Spotlight on Pamela Reader – from NYC to Lahaina, Pam’s Been Making An Impact
Pamela Reader moved to West Maui from Queens, New York, in 2001 with her (now) husband for what she expected would be one year. Almost 20 years later, the Readers have two daughters, aged 9 and 11, and they still call Maui home.
Loving Her Maui Lifestyle
They live in Lahaina, where they love the slower pace of life and the ease with which they can ride their bikes everywhere. “I love how on Maui it is encouraged to stop and watch the sunset, what I equate to stopping and smelling the roses,” says Pam. “We value our time outdoors, and the quality of life, not rushing through it.”
From NYC to Lahaina
Maui’s laidback vibe is a sharp contrast to New York City, where Pam grew up. The Readers still have roots on the East Coast, and they spend a month every summer visiting family and exploring New York City and Long Island, and cheering for the New York Mets, Pam’s favorite team.
In her previous career, Pam trained as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, on O‘ahu.
At Maui Preparatory Academy, she served as the Preschool Director and Lower School Principal. “I am very proud of my work in education, especially at Maui Prep,” says Pam, who was part of the original team of West Maui residents who opened the highly-rated private school in 2005.
In 2013, she launched her career in real estate. To date, Pam has achieved more than $38 million in sales, having successfully closed more than 61 transactions for her Maui real estate clients. Her genuine love of life on Maui and her warm personality help to put her clients at ease.
She credits her success, in part, to being extremely organized and having excellent follow-through. She says she also has a strong commitment to making everyone feel like her top priority.
“I want to leave every person or place better because I was there,” says Pam. “Spreading kindness and aloha to all those around me, no matter how small of an act, is important to me. I know that these acts can have ripple effects out into my community and the world.”
Pam specializes in vacation rentals, single-family homes, and second homes, and she represents both buyers and sellers across the Valley Isle. Her favorite aspect of practicing real estate is helping people achieve their aspirations. “I love how everyone I’m helping to find real estate on Maui is so excited to be making their dreams come true, either with a move to paradise or planting their roots here. Selling real estate on Maui is not just selling a house, but a lifestyle.”
After seven years, she’s happy with her career change. “I love how every day is different. I can be an engaged mom, and welcome people to Maui, and have five showings in one day.” As a parent, she strives to set an example for her children. “Knowing my daughters are watching how I treat others and the world around me inspires me to continually do and be better. You can always be nice,” says Pam.
Why She Joined Hawai‘i Life
According to Pam, she joined the team at Hawai‘i Life because she wanted to grow. “I wanted to surround myself with people who are successful, who love living in Hawai‘i, and who appreciate their quality of life. I want to work with people that build each other up,” she says. “I love that Hawai‘i Life is grown here.”
“I love the sense of a team,” Pam says of the bonds and affiliations she has with other Hawai‘i Life agents. She appreciates how every decision within the company is made with aloha and Hawai‘i’s unique culture in mind.”When you love and really know where you are from, you will take the time to respect it and protect it. That is very important in a place like Hawai‘i.”
Shark Pit – The Readers’ Favorite West Maui Beach
In her free time, you’ll find Pam hiking, traveling, and otherwise spending time with her family. “I love good food and wine, coffee with friends, reading, learning, arts and crafts, and taking spinning, yoga, Pilates, and barre classes.”
Her family also spends a lot of time at a beach called Shark Pit in Lahaina. Located near the Kaua‘ula Valley, the beach is a great place to spot white tip reef sharks, but it’s also protected from wind and features both calm waters for kids and reef breaks for surfers.
“My family lovingly calls it “our beach” as it’s 130 steps from our front door to put our feet in the ocean. My two daughters have grown up here. They were babies sitting in the calm water, and now learning to surf just a little bit down the beach. This is home for me.”
Pam loves the sense of community on Maui. She gives back by serving food at the local homeless shelter. Most recently, she has been helping with food distribution around the island to help Maui residents impacted by the recent pandemic.
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