This week we sat down with Big Island agent, Rebecca Keliihoomalu and asked her some questions for our Agent Spotlight. Rebecca recently joined the Elite ohana, read more about her move to Hawaii’s leading real estate firm here. Rebecca calls the Hamakua Coast home and is a connoisseur of Big Island real estate.
Tell us a little about yourself: I feel as if I have lived many professional lives. The one similarity in these lives is that I have been an entrepreneur my entire life. Starting off in the junior sportswear business in the mid 70's through early 90's I was the owner/designer for a very successful multi-million dollar company. Our clients were Bloomingdales, Macy's, Nordstrom's to name a few. International travel for production and Paris fashion shows were the norm. From there moved into private consulting for other fashions houses, then on to my mail order business specializing in Hawaiian flowers, leis and Aloha products and now, real estate. They have all been labors of love and focus, hard work, risky and rewarding. I built my home in 2004 in a completely green energy area called West Waikoekoe just outside of Waimea and it is on 38 acres with views of Mauna Kea, the ocean, and Waipio Valley.
What do you like best about living on Hawaii Island? The close community, the cultural renaissance that has been happening the last 30+ years, the mix of cowboys, scientists, white and blue collar workers, our abundant farmer's markets and multiple climates and lifestyles.
What's your favorite activity outside of work? Farmer's markets, cooking for friends, sourcing excellent wines, visiting family on the east and west coasts of the mainland.
What do you like most about working at Elite Pacific Properties? New to Elite but so far it is the CAN DO attitude of the support personnel. Additionally, I have felt very welcomed and supported by all the agents I have met and those who have reached out via phone and email offering their congrats and welcome.
Do you have a favorite home that you've listed recently? I have many, 14-4934 Laimana Rd in Kapoho is one of them. Truly an island treasure, if you are not familiar with Kapoho on the east side of the Island you need to be. The area is one of my favorite staycation locations. What stands out about this multi-million dollar property is that it is nearly 17-acres of oceanfront. The property includes private, naturally-heated saltwater ponds and large lagoons filled with sea life. Surrounded by historic volcanic rock walls and swaying coconut palms, it is the quintessential picture of Old Hawaii.
If someone is thinking about moving or buying property on the Big Island, what is your best advice? First, consider the size of the Island! You cannot tour it all in even 3 or 4 days when considering real estate. I tell clients to drive around areas of interest to determine what feels best then, we identify properties to see. Next: what lifestyle do you want, what climate do you want. Then we move to budget and must-haves.
What's your favorite beach on Hawaii Island and why? Mauna Kea...Rockefeller new a good thing when he saw one. Also, the water there is special. Clear, embracing, healing.
If I wasn’t selling real estate I’d be...Undoubtedly starting a new business venture. Gardening and practicing yoga, spending more time with my grandkids and the rest of my family, maybe some travel.