December 5, 2023

Real Estate

Hawaii real estate archives from the Hawaii Hui network, including from Hawaii Broker.

Real Estate

Mauna Kea Realty to Operate as Hawaii Life

The Multigenerational Legacy of the Kona-Kohala Coast’s Premier Real Estate Team Will Continue as Hawaii Life

Hawaii Life, the state’s leading residential real estate brokerage by sales volume, has announced that its real estate team known as Mauna Kea Realty will now operate as Hawaii Life as of December 31, 2022. Mauna Kea Realty will start a new chapter with Hawaii Life, providing the highest level of real estate services to guests, homeowners and families on Hawaii Island with an emphasis on the Mauna Kea Resort and the greater Kona-Kohala Coast area.

As part of a planned agreement with the ownership and management of Mauna Kea Resort, Hawaii Life is sunsetting the brand name of Mauna Kea Realty. The current team of Bob Chancer, Steve Hurwitz, Jake Chancer, Jim Allison, M.J. Allison, Kele Makaiaua, Kaleo Warfield, Kailua Hurwitz and Bonnie Sanchez will relocate to Hawaii Life’s office in Waimea and constitute the Hawaii Life Mauna Kea team, recognizing the multigenerational legacy of two of the area’s most experienced real estate professionals and their esteemed associates.

The Hawaii Life Mauna Kea team’s affiliation with Hawaii Life, the state’s largest independent and locally owned real estate company, has contributed to their success since they joined forces in 2018. Evolving with Hawaii Life, they have become one of the top-performing real estate teams in sales volume in a market expanding beyond Mauna Kea into the Kona and Kohala coasts, and upland from Waikoloa and Waimea to North Kohala.

Led by principals Bob Chancer and Steve Hurwitz, the team’s success is the result of more than four decades of specialization in real estate on the coast of Hawaii Island’s west side. Chancer has played a significant role in the growth of the area’s residential real estate market, involved in marketing and sales at many of the premier new resort developments over the years. Since beginning his Hawai’i real estate career in 1979, Hurwitz has closed more than $1 billion in real estate transactions along the Kona-Kohala Coast. Stewards of West Hawaii’s remarkable growth, Chancer and Hurwitz have been integral to the region’s development.

The Hawaii Life Mauna Kea team also includes Jim Allison, who will continue to provide a wealth of local knowledge and understanding of the unique resort community offerings on the Kohala Coast. Building on a career working with developers and contractors over the past 30 years, Allison draws on an extensive network and proven knowledge to assist Kona-Kohala clients. Additionally, the multigenerational team includes Jake Chancer and Kailua Hurwitz. Following in the footsteps of Bob Chancer, Jake works closely with his father, sharing his unique knowledge and understanding of each resort community and area with clients. Working alongside her father, Steve Hurwitz, Kailua Hurwitz’s knowledge of this island comes from her first-hand experience growing up in the real estate industry. Today, her roots in Hawai’i Island real estate give Kailua a significant advantage when helping clients from near and far.

Committed to Sharing the Kona-Kohala Lifestyle with Generations of Clients

With over 100 years of combined experience on the Big Island of Hawaii, the team’s local and seasoned professionals remain committed to providing real estate services to Hawaii Island and the Kona-Kohala Coast market, one of the premier high-end real estate markets in the world. Much of the popularity of the region is predicated upon the coast’s beaches, resorts and reputation as a top destination for tourists and weekend getaway for residents.

In Mauna Kea Resort and along the coast of West Hawaii, luxury resort developments constitute some of the most upscale homes on the Hawaii real estate market. The stretch of coast from Kailua-Kona to Kohala has been responsible for some of Hawai’i Island’s largest transactions to date. These include the communities of Kukio, Hualalai, Kohanaiki, Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, Puako, Kohala Waterfront, Kohala Ranch, Waimea, Hamakua and North Kohala.

Founded in 2008, Hawaii Life is the exclusive Hawaii member of Forbes Global Properties and is also part of Luxury Portfolio International’s global network of premier, locally-branded real estate companies. The trusted real estate agents of the Hawaii Life Mauna Kea team will continue to leverage the brokerage’s statewide presence, brand recognition, global affiliations and networks, and digital platforms to reach more clients worldwide, exposing their clients to top-tier luxury markets across the globe.

The top-producing team is committed to sharing the Kona-Kohala lifestyle with generations of buyers by providing their extensive knowledge of the features, benefits and offerings of each resort and community along the coast without losing the foundation that made the former brand so successful.

To contact the Hawaii Life Mauna Kea team, please call 1-808-650-5156 or visit and Hawaii Life’s Parker Square Office in Waimea, HI.

Read More
Real Estate

Hawaii Life acquires Wailea Realty

Locally owned and operated Hawaii company solidifies standing as top brokerage in the state

MAUI, Hawaii (Feb. 2, 2022) — Hawaii Life, the state’s leading residential real estate brokerage by sales volume, announces the acquisition of Wailea Realty Corporation, a second-generation Maui real estate brokerage founded in 1972. Sales have been strong across the islands and Hawaii Life is coming off its best year on record with $3.68 billion closed in 2021.

“Wailea Realty is an iconic company and it’s an honor to have them join forces with Hawaii Life. We have a lot in common, from the same deep roots in the communities we serve to strong independent identities,” said Hawaii Life CEO Matt Beall. “They’re already taking full advantage of our in-house marketing, advertising, inside sales and agent services teams.”

Operated by Bradley MacArthur and Tom Tezak, Wailea Realty holds the third largest market share, behind Hawaii Life, in the master-planned resort community of Wailea. Since the acquisition, 53 brokers and salespeople from Wailea Realty Corporation have joined the Hawaii Life team, expanding the company’s presence and breadth of service on the island of Maui. 

“We spent a lot of time considering the best direction for both our clients and our salespeople,” said Wailea Realty President and owner-broker Bradley MacAurther. “Hawaii Life is an internationally recognized brand that offers our clients extraordinary exposure to potential buyers, and it was very meaningful that they’re a locally owned and operated company.”

Owner-broker Tom Tezak, who ranked No. 6 in total sales for agents on Maui in 2021, plans to leverage Hawaii Life’s founding membership of Forbes Global Properties, a global consortium of top-tier real estate firms around the world. “Several companies entered the market this past year touting various claims, so we wanted to strengthen the position of both our agents and our clients with something legitimate. The access to the Forbes audience is really impressive,” said Tezak.

MacArthur and Tezak will work alongside the sales team at Wailea from the same office locations, located in The Shops at Wailea within the Wailea Resort and Rainbow Mall in Kihei, joining Hawaii Life’s four other offices on Maui and locations across the island chain.

About Hawaii Life

Founded in 2008, Hawaii Life is a 100% locally owned and operated real estate brokerage and the State of Hawaii’s leading firm in high-end listings and sales. The company reached $3.68 billion in Hawaii property sales in 2021. Hawaii Life is the exclusive Hawaii member of Forbes Global Properties™ and is one of Luxury Portfolio International’s® global network of premier, locally branded real estate companies. To learn more about Hawaii Life, please visit the state’s most trafficked real estate website at

Read More
Real Estate

National real estate brokerage Compass comes to Hawaii

Compass today announced its expansion to the State of Hawaii. Top agents from O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and the Big Island have joined the firm. Founding Compass Hawaii agents include: Sean Ahearn, Yvonne Ahearn, Debbie Arakaki, Greg Burns, Jason Carey, Deanna Davis, Donna Duryea, Jim Karlovsky, Tom Loratta, Tony Pinkert, Dennis and Martha Rush, Michael Shower and Nicole Vincent. Together, these agents and their teams represent more than $350 million in 2019 sales volume. […]

Read More
Real Estate

Goodbye, Prudential Locations. Hello, Locations!

Prudential Locations, Hawaii’s largest real estate firm, announced its intent to change its name back to Locations. Effective February 1, 2015, the local company will no longer be affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. “Changing our name back to Locations largely represents a transition of moving to our roots as an independent local company,” said Bill Chee, […]

Read More
Real Estate

Mark Zuckerberg Buys Kauai Plantation

Duane Shimogawa of Pacific Business News reports that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is “likely buyer of a 357-acre beachfront estate” called Kahuaina Plantation on Kauai. The property was listed last year for $70 million. A sales presentation for the property reads: Kahu’aina Plantation is a vast and pristine oceanfront property that offers the rare opportunity to […]

Read More