Leeana Runningbear


Aloha, my name is Leeana Runningbear. My goal is to exceed your expectations through meticulous preparation, exceptional communication, and comprehensive local market knowledge. Whether you are buying or selling, my extensive sales experience and robust marketing background ensure you receive the highest level of service and expertise. Buyers will benefit from my deep understanding of market trends and local neighborhoods, while sellers can count on my strategic marketing and negotiation skills to achieve the best possible outcome. I am committed to providing an enhanced real estate experience that meets your needs.

Expert Real Estate Services
I provide an exceptional client experience, serving you with dedication, expert advice, and innovative strategies. My calm demeanor, patience, and persistence contribute to a smooth and successful sale or purchase. Over the past few years, my sales volume has consistently doubled year over year, culminating in closing a home every two weeks. With this extensive experience, I am well-equipped to handle the challenges that can arise during escrow, ensuring you are guided effectively throughout the process.

I specialize in assisting buyers and sellers in resort areas such as Waikoloa Beach, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, Waikoloa Village, and Kona. Additionally, I have extensive experience in the luxury home market, as well as with land and single-family homes.

Mission Statement
Surpassing your expectations with superior Big Island real estate services.

Value Statement
1. Effective Communication: The Cornerstone of Success
2. Maximizing Investment Opportunities for Optimal Returns
3. Excellence in Real Estate: Upholding Professionalism
4. Precision in Practice: Employing a Detail-Oriented Approach
5. Advocating for My Clients: Safeguarding and Advancing Interests
6. Ethical Commitment: Adhering to the Realtors' Code of Ethics and Standards

Two Agents Working For You
My wonderful husband, Jeremy, has become a licensed agent and joined me in the real estate domain. Together, we are excited to form a dynamic duo. This partnership allows us to bring double the expertise and care to our clients, enhancing our service with our combined skills, knowledge, and dedication. Our collaborative approach ensures that every client receives personalized attention and the highest level of service throughout their real estate journey.

My Love of Hawaii
Little did I know that Hawaii was my destiny, beginning with a family reunion at the tender age of ten. The islands quickly became my sanctuary, with their perfect weather, pristine beaches, vibrant outdoor lifestyle, and the infectious joy of its residents. As fate would have it, my connection to Hawaii deepened through my family and my husband, a native islander. Each year, my love for Hawaii grows, and so does my happiness living in this paradise.

Education and Training
Continuing my education daily, weekly, and monthly is my priority, as it enhances my ability to help clients achieve their goals. I stay current with industry trends and best practices through podcasts, in-person classes, educational real estate conferences, and obtaining specialized certifications and degrees. This commitment to ongoing learning ensures that I can provide buyers and sellers with the most informed advice, innovative strategies, and practical solutions, ultimately leading to optimal outcomes.

My Certificates/Degrees:
Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS®)
Bachelor’s in Marketing (Halfway completed, ask me why!)
Graphic Design Certificate
Legal Specialist Certificate

My Hobbies
When I am not engaged in real estate activities, I explore the coastlines, photograph landscapes, and enjoy walks with my dog, Ula, alongside side my husband. I deeply appreciate the Big Island's unique offerings and embrace the lifestyle it provides.

Let’s Connect
My role is to be your trusted real estate advisor, assisting you in making informed decisions when buying or selling your home. If you seek an experienced Realtor® with in-depth knowledge of the Big Island, don't hesitate to get in touch. I offer guidance with no pressure and no sales pitch.

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My Blog Posts
Navigating Hawaii’s Rising Homeowner’s Insurance Rates: Selling and Buying Property
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The Evolution of Mauna Lani Resort: What $1.5 Million Buys in 2024
In the past couple of days, I have been rereading some of my most-read blog articles from 2020. Back then, …

What my clients are saying...

Leeana represented us with our purchase on the Big Island of Hawaii and we couldn’t have been more thankful. Leeana went above and beyond to show our family several homes, shared her knowledge of the market, and was able to give the pros and cons of the properties seen. Leeana was professional, punctual, a great communicator and extremely organized.

Buying a home in the current market, which is definitely a sellers market, can be a real challenge. Leeana’s expertise ensured that we were prepared and that our offer was written in a timely manner and successfully accepted. We loved Leeana so much that we referred her to our son a d daughter in law. Leeana was able to find them a home as well that they will be closing on soon. We would use Leeana again without hesitation!

— Erin Gale

It turns out the third time was the charm for us. Leeana Runningbear is an outstanding real estate agent. The first agent was a bit bossy and diva-ish - and why would anyone put up with that? The second agent was almost shockingly sub par - not willing to do their research to provide us the info we needed as buyers to make a sound decision.

Leeana Runningbear is outstanding (truly worth repeating). She is professional, shares aloha, ALWAYS came ready with very helpful packets of information on the houses/condos/condotels we asked to see, communicates (!!), responds to texts and voice mails (!!!), is ON TIME and spent serious time with us to strategize our offers!

If you want someone who is professional, friendly, KNOWLEDGEABLE about Big Island, and fully committed to her craft: call this beautiful woman. You’re welcome.

— Nedrra and Daerick Lanakila