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Honolulu Board of REALTORS®

With more than 5,600 members, the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® (HBR) is one of the largest boards of REALTORS® in the nation. It also happens to be one of the largest trade organizations on Oahu, with membership available to licensed real estate brokers, agents, property managers, appraisers, counselors and other industry professionals who pledge to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.

Having some fun celebrating our 6th year as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work!

HBR serves its members by employing 31 staff of its own, and for some, part of what makes HBR one of the places to work is its family-focused policies. “We recognize reciprocal beneficiaries, pay a portion of the family medical plan for all families on the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® medical plan, and have a generous family-leave policy that includes paid leave time to care for sick children, parents and spouses or partners,” says Sharon Baba, the company’s chief operating officer.

And it doesn’t stop there. Each year, the CEO hosts a holiday lunch, an annual Halloween celebration (complete with a costume contest) and annual all-staff retreats to intriguing sites such as the Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace and the Polynesian Cultural Center. And if that weren’t enough, each employee also receives a birthday gift of two movie tickets from the CEO, every year.

 Showing off our HBR logo shirts, HBR’s Management Team takes a moment out of a busy day to pose with CEO Rochelle Lee Gregson, 2nd row middle.”

With a staff that is firmly rooted in and supportive of their community, HBR makes sure to fit in plenty of opportunities for giving back. “We have the KOKUA Crew, which is a group of staff that is certified in basic CPR, AED and First Aid for adults,” Baba says. “They’re prepared to help and be first responders in any type of medical emergency, while at work and out in the public.”

HBR also conducts fundraising for Aloha United Way through plate-lunch and raffle-ticket sales as well as through employee contributions. “We also collect cash and food donations from our staff, membership and public for the Hawaii Foodbank,” Baba says.  

But beyond the benefits, policies and organized activities, HBR’s team shares a genuine care for one another and the members they work with. “Our employees are engaged not only in their work, but also in ensuring that the work of the entire organization is done,” Baba says. “The organizational and individual success matters to each and every one of the employees, and we work hard to bring value to our membership.” 


(808) 732-3000
1136 12th Avenue, Suite 200
Honolulu HI, 96816

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