01. July 2019 · Comments Off on Congratulations Yukiko Yang! · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, Hawaii Real Estate · Tags:

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Congratulations to Yukiko Yang from List Sotheby’s International Realty Hawaii for being named America’s top 250 sales associates in the individual sales volume category. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 41 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends individual sales volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in the individual sales volume category as part of the 2019 REAL Trends & Tom Ferry “The Thousand” rankings. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2018 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

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List Sotheby’s International Realty unveiled its 2018 Top Producers, recognizing a distinguished group of realtors who provide exceptional service and market knowledge to buyers and sellers island-wide.

“We’re proud to identify these exceptional members of our List Sotheby’s International Realty team who consistently go above and beyond to match extraordinary buyers with extraordinary homes,” said Chief Operating Officer Fred Parr.

At the top of this year’s list is Esther H. Park, recipient of the 2018 Top Producer – Overall Sales award. She was recognized for her outstanding track record of achievement and conscientious, results-driven approach, which has singled her out as an industry leader and one of the top brokers for high-end luxury condominium projects including Ward Village, One Ala Moana and Waihonua. Known for her exemplary service and wealth of industry experience, Esther has received First Place Top Producer recognition every year since 2014. She was also named 2016 Top Producing Agent by Revenue in Anaha, 2017 Top Producing Agent by Revenue in Aeʻo, and 2017 Top Agent by Number of Homes Sold.

Other 2018 Top Producers include:

  • Yuki Schenkenberg Takenaka – Acts as stager and realtor and specializes in luxury homes, military, new construction, residential, and condominiums.
  • Heather Selvitelle – Recognized for her professionalism and energetic advocacy of her clients’ interests with a focus on providing luxury service at all price points.
  • Mari Hirano – Committed to her motto to always put the customer first and inspired by her dream to help people find their perfect home or getaway in Hawaii.
  • Scott K. Startsman – Recognized for his unparalleled client service, negotiation skills, and thorough understanding of shifting market conditions.
  • Seiko Ono – Consistently produces in the top 1 to 3 percent of realtors on Oahu with clients in all tiers of the market.
  • Hatsumi Y. Campbell – Specializes in luxury real estate in Hawaii and boasts a rich understanding of Japanese culture in Hawaii.
  • Leanne S. Kwock – A former recipient of the prestigious Top Producer award with a passion for helping her clients achieve their real estate dreams.
  • Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer – Driven by her mission to find a home fitting for homeowners to truly feel that “home is where the heart is.”
  • Brandon E. Kim – A consistent top producer who is highly regarded in the industry and committed to supporting the local community.

Two teams were also recognized as Top Producers:

  • Yukiko Yang, Mina Otsuka and Toshiyuki Saegusa – 2018 Top Producer First Place, Team Sales
  • Ryan T. Lamb and Lectie Altman – 2018 Top Producer, Team Sales

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Congratulations to our Aloha Aina Nominees. The Aloha ‘Āina REALTOR® Awards Program™, which began in 1998, honors and publicly recognizes REALTORS® who excel in the real estate profession and provide exceptional service to their clients and colleagues. Nominations are only accepted from the public at large.

Ten award winners are announced each December at the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® Winter General Membership Meeting. These winners are REALTORS® who have gone above and beyond in service to their clients and who maintain the highest ethical standards.

Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer
Brandon Kim
Cheryl Shope
Curtis Jackson
Daniela Belotti
David Trifonovitch
Drew Read
Esther Park
Heather Selvitelle
Judy Whitfield
Kala Judd
Karla Casey
Kathi White
Leanne Kwock
Lei DeGracia Oakes
Lena Lin
Mari Hirano
Renée Hampton
Robyn Fujimoto
Sandra Thompson
Scott Startsman
Seiko Ono
Steve Nihiser
Victor Brand
Yuki Schenkenberg Takenaka

20. September 2018 · Comments Off on Welcome New Agents · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, Hawaii Real Estate · Tags: , ,

We recently welcomed 4 new agents to our List family.

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The Chen-Poscablo Team
Tiffany M. Chen and Mike Poscablo

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Maryssa Briggs

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Joy Matsumoto

27. June 2017 · Comments Off on Yukiko Yang Recognized Among Top 250 U.S. Agents · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, International Real Estate, News & Events

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand:

Ranked as the number one real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” for the second year in a row.

Claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand, and also had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price Category.

We are also very proud to announce that Yukiko Yang of List Sotheby’s International Realty has been named one of the Top 250 Agents on The 2017 Thousand Rankings.




20. June 2016 · Comments Off on Drum Roll Please! · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events · Tags: ,






LIST Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to congratulate Mari Hirano and Heather Selvitelle for receiving “The Most Transactions in Real Estate” award by Hawaii Business magazine. In addition to the number of transactions, Mari and Heather are consistently recognized by their clients as real estate professionals who deliver exemplary service.

Mari Hirano is a world traveler who enjoys outdoor activities, such as surfing in her spare time. Here’s what one of her clients had to say about her:

“Ms. Hirano was extremely thorough, considerate, patient, diligent and efficient. From showing of the property to explaining the escrow process and introducing us to an accountant, we were pleasantly surprised that an agent does so much for a client. We live in Canada and did not even see the actual property we purchased, but we could trust her and rely on her completely. Even after closing, she still helps us whenever we need assistance. She gave us a sense of ease in one of the largest purchases we made in our life. I will use her again if we decide to buy another property in Hawaii and recommend her with great confidence to anyone who is looking for a realtor.”

When Heather Selvitelle isn’t chasing after her toddler, she loves to run, surf, travel and does Cross Fit.  Here’s one of her client testimonials:

“This escrow took over 5 months to close due to a tenant lease and buyer loan problems. Heather was diligent throughout the entire process and never let a deadline slip. She knew when to push other team members for compliance and keeping them on track. Heather has accomplished negotiation skills and kept a difficult deal together with her “can do” approach and attitude.”

Principal Broker at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, Myra Brandt, said, “Mari and Heather’s achievements demonstrate the power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and its global reach, but more importantly, the commitment of our agents who are focused on successful results for their clients. Our premier brand reputation is recognized around the world and we’re proud to have an outstanding team of dedicated agents who represent it so well.”



Presenting Our 2016 Faces of Success

2016 Faces of Success

From left to right. Front row seated: Esther Park and Myra Brandt. Back row: Victor Brandt, Karla Casey, Mari Hirano, Sachiko Trillo, Scott Startsman and Yukiko Yang. Front row: Judy Whitfield and Mary Worrall.

It is not every day that you find a special group of people who are passionate about what they do. The 2016 Faces of Success at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty possess an unparalleled standard of excellence and a heartfelt commitment to their craft. But at their core, they love their work and bring that joy to every client they work with. Posing at the brand new flagship office at 677 Ala Moana Blvd., this exceptional group is passionate about expanding their sphere of influence beyond Hawaii to the rest of the world. Their exuberance and positive energy is making a difference in the lives of the people they touch.

“We are proud to be aligned with such extraordinary individuals. Their full-on dedication, diligent efforts and conscientious integrity elevates not only our stronger market share, but the standards of practice that represent our company,” commented Hisashi Kitami, CEO and owner of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty.

The following agents also achieved top producer status: Jeff Fox, Seiko Ono, Alden Yamane, Heather Selvitelle, Yuki Takenaka, Darouny Hu and Jeff Hughes.

Featured in Honolulu Magazine, April 2016

19. March 2016 · Comments Off on Kupu Hawaii: Inaugural recipient of the HASIR Charitable Fund · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, News & Events, Oahu Community

The Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty (HASIR) Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) made a presentation to the fund’s premier grant recipient, Kupu Hawaii, on Wednesday March 16th at the new flagship office of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 111 in Honolulu.

1. HASIR Check Presentation From left to right, John Leong, CEO of Kupu Hawaii, Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, Kevin Rapp of Hawaii Community Foundation, Myra Brandt of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, Debra Blachowiak of Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty, and Ryan McLaughlin of Island Sotheby’s International Realty.

2016 HASIR Check Presentation
From left to right, John Leong, CEO of Kupu Hawaii, Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, Kevin Rapp of Hawaii Community Foundation, Myra Brandt of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, Debra Blachowiak of Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty, and Ryan McLaughlin of Island Sotheby’s International Realty.

Ryan McLaughlin of Island Sotheby’s International Realty presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to John Leong, CEO of Kupu. In his opening remarks, Ryan introduced representatives of HASIR, Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty on the Big Island, Debra Blachowiak of Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty on Kauai and Myra Brandt of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty on Oahu. “My father started the HASIR fund in 2014 to give our agents and clients the opportunity to support the future of our Islands,” said Ryan. He continued, “It’s all about charity and being proactive.”

Ryan introduced John Leong, CEO of Kupu, who expressed his appreciation to Kevin Rapp of Hawaii Community Foundation for selecting Kupu as this year’s beneficiary of the HASIR fund. John said, “Being the first recipient of this fund is significant and meaningful for all of us. We are deeply touched by your generosity. This gift will go towards engaging our young adults in the areas of conservation, green jobs and skill development and building the next generation for leadership.”

John shared a testimonial of a former Kupu member: “Since my wonderful experience with Kupu, I have finished my undergraduate degree at ASU and am now pursuing a Masters of Social Entrepreneurship at HULT in San Francisco. My passion and goals now have me in the early stages of creating a social urban agriculture start-up here in San Francisco. A key component is to empower inexperienced and under served youth in marginalized communities around the Bay Area. I want our social business to be just as transformational for the individuals and communities we seek to serve as it was for me during my time with Kupu.”

A former Kupu volunteer and real estate agent at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, Christina Laney, talked about her experience at Kupu as a team leader for youth. She said, “You really have an impact on them at a pivotal point in their young lives. I’m proud to say I was a part of this program and excited to see HASIR contributing to such a great and needed cause for Hawaii, our youth and our future.”

Established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3), Kupu was developed in response to the growing needs of Hawaii’s communities to train the next generation in natural resource management, renewable energy, energy conservation and other green job skill sets. Kupu specializes in coordinating service learning, internship and fellowship opportunities for youth and young adults in the natural resource management and sustainability industries. Kupu in Hawaiian means to “sprout, grow, germinate or increase.”

Thus far, Kupu has influenced the lives of more than 2,000 alumni. Each year, Kupu serves approximately 300 youth and young adults throughout Hawaii, including college and high school students, recent graduates and at-risk youth who impact more than 80 partner environmental conservation and sustainability agencies. Last year, Kupu also engaged about 6,000 volunteers and had an overall economic impact of over $14 million. For more information, visit:www.kupuhawaii.org

The mission of the HASIR fund at HCF is to provide grants that invest in Hawaii’s future through programs that:

PROTECT – our natural environment
NURTURE – the education of future generations
PRESERVE – Hawaii’s unique cultural legacy

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About The Fund

Established in 2014, the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation serves as a collective effort across four Hawaii-based offices that contributes to the positive future of the Islands through impactful philanthropy. Grant-making is professionally managed and advised by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

The HASIR Fund at HCF was established by:

Island Sotheby’s International Realty – Maui
LIST Sotheby’s International Realty – Oahu
MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty – Hawaii Island
Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Relaty – Kauai

For more information, visit http://www.hawaiigives.com


21. December 2015 · Comments Off on Agents Who Make a Difference · Categories: Agents Who Make a Difference, Oahu Community · Tags:

Hale MauliolaYuki S. Takenaka at List Sotheby’s International Realty in Honolulu, Hawaii has a passion for helping the community. She took the initiative to find out about a new project, Hale Mauliloa, that will provide temporary shelter for about 75 – 100 homeless people. There are nearly 5,000 homeless people on Oahu, about 2,000 of whom are unsheltered.

When asked how she got involved with the project, Yuki simply said, “It’s a natural. We’re in the business of providing homes, and here was an opportunity to do just that.” “Homes contribute to how we feel about ourselves.” “There’s a definite connection between homes and people, and it’s my responsibility to help make that connection.” Yuki went on, “I wanted to be proactive and give back to my community.  I’ve been successful enough in real estate. I think there’s more to life than being a realtor and getting a commission, so the question was – “What’s next?” “Is that all there is?”

So, what are the next steps?

Based on Yuki’s visit to the site, the greatest needs are the following:

  1. Solar panels –  to provide electricity for the units which are constructed from modified shipping containers.
  2. Astro turf –  ground cover since the site is built on solid concrete.
  3. Outdoor furniture and planters –  to create a more pleasant environment and give residents a sense of home.

If you’re interested in helping Yuki or know of other people/companies, please contact her directly at: yuki@housewhisperer808@gmail.com or cell: 808-741-6146.


More About Hale Mauliloa:

These units will be provided at no cost to qualified residents for about two months while they participate in a service plan that will help them transition to more permanent housing. People will not be allowed to pitch their tents or construct temporary structures at the project site.  The location is just past the access bridge into Sand Island, but is not part of the Sand Island State Park or any existing businesses.  Site map here.

Initial construction will cost about $500,000 to build the modular units, common areas, and infrastructure.  The city will spend about $1.5 million a year on support services for the Hale Mauliola residents.

Hawaii’s Institute for Human Services (IHS) will coordinate case management, support services, and housing and shelter referrals. Other agencies assisting with the project include local nonprofit Helping Hands Hawaii, Mental Health Kokua/Save Haven, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, We Are Oceania — A Program of Partners in Development Foundation, and Volunteer Legal Services.

IHS expects to serve roughly 250 people during the first year of operations.

Hale Mauliola will be a point of entry into Honolulu’s system of homeless services known as the Continuum of Care, and be a centralized location where homeless individuals can go for basic services, and begin the transition out of homelessness.