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Hamakua Coast Realty, A Boutique Firm Serving Hawai‘i Island Since 2001, Joins Hawai‘i Life

We are happy to announce that Hāmākua Coast Realty is joining our team in early 2020. Founded in 2001, this boutique Big Island real estate company is made up of a small team of super talented, locally knowledgeable agents led by founder Gus Elliott, a Big Island resident and Realtor® since 1992.

Over the course of almost 20 years serving the Hāmākua Coast and its residents, Gus and his team have closed approximately $123 million in real estate transactions, building relationships with both buyers and sellers along the way. In addition to their experience, they add more than 40 Hamakua Coast long-term rental properties to our client offerings. 

“We’re so excited to welcome this group of professionals to Hawai‘i Life and to have the depth of market knowledge and insight about the Hāmākua Coast that they bring,” said Hawai‘i Life CEO Matt Beall. “It provides additional expertise and resources that will enable the expansion of our property management services on Hawai‘i Island.”

We look forward to welcoming Gus Elliott, Kanoe Lindsey-Soares, Dan Ishikawa, and Aylinn Inmon, who join our existing Hawai‘i Life team from our new Hamakua Coast office, which will be led by Julie Keller as broker-in-charge.

“We are proud to serve Big Island residents with personalized service and local expertise. Our team of knowledgeable agents will operate from our newest office on Mamane Street in Honoka‘a. Our team offers a full range of real estate services, including long-term property management,” said Keller.

About Hawai‘i Life Hāmākua Coast

Hawai‘i Life Hāmākua Coast in Honoka‘a comes at a special moment for us, as we celebrate ten years of serving Hawai‘i Island residents from our offices in Kona, Hilo on the Kohala Coast. This newest location in Honoka‘a will make us even more accessible to residents and homebuyers on the northeastern coast of the Big Island.

We’ve grown substantially in just over a decade, but we are still a locally owned and operated company that has expanded one relationship, one community and one island at a time, through our highly personalized, high-touch approach to doing business. Hāmākua Coast clients will benefit from our marketing and technology-focused approach to real estate, and from exposure through Hawai‘i Life’s global network, due in large measure to the company’s affiliations with both CHRISTIE’S International Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®.

“We joined Hawai‘i Life because they are a local company strongly aligned with our values. We look forward to serving our community with added tools and technology and a broader network of buyers, for a more streamlined real estate experience for our clients. You can expect the same thoughtful, personalized service our team has been providing for almost two decades.”

Elliott has championed the real estate industry and responsible development along the Hāmākua Coast over almost three decades as a Realtor® on Hawai‘i Island. He was the first Big Island real estate professional to receive Eco Broker certification and recently was awarded the National Association of Realtors’ Sustainable Property Designation of GREEN Realtor.

About Hāmākua Coast Real Estate

The Hāmākua Coast is a very special and distinct stretch of coastline on the Big Island. Known for its abundant natural beauty, it’s a relatively rural area that stretches north from Hilo, on the northeastern side of Hawai‘i Island. Farmlands, verdant tropical valleys, ocean bluffs and upcountry slopes are dotted with charming small towns like Honoka‘a, where our newest office is located.

Hāmākua Coast real estate consists mostly of single-family homes and small towns found in small towns. Further north, close to Waimea and Waipi‘o, you’ll find the towns of Honoka‘a, Āhualoa and Pa’auilo. Further south, closer to Hilo, you’ll discover Papa’aloa, Hakalau, Honomu, and Laupāhoehoe. 

This is a smaller market compared to other places in Hawai‘i that are considerably more developed. Given the relatively small number of real estate professionals serving the area, our Hawai‘i Life Hāmākua Coast team is the predominant resource those looking to buy or sell a Hāmākua Coast property.

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Johnny Lee

July 29, 2021

Aloha Hamakua Coast Realtors,
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