu real estate needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 808-383-8166 or by email at karenkato@hawaiilife.com.

Aloha,
Karen
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What my clients are saying...

Karen is absolutely AMAZING! When my husband and I moved from Alaska in 2018, we decided to buy a house here on Oahu as an investment. Since we were new to the area, and first time homebuyers, we had my mom refer us to an agent here. She found us Karen. We decided more than once, that we needed to be sure that buying here was the right decision. Each time we needed to take a step back, Karen waited for us to be ready. When we finally were, she was there! Karen is so patient, knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and loving! She truly puts her whole heart into helping you find the right home. Any questions you have, she can answer or she will find you the answer! I think the best thing about working with Karen is how loyal she is to her clients. She's on your side 100% and will not stop looking at places with you until you've found the perfect one. Karen became a friend to us, one we will never forget!

— Kenedi and Joshua Ray

Karen is a realtor who goes well beyond what is expected. A professional. Highly recommend her. 

— Walt & Jeanette Greager