Spotlight on Joe Hanley – A Military Relocation Professional & Oahu Realtor Joins Hawaii Life

Born and raised in Hilo, on Hawaii Island, Joe Hanley has seen the world! His extensive travels have been due, in part, to his proud military service in the U.S. Army. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in History and Political Science, Joe joined the military. He moved seven times both within and outside of the continental U.S., spending the most time at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

He was fortunate to have been stationed here at home, at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, for three of his years of service. “I have a large network of military clients across the United States, but I also have very strong connections throughout the islands,” said Joe, who has recently joined Hawaii Life and our Military Specialized Team on O’ahu. “My family has been in Hawaii for over 60 years, and I have an expansive network of friends and extended family on almost all islands.”

With almost three years of experience as a Hawaii real estate agent, Joe holds the Military Relocation Professional designation, as well as his Realtor-Broker’s license. He’s worked primarily with veterans and active-duty military personnel and has helped his clients close approximately 115 transactions in that time. In 2019 and 2020, Joe was recognized by his firm several times as ‘most improved agent’, and then as a top producer in terms of the sheer number of successful closings he helped his clients to achieve. 

And while he’s been very busy and, by all metrics, an overachiever in his real estate career thus far, he remains laser-focused on providing top-notch service to every one of his clients. “I try to treat every client as if they were buying or selling $45 million homes,” said Joe, “I try to never answer with no and do everything that I can to be truthful yet tactful.” He attributes his active listening skills as one of the reasons for his early success as an Oahu real estate agent. 

“I love making what is normally a stressful process as enjoyable as possible! I honestly love helping people feel comfortable and confident with what most times is the largest investment any person or family will make in their lifetime. Secondly, I love the ability to have no limit when it comes to success!”

Why Joe Chose Hawaii Life

Aerial view of part of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.

“I joined Hawaii life primarily because of the innovative simplicity it portrays, as well as the recent growth that the company has achieved.” Ultimately, the clincher was his interactions with our team. “After spending time online and meeting with John Climaldi, I felt peace with my decision to choose Hawaii Life even more!” Joe shared. 

Joe said he also chose Hawaii Life because he felt our “company embodies everything a local professional desires in a Hawaii company”. He continued, “The culture seems to give human shape to ancient Hawaiian culture, Aloha.” He was also impressed with our state-of-the-art marketing, lead generation strategies, digital platforms, and global reach.

Joe’s Hawaii Life

Joe Hanley; age 4, Isabella Hanley; age 6, and Mia Hanley; age 2

“My passion is in God and my family first, and secondly in surfing and real estate,” joked Joe. “I love board meetings (surf board meetings, of course)! I love to surf Ala Moana Bowls, Pipeline, Kewalo Basin, and Waimea Bay shore break! When he’s not crushing it for his clients or out in the surf, Joe is husband to wife Daniella and proud dad to their three children, Isabella – age 6, Joe – age 4, and Mia – age 2. It’s safe to say that Joe has his hands full, but he also has lots of reasons to stay motivated for his clients. 

“My wife and children inspire me to be a better version of myself every day! My children inspire me to be as charismatic and as motivated as possible so that they have a strong father figure to look up to!” Joe shared. “Outside of familial motivation, I look at the world that we live in and with all of the hate and darkness. I am constantly inspired to bring joy and happiness into people’s daily lives.”

In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, surfing, hiking, running, and staying in shape. He loves to travel and has been to Afghanistan, Thailand, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and more than 25 states across the U.S. But the islands will always call him home. “I love the Hawaiian culture and laidback lifestyle. No other place will feel like home to me,” said Joe. “I love the culture and vastness of race and backgrounds that make this one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”

Joe looks forward to creating new relationships, partnering with other Hawaii Life agents, expanding and strengthening his network to include people both in the industry and outside it. 

Connect with Joe

If you’re looking for agent representation on Oahu, especially if you’re PCSing to Oahu or moving to Hawaii in 2021, you can reach out to Joe at give him a call to talk story at (808) 861-6783.


Oahu Realtor-Broker Joe Hanley of Hawaii Life


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Gena Anest

April 22, 2021

Enjoyed your article & it was very impressive. I’ve worked @ Hale Koa Hotel many years.
Lived across frm the Hawaiian Hilton. Luckily been told don’t look my age for a senior.
I’m here in Bellevue Wa. & thinking of moving back to Hawaii. as you say there’s no place in the world like it I’ve travelled all over the world. I’m just by myself now. & even considering
sharing rent for even helping to reduce the cost. Have helped neighbors & family that have been terminal. I’d like to find a place that does not have stairs. secure & not big HOA.Been looking under Zillow-.
If you come across $300,to low $400.000 low HOA. not too small.

Cherie Tsukamoto

April 23, 2021

Welcome aboard, Joe. You have a beautiful family and I love your core values! You are a great fit for Hawaii Life and we are fortunate to have you on our team!

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