Celebrating Professional Women
Meet some of Hawai‘i’s remarkable wāhine in business.
Tracy Allen | Suzie Schulberg | Rebecca Keliihoomalu | Joanna Oshiro | Kelly Laʻa | Esther Park Kusunoki | Ruth Manzano Javier
Vice President, RA
Global Luxury Ambassador, Luxury Property Specialist, International President’s Premier, Society of Excellence, Top Producer, Coldwell Banker Realty
Tracy Allen knows real estate. As an industry leader with 33 years of dedication, Tracy is honored to be the #1 Individual Sales Agent in Hawaii and #5 Individual Sales Agent Nationwide for Coldwell Banker Realty. Tracy’s extensive market knowledge and skill have consistently placed her among the elite of Hawaii’s Realtors.
Tracy’s clients have a distinct advantage. Her in-depth home design and staging experience, superior people skills and determination to indulge her clients with exceptional service set her apart. She can transform the look of your property, negotiate the terms to your benefit, and help you achieve a successful closing at top dollar.
Tracy is a leader in her profession with prestigious accolades for her skill, expertise, and results. In addition to holding the record for the highest closed residential sales on the Island of Oahu, Tracy consistently ranks in the top 1% among her colleagues locally and nationally. Tracy was bestowed NRT’s prestigious Society of Excellence Award for achieving an exceptional level of sales in 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and again in 2021, representing the very top tier of sales performance. Tracy is the only Coldwell Banker agent in Hawaii and one of just 54 individuals, or less than one per 40,000 NRT Coldwell Banker independent sales associates, in the United States to receive this honor not only once, but six times. Tracy repeatedly dominates the luxury sales market and is the Top Producer of Coldwell Banker Realty in Honolulu, Hawaii.
If you are looking to achieve the highest sales price possible in today’s exciting marketplace and RESULTS matter, call Tracy today!
President & CEO, Arcadia Family of Companies
The Arcadia Family of Companies (AFC) offers a full spectrum of senior living options through its subsidiaries – resident communities 15 Craigside and Arcadia; Arcadia Adult Day Care & Day Health Center at Central Union Church; Arcadia Home Health Services; and Arcadia At Home. In addition, The Arcadia Foundation is a 501(c)(3), created to help seniors in need.
As President and CEO, Suzie Schulberg is responsible for the overall operations and success of all entities, overseeing a staff of 560 and serving 1,000-plus kupuna each day. Under Schulberg’s leadership, AFC has continued to grow and carry out its mission: To provide senior living excellence in a gracious, compassionate, and dynamic environment which meets the spiritual, physical and social needs of every resident, client, and member served.
Recently, AFC signed an agreement to take over the operations of Hale Ola Kino (HOK), a 32-bed skilled nursing home located on the second fl oor of One Kalakaua Senior Living Association (OKSLA). For the past 25 years, HOK has been owned and operated by Life Care Services, LLC (LCS), the second-largest operator of senior living communities in the United States with headquarters in Iowa. LCS will be ceasing operations at OKSLA effective October 31, 2022, at which time AFC will take over operations.
“The Arcadia Family of Companies considers it an honor to be given the opportunity to be involved at Hale Ola Kino. For the past 25 years, the Arcadia Family of Companies has enjoyed a strong industry relationship with One Kalakaua Senior Living, based on our shared goals of caring for our kupuna, as well as mutual respect for the quality services we both provide. When Life Care Services indicated they would be ceasing their operations of Hale Ola Kino, One Kalakaua reached out to us to inquire if we’d be interested in taking over Hale Ola Kino. We look forward to continuing the high standard of care that Hale Ola Kino residents and their families have received,” said Schulberg.
AFC plans to retain staff members currently employed at HOK by transitioning them to AFC, and expects minimal disruption of care and services for current residents. It will also maintain the HOK name with a slight addition of “Hale Ola Kino by Arcadia”.
“Hawaii continues to see significant growth in its 65-and-older population, with an average growth rate of approximately 3.5% annually,” said Schulberg. “Yet, we continue to experience a shortage of nursing homes in Hawaii, with Wahiawa General’s long term care facility being the latest to shut its doors. After conducting our due diligence review of Hale Ola Kino’s operations, its financial standings and future projections, the Arcadia Family of Companies felt this acquisition was the right thing to do. Acquiring Hale Ola Kino allows us to further our mission of serving our kupuna by expanding our network of services, while increasing support for our existing programs.”
Suzie currently serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Elderly Affairs (since 2013); the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society (since 2003, receiving her Advanced Certificate in Gerontology from University of Hawaii in 2003); is a board member of Oahu Workforce Development Board; is a member of Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 (2014), Pacific Century Fellow (2010), Omidyar Fellows Program, Cohort VIII (2020) and the Pacific Business News Women Who Mean Business (2021).
Rebecca Keliihoomalu, RB-19834
President and Founder of the Rebecca K. Collection
Hawaii Business Top 100 Hall of Fame
Real Trends Top 1.5% of Real Estate Professionals Nationwide
After 20 years of founding the Rebecca K. Collection and guiding my clients through buying, selling and investing in real estate on the Big Island, my team and I have made a decisive move to partner with the nation’ s leading brokerage: Compass! Powered by innovative technology and tools, together we are elevating real estate representation to new heights in Hawaii.
I am sincerely grateful for all my friends and clients who continue to trust me t o represent them through impactful life decisions. I continually strive to provide unparalleled representation combined with local knowledge gained through my deep roots in Hawaii. In an admittedly congested field of realtors and real estate brokerages, I have distinguished myself and the Rebecca K. Collection as a market leader with impeccable business practices honed over a lifetime of entrepreneurship. I have established the Rebecca K. Collection as the gold standard of real estate representation on the Big Island.
From luxury to general real estate, hidden gems to historical landmark properties, I am your trusted advisor known locally, on the mainland and beyond as the one choice for distinction and excellence: the Rebecca K. Collection at Compass.
Unparalleled Representation. Trusted Advisor. Local Knowledge.
For Joanna Oshiro, Deloitte has always been a place that has challenged her to strive for more both personally and professionally and given her the opportunities to give back to younger professionals and her community. With the support of her husband, Troy, daughter, Haylee, and parents, Joan and Mike, Joanna is a managing director in Deloitte’s Honolulu Audit & Assurance practice. Family, mentoring, and contributing to her community are the strong forces driving Joanna’s career.
After attending college at the University of Washington in Seattle, Joanna started her career with Deloitte. Even then, it was evident that Deloitte’s commitment and focus on professional and personal development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being made it somewhere she would spend her career.
After 9/11, Joanna decided it was time to come home to be closer to her family, so she moved back to Honolulu, where she continued to work for Deloitte. In Hawaii, Joanna was blessed to meet and work with other female leaders, most significantly Tertia Freas and Valerie Shintaku, who would serve as mentors throughout her career. Through their mentorship, Joanna learned to be open minded to opportunities that challenged her to do different things. “Have confidence in yourself,” she says. “People give you opportunities because they believe in you.” She practices this philosophy by mentoring those in the earlier stages of their careers at Deloitte.
It was also by Tertia and Valerie’s example that Joanna was first encouraged to become involved in Hawaii’s nonprofit community. “You don’t realize how many people you meet just through your day-to-day job, and how your skillset may be valued by others,” she says. Joanna is treasurer for several nonprofit organizations which includes the Historic Hawaii Foundation, the Institute for Human Services, and Aloha Harvest, and is also active with the Hawaii Japanese Chamber of Commerce. These organizations provide critical services to Hawaii’s community and Joanna is proud to help to support the mission of these organizations.
Joanna’s outlook reflects her strong commitment to family, mentorship, and her community in Hawaii which she’s proud to serve.
RS#70070, CRS, e-PRO Luxury Collection Specialist
As an avid real estate investor, I’ve been on all sides of the real estate market… buyer, seller, Realtor and investor. My experience in the Hawai‘i market, coupled with my contacts as a professional entrepreneur and years of business experience, all provide you with the proven RESULTS you deserve!
That is why I’ve been helping all your family and friends with their real estate needs for years, and I’d love help you, too! So, give me a call or a text 808-368-2714, or follow me @kellylaa!
Let’s get started TODAY!
Esther Park Kusunoki
Senior Vice President , REALTOR®
ABR, CRS, GRI, SRS, RB-21002
Esther Park Kusunoki has made a name for herself within Hawai‘i’s real estate community. She is known for her dedication to her clients, welcoming demeanor and extensive knowledge of the industry. Her outstanding track record of achievement and conscientious, results driven approach has singled her out as an industry leader and one of the top brokers in Hawai‘i.
Every year since 2014, Esther has been recognized as a List Sotheby’s International Realty Highest Overall Sales Top Producer, an annual awards program that highlights distinguished individuals who provide exceptional service and market knowledge to buyers and sellers nationwide. Today, Esther is an innovative leader in the industry, specializing in the high-end luxury market and multi-family apartment buildings. Esther has perfected the craft of building strong relationships with colleagues and clients alike, and has built a powerful global network over the course of her career. Integrity is at the core of everything Esther does, ensuring the goals she sets for herself and for her business match the level of service and value she offers her clients.
If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate, contact Esther Park Kusunoki today!
Work with Esther and you will receive:
- Exemplary, luxury service at every price point, in every stage of life, and in every area in the market. Luxury is an experience.
- A top producing real estate professional who knows your neighborhood and is prepared for Hawai‘i’s constantly changing market providing unparalleled industry knowledge and expertise.
- Access to the influential and renowned Sotheby’s International Realty® global network.
- Effective marketing that will get your home the attention it deserves.
Ruth Manzano Javier
Ruth Manzano Javier, a real estate veteran, has extensive experience in a wide array of real estate transactions. Ruth exemplifies commitment, integrity and honesty and makes the client’s personal real estate needs her own. As a Filipino immigrant, Ruth experienced the stress and confusion from purchasing for the first time and ever since that experience, she vowed to make the home buying process less intimidating and daunting. To this day, she stands by that vow and her promise has resulted in hundreds of families owning their own piece of paradise.
Ruth takes pride in being a part of the homeownership journey for these families, whether they are first time homebuyers or seasoned investors. Ruth’s passion, commitment and hands-on approach has consistently set her apart from the rest of the crowd and most recently she’s been identified by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of Hawaii’s Top Performers in Real Estate.