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Ian Nelson


I was raised in Kailua on the island of Oahu. My love for the ocean took a five year pause when I moved to Lake Tahoe. When I was not on the mountain, I worked in world class resorts developing a passion for connecting with guests and delivering unforgettable experiences. My career in resort operations management at the executive level took me all around the United States, to Nicaragua in Central America, and eventually back home to Hawaii.

Five years ago, I moved to Kauai with my wife and two daughters to oversee a renovation and brand change at a resort in Kapaa. I brought my experience to Kauai leading innovation through technology and exceeding owner and guest expectations. After completing that project and assisting in the closure of an iconic Princeville resort, I earned my real estate license and brought my experience to the Hawaii Life property management team.

Working side by side with my wife Melissa, I am dedicated to exceeding the expectations of every client, every guest, and every owner. As a team, we oversee a diverse portfolio of vacation rental properties. Utilizing Hawaii Life’s dedication to embrace technology while maintaining a strong human connection to the homeowners and guests has allowed us to drive financial success for our owners and exceed their guests expectations.