Welcome Faith Kraus to Team Nakanishi

Faith’s real estate journey literally began at birth. As a third generation real estate agent her real estate perspective is uniquely intertwined with her deep-rooted connections to the community and culture of Hawai’i. Born and raised on Hawai‘i Island, Faith attended ‘Aha Pu ̄ nana Leo o Hilo, and graduated with honors from Ke Kula ‘O Na ̄wahı ̄okalani‘o ̄ pu‘u Iki Lab PCS so she speaks fluent Hawaiian. It’s a perspective nurtured by local traditions that has given Faith deep respect for the ‘aina (land), ensuring the love for the land will forever extend beyond real estate transactions. In fact, she loves getting her hands dirty in the garden and transforming the garden bounty into great cuisine.


Of course, growing up, she spent lots of time in the kitchen with Grandpa Miles and Mama Mealoha. She also tagged along with Mealoha, Grandy (yours truly) and Aunty Nui on real estate showings her entire life. She loves to travel and has spent time in diverse places such as Brazil, Mexico, Washington, California, Chicago, Florida and New York so she brings a broad perspective and adaptability to meet the varied needs of clients. Faith looks forward to helping families find their piece of paradise within the framework of understanding our island values.

Following our family in this tradition, I whole-heartedly welcome Faith as the newest member of Team Nakanishi. Her personal attributes of patience and responsibility can be counted on to guide you through your real estate journey with professionalism, integrity, and a personal touch that’s as unique as Hawai‘i
itself. Welcome, my sweet Baby Doll!

About the Author

Denise Nakanishi

Denise Nakanishi is a REALTOR Broker with Hawai'i Life. Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents. She reached the rank of Major in the US Army and is now known by many as "Major Mom." The nickname fits–not only does Denise bring the discipline and mission-oriented attitude you'd expect, she's also caring and compassionate, always looking out for her clients like they're her own family. Having made the Big Island her home since 1987, Denise combines her extensive knowledge of the area with a sharp focus on customer service and the results speak for themselves. She's the recent recipient of the Best East Hawai`i, Best of Zillow, Chairman's Circle Award, President's Circle, Top Producing Agent since 2001, and Realtor of the Year awards. Denise stays ahead of the curve because she's passionate about education–she served as Education Chair for Hawaii Island REALTORS® for many years. She's one of Big Island's best real estate resources, known for her weekly article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Denise leads Team Nakanishi for Hawai`i Life, who is committed to their family, work, and community. In her little time away from work, Denise is a committed runner and Grandy. She also devotes many hours to various Veterans' Organizations, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, and the Hawaii Island REALTORS®. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 936-5100.

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