Karen Kato



Realtor Associate
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)


BA Marketing and Communications, Pepperdine University
Real Estate Appraisal Courses: University of Hawai‘i
Realtor Associate - 1986 - Vitousek and Dick Real Estate School
Graduate REALTOR® Institute-2016- Honolulu Board of Realtors

Member of:

Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR)
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Outrigger Canoe Club


Canoe Paddling, Skiing, Hiking, Surfing, Hula – Tahitian, Yoga

Raised in Hawai‘i, I started my real estate career in 1986 and joined the East O‘ahu team in 1994. Now, more than 30 years later, I’ve successfully managed hundreds of real estate transactions and assisted more than 90 agents in technical and support issues.

I’m a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BA in Marketing & Communications, and a lifelong athlete with a passion for sports! I was raised in the ocean where I surfed from a young age and paddled for 13 years with the Outrigger Canoe Club, winning Molokai crew in 1985.

I bring my competitor’s spirit to my real estate practice, always striving for the very best outcomes for my clients. I truly love finding the right place for buyers and having sellers feel they received the best possible price for their home and the utmost in personal service and care. I thrive on making my clients happy.

Before launching my real estate career, I worked as a retail sales manager, in marketing communications at renowned Honolulu advertising firm Starr Seigle McCombs (now Starr Seigle Communications Inc.). I also taught classes and trained instructors at a fitness studio I opened in Japan.

My entrepreneurial spirit combined with my sales and marketing experience was excellent preparation for my career in real estate. I love learning... every day there is something new. No matter how long you do this, there is something new to learn.

I love my Hawai‘i Life! There is no other place I'd rather live, breath, and enjoy life! My husband and I have been married for 29 years, and we have three grown children. We enjoy family time with our two big dogs and taking family trips including ski trips to North Lake Tahoe every year.

I look forward to helping you with your O‘ahu real estate needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 808-383-8166 or by email at karenkato@hawaiilife.com.

My Blog Posts
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East Oahu’s Koko Kai Beach Park…aka China Walls
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What my clients are saying...

I have purchased or sold 8 homes throughout my life and Karen by far was the best realtor I have ever worked with. Her hard work and honesty is second to none. Karen found our dream home in Hawaii after a long search. She is truly the best. If you are in the market to buy or sell I would highly recommend Karen Kato.

— Kio George

Karen is a realtor who goes well beyond what is expected. A professional. Highly recommend her. 

— Walt & Jeanette Greager